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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Two populations of Solaris installers
by AndrewZ on Tue 26th Jun 2007 14:43 UTC
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The Solaris installation has to work for two very different populations: experienced sysadmins, and newbies. The installation is pretty reasonable for experienced users, it's us less experienced users who are having a difficult time.

The Solaris installation process could be greatly improved to encapsulate details for us newbies. There are several examples of fairly complicated systems with really good installations that don't require a large amount of upfront knowledge to make a good install. Lets expand the current installation process to be simpler on the front end.

I think this would go a long way in lowering the barrier of entry for Solaris adoption.

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