I Love This OpenSolaris
By Weijun on May 13, 2008
Yesterday evening I spend some time playing with the newly released OpenSolaris 2008.05 CD-ROM, and it's just so amazing!
I don't have a PC at home (not exactly, read the end of this post), so I try it out on my wife's ThinkPad notebook (she would not allow me to install a new OS there). Everything works so fine, although I don't like the continuous humming from the CD-ROM drive.
I feel satisfied at these points especially:
- Nice network support. It automatically find the wireless card, detect the access points, and ask me to choose one. After I choose one, and enter the password, it connects and shows me a new IP address as a balloon on the upper right corner.
- Nice sound support. Recording and playback all OK.
- Excellent out-of-box i18n support. The Firefox browser can display Chinese correctly and the IME (input method Editor) is already loaded so I can just choose Simplified Chinese and enter Chinese without any extra configuration.
This is quite astonishing. OpenSolaris now chooses GNU tools as the default command sets, which means it's not compatible with the original Solaris. This can even be a nightmare sometimes. However, for Linux users, that might be the best news for them. Anyway I guess Linux users are the main people the new release is trying to attract.jack@opensolaris:~$ echo $PATH /usr/gnu/bin:/usr/bin:/usr/X11/bin:/usr/sbin:/sbin
I've just assembled my old desktop PC and started to install OpenSolaris there. Will need to buy a wireless network card for it.