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Old 11-14-2007, 08:36 AM   #1
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answering some questions for a schoolproject?


Hey everybody,

I'm doing a schoolproject about operating systems and my subject is Solaris. I've made a list of questions I had to ask an "expert" in Solaris. I need these questions answered by friday but Sun MS isnt responding to my mails.
Could anyone answer these questions for me?
Just as much as possible.
If you can't answer them or they are inapropriate, just leave em blanc

Thanks!

1. How long does Sun Microsystems exist?

2. Wich operating systems does Sun make (beside Solaris)?

3. With what purpose is Sun established? (why was it created?)

4. What features are new about Solaris 10?

5. Do you use Solaris at your work?

6. Do you use it at home?

7. What is Solaris really for? Also as desktop OS or as a server platform?

8. What is going to change about Solaris in the future?

9. What do you think of Solaris yourself?

10. Do you think it is going to be used more in the future?

11. Is Solaris usable for beginning computer users?

12. What is to be changed to make Solaris more userfriendly and effecient?

13. Why should I choose for Solaris and not for Windows, Mac OS X or Linux?

14. How is it possible for Solaris to work with Linux and Windows? (interoperates?)

15. When do you think a new version of Solaris will be released?

16. Where do I find software for Solaris?

17. If I woukld have problems with Solaris, let's say the installation, Would I have to contact Sun or would it be better to drop my question at a random forum?

18.Is Solaris's sourcecode free available or is it closed-source?

19. Would I need a heavy computer or could my old dusty Pentium 2 work as smooth?

20. Could every computer (if fast enough) run Solaris or do the motherboard, processor and BIOS type matter?

I know I can get info from google but my assigment says I have to ask an expert.

Thans anyway =)

Mithandus
 
Old 11-14-2007, 08:51 AM   #2
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4) ZFS is new in Solaris 10.

5) Yes.

6) Not anymore. Would like to, but Solaris doesn't support dial-up very well, and I'm stuck with dial-up at home.

7) Workstation and server platform.

14) Works fine with Linux. Integration with Windows can be challenging.

16) www.sunfreeware.com

19 & 20) Check the HCL at sun.com
 
Old 11-14-2007, 10:36 AM   #3
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this may be helpful for 1,2,3...
http://www.sun.com/aboutsun/index.jsp
(answers a few of the questions)

5,6 I use it at work, I don't use it at home.
7 I use it as a server platform.
12). It's already friendly and efficient. It's just picky about it's friends.
14. It works just fine with windows and Linux, complies with standards, etc. (Now if Windows complies with standards is another discussion).
 
Old 11-14-2007, 10:59 AM   #4
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1. How long does Sun Microsystems exist?
3. With what purpose is Sun established? (why was it created?)
February 1982, see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sun_Microsystems#History

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2. Wich operating systems does Sun make (beside Solaris)?
None. See http://www.sun.com/software/index.js...0Systems&tab=3

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4. What features are new about Solaris 10?
ZFS, Predictive Self Healing, to name few. See http://www.sun.com/software/solaris/features.jsp

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5. Do you use Solaris at your work?
Yes

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6. Do you use it at home?
Yes

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7. What is Solaris really for? Also as desktop OS or as a server platform?
Workstation and servers, although work is being done for it to be a good desktop OS.

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8. What is going to change about Solaris in the future?
Have a look at OpenSolaris site, here's the roadmap: http://www.opensolaris.org/os/about/roadmap/

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9. What do you think of Solaris yourself?
I think that's the most reliable OS I've ever used and I'm very happy with it.

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10. Do you think it is going to be used more in the future?
I think, and hope, yes.

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11. Is Solaris usable for beginning computer users?
Nowadays more than ever.

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12. What is to be changed to make Solaris more userfriendly and effecient?
Have a look at Indiana:
http://www.opensolaris.org/os/project/indiana/
I think that my father wouldn't use Solaris because the package management of the OS is not father-proof. And this is a blocking issue, for an user not used to some CLI-ing.

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13. Why should I choose for Solaris and not for Windows, Mac OS X or Linux?
Nowadays: depends on what you want to do with it. I chose Solaris over the other OS because I can do all I need with it, because the system is reliable, documentation is good. At the end, because I trust the system. I don't trust Windows. I trust Linux but prefer Solaris. Never tried Mac OS X.

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14. How is it possible for Solaris to work with Linux and Windows? (interoperates?)
Depends on what you want to do. Solaris works fine with Linux. With Windows you get Samba to share file systems but other types of interoperability may be challenging.

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15. When do you think a new version of Solaris will be released?
I don't "think" it, Sun has been historically strict about releasing Solaris revisions, which is now updated approximately every 6 months.

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16. Where do I find software for Solaris?
I mostly use sunfreeware and www.blastwave.org.

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17. If I woukld have problems with Solaris, let's say the installation, Would I have to contact Sun or would it be better to drop my question at a random forum?
I'm not paying Sun support, so I'll drop some lines just here in www.linuxquestions.org, and many experts will be glad to help you.

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18.Is Solaris's sourcecode free available or is it closed-source?
Solaris has been partially open-sourced. You can look for details on http://www.opensolaris.org/

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19. Would I need a heavy computer or could my old dusty Pentium 2 work as smooth?
20. Could every computer (if fast enough) run Solaris or do the motherboard, processor and BIOS type matter?
Check the HCL and use the Sun Device Detection Tool.

Bye,
Enrico.
 
Old 11-16-2007, 03:15 AM   #5
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thank y'all for posting that fast!
You all really helped me out=D
 
Old 11-16-2007, 06:27 AM   #6
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I really need a new OS. I used XP a long time on my desktop now but I'm getting sick of it. Would Solaris run on my pc and if it can, how?

My system:
Windows XP Professional
Intel Celeron 800Mhz
384Mb SDRAM
64 Mb Ati Radeon 9000 videocard

Or on my laptop:
Windows Vista Home Basic (yeah I know it stinks)
Intel Celeron M 1,0Ghz
1Gb Ram
256mb Mobile Intel 945 GM Express

bye,
Mithandus
 
Old 11-16-2007, 06:36 AM   #7
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As I told you while answering your questions, I'd check the hardware with Sun Device Detection Tool (http://www.sun.com/bigadmin/hcl/hcts/device_detect.jsp) and I'd check the HCL, too.

By the way, your desktop PC is short of memory to run the system, with only 384 MB of RAM, IMHO.

Try Solaris Express Community Edition, which has greater hardware support than Solaris 10.

Bye,
Enrico.

Last edited by crisostomo_enrico; 11-16-2007 at 07:56 AM.
 
Old 11-16-2007, 06:52 AM   #8
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Have a quick look at this, too.

http://www.sun.com/software/solaris/specs.jsp

http://opensolaris.org/os/project/ca...nstall_sysreq/
 
Old 11-16-2007, 07:51 AM   #9
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Ok ill check.
I know bout the memory but I might get a newer computer from my dad soon.

bye,
Martijn
 
  


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