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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Comment by Lazarus
by Lazarus on Mon 20th Jul 2009 20:02 UTC
Lazarus
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2005-08-10

I've not seriously tested OpenSolaris, but for me it has installed just fine on a small range of hardware, including an old P4 based HP machine with Intel GMA something or other for graphics and a whopping 2 gigs of mem. The only one item it didn't have a driver for was the win-modem in the HP, and the system felt fairly snappy.

Lack of familiarity coupled with lack of man pages the last time I played with it are the only things that really kept me from sticking with it. More recently I've been wondering if Oracle is going to be keeping the project around at all so I guess it's not the best time to get too attached to the system anyway.

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RE: Comment by Lazarus
by glynnfoster on Tue 21st Jul 2009 15:59 in reply to "Comment by Lazarus"
glynnfoster Member since:
2009-07-21

It would be very useful if you could post some bugs on what issues you encountered (http://defect.opensolaris.org). Usually man page support is excellent, though there have been some issues with providing re-distributable manpages - some of which have been encumbered in the past due to 3rd party licensing. A lot of those issues have been resolved in recent releases though.

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