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Illumos: new hope for the OpenSolaris community?

Illumos: new hope for the OpenSolaris community?

Posted Aug 16, 2010 9:35 UTC (Mon) by CChittleborough (subscriber, #60775)
In reply to: Illumos: new hope for the OpenSolaris community? by hein.zelle
Parent article: Illumos: new hope for the OpenSolaris community?

OpenSolaris has some really nice features, including:
- ZFS, an advanced file system with an integrated storage manager
- DTrace, a universal tracing tool
- Doors, the best IPC facility out there for Unix/Linux
- Service Management Facility
- Solaris Containers
(Wikipedia has articles about all of these. The article about Doors is named "Doors (computing)". Disclosure: I started that article.)

I'm not sure about SMF, but IMO the other items in that list are better than their Linux equivalents (at least for now -- when btrfs is officially released, I expect it to outshine ZFS).

Features like these are aimed at people running high-end servers, not desktops. If you ever have to use Solaris, as opposed to administering it, the first thing to do is install the Gnu userland utilities.


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Illumos: new hope for the OpenSolaris community?

Posted Aug 16, 2010 20:52 UTC (Mon) by hein.zelle (guest, #33324) [Link]

Thanks. I forgot about ZFS, should have thought of that with all the btrfs talk. I'll take a look at the other points.

> Features like these are aimed at people running high-end servers, not
> desktops. If you ever have to use Solaris, as opposed to administering
> it, the first thing to do is install the Gnu userland utilities.

That's indeed what I remember doing when I was working on that Sun machine - notably the file utils, tar and find.


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