Earlier this spring, Sun announced that it had hired Ian Murdock, the creator of the über-geeky Debian distribution, naming him the companys chief operating system platforms strategist. Since then, Murdock has worked quietly on Project Indiana, an effort to remake Solaris in Linux's image.
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While the new installer is being integrated into the publicly available, bi-weekly builds of Solaris, the back-end system of which Murdock speaks is still in development. That will amount to reworking Debians apt-get into a dynamic software acquisition and installation system for Solaris that reflects real-world requirements. Today, Debian users can download and install software from source code or as pre-compiled binaries with a single command-line entry. For a Solaris apt-get, said Murdock, he'd like to fix some of the problems that still exist in the original.