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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OpenOffice descends from Sun's StarOffice.
By using OpenSolaris' package management system you can download OpenOffice (for free, as with all other packages and system/security updates).

Ummmmm, almost all versions of Linux include Open Office, I should not have to spend 30 minutes or more downloading it when I can spend 5 min on any Linux version and get the latest patches.

"If it came down to hardware support, we would all be using Microsoft's operating systems. Hardware support for many free operating systems would be much better if many more hardware manufacturers released relevant technical documentation. For me, I am generally happy with the hardware support."

On the hardware I tried it on Linux worked 100% out the box. Open Solaris did not.

When is OpenSolaris slow ?
Or is it that your computer system is not optimal
for running OpenSolaris. My experience is with AMD64 systems (Athlonx2, Opteron) and these direct-connect architecture type systems cause OpenSolaris to rip into the tasks at hand.

Ummmmm, Windows 7 and Linux (Fedora and Ubuntu) both fly on my Dell 755 and my iMac. Open Solaris takes 3 times as long to boot up as both versions of Linux I use.

You should also remember that Solaris/OpenSolaris is packed with alot of technologies and the operating system has a proven commercial/warranty/real-world track record. While Linux grew from someone's bedroom, Solaris was being designed and implemented by engineers in a commercial environment with the intent of satisfying real-world criteria.

Ummmmm, yeah that is why Sun is no more and Red Hat is making money hand over fist. Yes I know Solaris has some cool tech. But its convoluted to use, installing software is a pain in the butt. Oh may fault on Open Solaris its not a pain in the butt cause they hired a Linux guy Ian Murdock to make Open Solaris WHAT?? More Linux like.

You may think specific Solaris technologies may not matter and so compare operating systems using some common simple denominator and that is like when people compare the performance of OpenSolaris (a real UNIX system) with Linux/BSD (UNIX clone) using gcc-compiled software.

I am comparing the fact that Open Solaris is being pushed against Linux on the desktop not the server. If you look at it that way on 386/X64 hardware then in reality things like Dtrace, Zfs etc dont really matter.

I mean do you think they brought in Ian Murdock to make Open Solaris more easy to use on servers??

Anyway all this point will be moot if and when Oracle changes the license. The Solaris kernel will be dead and all the fancy stuff will be on Linux.

Linux is the future of computing between Linux and Solaris. Solaris might as well be dead, Sun is.

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