RE: @Matt -- Can't spell, does not know what dead is, and needs an education
Yeah, and I say sticks and stones, chum. Or maybe that should be "chump".
"....1) Because huge Oracle is not as responsive as some community members desire...." That would only explain existing Sunshiners, your answer does not explain how you think that would attarct NEW interest, especially commercial interest willing to pay for support contracts.
"....2) Because code which Oracle is not interested in accepting into the OpenSolaris will be able to be accepted into Illumos....." Welcome to opensource! Not every submision gets integrated into the main Linux tree. Could it actually be that Oracle don't think much of the submissions? In Linux, you fork it and off you go, and if your work is good then your fork flourishes and may be pulled back into the main core release. Oh, wait! I see your problem - OpenSlowrais is not open, it's in reality very closed and controlled by Oracle, and Larry wants profits rather than myopic and wandering codefests. Can I suggest you might get a better response from Oracle if you tried porting the "features" to Oracle Linux or Linux in general?
".....3) Because Illumos distributions can be built with special embedded features that Oracle is uninterested in (i.e. 128Meg memory, old devices drivers, etc.)...." <Yawn> There's already this stuff called Linux, it can be found in flavours from tiny embedded solutions, through phone OSs, desktops and HPC to full-blown, mission-cirtical-ready bundles. Oh, and it has mindshare and marketshare, and has been eating real Slowaris, despite Sun's marketting clout, for breakfast for years.
".....4) Because people like Solaris features (i.e. Xen, DTrace, Containers, ZFS, future Lutre integration, run older Linux & Solaris apps in Branded Zones, etc.)...." Yeah, so interested that Slowaris has zero % of the desktop market, and virtually zero in the x64 server market. If people were choosing Linux, Windows or Apple over OpenSlowaris when it was being pushed by a big corporation like Sun, why on Earth do you think they will be interested when they hear about it from an unknown like Nexenta? Especially when you consider none of the features you mentioned are truly unique, not even DTrace, which is a very late response to hp's Glance toolset (which has been around on Linux for years). Actually, I'm told that hp's Glance used to be the tool used by Slowaris admins for real OS performance monitoring for years, so I'm not surprised Sun had to give DTrace away for free given their own customers' preference for an hp product. So, please explain how you think tiny Nexenta can do "free" better than much bigger Sun could, with something other than bravado and blind optimism.
"....5) Because multiple other businesses are dependent upon Solaris and they don't want their businesses to be placed at risk due to the whims of a single person (i.e. linus) or company (i.e. oracle)...." Assuming you mean the massive commercial base of SPARC-Slowaris, you have failed to show why they would take Nexenta's offering over anything else. After all, x64 and SPARC Slowaris binaries are completely different, and if they are going to port and recompile they might as well do it on hp-ux, AIX, Linux or Windows, all of which come with much better support offerings and presence than Nexenta can offer. That's if their SPARC-Slowaris app stack isn't made up of commercial apps already offered, supported and proven on hp-ux, AIX, Linux or Windows, all of which have a much bigger commercial app portfolio than OpenSlowaris.
When commercial companies look at change they look at cost and risk to the business, and at the moment I can guarantee you they would see Nexenta's Illumos as a massive risk compared to commercial offerings such as RHEL, Windows or another UNIX, or even to "free" offerings such as CentOS. Trying to pretend that the commercial Slowaris base are gagging for a "truly open Slowaris offering" is wishful thinking and goes against the historical fact of their lack of acceptance of Slowaris on x64 and OpenSlowaris.
".....6) Because some people caught the gnu religion but still love real operating systems (i.e. gnu has not delivered decent kernel goods)...." Yeah, and that's called the Linux community, and the BSD communtiy. Please try and pretend either is not a "real operating system" because all you will be doing is decieving yourself or just flat-out lying. Remember, us customers are not stupid, we use Linux (and BSD), so we know when you're talking male bovine manure. We're not likely to just take your word for it when we see examples to the contrary every day. Your attempt to label OpenSlowaris as the only "real operating system" option just smacks of the same, old Sunshiner schpiel. Please go back and look at the recent history of Sun and maybe you'l realise why Sunshine just won't work anymore.