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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Solaris is not Linux
by trenchsol on Tue 26th Jun 2007 21:21 UTC
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2006-12-07

People who are looking for Linux replica might not find what are they looking for. Solaris does some thing Solaris way, not Linux way. OS comes with two working environments that offer full control over the system, CDE and JDS, CDE is based on Motif and JDS is based on Gnome. StarOffice is there, too.

Linux folks will be disappointed with a low number of binary packeges, compared to some Linux distributions. Anyway, the most important packages are there.

After Linux and FreeBSD, Solaris seems to be the best OS I ever used. I have very positive Solaris experience from the days when I was working as sysadmin.

Here are the problems I have encountered:

1. ACPI on some (not all) machines causes system to hang while booting. One line in grub.conf has to be modified with additional parameters to correct that. I got two machines and only one has the problem. There are quite a few articles on the Internet that deal with that bug. If the system hangs one should go to BIOS and disable ACPI. Once the OS is installed and grub line modified, ACPI can be enabled.

2. Mozilla that comes with Solaris 10 seems to have some bug with tabs and middle mouse button. If you open new tabs with middle click, it sometimes just dont work until the browser is restarted.

3. To my dissapointment IceWM package (not a part of distribution) is broken. One can't change theme and make it permanent. IceWM starts with IceDesert theme every time. My workaround was to rename IceDsert to some other name and make symbolic link called 'IceDesert' that points to theme that I like (metal2).

4. The good thing is that there is a command for everything, one seldom needs to edit a configuration file.

5. Installation program lacks colors and visual effects, it takes a long time, but I don't think that it is difficult, except for the ACPI bug.

6. I am not able to setup autologin. Some folks might not like the idea, but I couldn't care less. I have not logged in on my home computer for years, and I am not going to. If there is no way to achieve autologin, then, no matter how good it is, Solaris will have to leave my computer.

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