Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 15th Apr 2008 20:07 UTC, submitted by Moochman
Sun Solaris, OpenSolaris "Sun's Ian Murdock gave a presentation about OpenSolaris at LugRadio Live this past weekend. He hopes to expose open source enthusiasts to unique Sun technologies by creating a cohesive distribution that will provide a complete environment that is adequate for day-to-day use. This will involve bringing together the Solaris operating system and a diverse assortment of open source community projects and "adding a package management system to hold all these pieces together," Murdock stated. The final release will take place in May and the distribution will adhere to a six-month release cycle, just like Fedora and Ubuntu."
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by vermaden on Wed 16th Apr 2008 06:44 UTC
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OpenSolaris developers made a long way in the good direction polishing rather old Solaris "base system", but old tools remained old, like grep and find that FunkyELF mentioned.

Currently (Open)Solaris does not even support virtual consoles (!), so if you are in Gnome, you can not just CTRL ALT F1 and do something in terminal, you have to kill whole x11 and then GDM will restart, so if you did not disbled it also earlier you will end again with a graphical login. And if x11 will hang, you have to hard reset ...

About OpenSolaris package management (, can be called as a alhpa solution at most currently, it offers a very small amount of packages, not even telling WMs like openbox or fluxbox, they are just gone. Compare that 18000+ avialable packages from FreeBSD Ports or Debian APT and you will feel the difference.

They have A LOT of work to do, and I am sure that we will not have finished product as 2008.05 releases, but there are chances that 2008.11 will be more polished and complete.

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