Goodbye Old Friend

As Giannis noted on Twitter earlier today, http://www.sun.com now redirects to http://www.oracle.com.

Sun Microsystems was the last of the UNIX companies. Its brand and technological expertise has been with us since 1982. Now, after 28 years it becomes part of Oracle.

My first contact with a computer was through a VT220 terminal, connected through a terminal server to a SunOS server. So it is with a bit of sadness that I see the name of “Sun” go away.

Let’s hope that there is a lot in a name, but there is even more in the people who are behind the name; that we will keep seeing technological advances like those that Sun has brought to the world of computing; that the name of “Sun” may be gone but the spirit of quality, technical and design excellence, the well-thought out customer support and the ever-present drive to push our overall computing experience to new frontiers will stay with us.

5 thoughts on “Goodbye Old Friend

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  2. Saifi Khan

    The Sun has set.

    What does that bode for the future of UNIX ?

    Any observations as to what FreeBSD should do to get to the number one position among Open Source operating systems ?

    Btw, i started with CDC Cyber 910 and later DEC Alpha.

    Look forward to reading your views.

    thanks
    Saifi Khan.

    1. keramida Post author

      Thank you for the comments Saifi,

      FreeBSD’s goal is not necessarily “to become number one”, but we do have an explicit and public goal of providing a high-quality source base for a UNIX-like system that is reasonably standard, well engineered and carefully designed, freely available under an unencumbered license, with an experienced team to back it up.

      We do strive to foster and grow a community of UNIX developers who value the same high standards our team already has. We also welcome all sorts of contributions in a variety of forms.

      I don’t know if this is enough to be the number one open source operating system, but it all seems to be a successful project, one that is useful to many people.

      Having said all that, I am sure the Solaris developers feel the same passion and driving enthusiasm when they work on their own OS. I have personally chatted through Usenet, email and IRC with several Solaris developers. Hence I know from first-hand experience that they also love working on Solaris, and that they are knowledge-able, helpful and all around wonderful folks.

      So I will not try to extrapolate from the news about Sun’s acquisition anything about FreeBSD world domination. We all like developing our systems; we should keep doing that and history will attend to itself :-)

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    1. Giorgos Keramidas

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