Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 14th Jun 2006 16:05 UTC, submitted by _DoubleThink_
Talk, Rumors, X Versus Y This paper tries to compare Linux vs. Solaris. Its author comes to many conclusions, among which this is one of the more interesting: "All-in-all Solaris is a powerful, stable, conformant-to-standards OS that can run many open source applications as well as Linux, and some (mainly multithreaded applications) better than Linux. Like in the cases of Red Hat and Suse, the cost of support is extra, but it is more reasonably priced. Security patches are free which makes Solaris similar to Windows."
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RE[3]: F. U. D.
by CaptainFlint on Wed 14th Jun 2006 22:25 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: F. U. D."
CaptainFlint
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2006-01-24

So you are saying I can download any Linux distribution off the internet and just install it on an Altix box with 512 cpus without modifying the kernel or recompiling it and expect it to work without batting an eyelid?? Have you used it in such a situation yourself?

I know I can download Solaris 10 from the Sun website and use it on my one processor workstation and my 64 processor server out of the box (maximum I have used it on) No modifications necessary. This is what they meant by scalability.

Edited 2006-06-14 22:29

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RE[4]: F. U. D.
by CrLf on Thu 15th Jun 2006 03:23 in reply to "RE[3]: F. U. D."
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2006-01-03

"So you are saying I can download any Linux distribution off the internet and just install it on an Altix box with 512 cpus without modifying the kernel or recompiling it and expect it to work without batting an eyelid?"

I remember reading a post from an SGI engineer on fedora-devel where he explicitly stated that they were able to boot the stock (Itanium) Fedora kernel on a 512-CPU box. This was around FC2, BTW.

But the best results are probably only obtained by patching the kernel, which is common practice on Linux-land where no distribution ships the vanilla kernel.

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RE[4]: F. U. D.
by xxmf on Thu 15th Jun 2006 09:11 in reply to "RE[3]: F. U. D."
xxmf Member since:
2006-06-15

"
So you are saying I can download any Linux distribution off the internet and just install it on an Altix box with 512 cpus without modifying the kernel or recompiling it and expect it to work without batting an eyelid??"

I believe debian for x86 doesn't work as well as SLES9 for Itanium.

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