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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by dvzt on Mon 20th Jul 2009 21:05 UTC
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So what was the reason for creating OpenSolaris? Noone ever said that it should be a general purpose desktop competing with Windows, like say Ubuntu, but rather a system for developers and admins, who are dealing with Solaris infrastructure and students who are looking for an easy way to get started.

Instead of comparing desktop experience with Linux (I've used OpenSolaris for some time as my main OS and it didn't feel so bad at all.) you should rather check out some great technologies that are included, like the awesome new network virtualization, Solaris process scheduling and resource management or the storage framework comstar, which allows you among other things to turn your server into a fibre channel array. You don't have any of these things in Linux. (While we're at it, Linux doesn't even have a real fibre channel stack and Linux's resource management is very incapable.)

I would suggest writing articles about stuff you are competent with or at least taking some time to research.

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