[sf-lug] Sun solaris differences...

Rick Moen rick at linuxmafia.com
Mon Nov 26 23:30:16 PST 2007

Hi.  Just trying to help out.

Quoting Kristian Erik Hermansen (kristian.hermansen at gmail.com):

> Solaris 10 has containers, which are a form of virtualization -- not
> sure if they existed in Solaris 9.

Quite right:  No zone support in Solaris 9.

> Don't forget dtrace.  Doesn't 10 also add ZFS support?

Yes.  Significant gain for really huge filesystems, if only on account
of fsck times.

> I think Solaris 10 is what you are going to want to run.  

It's not bad.  Miles better than all of its predecessors, and genuinely
open source.

However, the upstream querent (Ola Peters) doesn't seem to have had any
option to choose among versions, but rather was seeking to get quickly
briefed on differences among them, e.g., to talk to a client or employer
who expects knowledge of those things.

> The new desktop is something more friendly than the old CDE interface,
> and is Gnome-like...

"Sun Java Desktop" actually _is_ GNOME.

(Of course, when obliged to run Solaris, I always made a beeline for a
package of Window Maker or something like that.)

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