Linked by Eugenia Loli on Wed 13th Sep 2006 02:25 UTC
Sun Solaris, OpenSolaris BrandZ, which, quoting from the OpenSolaris BrandZ Community webpage, is a framework that extends the Solaris Zones infrastructure to create Branded Zones, which are zones that contain non-native operating environments, integrated into the OpenSolaris mainline OpenSolaris mainline kernel last night.
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OS innovation
by project_2501 on Wed 13th Sep 2006 12:55 UTC
project_2501
Member since:
2006-03-20

I really believe that OpenSolaris has all the ingredients of success:

* innovation - ZFS, DTRACE, Zones/Contains/Brands, resource control (yes, cpu caps are coming)

* open - open source, open standards generally, can be made to play well with industry favorites, from x86 to grub, from ndivia opengl to realplayer!

* quality development process - the design and implement process is a very much more considered and thoughtful than the linux process. the code quality is much higher. however, unlike the free BSDs, opensolaris has momentum and real results.

* performance - eg new network stack (project fireengine) - aim to saturate a 1GB line on server hardware.

in the interests of rigour and debate - i'd welcome reasons as to why anyone wouldn't use OpenSolaris for their next project ...

update: one negative aspect to opensolaris and the official solaris derived from it is the userland. sure they have very well tested and standards compliant alternatives ... /usr/bin/ps vs /usr/ucb/ps and so on ... but try to compile anything out of the box and its a pain. only recently have they started including useful tools in the /usr/sfw hierarchy including ssl and ldap libraries. still no readline libraries though.

Edited 2006-09-13 12:58

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RE: OS innovation
by tristan on Wed 13th Sep 2006 16:04 in reply to "OS innovation"
tristan Member since:
2006-02-01

The main reason I have for not trying it out is that I can't work out how to download it without registering with Sun. So much for being "open", eh?

Also, for the record, an unqualified statement like "the code quality is much higher [than in Linux]" is bound to wind people up...

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RE[2]: OS innovation
by Robert Escue on Wed 13th Sep 2006 16:38 in reply to "RE: OS innovation"
Robert Escue Member since:
2005-07-08

And how do you determine that because you have to register that Solaris/OpenSolaris is not open? As I have pointed out before (along with a number of Sun employees) registering does not put you on an spam list or some other "evil" thing?

All of the e-mail I get from Sun is voluntary, I wished I could say the same thing for Microsoft.

Edited 2006-09-13 16:42

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RE[2]: OS innovation
by Hanno on Wed 13th Sep 2006 17:28 in reply to "RE: OS innovation"
Hanno Member since:
2005-07-06

If you don't want to register, you could download an OpenSolaris distribution from another vendor than Sun (for example http://gnusolaris.org, http://schillix.berlios.de/, ...)

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RE[2]: OS innovation
by binarycrusader on Wed 13th Sep 2006 17:52 in reply to "RE: OS innovation"
binarycrusader Member since:
2005-07-06

The main reason I have for not trying it out is that I can't work out how to download it without registering with Sun. So much for being "open", eh?

You can download the source without registering.

Solaris Express is *NOT* OpenSolaris, it is based on OpenSolaris technology, however. If you want an OpenSolaris distribution, try Nexenta, SchilliX, etc:

http://www.gnusolaris.org

http://www.schillix.de

OpenSolaris is perfectly open.

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RE[2]: OS innovation
by Duffman on Thu 14th Sep 2006 06:17 in reply to "RE: OS innovation"
Duffman Member since:
2005-11-23

Also, for the record, an unqualified statement like "the code quality is much higher [than in Linux]" is bound to wind people up...

So if you do not agree, you are telling us that "the code quality is much higher on linux".
Why your opinion should be more qualified than theirs ?
Just because you like linux and not solaris ?

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