[Beowulf] SGI and Sun: In Memoriam

Tim Cutts tjrc at sanger.ac.uk
Fri Apr 3 05:14:25 EDT 2009

On 2 Apr 2009, at 10:22 pm, Michael Brown wrote:

> On the other side, there's Sun's official "OpenSolaris"  
> distribution, which is confusingly named the same as the OpenSolaris  
> project, which is somehow related to Solaris 11, and then there's  
> Solaris Express, which doesn't exist any more ... yeah, I don't  
> understand the naming either. In any case, the OpenSolaris-the- 
> distribution is a lot more Linuxy. It uses an apt-like packaging  
> system with online repositories, finally replaces the old closed- 
> source installer, and symlinks /bin/sh to /bin/bash since that's  
> what world+dog expects now. If you want the full GNU userland  
> experience, there's also Nexenta, which basically is the GNU  
> userland with the OpenSolaris kernel.

In fact, it's basically Debian/GNU userland on the OpenSolaris  
kernel.  I remember seeing some very impressive demonstrations of what  
could be done with it at Debconf a couple of years ago.

My main reason for not touching it is even less ISV support than there  
is for Debian/GNU Linux.



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