OpenSolaris vs Linux

Alex Beamish talexb-Re5JQEeQqe8AvxtiuMwx3w at
Tue Sep 15 14:25:41 UTC 2009

I downloaded openSolaris and installed it on a spare 2GHz Pentium I
had about 18 months ago. I installed two mirrored 300G drives on
separate IDE controllers (old school, I know) and set them up with
ZFS; this system is now my NFS server. Setting this system up was
really straightforward; like Linux, everything just worked. The bootup
time does seem a little longer than my main Linux machine, but since
both machines are on 24/7, that's not really a big issue for me.

Unfortunately, the secondary IDE channel on this motherboard died a
few months ago, so the health of my RAID-1 setup is now DEGRADED, not
surprisingly. I'm planning on replacing the hardware, but keeping the
drive layout and OS, which has been solid. It's been helpful that I
also use Solaris at work, so I'm getting familiar with the differences
between it and Linux.

If you've got a spare machine, I highly recommend openSolaris.

Alex Beamish
Toronto, Ontario
aka talexb
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