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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IMO, these days, on desktops apps is only what matters. It doesn't really matter that Solaris (or freebsd) are good or bad kernels (it doesn't even matter a lot if their filesystems are superfast or just fast, in the surface they are all pretty much POSIX filesystems, only their internal implementations differ), on the surface it's gnome/kde/xfce + openoffice + firefox + dbus + etc. Even in the server side, what matters is mysql + apache + etc. So yet another gnome/kde distro is not going to be succesful just because it has a different kernel. People doesn't really care, so they use the standard gnome/kde distros, which happen to be linux-based.

OpenSolaris is not just a kernel; unlike Linux.

OpenSolaris is a tightly-integrated operating system comprised of a kernel, drivers, system libraries, management frameworks, and other technologies.

For example, fault-management, the dtrace framework, zfs, and more are all examples of technologies that are part of the kernel, but also required changes to applications delivered with the OS to take advantage of them. So no, OpenSolaris not just a kernel.

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