Linked by Amjith Ramanujam on Tue 15th Jul 2008 19:48 UTC, submitted by Michael Larabel
Sun Solaris, OpenSolaris While OpenSolaris 2008.05 is only two months old, work at Sun is already underway in preparing for the second OpenSolaris release, which will be known as OpenSolaris 2008.11 and has been codenamed Jericho.
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Comment by fernandotcl
by fernandotcl on Tue 15th Jul 2008 21:39 UTC
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2007-08-12

I don't get it, why the hell pretty much all the OpenSolaris-related reviews never go deeper than the GUI? Do people really think Gnome 2.22 running on top of something other than Linux is more exciting than Solaris' own highlights? Heck, those reviews never even explain pfexec.

I find all this really weird, because there's a lot of innovation going on in the Solaris land and Solaris is drastically different from Linux or the BSDs in many aspects. Still, reviewers only write about the Gnome version being used, what apps are bundled. Like yea, that's gonna be very relevant since it'll be very different from what you can see in any Linux distro.

The deepest those writers go is writing (briefly) about the packaging system or the installer. My take is that those writers are simply ignorant. You don't need advanced skills to check software versions. They write about what they're able to write about. I guess that's good enough for some readers.

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RE: Comment by fernandotcl
by TLZ_ on Tue 15th Jul 2008 22:06 in reply to "Comment by fernandotcl"
TLZ_ Member since:
2007-02-05

Although I agree they definetely could go deeper, most of the reviews seems to be a desktop focused "Could this be a Ubuntu-killer?" kind of review. From that angle, having focus on desktop-apps does make sense.

Would be really interesting to see more reviews from a more tech, developer and server-oriented angle though.

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RE[2]: Comment by fernandotcl
by Robert Escue on Wed 16th Jul 2008 16:19 in reply to "RE: Comment by fernandotcl"
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2005-07-08

Although not written specifically to address developer or server based use, but I wrote an article that was more than just an extended Release Notes:

http://osnews.com/story/19823/A_Solaris_Administrator_Looks_at_Open...

A thread on the OpenSolaris forums talks about installing Oracle 10g on OpenSolaris:

http://opensolaris.org/jive/thread.jspa?messageID=257279&tstart=0

Until people start complaining about the lack of depth of "review" articles, I would not expect a great deal of improvement.

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RE: Comment by fernandotcl
by unoengborg on Tue 15th Jul 2008 22:14 in reply to "Comment by fernandotcl"
unoengborg Member since:
2005-07-06

That Solaris, is a good OS is hardly news. The big news is that it now looks really good as well.

Sun is famous for inventing incredible new technology just to fail at the last step, making it appealing to the end user. Even now they are a step behind, by the time this reach the users most Linux distros will be running Gnome 2.24 and not 2.22.

But you are of course right, that there is more to an OS than just the looks, one such thing would be hardware support, that is another area where Sun is far behind its Linux competitors, and that too needs to be resolved for Solaris to be ready for the masses.

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