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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Open + Solaris = OPEN-SLOW-LARIS.
by Milo_Hoffman on Mon 20th Jul 2009 20:21 UTC
Milo_Hoffman
Member since:
2005-07-06

Truth... Slowlaris got its name for a reason.


It was reliable in production, but it was never 'fast'...HPUX usually smoked it in performance.


Most people have dumped them both and their brothers (AIX, etc) for Linux at this point anyway.


Running solaris is like running a copy of VMS...its useful for historical purposes only.

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SReilly Member since:
2006-12-28

You've got a point, though AIX is still doing pretty strongly in the banking space. Considering how the banking space is doing though, that doesn't really mean much at the moment. ;-)

I always found Solaris a strange beast. I've only ever seen it outperform AIX once in the DB arena but that was with a strange custom app with db/flatfile hybrid backend (!?!). Obviously the app was highly optimized for Solaris on SPARC but it does prove that it can be done.

As for Linux adoption, it's currently sky rocketing among former Solaris houses. I've been speaking to some Sun engineers here in Luxembourg and they've been telling me all kinds of horror stories of people jumping ship ever since the company has been up for sale. So many of them are worried about losing their jobs, it's really not a pretty sight.

I guess we'll have to wait and see if the acquisition by Oracle will actually chnage any of that.

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glynnfoster Member since:
2009-07-21

No doubt that future acquisitions are causing uncertainty, but a lot of judgements around performance etc have been made on 2 year+ old operating systems - I've seen a lot of FUD recently about how someone should migrate to Linux because they're doing a comparison with Solaris 8 and Solaris 9. A lot of enterprise systems will obviously install once and leave for several years, but to ignore Solaris 10 would be foolish IMO.

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