Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 20th Jul 2009 19:16 UTC
Sun Solaris, OpenSolaris The Linux desktop has come a long way. It's a fully usable, stable, and secure operating system that can be used quite easily by the masses. Not too long ago, Sun figured they could do the same by starting Project Indiana, which is supposed to deliver a complete distribution of OpenSolaris in a manner similar to GNU/Linux. After using the latest version for a while, I'm wondering: why?
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Tried but failed
by fretinator on Mon 20th Jul 2009 19:45 UTC
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2005-07-06

I've tried on several laptops lately, but was unable to get everything working. My first experience (I think it would be 2008.10 ??) was funny. Audio, video, sound all worked, but couldn't get the touchpad or the eraser-head (IBM) to work, no matter which I enabled (including both) in the bios. My last try was on a netbook (Asus 1000HE) with the latest build, but could get no networking - kind of a problem on a netbook! I wasn't able to use it long enough to assess performance, but I'm still going to keep trying every so often. Just for the geek factor, but I imagine I will probably switch back.

It reminds me of the early days of Linux. I would try it on my laptop, but could never get everything working so I would go back to Windows. Now Linux runs fine on my laptops - I imagine OpenSolaris could too, but I doubt they will have the resources to do so unless Oracle goes Solaris crazy. Maybe Larry could do a Ballmer dance for Solaris!

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RE: Tried but failed
by glynnfoster on Tue 21st Jul 2009 15:52 in reply to "Tried but failed"
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2009-07-21

I'd encourage everyone trying it on their laptops to continually (or periodically) check out the latest releases from opensolaris.com - they do include significant amounts of changes to hardware drivers. If you do successfully install it, you can also try following the developer stream (which can at times be unstable), but changing you default repository to pkg.opensolaris.org/dev

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