Solaris Quality

When I joined Sun to work on the OpenSolaris website there was really only one thing that surprised me.  It was this.  Yes, that means opensolaris.org runs on development builds.  Imagine, if we can get that kind of stability from development builds imagine how good the offically released product is? 

I know in the past I have used some commercial OS releases that I wished had the stability of a Nevada build.

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Working for Sun, you definitely gain some insights, while you lose others. That's the nature of the beast.

I bet you run those Nevada builds on (what else?) Sun hardware.

And so, you don't get to see how my laptop will just crash at random, and so badly, that not even the -k switch in GRUB will help to do some debugging.

Or you don't see how Mozilla coredumps, and the core file contains no stack trace info.

So like I wrote above, you gained some insights, but you also lost some of the sight of the world outside of Sun, "in the wild", where "Nevada" isn't so stable and so wonderful as it might at first seem.

Hey, the truth: it's a development build. It's unstable. That's the nature of the beast, too. There's no way around it.

Posted by UX-admin on October 03, 2008 at 11:40 PM EDT #

UX-admin,

Well I have only been with Sun a few months but I felt that way before as well. I have been running Nevada and now OpenSolaris on a Sony laptop and a cheap HP box from Best Buy for years now. Never once has stability been an issue for me. Sure, it hasn't been 100% pain free but most of the issues were with upgrades but never have I had to worry about the system crashing.

Posted by Bill Rushmore on October 04, 2008 at 02:20 AM EDT #

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