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[3]: same experience,
by Jondice on Tue 21st Jul 2009 19:05 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: same experience,"
Jondice
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2006-09-20

Your count of most people, at least as defined as people commenting in this thread, is incorrect.

Out of the people that commented one way or the other on OpenSolaris as a desktop OS, 20 seem to think it is roughly as good as or better than Linux, while 14 people seem to think it is not as good or much worse.


Furthermore, there are a couple of problems with the categories below. Are we talking about people that consider a desktop OS one that is good for desktop use for "average joe", or one that is good for developers. To me, a good desktop OS for developers should suit both their work and pleasure needs, but it may be more difficult to perform certain operatins than in the default (windows or OS X).

Also, a lot of of folks seem to be trying out Solaris on their old Pentium 3s or 4s, which granted linux performs better on, but if you use a modern system, I think you'll find there is no noticeable (not to say measurable) difference. Even I don't use OpenSolaris on an old 512MB laptop I have - I don't even use Linux. Windows XP (a trimmed down version) is the only reasonable "modern" OS to use on it (I have tried them all, and more).

Nonetheless, I classified the below based on whether or not people said, more or less, if it is a good desktop OS (without adjusting their definition):

OpenSolaris as a Desktop OS is not as good as Linux:
Total: 14
Thom
fretinator
broken_symlink
Leszek Lesner
diegocg
fernandotcl
cjcox
kragil
twm_bucket
Morgan
Marcin
Gullible Jones
ideasman42
gjoahnn

OpenSolaris Desktop is the same as Linux or, it is awesome:
Total: 20
Lazarus
Bill Shooter of Bul
oxygene
binarycrusader
KevinM
Jondice
dvzt
phoenix
renhoek
coolvibe
Troydm
cade
edogawaconan
etherealsoul
axellec
Kebabbert
kawazu
glynnfoste
Kalessin
sorpiga

?? or borderline:
Kishe
scribe
Laurence
unoengborg
DistinctiveWeb
OddFox
dvhh
adricnet

Edited 2009-07-21 19:08 UTC

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