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Postby exploder on Sat May 10, 2008 12:50 pm

Has anyone taken a look at OpenSolaris? I had a look using the Live CD on two different pc's. I could not get Networking started on either machine and it could not recognize the onboard intel sound on my new machine. The network cards on both machines was recognized so most likely I needed to configure something to get online. There is not very much documentation available yet unfortunately

What did work worked well. I thought the artwork was good, everything looked nice! The default set of applications was good, except OpenOffice was not installed by default. I am guessing that there was not room for OpenOffice on the Live CD. I noticed Gimp was version 2.4.1, a little out of date but not bad considering when the os was built. Firefox was the current stable version, too bad I couldn't use it.

OpenSolaris looks to have some real potential and is very nice for their first stable release. Hardware support needs more work if they want to be main stream but I was still impressed by what I saw. I was surprised at how well the Live CD worked for being their first release. I am going to keep my eye on OpenSolaris, future releases are sure to be even better.
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Re: OpenSolaris

Postby lakehousetech on Sat May 10, 2008 12:57 pm

I just downloaded it and burned it yesterday. I'm gonna check it out tonight. Sounds like it's nice.
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Re: OpenSolaris

Postby MagnusB on Sat May 10, 2008 4:33 pm

Tried it out, but had same issues I had with all BSD flavors I have tried, mainly drivers... Still, if the Linux drivers get ported, it could have some real potential... I might also take a look at BeleniX OpenSolaris when I get the time...
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Re: OpenSolaris

Postby Zwopper on Sat May 10, 2008 5:03 pm

MagnusB wrote:I might also take a look at BeleniX OpenSolaris when I get the time...

New fun things to fill up my hard drive with! :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:
Has anyone of you tried Nexenta? - it sounds interesting in theory, combining Open Solaris with Debian and Ubuntu.
I think I'll take it for a test drive as well...
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Re: OpenSolaris

Postby Alpha-Geek on Sun May 11, 2008 10:49 am

I've not tried OpenSolaris. The last I Solaris I used was Solaris 10. The only problem I had was networking. Not a wide range of cards supported. I put a 3com 3c905 card in all the boxes & they worked quite well.
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Re: OpenSolaris

Postby exploder on Sun May 11, 2008 11:44 am

There must be interest in OpenSolaris because it shot up to number 2 on Distrowatch today. I was curious!
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Re: OpenSolaris

Postby NoClue! on Sun May 11, 2008 12:55 pm

I grabbed it, won't boot in vbox and I lost interest in burning it. After hearing this I will most likely just delete it.
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Re: OpenSolaris

Postby clem on Fri May 16, 2008 7:39 am

Solaris comes with a very interesting feature called dtrace: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6chLw2ao ... re=related

It's quite advanced and it's not something you'd necessarilly be interested in as a desktop user. It's quite powerful though and it'd be nice to see that supported in Linux.

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Re: OpenSolaris

Postby clem on Fri May 16, 2008 9:48 am

Very nice video overview of OpenSolaris: http://java.sun.com/javaone/sf/media_sh ... 18&type=c1

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Re: OpenSolaris

Postby Zwopper on Fri May 16, 2008 10:25 am

...and ZFS is interesting to say the least!
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Re: OpenSolaris

Postby 67GTA on Wed Jun 11, 2008 9:18 pm

I just got my opensolaris CD today in the mail. I requested a free CD out of curiosity. I have 2 desktops and 1 laptop with AMD/Nvidia hardware. I was impressed with the auto configuration(or so it seemed) of drivers and setup. Almost nothing worked. My nvidia graphics cards/monitor res were the only thing that worked correctly on all three machines. I could not get an internet connection. Sound wouldn't work. CD drives spun 3 times faster than I've ever heard. I thought they were all going to take flight. All this despite the fact that the driver utility said most of the drivers were working. My printers were configured, but wouldn't print(all HP). Too bad the CD isn't rewritable :D
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Re: OpenSolaris

Postby ed@Mint on Wed Jun 11, 2008 10:14 pm

OpenSolaris is nice.
Not really destined to prime time for desktop use, though.
No ext3 driver, for example.
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Re: OpenSolaris

Postby lakehousetech on Sun Jun 22, 2008 9:42 am

Agreed, but it is clean and I can see utilizing it at work for some of our workstations in the lab. It's a start anyway. They have put a lot of effort into it over the past year, and we should continue to see it get better and better.
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