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Sun Solaris, OpenSolaris Pavel Heimlich has announced the release of an updated version of Korona 4.4.3: "Korona is the live DVD adding KDE4 packages on top of OpenSolaris. It is intended to be the showcase of the current state of the kde-solaris project, definitely not a distribution for any serious use."
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by Laurence on Thu 27th May 2010 09:42 UTC
Laurence
Member since:
2007-03-26

I pretty much hated OpenSolaris from the start.
It felt slow, buggy, bloated and the package manager just felt a step backwards from what I was used to (I even preferred FreeBSD ports).


However, I ended up being lumped with OpenSolaris as I wanted a ZFS NAS which could also run virtual servers on top.
* NexentaCP 1 was buggy and VBox was so unstable it became unusable for more than 1 VM. (later versions might be OK, but I lost faith with them after it became clear that the Core range was just lip service to the open source community)
* FreeBSD's ZFS support was still only classed as "experimental" plus there seemed to be little in the way of virtulisation solutions for AMD64 (if I'm wrong about these points, please correct me)
* and Linux (ZFS-FUSE) did little to reassure me either.

So I've been running OpenSolaris for about 3 months now and it's starting to win me over. There's still a few niggles (mostly around SMB/CIFS hosting) but on the whole it seems pretty stable - if a little bloated for a NAS.

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vermaden Member since:
2006-11-18

* FreeBSD's ZFS support was still only classed as "experimental" plus there seemed to be little in the way of virtulisation solutions for AMD64 (if I'm wrong about these points, please correct me)
* and Linux (ZFS-FUSE) did little to reassure me either.


ZFS in FreeBSD 8.0-RELEASE (v13) is marked as production ready, and on amd64 does not require any additional tuning with 2GB or more RAM. You may of course use i386, but kernel recompile can be required to increase some kernel memory limits, besides that a lot of people reported that it works flawlessly now.

Even more ZFS 'upgrades/updates' has been added to, what it will be 8.1-RELEASE (will be released somewhere in July).

I use ZFS on my FreeBSD box without any issues or panics, uptime very healthy, system reboots only when I tell him to do so.

Current version in 8-STABLE/9-CURRENT tree is ZFS v14, but there were already some works on side source tree to have deduplication working with ZFS v24 on FreeBSD 9-CURRENT, here:
http://freebsd.org/news/status/report-2010-01-2010-03.html#ZFS

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Laurence Member since:
2007-03-26

Sounds good.

Any ideas on FreeBSD as a VirtualBox or VMWare host?
I can't seem to find any recent news and FreeBSD isn't listed in their respective download pages. (unless I've missed the obvious?)

I know there's always Xen, but I never got along with it ;)

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