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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You've missed the key advantages of Solaris
by axellec on Tue 21st Jul 2009 09:13 UTC
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>The Linux desktop [..] It's a fully usable, stable, and secure operating system that can be used quite easily by the masses

I disagree. Linux is getting more and more unstable. In the last few years, it has grown in size, weight and unstability. It's looking nice every day - sure - but it's also behaving more and more like Windows.
Which is one of the few reasons I hear more and more people trying out other OS, such as Solaris. On that part, Solaris's stability is unquestionable.
But, true, Solaris is not for the masses.

>it would be "slow".

Well, if you use Gnome & Compiz, I'm not that surprised. But I'm sure you'd be surprised to see what a desktop can look like with FVWM for instance. It can be as nice... but much lighter.
Also, have you checked hardware warnings ? Because I believe that if you find it slow, something's wrong with drivers, although for instance, nVidia cards are usually very well supported.

Anyway, your post is putting aside Solaris/OpenSolaris's advantages to quickly.

- ZFS, and the time slider (snapshots) are really awesome ! I just *love* it and all my Linux colleagues are envious, they just tried OpenSolaris.

- stability: it does not crash, does not slow down, and there's plenty of system admin things you can do without rebooting. Linux is getting into that Windows habit of asking you (or having you...) to reboot more and more.

- documentation: this is just so great, when something does not work, man xxx and it explains it all. Yeah, I'm sure you do that on Linux too, but on Linux, the explanation is wrong or does not work 1 times in 3. In Solaris, it behaves the way it is explained. Things are deterministic. I like that.

- at home, two of us are working on the same Solaris host (a less powerful one than yours) and it speeds...

- it powers off in a few seconds, I just can't believe how fast it goes.

So, well, perhaps OpenSolaris isn't for everyone, but I can guarantee it's pretty cool and wish it good luck !

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