OpenSolaris

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Until now I worked exclusively with Linux, although I tried different distributions like SuSE Linux, Debian and Red Hat, I had no experience with other UNIX operating systems. At the weekend I had a bit of time and I decided to make a little experiment - install Open Solaris on my desktop computer. My desktop computer is no longer my main system. I use my laptop for this, that’s why I could format hard disc without any inhibitions.

The first view is deceptive:

The installation was very easy, as I would wish it from a modern operating systems. The appearance of the system is very similar to linux because of GNOME-Desktop. But if you look closer, you will find conceptual differences.

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tried opensolaris on a sacrificial laptop a week ago, still not quite there yet for me. I tried to install KDE/anything other than gnome and the login manager struggled to allow me to add it as an option at login, (tried Belenix and the ionstalled decided to ignore my partitioning request...)
My main gripe when installing opensolaris was that in installing kde and openoffice and then updating the system i downloaded many Gb of software, not a huge problem as I am on 8mb/s unlimited 24/7 broadband but it still did seem a lot slower than it should have been, updated my entire opensuse distro to the latest factory quicker than that and that was almost an entire reinstall.
I am more interested in trying opensolaris again in say 12 months if they ever provide rw support to ntfs/ext3 (am not sure if they do or not for ntfs yet) and if they support at least read only zfs in linux.

Not quite there yet but considering what has changed since this distro was 'opened up' it's well on it's way to being a good unix system, well, better then hurd which still steems stagnent.

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