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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RE: Opensolaris is just a kernel
by KevinM on Mon 20th Jul 2009 20:51 UTC in reply to "Opensolaris is just a kernel"
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"Opensolaris is just a kernel"

Well I would argue an operating system is just a kernel + drivers + (consistent) interfaces.

But you write as if that is a bad thing!? Weren't Microsoft (rightly) lambasted for suggesting a browser was part of their operating system And then a media player. And ...

OpenSolaris is certainly more than just a kernel, but the fact/problem is the kernel (+ZFS) is it's best bit! As Thom found out users care less and less about the kernel and more and more about the flashy effects and familiar desktop applications, which is Opensolaris worst bit!

FWIW on not so different hardware from Thom I can see no noticeable difference in performance between say openSUSE 10.3 and OpenSolaris. 2008.11 (it's dual boot) But it looks like I spent a bit more time than Thom on it, YMMV.


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