Originally Posted by Unknownm
if you want to use UNIX GET A MAC
Yeah, as the other guy said, Mac is based on BSD and it is by no means the first Unix based desktop.
As you said, I wanted to mess with OpenSolaris for kicks and giggles, as I like exploring the various *nixes. According to my reading, the new OPENSolaris is a different project from Sun's closed-source enterprise Solaris 10 etc. ( Perhaps this is what you have experience with?) OpenSolaris is supposed to be a bit more friendly for the desktop, as it comes packaged with KDE and other GUI front ends. The guy who created Debian Linux is the project manager and he has attempted to "bring the advantages of Linux to Solaris." Further, OpenSolaris apparently has a package manager, much like the Linux distros have.
Apparently Solaris's scalability and reliability are legendary. There is a big argument on a couple of blogs about this issue -- on one side is the Linux users, and on the other are the Solaris fans. The Solaris fans proclaim that Solaris is inherently more stable, is a true Unix (unlike Linux), and has much better scalability. The Linux folks say that none of this is true -- Linux scales just as well etc. It's almost as bad as the fights here between Intel and AMD fanboys .
But, I would agree with you -- Solaris ain't an Ubuntu. It's not quite that user friendly, but it is much older than any Linux variant and more time tested through use on many large servers over the past 20 years.
The interesting thing about OpenSolaris is that this is the first time that Sun has released their proprietary Unix based code to the public. It will be interesting to see what happens if/when the Linux hackers get a hold of it and create their own Solaris based *nix distro. Even though Solaris is open source, it is still under a proprietary license, though the license is supposed to be shifted to the same GPL type license that is applicable to the GNU/Linuxes. There could be quite a spectacle if someone attempts to use the code without Sun's approval.
Even more interesting: a Utah court ruled that Novell still owns the copyright to Unix, but SCO group had already "sold" the license to Sun before the ruling came down. This means that OpenSolaris may be a violation of Novell's copyright because Sun never owned the license in the first place.
Here is an interesting blog on all of this: http://blogs.zdnet.com/BTL/?p=8788
And, oh yeah, don't forget about Solaris's ZFS file system. Many a Linux developer would love to get their hands on that in order to port it to Linux.Edited by thiussat - 5/15/08 at 12:11am