Like other Unix variants, Solaris has seen competitive pressure from Linux. IDC analyst Al Gillen sees a mixed bag for Solaris: “Oracle has invested heavily in updating and refreshing the Solaris operating system. However, this was in conjunction with the company's refined focus on the high end of the Unix market opportunity.”
Solaris offers improved functionality and better lifecycle management, Gillen says. “However, the company's retreat from the low-end of the Unix market has reduced the overall opportunity for Solaris,” he adds.
Gosling sees Solaris as “totally dead” and says he converted his Solaris systems to Linux. “The license fees for Solaris are so high that it's crazy to think of trying to use it and the hardware offerings from Oracle make no sense.”