Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 1st Jun 2009 17:50 UTC, submitted by poundsmack
Sun Solaris, OpenSolaris The team at Sun behind OpenSolaris has unleashed OpenSolaris 2009.06 upon the world. This new release comes packed with new features, changes, improvements, and fixes, and is the first release of OpenSolaris for SPARC, adding support for UltraSPARC T1, T2 (Sun4v), and UltraSPARC II, III and IV (Sun4u). Read on for some of the improvements that stand out.
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RE: Pay or run unstable
by cade on Wed 3rd Jun 2009 01:17 UTC in reply to "Pay or run unstable"
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It was mentioned ...

"If I understand it correctly, one can only get security updates by either buy A subscription, or shift to the dev channel.
That's pay, or run unstable, no thanks."

I have been using OpenSolaris on my HP xw9300 as a C++ development environment since the 2008.11 release with the "dev" package repository. Believe me, user sessions are stable. The only "issue" I have found was boot-ability (not user session usability) for some "dev" releases and this was solved using the option
-B pci-reprog=off
for the kernel$ line of the grub menu and I am happy for having this option. This is not surprising as Sun did not make my hardware (HP did) but it's good that GRUB accepts options to try and deal with different hardware.

I deal with a very detailed C++/scripting code base (my own code dealing primarily with object database and 3D engine technologies) and OpenSolaris behaves admirably during library/executable builds (debug as well as release builds using the SunStudio tools). My coding work is my "bread and butter" and my computer environment has to work for me. I first investigated OpenSolaris as a potential development environment back in late November 2008. After a period of testing I realised OpenSolaris was the go !

It appears the "unstable" word has scared you.
Rather than trying to only understand the OpenSolaris technology, how about you try it out. I have OpenSolaris on multiple AMD64 (Opteron, AthlonX2) boxes (GeForce and Radeon video cards) and am fine with it.

Sure, hardware is hardware and support can vary.
But this does not change the fact that OpenSolaris, intrinsically, has alot to offer.

It would be a simpler world if many more hardware companies would release their technical documents for their hardware but we do not live in this world.

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