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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My experiences
by edogawaconan on Tue 21st Jul 2009 03:58 UTC
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2006-10-10

Positives:
- ZFS - this one is hard to beat. It just feels modern
- VirtualBox - Linux has it too but I come from *BSD (which only recently ported to FreeBSD).
- Zones which is easier than FreeBSD's jails

Negatives:
- mess between amd64 and i386
- linking problem between gcc and sunstudio (especially when compiling from source)
- feels like Linux (no separation between -core- userland and applications)

??:
- SMF: powerful but complicated.

Six months later (after one successful upgrade, 2008.11 => 2009.06) I decided it's not worth the effort - uninstalled and replaced with FreeBSD 8.0-BETA1. My sanity is back ;)

(I just remembered - OpenSolaris' Zones are much more powerful than FreeBSD's Jails. One outstanding feature is its ability to run various versions of Solaris and CentOS. Yes - you can 'install' and 'run' CentOS with native speed on OpenSolaris. Minus epoll though)

Edited 2009-07-21 04:01 UTC

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