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jason-tuhs at shalott.net jason-tuhs at shalott.net
Mon Oct 2 18:44:50 AEST 2017


>>    > Solaris: so bad I left the company.

>> Why was Solaris so much worse than SunOS?

> But that was a kick in the nuts to us engineers.  The sytem v source 
> base was crap compared to sunos, a huge step backwards.
>
> So my crowd pretty much all left in disgust.  There was a lot of 
> heartache over it.  None of us knew about the business deal at the time, 
> in fact I think a lot of management didn't know.
> [...]
> Instead, they repeated the SunOS journey.  Bryan and crew polished that 
> turd for years and got it sort of reasonable. [...] but they went for it 
> and got it better.  Only to have it tossed away again.  Yuck.

For anyone who hasn't seen it, there's a pretty good talk that gives the 
two-minute version of what Larry has described, and then picks up the 
story from there and runs with it over the next twentyish years:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-zRN7XLCRhc


  -Jason



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