OT: Corel Linux (hijacked from Re: Chrome on Ubuntu)

Liam Proven lproven at gmail.com
Wed Jun 10 15:30:55 UTC 2009

2009/6/10 Mark Haney <mhaney at ercbroadband.org>:
> Chan Chung Hang Christopher wrote:
>>> meio OT
>>> Corel Linux was one the first I ever tried.
>>> It was pretty co0l, what with wordperfect and corel photopaint in there.
>>> Unfortunately, as I recall, I couldn't get it to access the internet, or
>>> something.
>> Huh?
>>> That was back in 2000, or something.
>> Yeah...around that time.
>>> I ended up settling in with red hat and used that (-> fedora) for about
>>> 8 years, before moving to ubuntu, then pclinuxos, then back to ubuntu
>>> for all my laptops and debian on all my desktops machines.
>> OpenSolaris is increasingly looking good. One day I might take the
>> plunge and use OpenSolaris at home and not just at work.
>> Enough from me now.
> There is a linux distro that is built around the Solaris kernel.  I
> don't recall the name at the moment, but a Google search would probably
> turn it up.
> --
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> Mark Haney
> Sr. Systems Administrator
> ERC Broadband
> (828) 350-2415

No, there isn't, because that is as nonsensical as saying "there's an
orange which is a banana". The thing that is Linux is the kernel, the
core of the operating system. Solaris is a rival kernel from Sun.

The rest of a "Linux distribution" is called the "userland". This
comes from various organizations, projects, groups and people: some
from the GNU Project, some from X.org, some from the OpenOffice
project, etc. Ubuntu is Linux plus the Ubuntu-customised version of
this userland.

The userland of OpenSolaris shares a lot of components with the GNU
(etc.) userland these days, such as the GNOME desktop, but you can't
have a Linux-based Solaris any more than you can have a yellow-based

There are various distributions of OpenSolaris. The one that uses
mostly the GNU userland is called Nexenta. It is most definitely *not*
a Solaris-based Linux though.

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