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I haven't seen anything official regarding Solaris 9 for Intel; however, I seem to recall reading something about Solaris 10 being the next release for the x86 platform. Although I can't find anything about it now.
Does anybody have any idea as to whether it'll be released for download? I would really love to give Solaris a go, and with a new version being released, there should be no better time! But there's no way I can afford to go on a Solaris course on a teacher-trainee salary!
Originally posted by Bert I'm applying for a post with an institute which runs a few Solaris on Intel. At the time, I didn't want to show my ignorance - I didn't know Solaris could be run on Intel.
Excuse my ignorance but are there any convincing reasons why someone wouldn't just install Linux instead? What does Solaris offer without the made to fit hardware?
Solaris is free for personal use on X86 (you can download it from the sun website), but I'd stay with Linux on X86. On the other hand Solaris running on Sparc has advantages because the Sparc hardware is more powerful than Intel hardware (more expensive too) and there are added benefits if you are a Java programmer. Note that Solaris9 (on Sparc) also comes with Oracle 9i but not with a license to use Oracle 9i for enterprise work, it's just for learning/evaluation purposes. Solaris is more powerful than Linux, however the real Solaris runs on Ultra Sparc III cu, I'm not too sure how powerful Intel Solaris is going to be, I know that there is less functionality. I believe that Intel/Microsoft is going to turn very opressive in the future and Linux might meet some tidal waves, so it's nice to have Solaris and Sparc nearby.
Originally posted by Bert Excuse my ignorance but are there any convincing reasons why someone wouldn't just install Linux instead? What does Solaris offer without the made to fit hardware?
Running Solaris on x86 provides an inexpensive development and staging area when you use Sparc hardware in your production environment. It's pretty easy to come up with a spare x86 machine to test a piece of software or code.
Originally posted by Bert What is the nature of the performance hit in running Solaris on SPARC compared to Intel? Limitations?
Are there compatibility issues for example availability of device drivers for Solaris on Intel?
Running Solaris on a SPARC compared to x86 is totally different. It was first designed for SPARC so naturally I do believe it runs better. From what I've seen and heard on a x86, it can be a bit of a hog.
Running on a SPARC, there isn't really incompatiblity issues with hardware, I would hope Sun wouldn't leave out their own hardware when designing the OS to run on it.
But the Intel version your going to run into incompatiblities, not everything is totally supported.
Maybe we should wait til after Christmas, I want to at least buy family and friends Christmas cards..
And I just donated my $20 bucks I had to LQ.. kind of a thank you to Jeremy for the site for all his hard work.. plus rent will be late because of that, cause now I have to wait til Friday to have the fundage to actually pay the full amount.. cause I didn't calculate properly my balance in my head this past week. must have missed a check I sent out or something..
But on the side note, my solaris training I got a little outside help with and also, a 25 pack of Ramen goes for $5 at the local H.E.B. Can't beat that, food that lasts almost a month at a time.