By Jimgris-Oracle on Sep 19, 2008
But for me and my basic (relatively simple) use patterns the last few updates have been no trouble at all. And if I have trouble the guys on list are very helpful. In fact, many times, if you have a problem you don't even have to ask since you can usually figure it out from the conversations that spin around after each build is released and also from the bugs filed. Contrast this to my first experience installing a pre-release version of Solaris 10 four years ago. It took three hours and I needed the direct -- on keyboard -- help of two smart guys who argued with each other about the best way to do things. Drove me nuts. One of them told me -- in all genuine seriousness -- that my install failed due to bug #whatever and that all I had to do was go get this patch over there on that engineering's machine and compile it and it should (should?) work. The engineers were always very helpful to me, but in that case I just closed the lid and went home and installed Linux (probably Ubuntu). I needed to use my computer immediately, and I didn't want to keep using Windows. And I was too embarrassed to say I had no flipping clue how to go get that patch and do whatever with it. At the time, Linux wasn't that easy either, but at least I could handle it in most cases.
Anyway, that was a long time ago, and OpenSolaris has been a remarkably easy install for well over a year now. But it keeps getting easier. Just a few clicks from a CD on a fresh install, or a few lines typed into a terminal window for an update. Even I can do it. So, although the high end bits in OpenSolaris continue to engage the smartest people in the world running highly complex, mission-critical systems, the operating system can now also engage me as well. Now, I realize that the stated "target market" for the OpenSolaris distribution is pretty smart developers -- and not me -- but the system is evolving so fast that the guys building this thing will soon find that they are running right into people like me all over the place. And there are many millions of me out there. Very cool.