[OT] Solaris 10 Express
michael at msdavies.net
Wed Jan 12 04:54:07 CST 2005
Wilkinson, Alex said:
> 0n Tue, Jan 11, 2005 at 11:12:01AM -0600, Michael Davies wrote:
> >Exactly - I get a closed-source, slow operating system, that's
> >for single vendor hardware (SPARC) with little hope of getting
> >fixed that's broken. Sounds a pretty fair comment for a Linux
> >list :-)
> You are wrong. And have obviously not worked in a corporate environment.
I was probably being overly inflammatory :-)
Sun make good reliable hardware, and Solaris has a great record as a
secure reliable OS. If uptime or scaleability is what you're after then
Solaris on SPARC is not a bad choice, but in the past couple of years I've
seen better bang for buck elsewhere. And there's always the closed-source
issue. And I'm less impressed with Solaris on Intel.
Last year, while comparing a couple of different deployment options, I was
really surprised how good Linux on Dell was.
 Closed-sourceness _is_ an issue. On another Unix-like close-source
operating system I had very many difficulties trying to find the source of
memory leaks in a TCP stack (which was crucial to meeting a system
requirement :-( And I remember trying to solve problems in a non-C
compiler which ended up being a problem in a closed-source system lib.
When developing, open source is _such_ an advantage.
 Admittedly my experience here is over 12 months old. Solaris on AMD
might be good - but the prices don't excite me for almost commodity
michael at msdavies dot net
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