Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 20th Jul 2009 19:16 UTC
Sun Solaris, OpenSolaris The Linux desktop has come a long way. It's a fully usable, stable, and secure operating system that can be used quite easily by the masses. Not too long ago, Sun figured they could do the same by starting Project Indiana, which is supposed to deliver a complete distribution of OpenSolaris in a manner similar to GNU/Linux. After using the latest version for a while, I'm wondering: why?
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by binarycrusader on Mon 20th Jul 2009 20:49 UTC in reply to "SXCE"
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I honestly don't know why people bother trying opensolaris. Its crap. Solaris Express Community Edition (SXCE) is where its at. OpenSolaris is based on SXCE, but with the IPS package manager. I never really liked IPS when I tried opensolaris. However, it will take a little more effort to get SXCE into a usable desktop form.

There are always trolls bitter about the change in packaging systems, but in short, the new package system is still light years better than the old one in terms of usability.

The old SVR4 packaging system was positively ancient compared to almost any other modern packaging system: no unicode support, no remote search capability, primitive publication tools, no dependency analysis or constraint capabilities, required downloading entire package for upgrades instead of only changes, arbitrary limits on lengths of package names and descriptions, and was not designed to accommodate third-party network repository usage.

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