[Beowulf] SGI and Sun: In Memoriam
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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