Objectivism vs. Subjectivism
Irregardless of why he's doing it, he's being treated with scorn for what appears to me as being subjective reasons - basically because he's not toeing the Party Line (Oracle Is Evil).
Originally Posted by TheOrqwithVagrant
I'm no fan of Larry Ellison (because his attitude is, quite bluntly, extremely off-putting); however, I'm not going to put Oracle as a company into the "Evil Larry Ellison" basket because Oracle is a public company, and condemning them for things their CEO has done outside of his position with Oracle would be stupid of *me* (not to mention hypocritical).
I don't like Steve Jobs, either - however, I refuse to extend my hate for Jobs to Apple as a company (I hate certain Apple products; however, that is due to the products themselves, and has nothing to do with Jobs).
Why do I get that impression that the hate is subjective? Simple; you brought one of the more subjective of comments into the debate - the Bible itself. The very reason the Bible (as a book) came into being has been (and will remain) a subject for heavy subjective debate because the original authors and publishers are beyond our ability to put to the question. I'm an agnostic - however, I won't debate the Bible because any debate on it would be subjective.
I will like (or not like) a company (or company's products) based on merit (or lack thereof) - my feelings for the company's officers won't matter.
Kebabble, your points are indeed valid. However, I wasn't criticizing you, but *defending* you.
Originally Posted by kebabbert
If they are going to attack your points, attack them over their validity (or invalidity), instead of getting into name-calling and other immature tactical spewing.
In a further march on the Phoronix Visual Review of Oracle's recently-released Solaris Express 11, I've gone further and done a bare-metal install (I already have a VM of Solaris Express running in a Windows 7-based install of VirtualBox, also from Oracle) - in this case, directly replacing Ubuntu (a pre-alpha of Ubuntu 11.04 was the victim being replaced).
Now, other than the CPU and hard drive, a lot of my hardware is notorious for being Solaris-unfriendly (in particular, the GPU and network hardware) - however, either Sun, just prior to their acquisition by Oracle, or Oracle itself, has done some whipping up into shape, as my AMD HD5450 is now running at a native 1920x1080 via DVI (in VESA mode, it would run at but 1280x1024, so it's certainly not using the VESA driver). Secondly, Flash is now part and parcel of a Solaris desktop installation (this was never the case with a Sun OpenSolaris install; Flash support had to be installed separately). I mentioned the network hardware (in this case, a RealTek RTL8169 gigabit Ethernet adapter) - surprise, surprise; Solaris 11 Express picked it up on the fly. Result - a fully-usable Solaris desktop right from the beginning. (As much as I hate Larry Ellison himself, this is a definite improvement over the last pre-Oracle release of OpenSolaris, which I have the live CD of to compare it with. Advantage: Oracle.)