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 same experience - very slow!
by Marcin on Tue 21st Jul 2009 03:02 UTC
Marcin
Member since:
2007-06-06

I have had the same experience when I tried OpenSolaris (OS) 2009.06, i.e. it is very, very slow in every aspect. Additionally, since I'm new to OS world, I needed some documentation, and to my surprise there is very little documentation! This is the biggest problem for new OS users!. I also don't know why OS takes nearly 800MB of ram, even though I just started it.

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Gullible Jones Member since:
2006-05-23

The 800 MB of RAM is because of ZFS. ZFS is supposed to be wonderful because it caches lots of stuff in RAM, but unlike normal cache, ZFS cache isn't freed when applications need more RAM... It just stays there. What you get is an utter RAM hog.

As for the sluggishness... Beats me, maybe it's just slow because XOrg and Gnome are slow. Last I tried it it didn't seem much slower than most of the desktop Linux distros, except in terms of boot time.

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binarycrusader Member since:
2005-07-06

The 800 MB of RAM is because of ZFS. ZFS is supposed to be wonderful because it caches lots of stuff in RAM, but unlike normal cache, ZFS cache isn't freed when applications need more RAM... It just stays there. What you get is an utter RAM hog.


Pardon, but this isn't true. Please cite your sources if you have proof otherwise.

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binarycrusader Member since:
2005-07-06

I have had the same experience when I tried OpenSolaris (OS) 2009.06, i.e. it is very, very slow in every aspect. Additionally, since I'm new to OS world, I needed some documentation, and to my surprise there is very little documentation! This is the biggest problem for new OS users!. I also don't know why OS takes nearly 800MB of ram, even though I just started it.


There is actually a lot of documentation. Have you ever visited docs.sun.com?

What about the OpenSolaris-specific documentation in 11 languages here?

http://dlc.sun.com/osol/g11n/downloads/docs/current/

Find out more here:
http://www.opensolaris.com/learn/

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