Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 2nd Feb 2008 22:25 UTC, submitted by Michael Larabel
Sun Solaris, OpenSolaris "A week ago we reported that a second preview release of Project Indiana, Sun's attempt at creating an operating system for the desktop based upon OpenSolaris and led by Ian Murdock, was on track to be released in the near future. Thursday afternoon that became true with the test image surfacing for Developer Preview 2 of Project Indiana, or what will formally be called OpenSolaris. Officially, this new release is known as the OpenSolaris Developer Preview 1/08 edition. The general availability release of Project Indiana is expected in March, but today we have up a tour of this new Indiana release."
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This will sound dumb, but...
by iskios on Sun 3rd Feb 2008 03:06 UTC
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I am a bit perplexed by the desktops in the unix world, I mean, I get that there are very good ones, like Gnome, which I like very much, but the many many distributions of Linux, and FreeBSD, and now Solaris all of which want to make Desktop systems all seem to provide basically the same bloody desktop experience. Where is the differentiation? Where is the actual innovation? What makes OpenSolaris truly unique enough as a Desktop OS for me to want to use it instead of Fedora, or Windows, or OS X?

Should I even expect such differentiation? Should I expect a unique experience, or are we working toward an OS world in which they are all the same and the only reason I choose one over the other is by politics and religious zealotry (I know people who are lovers of Ubuntu and turn into vicious monsters at the mention of Mint, but why?)

I really am perplexed by all these distributions...

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