Wednesday Oct 04, 2006

What Laptop OS?

Dinner with some friends and the conversation turned to the operating system of choice on a laptop. I have a laptop with triple build Solaris 11, Linux and Windows, but I generally use windows for my personal productivity applications, firefox, thunderbird and star office. During the conference, I was unable to use windows; the damn thing crashed every time I invoked the wifi connection, but only in the Moscone Centre, so I used Solaris to get my connection when at last sufficient connections addressess became available. Most of my friends are either confirmed Solaris users or Mac users so I got very little sympathy.

Bruce Porter, a long time champion of Solaris on x86 (and now x64) based systems suggested that I might explore Nexenta, an Open Solaris project which combines the Ubuntu utilities with a Solaris UNIX implementation. That should look really great, combining the best of both worlds.

It's getting harder to defend, although backing up the phone now I use a Sony should be a bit tricky. Power management (suspend/resume), applications availiability and Plug & Play have always been my reasons, that and the fact that the last time I tried to use a UNIX desktop it was Linux which wouldn't run on my Fuji and then crashed twice destroying the file system in a six month period on my Dell. The other windows application that I find too useful to stop using is Hot Metal. However, this is getting a bit long in the tooth and BlueFish (an acceptable alternative) is now part for the opensolaris companion project.

I think I'll look at Nexenta.

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