Linked by Adam S on Fri 22nd Jul 2005 22:27 UTC, submitted by Daniel Price
Sun Solaris, OpenSolaris Solaris Express 7/2005 (a.k.a. Nevada Build 17) was posted today, providing MESA support, observability enhancements, and roughly 500 bug fixes. You can obtain a free download. An overview of new features is also available.
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RE[8]: I tried but gave up
by sbergman27 on Sun 24th Jul 2005 20:29 UTC in reply to "RE[7]: I tried but gave up"
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Yes, when I transitioned from commercial Unixes to Linux, system accounting was a definite regression. vmstat and top do not hold a candle to sar. It is odd that RHEL/Centos/Fedora do not include sar, as our friends at Old SCO open-sourced it years ago. I do use it at a couple of sites, and it is indeed a pain to have to go out, find, compile, and install it. I would no doubt make more use of sar if there were an "always on sar-tone" included. I just checked, and even the Dag repository does not include it. (BTW, do Solaris admins still have to install the GNU tools seperately?)

I won't comment on zones and containers. They sound nice, but I am not familiar enough to make an informed comment, so I won't. :-)

I tend to agree with you on Sun sticking with x86/x86_64. As long as they are looking at what is best for Sun, and not putting too much emphasis on their own pride. (And you have to admit, Sun has enough for 10 normal companies.) They really don't have a choice, do they? They did years ago. But for Sparc, "the haggis is in the fire for sure", now.

And on a more humorous note:

Deep pockets? What are those?! I've never had an employer or client with deep pockets. Making do with what's available brings its own rewards, though. One of my current, low priority projects is implementing a web server as a public demo of a time accounting package I wrote. It's a 233 Mhz pentium MMX with 128 MB of RAM. Hey, it's what was easily available, and it performs *surprisingly* well, once tuned. And Centos 4 installed without a hitch. Should I try that with Solaris Express? :-)

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