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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same experience,
by ideasman42 on Tue 21st Jul 2009 15:35 UTC
ideasman42
Member since:
2007-07-20

Just a note that I had the same experience, coming from using linux for 10 years now, opensolaris & solaris are very underwhelming.

Its depressing Sun put so much effort and (good will?), into opensourcing solaris only for it to fall pretty flat.
Maybe we can eventually get dtrace & ZFS... okay okay, there are OSS equivalents to those shaping up pretty good too.

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RE: same experience,
by glynnfoster on Tue 21st Jul 2009 16:22 in reply to "same experience,"
glynnfoster Member since:
2009-07-21

Why do you think it fell flat? There's now 3 releases, with incremental improvement each time. I think you're also forgetting a couple of things

- Solaris was a significant amount of code to open source - 30,000 individual files, 10 million lines of code. While development did have a 'community culture' internally, it was a pretty big effort to move that process externally.

- OpenSolaris contains a huge amount of change to Solaris 10, with a lot of new technologies that are starting to change the way software is delivered to the hands of the user. Yep, IPS can be a little underwhelming at times (purely by the stuff that hasn't yet been implemented), but its a drastic improvement to what was there before with SVr4 packaging and manageability around software updates.

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RE[2]: same experience,
by ideasman42 on Tue 21st Jul 2009 18:13 in reply to "RE: same experience,"
ideasman42 Member since:
2007-07-20

Why it fell flat?
- Because Thom says so and almost everyone agrees with him!

Discounting hardware and driver issues which I can forgive a non mainstream OS for. The overall experience is pretty bad.

For instance on the live CD it comes up with some gnoem panel error and asks me if I wanted to delete the applet.

The package manager was so slow, it could't not download GCC, and kept failing, my connection is fast enough so not sure why this is.

For some reason it also had trouble with samba not connecting to a PC that all my other linux boxes could connect to through samba.

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