When people say they want Linux, they want the user environment that the various distributors have built around the Linux kernel. It's the GNU utilities, the GNU Desktop environment, the compiler tool chain, Apache, MySQL, Ruby on Rails, and so on.
—Ian Murdock, now at Sun Microsystems, founder of the Debian Linux distribution
Netscape founder Marc Andreessen somewhat famously remarked in 2006 that "Solaris is a better Linux than Linux." That comment raised a bit of ire from many Linux proponents, but what he was referring to at the time was Solaris 10's excellent reputation for code quality, reliability, performance, and scalability. OpenSolaris inherits those characteristics.
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