Solaris innovations ported to Linux
Posted Aug 30, 2012 8:33 UTC (Thu) by CChittleborough
In reply to: OpenIndiana lead Alasdair Lumsden resigns
Parent article: OpenIndiana lead Alasdair Lumsden resigns
ISTM that Alasdair was criticizing the ports of various Solaris innovations to Linux, not Linux itself:
... some of the core features of Illumos are becoming less and less
important ... the Linux equivalents suck in one way or another, some are completely and fundamentally broken by design
I think he has a point.
Something equivalent to DTrace, for example, would be wonderful to have on Linux — but it would require an enormous amount of work. Instead, the Linux developers are incrementally adding facilities which over time may well approach DTrace's functionality. It's a cathedral/bazaar thing.
(Personally, I'd like to see a Linux implementation of Doors, an IPC mechanism in the old-fashioned Unix style: powerful, efficient, rather minimalist. Full disclosure: I started that Wikipedia article.)
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