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[2]: personal impressions...
by kawazu on Tue 21st Jul 2009 18:26 UTC in reply to "RE: personal impressions..."
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This way you can have an environment for Eclipse java 1.5 in one BE in GRUB, another with Eclipse Java 1.6, Netbeans, etc etc etc.

This is not useful for desktops, you think??


Not sure, but at the very least for keeping different Java environments separated, I don't really need boot environments (although they are a nice feature, no doubt about that). Been working with OpenSolaris 2008.x for about two months in total in production work, trying to figure out whether this is what I want, and never found a real reason making me thing "wow, now _that_ is amazing a thing to have..." - on a notebook, not on the server.

Overally, stating this again, comparing the "experienced negatives" (overall performance, IPS issues, eventually lack of pre-compiled software) with the set of additional features of some use _to me_, I don't really see a reason to switch to OpenSolaris as my main OS. I'm still cautiously enthusiastic about OpenSolaris, both hoping for it to actually grow a real "community" (rather than just being a "public Sun code repository"), maybe for becoming the first operating system to be GPLv3 licensed (yes, this matters to me), maybe for coming to life in a more "lightweight" incarnation (StormOS with XFCE is pretty good about that actually) for desktop or notebook usage, but so far IMHO it is not yet there. YMMV of course.
K.

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