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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Don't underestimate the System. Solaris is, yes, just another POSIX OS with the same X, the same GNOME, etc.. But, where Linux is schizophrenic, Solaris is not. This may seem like a minor detail, but it results in a sometimes very different system. FreeBSD is similar for a lot of the same reasons; though it is different from Solaris it is similarly dissimilar from Linux, because it isn't schizophrenic and has a coherent design from bottom up through... not the top, but close to it.

So, OpenSolaris may at first blush seem just like another Linux distro, but the different details of its underpinnings allow it to be sometimes saner, sometimes easier and sometimes better. And, sometimes, it's worse.

There is very little in Solaris that could not be cloned by Linux, even not counting specific technologies like dtrace. What can't be cloned is the process, the control, and the cohesiveness.

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