Now, they've just announced that "Solaris 11.NEXT" (stupid name) won't be released this year; it'll be released in 2018. Maybe. They've also been laying off people in the Solaris and SPARC groups.
Are we at a point where we can call Solaris and SPARC a "legacy platform" yet? Rather than answer that question from an emotional-attachment point of view, let's try it this way: would anyone in their right mind deploy a *new* workload on Solaris or SPARC today?
Possibly an Oracle server, but not any inhouse-developed code.
(I'm stretching here.)
The next step is "oh geez, it's just not worth it, we'll pick other software" (H-pukes is there now).
The only support for Solaris requested of us involves supporting a particularly ancient variant of the damned thing because it has so many vulnerabilities (and quite a few people still use it, unpatched, because it was otherwise solid) that they want to teach people how to hack into it. And why you should upgrade it, or maybe migrate to some other tools that can stay up to date if Solaris won't.
Snoracle has their own Linux distribution, but it's really just a clone of Red Hat.
Illumos has a lot of promise to keep the Solaris spirit alive, while being flexible. I personally use SmartOS for a hypervisor OS and it works wonders.
If that is what this is.
Ignore the above comment, somehow that comment ended up in this room. I blame the chickens.
Well, I get the impression Solaris, at least in times past, was super-reliable.
Does it remain as reliable today as it was?
Does anybody really know? ;)
Yes, it's still reliable. The issue isn't that Solaris is no longer reliable; it is that Linux has closed the gap. Nevertheless, die-hard Solaris admins will almost always tell you that Linux is strictly a desktop operating system. But if they were to look at the horizon instead of at their glass of kool-aid they would be able to see the end of their career.
I look around our data centers and I don't see anyone deploying Snoracle machines for new workloads. If I happen to see one and there's an admin nearby, they always say the same thing: "that's for our old [so-and-so legacy application] ... it'll be gone soon." The same holds true for H/PUX or AIX systems. No one wants to bother with the expense and specialized skillsets required to run these machines unless they have legacy workloads to support.
The bottom line here is that the "unix wars" of yore did come to an end, there was a definite winner, and it was Linux.
Next battle.... which distribution of linux?
Not so much - docker is sorta making "distribution" into an almost irrelevant concept.
That's basically CoreOS - lightweight system designed to run docker containers and not much else