Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 15th Jun 2006 16:46 UTC, submitted by erast
Sun Solaris, OpenSolaris The Nexenta project, which builds a distribution combining the OpenSolaris kernel with applications from Ubuntu, has announced a new alpha release of NexentaOS: "This release provides a fully integrated Ubuntu Dapper Drake userland, OpenSolaris core (build #40), and contains overall 11800 packages. In addition, Alpha 5 contains: Sun's Java SE 5.0 Java Development Kit (via NexentaOS APT); live upgrade; and OpenOffice.org 2.0, natively compiled on Nexenta OS."
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RE[3]: seems cool, but why?
by erast on Thu 15th Jun 2006 18:47 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: seems cool, but why?"
erast
Member since:
2006-01-31

Right; Memory requirements a bit hiher than GNU/Linux.

btw, 3com drivers available on internet. They are closed binaries and can be re-distributed with hardware manufactures only. This is a basic way for HW companies to supply their drivers. Unfortunetly, Linux kernel does not support it. Linux kernel interface s are *unstable*.

And this is another reason why NexentaOS might succeed on a Desktop - it supports binary-only drivers the way Windows XP does via utilizing Kernel Device Driver API interfaces, which are stable.

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RE[4]: seems cool, but why?
by fithisux on Fri 16th Jun 2006 08:07 in reply to "RE[3]: seems cool, but why?"
fithisux Member since:
2006-01-22

One of the best things with Solaris is its amazing documentation and polished APIs.

Yes, it supports BLOBs. But we do not need BLOBs. Please do not use them. OpenSolaris mean Open Source Solaris. Blobs are out of the question.

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RE[5]: seems cool, but why?
by jmansion on Fri 16th Jun 2006 08:18 in reply to "RE[4]: seems cool, but why?"
jmansion Member since:
2006-02-20

> Yes, it supports BLOBs.

Indeed, hooray.

> But we do not need BLOBs.

Yes we do, if nVidia and ATI and others say so. They sell the hardware and write the drivers, its up to them (and the vendors of technologies embedded in the drivers).

> Please do not use them.

I will use whatever suits me for my convenience, thank you.

> OpenSolaris mean Open Source Solaris.

To you, maybe.

> Blobs are out of the question.

Speak for yourself. I just need something that works. If advocates like you drive all the free systems to take a view in opposition to the hardware manufacturers, personally I'll drop tehse free systems like hot potatoes and use Vista or MacOS or whatever which Just Works out of the box.

To suggest that stability and quality require no blobs is to deny years of recent history where proprietary systems have been just fine, thank you, and by this I mean not only Windows (which can certainly be stable with care) but also Solaris, AIX, HP-UX, and assorted mini and mainframe OSs. The OpenBSD team *may* have a point, but its validity depends on a certain degree of paranoia about information disclosure.

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