Saturday Oct 13, 2007

Solaris Reviews


For this week, the standout review is by Tom Yager of InfoWorld, who focuses on Solaris as the "next best thing to OS X." Keeping in mind that Tom is a staunch OS X and Mac follower, this post is a solid endorsement of Solaris. In essence, Tom writes that Solaris is the best operating system to run on x64 systems. He feels in particular that AMD-powered systems are the best and since they do not support OS X, Solaris is the OS that does best. The reasons he cites are that it is "legitimate Unix and legitimate open source," "has free developer tools, and impressive ones at that," has "boundless" communities with great knowledge, and includes "baked in" virtualization.

Other blog review posts include the following:

Solaris on a Laptop -- The Trouble with Tribbles, 10/10
In this blog, Solaris admin Peter Tribble explains his positive experience with trying Solaris on a Dell D600. The first requirement for Peter was to have something looking like a production Unix environment, followed by installing a BCME driver that allowed access to the network. Next, Peter installed the ndis wrapper that allowed wireless to be accessed with the Broadcom 4320 wireless chip.

Jumpstart Profile Builder -- The Trouble with Tribbles, 9/27
This post by Peter is a great example how administrators are using tools with Solaris to solve specific problems -- in this case using the jumpstart profile builder to nicely organize packages and clusters. He includes a screen shot of what he has built for his environment.

Isolating Network Traffic with IP Instances -- Blog O' Matty, 10/09
Matty offers his impressions of Nevada build 57 and the impact that it has on the Solaris IP stack to support IP instances. He identifies a way to create an IP instance and how to assign it to a Solaris zone, and lists the process in a step-by-step format.

Getting Core Files When a Solaris Hosts Gets Confused -- Blog O' Matty, 10/07
This blog post discusses some problems with Solaris hosts that Matty has had in the past. He explains that to mediate the problem, he generates a core file from the running kernel to help isolate the problem.

Wednesday Sep 26, 2007

Phoronix Posts Positive Review of SXDE 9/07


Yesterday Phoronix published a very positive review of Solaris Express Developer Edition 9/07. The review provides an overview of the features in SXDE including a new Solaris installer and a GUI utility for DTrace with Sun Studio 12.

The reviewer, Michael Larabel, praises the installer, highlighting it as a significant improvement to Solaris that will be particularly beneficial for new Solaris users. He is also very positive on the number of enhancements for hardware support. Overall, the reviewer feels that for first time users "Solaris Express Developer Edition 9/07 is an excellent candidate."
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