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RE[2]: OpenSolaris option
by cade on Thu 21st May 2009 07:16 UTC in reply to "RE: OpenSolaris option"
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Greetings Murrel.

A user not being interested in ZFS/DTrace/etc. is fine and can be expected.

An administrator/developer not being interested in ZFS/DTrace/etc. is foolish and ignorant. Powerful tools/subsystems are important weapons for the admin/developer.

If the developer's life is made more easier or if the developer is made more powerful (in a technological sense) then this would be a good bonus for the user using software created by the developer (better quality software).

The points you raise are related to the "polishing" I mentioned that OpenSolaris needs.

However, OpenSolaris is not a linux-clone (but a real UNIX) and may not necessarily have linux-centric stuff.
However, while "sudo" is used in Linux, "pfexec" is used in OpenSolaris. The snv_111 version of OpenSolaris has "sudo" and if this is not adequate there is no reason why it will not get further polished.

The community recognize the IPS packaging system can be better (still "early days") and will get better as time goes on. Remember, Solaris began life essentially as a server OS and has many nice technologies both useful for workstation and server environments. Maintaining/developing more technologies may mean that some technologies may take longer to mature. Then again people can contribute to the OpenSolaris development community.

My point with OpenSolaris/Solaris is that:

* Alot of "hard work" has been done, been shown to be fruitful and has led to a mature/commercial-proof operating system. This "hard work" will be continuing to allow further enhancements to Solaris.

* Extra attention is now required for the "simpler" "polishing" of OpenSolaris.

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