Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 1st Jun 2009 17:50 UTC, submitted by poundsmack
Sun Solaris, OpenSolaris The team at Sun behind OpenSolaris has unleashed OpenSolaris 2009.06 upon the world. This new release comes packed with new features, changes, improvements, and fixes, and is the first release of OpenSolaris for SPARC, adding support for UltraSPARC T1, T2 (Sun4v), and UltraSPARC II, III and IV (Sun4u). Read on for some of the improvements that stand out.
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RE: Open Solaris is not bad
by fretinator on Tue 2nd Jun 2009 17:01 UTC in reply to "Open Solaris is not bad"
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I agree that Solaris has a ways to go - but not a long way. It has come a very long way since just a few years ago. Solaris on laptops was just a distant dream for most (unless you paid a few grand at Tadpole). Now, it is a reality for some, just not me ;{

I tried the 2008.11 (is that the right number??) on a Compaq NC610 I used to have. It was ALMOST awesome. The video was perfect - 1400x1050. I thought for sure it would stumble on that. The wireless worked out of the box - even with encryption on. But the funny thing was - no mouse! The compaq had a touchpad AND a pointing stick. Neither worked. I tried enabling both in the bios, and also just enabling one or the other - it didn't matter, no mouse. It's kind of hard to use a graphical desktop without a mouse, so I gave up.

I currently have an Asus 1000HE netbook (shame on you Asus for your Linux abandonment - it'll bite you). I tried a beta of 2009.06 on it and everything worked but the wireless (ath9k driver in Linux). I googled myself silly on it, but never got anywhere.

As you can see, they are getting close! One of these days I'll be able to have that Solaris laptop. If I was rich, I would buy a pre-loaded one - I think Toshiba has one. Good luck, Soloracles!

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