Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 13th Jun 2008 21:56 UTC
Sun Solaris, OpenSolaris The Register has reviewed OpenSolaris, and concludes: "Sun has made good on its promise to deliver OpenSolaris, the company's Unix-based answer to Linux, with a company-supported, commercial update arriving in mid-May. Although far from a complete product, the latest OpenSolaris is impressive and in the long run could prove a viable alternative to Linux."
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hardware support?
by RedIcculus on Fri 13th Jun 2008 23:34 UTC
RedIcculus
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2005-08-09

How is the hardware support? Would I have to put a system together piece-by-piece AND troubleshoot it just to use this OS?

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RE: hardware support?
by Weeman on Sat 14th Jun 2008 00:18 in reply to "hardware support?"
Weeman Member since:
2006-03-20

How is the hardware support? Would I have to put a system together piece-by-piece AND troubleshoot it just to use this OS?

I'm running OpenSolaris 2008.05 flawlessly on a X48 based mainboard, C2Q, NVidia 8800GT, Intel PRO1000 and a Xonar. Mainstream stuff, more or less.

Well, the Xonar requires OSS, but still works fine.

But seriously, hardware support isn't as good as in Linux, but unless you use archaic or exotic hardware, you shouldn't run into much issues. The LiveCD comes with the DDU tool to check what hardware is supported or not.

There's one huge IMO f--k up though, no Marvell Yukon chip driver. A not so uncommon onboard network chip.

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RE[2]: hardware support?
by kaiwai on Sat 14th Jun 2008 04:05 in reply to "RE: hardware support?"
kaiwai Member since:
2005-07-06

I'm running OpenSolaris 2008.05 flawlessly on a X48 based mainboard, C2Q, NVidia 8800GT, Intel PRO1000 and a Xonar. Mainstream stuff, more or less.

Well, the Xonar requires OSS, but still works fine.

But seriously, hardware support isn't as good as in Linux, but unless you use archaic or exotic hardware, you shouldn't run into much issues. The LiveCD comes with the DDU tool to check what hardware is supported or not.

There's one huge IMO f--k up though, no Marvell Yukon chip driver. A not so uncommon onboard network chip.


IIRC Marvell is supported via a (currently in alpha) drive through the Marvell website. With that being said, always get an 'all intel' motherboard. If you go 'all intel' you'll haveless problems.

I have it running on two machines here, Lenovo t61p and Dell Dimension 8400 (with some upgrades from when I was originally bought) - both run their beautifully. As of B90, it has been possible to boot from ZFS root - and let me tell you, the Dell has 2.5GB RAM, and the Lenovo has 4GB, and they're screaming fast.

Edited 2008-06-14 04:14 UTC

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RE[2]: hardware support?
by segedunum on Sat 14th Jun 2008 15:07 in reply to "RE: hardware support?"
segedunum Member since:
2005-07-06

There's one huge IMO f--k up though, no Marvell Yukon chip driver. A not so uncommon onboard network chip.

The Marvel Yukon is cheap junk though. It's only now that we've got drivers that work reasonably well in Linux with various iterations of Sky, and if you're looking for a Gigabit ethernet device to work well under Windows, look elsewhere. The sooner the device just dies off the better really.

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RE: hardware support?
by Robert Escue on Sat 14th Jun 2008 02:15 in reply to "hardware support?"
Robert Escue Member since:
2005-07-08

Not really. The secret to my success in using Solaris x86, including Solaris 10, Solaris Express and OpenSolaris is using good hardware such as Intel NIC's, mid range ATI or nVidia video cards and a Proxim Orinoco Gold PCMCIA wireless card.

With this same hardware I can install Solaris, Windows, Linux and BSD and all of the devices will work without hunting for drivers. I ran the Live CD on my daughter's HP Pavilion dv9000 laptop and almost all of the hardware was recognized.

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