Google and Sun

Dreamer smorrey at gmail.com
Wed Oct 5 17:08:36 MDT 2005


I just got done distro hopping.
Solaris 10 didn't support and couldn't detect my hardware at all.
All of my hardware is 2-3+ years old, only new thing is the DVD writer
and it's only marginally new.
I giving debian a try this next go round.

On 10/5/05, Greg Felix <gregfelix at airwired.net> wrote:
> > 1) Substantial performance gain on identical hardware.
> > 2) An ABI that hasn't changed in over a decade.  If you download a
> > sound driver for Solaris 10 today, it will work with Solaris 15 (or
> > whatever) unchanged.  This is a major frustration for me with Linux
> > kernel upgrades.  I have Cisco and nVidia binary drivers that I have
> > to contend with on every little point release update.
> > 3) Significantly faster bootup times -- I think OpenSuse 10 is doing
> > something similar though.
> > 4) Integrated virtualization -- similar to Xen or VMWare.
>
>
> > 5) Consistency.  There is one Solaris/OpenSolaris.  There are 500+
> > linux distros -- 99% of which have incompatible packaging systems,
> > library versions, filesystem layouts, etc.  Granted that consistency
> > can be achived by sticking with Redhat/Fedora only, or Debian only, or
> > whatever.
> >
> > If Solaris was just the name of another Linux distro that provided all
> > of the benefits I've listed above, wouldn't you want to try it?  Is it
> > the Sun thing that turns you off?
>
> You are contradicting yourself in the two paragraphs above. The first
> claims that Solaris gives consistency and the second one lumps trying
> Solaris in with the inconsistency that using multiple Linux distros can
> introduce.  Which I think is what Michael was trying to stay away from.
> He probably currently has multiple boxes all using just one distribution
> = for him trying Solaris gives him nothing BUT inconsistency.
>
> As for the rest of the items:
> 4. He already has VMware
> 3. How important really is bootup time on a stable Linux box.
> 2. I don't know enough to argue with you about this one, but it seems to
> me vendors of new hardware nowadays write drivers for Windows first and
> Linux second.  Solaris comes in at least third.
> 1. Do you have numbers on how much performance gain?  I'd be interested
> in hearing more.
>
> Greg
>
>
>
> > -Bryan
> >
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