Life with OpenSolaris 2008.05
By Bill Rushmore III on Jun 27, 2008
This is now the second work week as OpenSolaris 2008.05 and I can tell you I am not going back. I really like it. For me it beats out any Linux distro I have used and any other previous version of Solaris. The week OpenSolaris was released I install OpenSolaris on my laptop just to try it out. Before I made the plunge with my primary desktop I really wanted to make sure it would work. So now my Sony Vaio Laptop and my Ultra 40 workstation are running OpenSolaris 2005.05 and life is good. Sure there have been a few issues here and there with network connections that don´t work on startup but over all it has been a smooth transition.
A few things I really like about OpenSolaris: 1. Everything is ZFS. It really makes ¨live upgrades¨ a piece of cake. 2. The package manager. It still a little rough around the edges but I think it will be the best package manager out there at some point. The big thing we need now are more packages. 3. Root shell is bash and the pfexec command. Things are now much easier when you to do admin tasks on you workstation. First when you su it is now a bash shell. ¨bash¨ was always the first thing I always typed anyway when I became root. But I don´t have to do that much anymore now because of the ´pfexec´ command. Its kind of like sudo. The best part about it was that it was just configured to work for my account.