Solaris: The Most Advanced OS?

Lars Roland lroland at gmail.com
Fri Nov 4 12:30:44 UTC 2005


On 11/4/05, Tshepang Lekhonkhobe <tshepang at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hello,
> Did you check the sun.com website which claims that Solaris 10 is the
> most advanced OS on the planet? Could anyone tell me what grounds is
> the claim based upon. I was surprised to see that claim and has anyone
> out there used it to testify on its truthfullness? Are there many such
> claims? Thanks...

Well I am not a Solaris fan boy but I have worked with Unix for 10+
years (Solaris, AIX, FreeBSD, OpenBSD, Tru64 Unix and Linux) and there
is no doubt that Solaris is one of the better ones. It is very tightly
crafted (i.e. a limited choice of software that does what it is
supposed to do), very secure and just plain works.

I personally would still any day use Debian on a Server (except for
Woody, Debian has a very good track record in the server field) and
Gentoo on my development laptop/workstation. But there should be no
doubt that technologies like zFS
(http://www.sun.com/2004-0914/feature/),  Zones
(http://www.sun.com/bigadmin/content/zones/) and dtrace
(http://www.sun.com/bigadmin/content/dtrace/) gives Solaris a Edge.

Note that all of the above technologies have equal sisters in the OSS
world, but I suspect that one of the things that makes the enterprise
(and partly myself) fell in love with Solaris is that these products
comes in one neatly installable and maintainable package.

But as I said if you know what you are doing then it is a no brainer
to get the OOS equalities to do the same stuff in Debian - that is why
I have 30+ Linux servers running Debian Sarge and I have no plans to
change OS on them


Regards.

Lars Roland




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