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    Mostly Unix and Linux topics. But flying might get a mention too.

    Wednesday, April 27, 2005

    Does it fly? (Solaris 10, that is)

    It's now been a couple of weeks since I first logged onto my x86PC version of Solaris 10. My initial thoughts about it have been definitely upheld. Solaris 10 combines the best tradition of SunOS features with the front end of Gnome and versatility of open source tools. And that's to describe it purely from the end-user perspective, without considering all those revolutionary new OS features.
    I've got the feeling that Linux will now have to try harder to competing with it in a commercial environment.
    For anybody trying to find alternative to Windows on PC, Linux should remain the first choice. Mostly because it managed to establish itself in that niche, with the selection of boxed versions available in high street shops, and a decent range of publications and magazines also readily available. I reckon Sun are not trying to enter that market (yet ?). Instead, Solaris 10 is probably aimed at reducing, or indeed eliminating, the migration from Solaris to Linux on Sparcs.
    In any case, Intel version still needs polishing. Solaris 10 is much, much slicker than the ill-fated Solaris 8 for Intel ever was: the driver support is substantially richer, the front end, application choice, installation - all of those aspects have been improved. It does, however, still have some niggling problems with the detail, especially in the area of the bootstrap, the PC implementation of the extended Sparc keyboard functionality, modern devices, etc.
    But, I do like it - this is the first time in good 10 years, or more, where Sun have produced a new, fresh and exciting OS product.

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