Linked by Amjith Ramanujam on Tue 19th Aug 2008 14:44 UTC, submitted by M-Saunders
Sun Solaris, OpenSolaris How does OpenSolaris, Sun's effort to free its big-iron OS, fare from a Linux user's point of view? Is it merely a passable curiosity right now, or is it truly worth installing? Linux Format takes OpenSolaris for a test drive, examining the similarities and differences to a typical Linux distro.
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RE: yep it's slower
by strim on Tue 19th Aug 2008 15:41 UTC in reply to "yep it's slower"
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VMWare does not support Solaris very well. Especially desktop versions of VMWare. Recent versions of Solaris have timekeeping problems under VMWare, that is why everything slows down. Try it on a real hardware.

I have it running on Quad-core Phenom with 2GB of RAM, with 4 local zones configured, and it works _really_ fast. Solaris replaced Linux and Xen on this box, and I have to say that Xen crawled (compared to zones)...

One thing that sucks in OpenSolaris in my opinion is their new package management system, ipkg. It's so slow that it's near unusable.

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