The list for the software applications replacement to migrate from Windows to Solaris

This topic is a little bit arguable.

Solaris is a great OS for server market. It was secure, stable, fast especially on SPARC. And for now, it's still cool, not only the released Solaris10, but also the developing Solaris 11. We're proud of the cool stuffs in our Solaris: the kernel debugging tools--DTrace; the virtualized operating system environments--Zones. So do we still need to compare it with Windows or Linux? I think the answer is YES. We have two different sets of customers. One is the enterprise customers. Not only a secure, stable kernel, but also user friendly, easy to use/config desktop system are what they want. Another set is the developers/users. Most of the users in China are familiar with the Windows system. Some of them may have been in the Linux world for sometime. To migrate to Solaris, the first problem they'll meet is how to find the alternative applications. GNOME helps some of the Linux users. And for the Windows users, it's still a problem.

The following is the list for the application pairs with the similar functionality:

Internet Explorer ---- Firefox(firefox)
Microsoft Outlook ---- Thunderbird(thunderbird)/Evolution(evolution)
Microsoft Office ---- StarOffice(soffice)
Winamp ---- Rhythmbox Music Player(rhythmbox)/Realplayer(realplay)
Photoshop ---- Gimp(gimp)
Word Pad/notepad ---- Gedit(gedit)
Instant messaging ---- Gaim(gaim)
Windows Explorer ---- Nautilus
Windows Picture ---- Eye of GNOME(eog)
MIRC ---- Gaim(gaim)
Media Player ---- Totem(totem)/Realplayer(realplay)
金山词霸 ---- stardict
中文输入 ---- SUN PINYIN
Acrobat Reader ---- Evince(evince)
flash player ---- flash player

The aboves are the bundled applications. Beside those stuff, there are also lots of unbundled applications which are useful: xchat, mplayer, nvu... Want to have a try? Come here

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[Trackback] alfred peng has written a short list of substitutions for common windows applications on the solaris platform. here we go (list abbreviated): Internet Explorer —- Firefox Microsoft Outlook —- Thunderbird / Evolution Microsoft Office —...

Posted by stotti.blog() on September 15, 2006 at 12:10 PM CST #

Did you use scim? Is scim available under solaris? Since solaris support native linux binary now, I think Acrobat Reader can use official Acrobat Reader for Linux. http://opensolaris.org/os/downloads/on/

Posted by Dipplum on September 18, 2006 at 09:00 AM CST #

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Posted by Pengfei ZHAO on September 18, 2006 at 05:43 PM CST #

We don't use scim on Solaris, SUN PinYin is great! And I don't know whether there is anyone working on scim. Maybe some guys who are interested can contribute a little:-) As for the binary support, to use the linux applications on Solaris, we still have to rebuild it with suncc under Solaris and test it. The Linux binary can't work on Solaris as I know.

Posted by alfred on September 19, 2006 at 10:48 AM CST #

[Trackback] 受到alfred peng的蛊惑,加上我也想实验一下SolarisZones这一虚拟化功能...

Posted by dipplum on September 19, 2006 at 05:16 PM CST #

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