Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 18th Oct 2006 17:04 UTC, submitted by erast
Sun Solaris, OpenSolaris The sixth development release of the OpenSolaris-based, desktop-oriented Nexenta OS has been released: "Nexenta OS Alpha 6 is now available. Release Highlights: Nexenta Zones - opens the possibility to create custom zones and pre-install with selected software; integrated BrandZ - allows running Linux userland; SVR4 packaging - to install native Solaris packages (missing drivers, etc.); OpenSolaris build 50, with numerous kernel fixes and features."
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Doing good
by mdoverkil on Wed 18th Oct 2006 20:01 UTC
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Nexenta is solving one of the two major complaints I have with Solaris. The first being easy package management. While blastwave is fine, it doesn't have anywhere near the number of packages that Nexenta has in their database.

The second complaint I have with Solaris is the lack of SATA support for common chips such as Silicon Image and VIA chips. I do realize that these chips are not common in servers but its the only thing stopping me from running Solaris =(.

The webpage states that Nexenta has some drivers that are not part of Solaris or OpenSolaris, I'm crossing my fingers for some SATA drivers =)

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