Dabbling in OpenSolaris

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Recently, I have had the chance to dabble a bit in OpenSolaris while working on a particular server installation. OpenSolaris, as you may know, is the recently open-sourced version of Sun's Solaris OS, which in turn is one of the many flavours of Unix.

One of my customers is using OpenSolaris, which gave me the chance now to dust off some of my long forgotten Solaris 'skills' and take another look at it on the server.

Honestly, when you are used to GNU/Linux and log into an OpenSolaris machine for the first time you initially really don't see a difference. Most of the commands you know are there and will work as usual. That is of course no coincidence, since the GNU project set out to specifically provide a familiar environment, re-implementing all the tools and commands people were used to on Unix.

A few minor differences on the command line

Sure, there are some peculiar differences:

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