OpenSolaris vs Linux

tug tug.williams-Re5JQEeQqe8AvxtiuMwx3w at
Tue Sep 15 15:07:32 UTC 2009

Christopher Browne wrote:
> On Tue, Sep 15, 2009 at 9:05 AM, tug<tug.williams-Re5JQEeQqe8AvxtiuMwx3w at> wrote:
>> I tried the live cd a while back on my Inspiron 4000 (700Mhz, 192Mb).... you
>> need a more powerful machine, it took forever to boot (at least 10 minutes I
>> seem to recall).
>> My reason was that at work the server side is Solaris, so I figured it could
>> be a useful experience... I will give it another go, when I free up a more
>> powerful machine.
> Laptops have certain "demerits" for running an OS intended to run on servers.
> Pointedly, Solaris probably hasn't had much work go into optimizing
> boot performance.  It's important for an OS you'd run on a laptop,
> that's shut down frequently; not nearly so much for servers left up
> for months at a time!
> I'd not be inclined to evaluate OpenSolaris based solely on its speed
> at booting :-).
It's not optimised for small memory footprint either... (again not 
surprising - and not a criticism)
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