Glynn Foster from Sun talks about OpenSolaris on FLOSS Weekly episode 75. After explaining how Solaris has always been a robust, scalable operating system, Foster brags that now on a Toshiba laptop with OpenSolaris pre-installed ” … the volume works, and the keys work…” Then host Jono Bacon laughs “The keys work?!” The dialog starts at about 23:30 into the podcast.
The other host, Leo Laporte, mumbled “so cool” after Glynn Foster says “the volume works” and apparently would have let him get away with saying “the keys work.” But Jono Bacon is the community manager for Ubuntu, a Linux distribution that cares more about whether the volume and keyboard work than whether the OS scales.
It was amusing to listen to Glynn Foster and Jono Bacon personify their respective operating system’s priorities, server performance for Solaris and desktop experience for Ubuntu. Foster says that OpenSolaris used to be a royal pain to install and configure but now it has gotten much better. I don’t know how well Ubuntu scales — I imagine it’s not nearly as scalable as OpenSolaris — but it was designed from the beginning to be easy to install.