Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 17th Jan 2007 00:19 UTC
Sun Solaris, OpenSolaris Sun Microsystems is set to license OpenSolaris under the upcoming GNU GPLv3 in addition to the existing Common Development and Distribution License, sources close to the company have told eWEEK. "The next version of Solaris will include things like GNU Userland, which is already being attempted with OpenSolaris, while open-source solutions from other communities for things like package management also look very promising. Dual-licensing OpenSolaris with GPLv3 could make this even easier," said a source who declined to be named.
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Solaris...
by rhavenn on Wed 17th Jan 2007 00:41 UTC
rhavenn
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2006-05-12

Every time I try Solaris I come away with the same opinion. It's the Windows of the UNIX / Linux world. The documentation is heavily skewed towards running a GUI (great for workstations, not for servers) and any info I can find on the BigAdmin site is always referencing click this, run that with the mouse. It rarely tells you what it's actually doing or modifying and makes you run blind with a GUI. Doing the installs from the CDs is slow and getting a basic working system is a pain. It's not laid out with any clear thought and you have to know where something is to be able to use it. I think if I had the cash for their training programs and/or had a real knowledgeable person it'd be much better. As it is, I go scurrying back to my BSD's every time. What does that have to do with OpenSolaris going GPL3? Nada.

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RE: Solaris...
by binarycrusader on Wed 17th Jan 2007 00:47 in reply to "Solaris..."
binarycrusader Member since:
2005-07-06

Every time I try Solaris I come away with the same opinion. It's the Windows of the UNIX / Linux world. The documentation is heavily skewed towards running a GUI (great for workstations, not for servers) and any info I can find on the BigAdmin site is always referencing click this, run that with the mouse

I fail to see how you can say this considering most people's complaints about Solaris are its *lack* of GUI configuration tools. If anything, I've found just the opposite experience of what you have.

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RE: Solaris...
by ormandj on Wed 17th Jan 2007 00:47 in reply to "Solaris..."
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2005-10-09

Uh. If you check any of the docs, they *always* offer command line methods for *all* tasks. I don't know why you think it's heavily GUI oriented, it's not. Most of us run headless Solaris servers. I hope you're not talking about smc!

As to CD installs - nobody does those either. JumpStart or some such all the way.

As to basic working system - it's relatively easy. Now, as to configuring things to get them working how you want - it's not BSD, it's not Linux, it's not OSX, and it's not Windows. You're going to need to read the docs. Some things are a bit archaic, but the docs are quite clear and concise. It took me a while to figure out things coming from BSD myself, but I'm glad I did.

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RE[2]: Solaris...
by deb2006 on Thu 18th Jan 2007 13:51 in reply to "RE: Solaris..."
deb2006 Member since:
2006-06-26

"archaic" is the key word in your comment.

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