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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The reason
by fernandotcl on Mon 20th Jul 2009 22:24 UTC
fernandotcl
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2007-08-12

The reason it sucks as a desktop distribution is that it isn't a desktop distribution. I'd love to see OpenSolaris as a server distribution, I don't understand why Sun managed to make such a mess out of a project that could bring a really nice server experience.

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RE: The reason
by Jondice on Mon 20th Jul 2009 22:48 in reply to "The reason"
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2006-09-20

Like, say, Fedora Linux, it is really meant to be both, and I use it as such. I can watch videos, listen to music, use all the software I need to use except for a few games (if I had more time these days I might even be able to futz around with Wine enough to get them working), and I have ZFS which I benefit from greatly. I haven't really used dtrace yet (not enough time), though I've wanted to a few times when I've hit a debugging snag.

I also liked SXCE more than the initial release of OpenSolaris, but with 2009.06 I'm starting to come around. I wiped my SXCE install (keeping my raidz pool) and replaced it with OpenSolaris; I was back up and running in 2 hours.

As for all of the people hating on the desktop experience, I think it is as good as a Gnome UI could be. Sure, linux works with more hardware, but if you have the right hardware (which in my experience isn't too hard to come by, including laptops), then it is great.

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