Linked by Amjith Ramanujam on Tue 19th Aug 2008 14:44 UTC, submitted by M-Saunders
Sun Solaris, OpenSolaris How does OpenSolaris, Sun's effort to free its big-iron OS, fare from a Linux user's point of view? Is it merely a passable curiosity right now, or is it truly worth installing? Linux Format takes OpenSolaris for a test drive, examining the similarities and differences to a typical Linux distro.
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yep it's slower
by frantisheq on Tue 19th Aug 2008 15:25 UTC
frantisheq
Member since:
2008-07-25

i never really played with it but i have to agree that it was slower than linux under VMWARE. but not slow!

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RE: yep it's slower
by poundsmack on Tue 19th Aug 2008 15:39 in reply to "yep it's slower"
poundsmack Member since:
2005-07-13

the next release, due shortly, is a bit faster and a bit more polished. I am anxiously awaiting it.

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RE: yep it's slower
by strim on Tue 19th Aug 2008 15:41 in reply to "yep it's slower"
strim Member since:
2008-07-01

VMWare does not support Solaris very well. Especially desktop versions of VMWare. Recent versions of Solaris have timekeeping problems under VMWare, that is why everything slows down. Try it on a real hardware.

I have it running on Quad-core Phenom with 2GB of RAM, with 4 local zones configured, and it works _really_ fast. Solaris replaced Linux and Xen on this box, and I have to say that Xen crawled (compared to zones)...

One thing that sucks in OpenSolaris in my opinion is their new package management system, ipkg. It's so slow that it's near unusable.

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RE[2]: yep it's slower
by mdoverkil on Tue 19th Aug 2008 16:19 in reply to "RE: yep it's slower"
mdoverkil Member since:
2005-09-30

You are much better off running Solaris in Virtual Box rather than VMWare.

The author was definitely correct about running Solaris on older hardware, just don't (unless its SPARC hardware). It is not worth the time.

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RE[2]: yep it's slower
by vermaden on Tue 19th Aug 2008 16:24 in reply to "RE: yep it's slower"
vermaden Member since:
2006-11-18

Solaris replaced Linux and Xen on this box, and I have to say that Xen crawled (compared to zones)...


You are comparing Hypervisor type 1 performance (xen) to Os level wirtualization (zones/containers) so its like you compare apples to oranges.

Your comparasion would be good if you would compare Solaris' xVM - implementation of Xen and Xen on Linux.

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