Solaris to Get Linux Features

Sun Microsystems Incorporated has plans, called Project Indiana, to revamp Solaris, one of the main varieties of the Unix family of operating systems, known for their ability to safely and securely handle major computing tasks rather than for ease of use. The latter is, however, what the company would like to improve, by incorporating key pieces of rival Linux software. The move could result in better support from developers who have massed behind Linux. The company hopes to improve hardware support for the OS and essentially make Solaris more popular. Sun is known for its business computers that can handle major corporate loads.

News source: PC World

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does 5/07 mean May 2007? just wondering... I got my 11/06 when I saw that advert on the website. I think I'll go snatch this 5/07 release. Thanks!

Izlude said,
does 5/07 mean May 2007? just wondering... I got my 11/06 when I saw that advert on the website. I think I'll go snatch this 5/07 release. Thanks!

Solaris 10 11/06 is Solaris 10 based off the super-duper-ultra-stable branch which includes all the ultra-highend services.

SXDE 05/07 is Solaris Express Developer Edition which is based off a stablised branch of Solaris's development branch, which includes alot more drivers and a more up to date version of GNOME.

The next release of SXDE will be based on B70 of OpenSolaris - I would say that the next release will probably be 08/07.

Quite frankly, unless you *really* *really* need all those enterprise services from Sun, you're better off goign either SXDE (Solaris Express Developer Edition) which has a 3-4 month release schedule or SXCE (Solaris Express Community Edition) which is released each fortnight.

I used it. I ordered it just to own it. I downloaded it too in case my disks didn't arrive (but they did)

I've never seen a more complex system install. You're asked to enter a huge network identification (only for those who are setting up servers I guess) you can skip all that mumbo jumbo and just install the basics if you're trying to make it a workstation. it took a good 2 hours to complete. the native desktop is ugly, so I stuck with the gnome one.

I often find myself booting into Solaris to download dangerous files / stuff which would definately kill my Windows install. I'm happy browsing in Solaris.

Izlude said,
I used it. I ordered it just to own it. I downloaded it too in case my disks didn't arrive (but they did)

I've never seen a more complex system install. You're asked to enter a huge network identification (only for those who are setting up servers I guess) you can skip all that mumbo jumbo and just install the basics if you're trying to make it a workstation. it took a good 2 hours to complete. the native desktop is ugly, so I stuck with the gnome one.

I often find myself booting into Solaris to download dangerous files / stuff which would definately kill my Windows install. I'm happy browsing in Solaris. :)

Pardon? What were you using? Don't use Solaris 10 11/06 unless you're going to run a server - just grab Solaris Express Developer Edition 05/07 (Designed specifically for workstations) and use that instead; 2.16 GNOME desktop, *alot* more drivers included by default etc.

Advanced doesn't mean easy to use, actually the opposite. It's for servers and people who are trained in UNIX systems.

Jonathan Schwartz is a genius, and his entire "Solaris for everyone" project is very inspired. He even made it free..

I really hate how closed the Linux leadership/autocrats (and YES, they do exist) are when it comes to welcoming outsiders, whether it be Sun's Solaris or the Mono project. It's totally against the community spirit, and doesn't really help end users one bit. Especially given the fact that no single corporation has contributed to the Linux kernel and software as much as Sun has.

Red Hat contributes a LOT to the Linux kernel, moreso than people give them credit for.

From being around the Solaris community for 5 years this will pis* off a lot of users and admins. You can't go into #solaris or Solaris forums without getting verbally assaulted if you compare Linux to Solaris or if you ask a Solaris question that includes the word Linux. I'm wondering if Solaris users who are firmly opposed to Linux will accept Project Indiana or if they will stick with Solaris 10.

h3xis said,
Red Hat contributes a LOT to the Linux kernel, moreso than people give them credit for.

On the flip side, Sun contributes almost nothing to the Linux Kernel.

MrA said,

On the flip side, Sun contributes almost nothing to the Linux Kernel.

Red Hat is a Linux vendor, Sun is not. So what in the world is your point?

TRC said,
Red Hat is a Linux vendor, Sun is not. So what in the world is your point? :huh:
He was making a counterpoint to Computer Guru's gushing over Sun, and negative coloring of Linux.

Computer Guru said,
RedHat HAS to contribute to the Linux Kernel.... It's their entire source of income!!

Sun Systems on the otherhand doesn't HAVE to (and, from a selfish point of view, shouldn't) contribute at all to Linux. But they have.

Jonathan is a very honest and sincere person: http://blogs.sun.com/jonathan/entry/one_plus_one_is_fifty


Their entire source of income? I wouldn't be so sure. I would think support would be. Solaris, no doubt, along with many other of Sun's products, is great, however it's losing ground in the server market. They have no choice but to revamp Solaris.

markjensen said,
He was making a counterpoint to Computer Guru's gushing over Sun, and negative coloring of Linux.

And you're only in here because someone gave their opinion of Linux and you didn't like it so you attacked them. Let's look at what you said and how you quietly attacked a person over nothing more than their opinion that they have every right in the world to make:

He was making a counterpoint to Computer Guru's gushing over Sun, and negative coloring of Linux

You said "gushing over Sun" as if it's entirely wrong for him to like Sun and Solaris. You then said "negative coloring of Linux" simply because you prefer Linux yourself and it's your favorite OS and you didn't like what he said about it.

For an "adult" you act pretty immature when it comes to Linux. You always have to enter a thread and give your opinion and sometimes talk as if only your opinion matters and everyone elses doesn't.

Cryingcure said,
And you're only in here because someone gave their opinion of Linux and you didn't like it so you attacked them. Let's look at what you said and how you quietly attacked a person over nothing more than their opinion that they have every right in the world to make:

You said "gushing over Sun" as if it's entirely wrong for him to like Sun and Solaris. You then said "negative coloring of Linux" simply because you prefer Linux yourself and it's your favorite OS and you didn't like what he said about it.

For an "adult" you act pretty immature when it comes to Linux. You always have to enter a thread and give your opinion and sometimes talk as if only your opinion matters and everyone elses doesn't.

Oh, it's you again.

Yes, ComputerGuru was "gushing", calling Jonathan Schwartz "a genius", and saying Solaris "is very inspired", rinishing off with "no single corporation has contributed to the Linux kernel and software as much as Sun has". Yeah. That's gushing.

And negative coloring was here: "I really hate how closed the Linux leadership/autocrats (and YES, they do exist) are when it comes to welcoming outsiders".

I never attacked anyone. You certainly are, though. Let's call you out on that right now. Where did I ever say or imply "only your opinion matters and everyone elses doesn't"? Where?

You need to find that cure for your crying and grow up.