I’ve just returned from beautiful Johannesburg, South Africa and Tech Days. It was a very busy week of interacting with developers and many customers. Africa is another continent going through rapid change. The growth opportunities are tremendous and South Africa is another example of the new global economy. The people and climate are great. The Pilanesburg National Park is spectacular and beautiful. At Tech Days in Johannesburg we demonstrated an enterprise open sourced operating system in action on a whitebox. Matt Ahrens, Jim Hughes, Wyllis Ingersol and Renier Sevenster all got together and installed OpenSolaris Developer Preview 2 on the whitebox. A RAID-Z stripe was created across 8 80GB disk drives that were connected via USB ports. A MD5 checksum was run on a file that was layed out across all of the 8 drives. Then Jim took a sledge hammer to 2 disk drives without any data loss. The data still remained preserved and accessible. Try doing that with another operating system on a laptop or PC! In fact view the video below and leave the demolition of hardware for another day. Checkout for yourself the capability of opensolaris. Download the Developer Preview 2 here. If you need a MD5 checksum tool get it here. If you need a CD burner tool get it here. Then install your live CD on your laptop or PC and compare it to what you are running today. No need to partition or wipe out your hard drive as the system runs off of the CD (Live CD). I heard strongly in South Africa that open source is a requirement for customers. Even better if your open source solution is built from a proven enterprise operating system.