OpenSolaris Review

Here's a five page review of OpenSolaris -- OpenSolaris 2008.05 Gives A New Face To Solaris. We're making progress. Slowly but surely. Actually, pretty darn quick. :)

Great review!

Posted by Alan Hargreaves on April 26, 2008 at 08:30 AM JST #

Can I be honest? Here's what I think of OpenSolaris, from a Linux users point of view.

a) If OpenSolaris wants to replace my Linux install then it really has to deliver multimedia. It has to play my DVDs, MP3s, AVIs, etc.

b) Solaris Express looked really hot. It had great backdrops and just looked really professional. Linux distros such as Suse have also put a lot of work into the graphical environment. With this in mind OpenSolaris is rather lacking in this area. The theme for the controls is still Nimbus which is great, but the desktop backdrops leave a lot to be desired. It should look hot straight out of the box.

Just my 2 cents.

Posted by Bill on August 14, 2008 at 05:02 PM JST #

I sorta hate it... It can't detect my hardware, I cant get online.. BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! (It does look hot though; too bad u cant export to ubuntu...)

Posted by Joe L on September 02, 2008 at 05:51 AM JST #

thanks, Bill. I do expect multi-media and the UI to come along with much better support in OpenSolaris. We are still getting our feet wet. :) And, Joe L, OpenSolaris does detect a great deal of hardware now, but if it's not finding yours you may want to check in on indiana-discuss for some help. Again, these are early builds we are talking about.

Posted by jimgris on September 02, 2008 at 06:22 AM JST #

Just installed OpenSolaris last night. Great looking desktop, not as nice as Ubuntu but close.

Like so many other I have been reading about. No internet connection. Asus K8V-MX motherboard onboard nic.

Too bad. It sure looked good after a very long install process.

The hunt goes on.

Posted by Paul on January 06, 2009 at 06:20 PM JST #

I stand corrected, Internet access worked after I did some configuration with the internet pane. It seems odd now that while the pain was in automatic, it did not set itself up on install.

The deal killer for me is media. I use Ubuntu all the time and like it. OpenSolaris is good looking, relatively fast, but the lack of media support makes it nothing more than a desktop web browser/ email machine. That's not bad at all if that is what you want. But I need more.

Perhaps someday, keep up the great work on your OS design.

Posted by Paul on January 06, 2009 at 09:09 PM JST #

I find openSolaris to be more of a "server side" Linux distro.

I choose it to run Virtual Box in a production environement, I figured Sun would have made sure their product works together.

It might not look as good as Suse but, when putting more effort in the Eye catching feature rather than working on the actual OS're playing Apple's and Microsoft's game.

Posted by Alex on January 12, 2009 at 06:55 PM JST #

I just thought I'd chime in. I tried 05.08 and 11.08. I tried to install it on an ABit NF7-S motherboard, (Nforce2 based) Opensolaris can see but doesn't have drivers for the Sil3112 SATA controller or the on-board NIC (Or the Audio). Therefore I can boot the live CD, but I can't configure networking or install it. FWIW, Ubuntu on this same machine sees all of the HW and works fine out of the box.

I agree with Bill Above that multimedia is crucial. But I also believe that broader HW support vital. Solaris x86 (and now Opensolaris) is very picky about HW. This needs to improve.

Also, For laptop usage, ACPI (Hibernate/Suspend/Resume) is needed.

I like some what I see already. But it's still got quite a ways to go.

Posted by Randy on February 19, 2009 at 09:58 PM JST #

OpenSolaris is great !
And with help from some - the Latest runs great on my Eeepc 1000H!
WiFi Wired Nic included.
5.11 snv_111 i86pc i386
Thanks to all in this effort

Posted by W. Charles Alexander W8WCA on April 14, 2009 at 05:09 PM JST #

Hey Folks, I just did my first "google" on my shiny new OpenSolaris 2008.11 version and unlike some people, mine worked "out-of-box." Internet and all. And like some people here too, I reformatted my Ubuntu distro for OpenSolaris. I have to say, it is looking really nice now and I pretty impressed with the overall look, feel, performance and especially the security. By default, root logins are not allowed, but with a one-line command it is easily remedied. I like the idea of keeping tabs on how I use root, but it can prove to be an annoyance with the initial fresh installation, because you need to install a lot of programs to tweak your system out the way you want. I am really new to this OS and very intrigued about what it can potentially be. If anyone here has any useful insight, tips, or links pointing me in the right direction to get the most out of this OS, please do tell. I have to agree with everyone else on the Media and Software part too, I want to keep OpenSolaris and stick with it without having to dual-boot, run a "Live CD," or run Virtualbox for my other stuff.

Posted by Victor Bishop on April 23, 2009 at 09:55 PM JST #

I installed it and love it. Rarely ever go to Vista Ultimate, also have SUSE
Lunix and XP.

Posted by H. Peter Klobes on June 01, 2009 at 11:13 PM JST #

I am a strict ubuntu user who has spent alot of time getting friends to go linux. My first impression is this...
i requested free cd of both ubuntu latest and open solaris on the same evening recieved open solaris immediately within three days. still waiting on ubuntu cd not a need but i like to collect.
opensolaris did not work on my acer aspire no out of the box bcm support and im not familiar with the driver compiling in this environment so on to the desktop so far all is fine. looks great i love the colors but if that was all that i cared about i would be using windows.

Posted by Britt Snodgrass on July 12, 2009 at 05:52 AM JST #

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