LinuxQuestions.org
Did you know LQ has a Linux Hardware Compatibility List?
Go Back   LinuxQuestions.org > Forums > Other *NIX Forums > Solaris / OpenSolaris
User Name
Password
Solaris / OpenSolaris This forum is for the discussion of Solaris and OpenSolaris.
General Sun, SunOS and Sparc related questions also go here.

Notices

Reply
 
Search this Thread
Old 06-22-2006, 02:53 PM   #1
RedShirt
Senior Member
 
Registered: Oct 2005
Location: Denver
Distribution: Sabayon 3.5Loop2
Posts: 1,150

Rep: Reputation: 45
Solaris 10 vs Express vs OpenSolaris / ZFS / X11 questions


I have been reading around about Solaris for some time now, after hearing about ZFS. I have done a good deal of research on it, though very little is really available, and even less about the features and use and practicality of Solaris as a desktop and multimedia OS.

I have a good deal of experience with Linux in many many flavors and have been running Gentoo for a few months. I would like to branch out a bit now to Solaris to give it a go, but have some questions about whether it is time for me to try it or not.

It appears based on some of my reading around that Solaris 10 isn't actually released yet even though Solaris 10 1/06 and Solaris Express 6/06 are out. Is Solaris 10 really unreleased at this point, and how stable are the Express releases? Is it something I can use as my main OS on my second system? On a similar vein, OpenSolaris seems to have plenty of various releases as well, and I would like to try Solaris of some flavor. What benefits drawbacks do I have with OpenSolaris compared to Express or base Solaris 10?

ZFS seems pretty impressive, has anyone been using for awhile that can comment to its stability and performance as a desktop(read NOT SERVER) FS?

I see that some versions of the Express and OpenSolaris come with X, this would be appreciated by me, I would like to try Solaris as is, but I would also like to be able to use modular XOrg(6.9 or 7.0) with it. Is this possible? And as a continuation, how about running other things like XGL, KDE, or Gnome?

Thanks for answering some new to Solaris questions.
 
Old 06-22-2006, 03:58 PM   #2
jlliagre
Moderator
 
Registered: Feb 2004
Location: Outside Paris
Distribution: Solaris10, Solaris 11, Mint, OL
Posts: 9,482

Rep: Reputation: 354Reputation: 354Reputation: 354Reputation: 354
Quote:
Originally Posted by RedShirt

It appears based on some of my reading around that Solaris 10 isn't actually released yet even though Solaris 10 1/06 and Solaris Express 6/06 are out.
Beta of Solaris 10 have been made available since september 2004.
Solaris 10 has been released in january 2005.
Solaris 10 update 1 has been released in january 2006.
Solaris 10 update 2 will be in the next days.

Solaris Express is a generic name applying to the next release of Solaris. It used to be Solaris 10, but since winter 2004, it applies to "Solaris 11, a.k.a. Nevada".

Quote:
Is Solaris 10 really unreleased at this point,
No.
Quote:
and how stable are the Express releases?
Rock solid.
Quote:
Is it something I can use as my main OS on my second system?
Sure, although the licence requires you to update after 6 month.
Quote:
On a similar vein, OpenSolaris seems to have plenty of various releases as well, and I would like to try Solaris of some flavor.
OpenSolaris is not a full O/S distribution, it is the source code kernel and utilities distribution.
Sun's OpenSolaris distribution is Solaris Express, there are other, independant distros:
- SchilliX, from Jeorg Schilling (mkisofs and cdrecord author)
- Belenix, an Indian live-cd
- Nexenta, a.k.a. GnuSolaris (Ubuntu Dapper Drake on top of Open Solaris kernel)
- Polaris, first distribution for PPC
- marTux, first distribution for sparc
- Portaris, unofficial/unreleased yet Gentoo's Portage project.
Quote:
What benefits drawbacks do I have with OpenSolaris compared to Express or base Solaris 10?
Solaris Express is more cutting edge, has more features, but has not the same level of support Solaris 10 (or 9 or 8) have.
Quote:
ZFS seems pretty impressive, has anyone been using for awhile that can comment to its stability and performance as a desktop(read NOT SERVER) FS?
I've been using it on my laptop since it's available in november 2005 (Solaris Express build27a), and very happy with it.
Quote:
I see that some versions of the Express and OpenSolaris come with X
All of them are doing it, hopefully.
Quote:
this would be appreciated by me, I would like to try Solaris as is, but I would also like to be able to use modular XOrg(6.9 or 7.0) with it. Is this possible?
The modular Xorg 6.9 is the standard X11 server for Solaris running on x86 H/W.
Quote:
And as a continuation, how about running other things like XGL, KDE, or Gnome?
No XGL I'm aware of, although 3D GL acceleration is supported on nVidia H/W.
You can easily install KDE from various sources. Some distros have it preinstalled.
Gnome is the default graphic environment (JDS).

Last edited by jlliagre; 06-22-2006 at 03:59 PM.
 
Old 06-22-2006, 04:52 PM   #3
RedShirt
Senior Member
 
Registered: Oct 2005
Location: Denver
Distribution: Sabayon 3.5Loop2
Posts: 1,150

Original Poster
Rep: Reputation: 45
Thank you

I appreciate your help. It did seem odd that Solaris 10 wasn't actually out when I had read other things claiming it had been since like Nov 2004, I will get Express I think, cause I would like latest and greatest.

Thanks for all the info, I appreciate it as a Solaris newb.
 
  


Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Solaris-express is it free or not?? flowerman Solaris / OpenSolaris 20 05-10-2006 08:28 AM
Solaris Express and this message zillah Solaris / OpenSolaris 16 03-19-2006 12:42 PM
Solaris Express 11/05 on 2nd HDD Keruskerfuerst Solaris / OpenSolaris 1 11-20-2005 05:29 AM
When will zfs be out? Thaidog Solaris / OpenSolaris 1 07-12-2005 08:01 AM
solaris express 10 vs solaris 10 ? carboncopy Solaris / OpenSolaris 10 01-06-2005 10:19 AM


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 06:57 AM.

Main Menu
My LQ
Write for LQ
LinuxQuestions.org is looking for people interested in writing Editorials, Articles, Reviews, and more. If you'd like to contribute content, let us know.
Main Menu
Syndicate
RSS1  Latest Threads
RSS1  LQ News
Twitter: @linuxquestions
identi.ca: @linuxquestions
Facebook: linuxquestions Google+: linuxquestions
Open Source Consulting | Domain Registration