Kristian stated the opinion in his weblog entry, that a convergence of Solaris and Linux would be more sensible than the convergence of Solaris and HP-UX.
I played around with this thought. But maybe it´s a lack of imagination, but i see sense in such a move. And furthermore, a convergence of the mindset of the administrators are needed.
One example from my daily expericence: When i talk with admins of a linux shop the number one complain (by a wide margin) is “I have to install everyhing on my own. there is no compiler”. The solaris admin would think “Compiler? On my production system ? For heavens sake !”. Both groups are unixoid, but with slight differences.
The technical differences of the platform mirrors this different mindsets. Solaris can´t deny it´s deep roots in professional IT. And - sorry - Linux still can´t deny it´s roots in the hobbyists area, even with the global players pouring their marketing dollars into Linux.
There is an final argument against a convergence: Linux and Solaris are the last significant unix variants. AIX ? The non-loved child of IBM ? HP-UX ? A dying operating system on a dying platform in a printer-supply and windows company ? IRIX ? SGI is almost bancrupt. Not to mention all the other commercial unix variants in existence. We need two competing unix variants to drive innovation. But i see no rationale in keeping waning variants of Unix. Waste of talent, time and money.
PS: To be honest there is an additional argument against convergence. But this arguments sounds too “brainwashed by 5 years at Sun” . Why converging ? Linux should start to close the technological gap to Solaris. And Solaris will be able to execute linux binaries natively in a zone real soon now. That´s a kind of convergence,too.