While a Sun employee, I found The Linux Foundation’s disingenuous pot-shots at Sun and the OpenSolaris project quite tedious. Of course I would. I am no longer a Sun employee, but I still find this level of fudding within the open source community to be inappropriate.
From first-hand experience, there is a healthy respect for Linux within Sun, and a desire to make OpenSolaris a distinctive open source operating system that does things Linux cannot do, just as Linux distros do things that OpenSolaris cannot do. I would have thought that this is a good thing. But not according to the Executive Director of the Linux Foundation, Jim Zemlin, who castigates anyone with the intellectual curiosity to learn about ZFS or DTrace:
That’s literally like noticing the view from a third-story building as it burns to the ground.
Both DTrace (winner, Wall Street Journal Innovation Award 2006) and ZFS (winner, InfoWorld Storage Technology of the Year 2008) are, or will shortly be, available in a multitude of operating systems. And so people can make up their own minds if such an unkind analogy is reasonable without even entering Mr Zemlin’s burning building. But there is one thing we can all agree on: Mr Zemlin does not know the meaning of the word “literally”.