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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RE: Something is missing
by oxygene on Mon 20th Jul 2009 20:36 UTC in reply to "Something is missing"
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If OpenSolaris is a Linux distribution, then isn't it missing...um...Linux?

As long as you're talking about Linux-the-kernel, yes.

Now, let's talk about Linux-the-distro. It's usually Linux, glibc, X11, {kde,gnome,xfce,lxde}, more apps, some random packaging horror and a custom theme to make you feel at home at the developer HQ.

OpenSolaris replaces Linux and glibc with its own counterparts, but the other stuff is there. From a user perspective (Kernel and libc are really not that interesting for users), it's the same.

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