Solaris Express 10/2005 (derived from Nevada Build 23) was posted today, providing a variety of improvements. And for the first time, gdb and g77 are bundled with the operating system. You can obtain a free download. An overview of new features is also available.
Solaris Express 10/2005 Released
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2005-10-19 2:39 amrm6990
Solaris hasn’t killed much of anything lately. I’m not saying it couldn’t, it is a fascinating piece of technology. But perhaps providing more substance rather than “Solaris is going to kill Linux” wouldn’t lead to you getting modded down (which was me btw). Why is Solaris going to kill Linux? In-fact, maybe changing the wording to “Solaris is better than Linux because a, b, c and d.” would get you further than posting and being modded down out of everyone’s sight 5 minutes later.
Unless of course your whole point is to annoy people, which is really rather pathetic.
2005-10-19 6:25 amAnonymous
rm6990, i think you did a better job at annoying people by writing a big explanation over some guy’s comment that should have been ignored.
Thanks for posting the updates Dan! We appreciate it!!!
Sun keeps asking me if I’d like to see DVD images but no DVD image yet
Solaris seems to be about survival / marketing. All their licensing changes could have helped them more if they started 2+ years ago which is what 6 years in the tech space. If Suns going after desktop space they could miss the boat.
> If Suns going after desktop space they could miss the boat.
Linux is still waiting to catch the boat so Solaris hasn’t missed anything.
Infact Solaris may stand a better chance because it isn’t burdened with holy GPL/Distro/DE/Packaging wars that have plagued Linux from the start.
2005-10-19 5:50 amAnonymous
Sorry, there is going to be no “boat” to catch.
Nothing is going to go from not being not on the boat one day to on the boat the next.
In terms of acceptance and market share, Solaris is surely behind Linux on the desktop space, no argument about that.
woo, prtdiag on x86 Solaris! Something I found missing from Solaris 10 on Opteron.
Anyone seen those SUN addsfor the 64bit servers? Man, those are funny. I like thier ‘rejected’ ones. Now, if only they got together with Don Hertzfeldt….
Yeah. That would be something.
On the Solaris note… it’s good to see them trying, but Solaris seems to still be in it’s little niche. Always wanted to try it, never felt like wasting the time. Does it make a decent Desktop OS, or is it server usage only? What advatages does it have over linux? It would be nice to see a comparison… (although I bet there’s one of google, if I look.) :-p
> On the Solaris note… it’s good to see them trying, but Solaris seems to still be in it’s little niche. Always wanted to try it, never felt like wasting the time. Does it make a decent Desktop OS, or is it server usage only? What advatages does it have over linux? It would be nice to see a comparison… (although I bet there’s one of google, if I look.) :-p
I use Solaris on the desktop exclusively and compared with Linux I would say it is pretty much on par in usability department if you use JDS (not CDE). Practically all software available on Linux is available on Solaris, so there is pretty much nothing missing compared with Linux. I prefer to use Solaris to Linux because I do quite a bit of development and testing and the Zones feature comes in very handy. I have different zones simulating multiple physical machines in the real production infrastructure and Zones make it very easy.
2005-10-20 2:20 amunoengborg
I use Solaris on the desktop exclusively and compared with Linux I would say it is pretty much on par in usability department if you use JDS (not CDE).
True, both can use Gnome as desktop, so they are quite similar for for that type of usage. However most Linux distros comes with later versions of Gnome that gives it a slight usability advantage.
I suppose you could get these newer Gnome versions going on Solaris too if you compile it yourself. It is just that most people prefer to install ready made binary packages over compiling them.
The problem for Solaris is that for more people that demand a unixlike desktop can spell to Linux than people who can spell to Solaris. This means that closed source desktop software is likely to be released for Linux before it gets to Solaris, even if the difference between the versions are just a recompile.
well itsvery difficult to make a dvd image, unlike 4 CD images … which is why Sun want to keep asking yu to make sure their effort is really worth it.
It’s really based on Nevada Build 23. Typo on my part. I’ll mail Eugenia and get it fixed.
is going to kill Linux