It’s about time someone wrote this article. I know the headline is a little bit provoking. But when you think about some comments from Linux proponents you could think so.
The Open Solaris Hardware Compatibility List shows systems and peripherals which are compatible with the Solaris / Open Solaris OS.
Sun and the OpenSolaris community launched the official first version of the open-source OpenSolaris operating system.
Sun Microsystems announced that it will provide new software tools and expanded professional support to assist developers in building open-source storage solutions. With the new resources, Sun estimates the average developer will be able to set up an OpenSolaris server is about 10 minutes.
Sun is planning to release OpenSolaris soon with better package management, GNU userland tools and fast release cycle just like Fedora or Ubuntu Linux. Sun’s Ian Murdock gave a presentation about OpenSolaris at LugRadio Live this past weekend. He explained how OpenSolaris reflects Sun’s changing platform strategy and also discussed some of the technical attributes that differentiate OpenSolaris from Linux.
The first steps towards this goal have been realized in the latest developer preview release of OpenSolaris which offers a complete GNOME desktop environment as well as a package system and an installer. The final release will take place in May and the distribution will adhere to a six-month release cycle, just like Fedora and Ubuntu.
- Get Gnome desktop instead of Sun branded Java desktop. Please keep your corporate color away from my desktop.
- Currently OpenSolaris does not support virtual console
- Get complete package collection; I want something like FreeBSD ports or GNU/Debian APT repos.
- Get pulse-audio or may be ALSA sound support
=> Sun touts big plans for OpenSolaris as first release nears
Project Indiana is working towards creating a binary distribution of an operating system built out of the OpenSolaris source code. The distribution is a point of integration for several current projects on OpenSolaris.org, including those to make the installation experience easier, to modernize the look and feel of OpenSolaris on the desktop, and to introduce a network-based package management system into Solaris.
The resulting distribution is a live-CD install image, and is fully permissible to be redistributed by anyone. It will also have the capability for developers to create their own, customized distribution based on Project Indiana.
Now the first preview version is available. This is an x86-based LiveCD install image, containing some new and emerging OpenSolaris technologies. This may result in instabilities that lead to system panics or data corruption.
Among the features contained in this release are:
- Single CD download, with LiveCD ‘try before you install’ capabilities
- Caiman installer, with significantly improved installation experience
- ZFS as the default filesystem
- Image packaging system, with capabilities to pull packages from network repositories
- GNU utilities in the default $PATH
- bash as the default shell
- GNOME 2.20 desktop environment
Download Project Indiana OpenSolaris Developer Preview ISO
=> Visit the official site to grab ISO file
This is an interesting filesystem comparison. If you are looking to build cheap storage for personal use file system decision is quite important:
This is my attempt to cut through the hype and uncertainty to find a storage subsystem that works. I compared XFS and EXT4 under Linux with ZFS under OpenSolaris. Aside from the different kernels and filesystems, I tested internal and external journal devices and software and hardware RAIDs. Software RAIDs are “raid-10 near2” with 6 disks on Linux. On Solaris the zpool is created with three mirrors of two disks each. Hardware RAIDs use the Areca’s RAID-10 for both Linux and Solaris. Drive caches are disabled throughout, but the battery-backed cache on the controller is enabled when using hardware RAID.
=> ZFS, XFS, and EXT4 filesystems compared