Linked by Eugenia Loli on Thu 1st Nov 2007 07:55 UTC, submitted by binarycrusader
Sun Solaris, OpenSolaris The first milestone of Project Indiana (part of the OpenSolaris.org community) is now available - called "OpenSolaris Developer Preview." The OpenSolaris Developer Preview is the first milestone of Project Indiana. It is a single CD combined live/install image: a core operating system, kernel, system libraries, a desktop environment and a package management system. It is not a final release and is intended for developers to try, test, and provide feedback. Get your copy now.
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re: for the hobbyist
by AndrewZ on Thu 1st Nov 2007 18:56 UTC
AndrewZ
Member since:
2005-11-15

>Like Windows products are any less heavy (read bloated)?

heavy or bloated is not the issue here, hardware is cheap these days. The issue for hobbyists is out of the box usability. Most hobbyists value 1st hour look and feel experience. Solaris definitely does not win here when compared to other 'hobbyist friendly' OS's.


Solaris has a steep learning curve. Appropriate for server hosting, not so much for desktop playtime.

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RE: re: for the hobbyist
by Weeman on Thu 1st Nov 2007 19:05 in reply to "re: for the hobbyist"
Weeman Member since:
2006-03-20

The issue for hobbyists is out of the box usability. Most hobbyists value 1st hour look and feel experience. Solaris definitely does not win here when compared to other 'hobbyist friendly' OS's.

That only applies to the current Solaris releases. And even less so, for Solaris Nevada. The installer may be a pain in the ass, but the GUI is good old Gnome. Once the system's installed, it handles pretty much the same as Linux to the generic person, unless he decides to drop to command line.

And the installer is getting fixed, the first bits have been out in the last Solaris Express Developer Edition, and a newer version now in Indiana. If you're trying to tell me that the Caiman installer is confusing and hard, you've got to be kidding me.

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RE: re: for the hobbyist
by celt on Thu 1st Nov 2007 19:16 in reply to "re: for the hobbyist"
celt Member since:
2005-07-06

"heavy or bloated is not the issue here, hardware is cheap these days."

An excuse for writing inefficient code...

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