Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 26th Jun 2007 11:50 UTC, submitted by Michael
Sun Solaris, OpenSolaris "There's a problem with Solaris and Sun knows it. The installation experience of Solaris (along with other areas) could be greatly improved. The installer doesn't 'suck' as it's easy and known to Solaris administrators, but for a Linux or Windows user it could prove to be a bit challenging. For those of you that have never tried out Solaris, what we've decided to do is to show you this 'usability gap' with the installation process in Solaris compared to Linux. Is the experience really that bad?"
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(mostly) works well for me
by project_2501 on Tue 26th Jun 2007 14:13 UTC
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i've been testing and deploying solaris x86 going back to the early "test" nevada builds ... right though to the current official solaris 10 and the parallel solaris express developer edition.

the installs used to be slow, painfully slow. many improvements have gone in - mainly to the package management system ... which have sped up the install. its much quicker now.

if you have the right hardware it all works - nvidia, ipw2100, dell laptop, usb storage and input ...

the trend with the installer has been that they seem to ask you fewer and fewer questions ... but i hasn't appeared to break my systems .. networking cam now be done using the gnome sysadmin tools if that makes it easier for you.

they've simplified the adminisatration files - the used to be crazy ... you needed to copy /etc/nsswitch.dns to /etc/nsswitch.conf and /etc/resolv.conf didn't exist, and there were at leas 2 locations for what looked like a /etc/hosts file ...

they're currently undergoing an effort to make the various /bin/ directories saner ../usr/ucb/bin or /usr/ccs/bin or /usr/xdg/bin or /usr/sfw/bin ... crazy!

in summary:
* the installer itself is not confusing
* the installer itself has improved, by asking fewer useless questions and getting faster at installing packages and getting better at configuring hardware
* the system files are being made saner as an ongoign effort


in the latest solaris express developer edition - i had to manually disable their network-magic daemon as it kept killing my ethernet in favour of wireless.


i should add that the installer has rarely had any effort to make it pretty - the target audience either installed from images or build managers, you weren't expected to sit through 1000 interactive istalls!

edit: also agree with the earlier post - solaris partitions are confusing from linux/windows land .. less confusing for BSD uers. the installer does choose the strangest initial configuration though.

Edited 2007-06-26 14:16

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