S10 on laptops
By wyllys on Jul 01, 2004
It used to be a real pain to install Solaris on a laptop - PCMCIA networking wouldn't work, very few video cards were properly supported which made getting an X display working a frustrating experience. Getting sound to work was also usually a very difficult task.
No more. Solaris 10 (Try it out!) installed painlessly on my new laptop without any problems (dual boot or single OS boot both work fine). The built-in network interface worked (Gigabit ethernet), the video display was easily configured. Native AC97 sound support worked with my system's soundcard. The addition of the Gnome interface makes the overall user experience very pleasant. The only non-default package I had to add was StarOffice 7, but once that was in place it was a fully functional laptop. I can think of very few features I miss from Windows or Linux that I cannot get when using Solaris 10. Even CDRW support is now a standard feature - write your own CDRW backup disks!
Additionally, great new security features like IPfilter (bundled in S10) make it very easy to secure your system with just a few simple commands. You can quickly configure your system to block unwanted packets and just allow secure things like SSH in and out of your box.