Thursday, January 06, 2005

My favorite OS on PowerPC rebirth

Why am I doing it ? Indeed, why ? Isn't there quite a number of UNIX-like operating systems already running on PowerPC ? Well, yeah. There are many. The only thing is I do not really like them. I like Solaris. I am in Solaris world since 1992. I worked with many other UNIX systems during these years - *BSD, Linux, HP/UX, AIX, IRIX. None of them felt like it. Working with Solaris you get used to the style. Solaris style. I know, I know, Linux bigot would say same thing about Linux and HP/UX guy would say similar things about HP/UX. I am fond of Solaris, however. And I was really excited when Solaris 2.5.1 was released on PowerPC in addition to SPARC and x86. That was really great proof of what Solaris is - very clean UNIX implementation which can easily be ported to new architecture. As much I was excited when it was released, as much I was disappointed when I learned that PowerPC port is canceled. That's why when I got on OpenSolaris Pilot program first thought was - that's a wonderful opportunity to bring the best UNIX out there and one of the best CPU architectures together again.
So here am I - working on PPC port. And while at that I'd like to thank Bill Buck and Raquel Velasco for their support for the project.


napobo3 said...

Solaris on PPC cannot be a one-man-project IMHO. What is your estimation on the amount human*hours it will take? Do you think the volunteers will come from Open Solaris or Linux/PPC community? How the IBM and/or Freescale will be involved?

Anonymous said...

So what's the status of your OpenSolaris PPC port?