DTrace on AIX?

So IBM has been on the warpath recently against OpenSolaris, culminating with their accusation yesterday that OpenSolaris is a “facade.” This is so obviously untrue that it’s not even worth refuting in detail. In fact, being the father of a toddler, I would liken IBM’s latest outburst to something of a temper tantrum — and as with a screaming toddler, the best way to deal with this is to not reward the performance, but rather to offer some constructive alternatives. So, without further ado, here are my constructive suggestions to IBM:

Okay, those two are admittedly pretty tough for legal reasons. Here are some easier ones:

Okay, so those two are easier because the obstacles aren’t legal obstacles, but there are undoubtedly internal IBM cultural issues that make them effectively non-starters.

So here’s my final suggestion, and it’s an absolutely serious one. It’s also relatively easy, it clearly and immediately benefits IBM and IBM’s customers — and it even doesn’t involve giving up any IP:

Now, IBM may respond to these alternatives just as a toddler sometimes responds to constructive alternatives (“No! No! NO! Mine! MINE! MIIIIIIIINE!”, etc). But if cooler heads prevail at Big Blue, these suggestions — especially the last one — will be seen as a way to constructively engage that will have clear benefits for IBM’s customers (and therefore for IBM). So to IBM I say what parents have said to screaming toddlers for time immemorial: we’re ready when you are.

Posted on August 17, 2006 at 12:08 pm by bmc · Permalink
In: Solaris

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  1. Written by Igor
    on August 18, 2006 at 7:34 am

    Great idea! Now if only “if cooler heads prevail” at IBM – that may take some time (until they start loosing significant sales because of that)

  2. Written by Chris
    on August 21, 2006 at 9:49 am

    Only that the microkernal PL/1 port mentioned on
    the wikipedia page is from PL/S which was a PL/1
    like language with very powerful arch specific
    capabilities for systems implementation, similar
    in concept to Bliss [DEC's implementation language].

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