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    Default The OpenSolaris-Based Nexenta Core Platform 3.0 Released

    Phoronix: The OpenSolaris-Based Nexenta Core Platform 3.0 Released

    Last week we found out that Oracle is killing off OpenSolaris and that there will no be OpenSolaris 2010.xx release as we've been waiting on for months, their Solaris code-base will be developed behind closed-doors, and only after the enterprise Solaris release will there be a "Solaris Express" release intended as the replacement to OpenSolaris. Though derived from the OpenSolaris code-base there has been a few community derivative operating systems such as Nexenta, StormOS (based off of Nexenta Core Platform but shipping as a desktop OS), and BeleniX. While OpenSolaris may now be dead, Nexenta at least is still living and today they're out with their Nexenta Core Platform 3.0 release...

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=ODUyMQ

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    Michael, you seem to have confused some of the facts.

    , their Solaris code-base will be developed behind closed-doors, and only after the enterprise Solaris release will there be a "Solaris Express" release intended as the replacement to OpenSolaris.
    The Solaris Express release will function as the previous Solaris Express, a preview of the future of Solaris, and as such it will not be released after the enterprise Solaris release. What will be released after the enterprise release is the code for it, akin to what Apple is doing with Darwin. There will be no replacement for the OpenSolaris distribution as apparently Oracle sees no use for it.

    This is the sequence:

    1: Solaris Express builds preview the current development stage; no new code is released
    2: The official Solaris release eventually gets an update; no new code is released
    3: Code is released under the CDDL at some undetermined point later on

    I'm not defending what Oracle is doing - I just think we should all strive to get the facts right.

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    Default Why bother with Solaris when you got Linux?

    Why do people still bother with Solaris when it is clear now that Oracle (and to a lesser extent Sun before it) are willingly hindering FOSS developers from using and helping improve it? Just let it die like all the other closed source Unixes out these (Irix, HP-UX, AIX, etc).

    For all tinkerers and freedom lovers, there's Linux, whose community is more than welcome to help new users and developers mold Linux to their needs.

    Solaris is just a dumb distraction.

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    I think that attitude is so funny considering how many so-called FOSS people are enthusiastically using Macs with OS X on them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stan View Post
    Solaris is just a dumb distraction.
    Actually, Solaris can do some pretty cool stuff that Linux can't like ZFS, zones, etc.

    And it's widely being used in the server world. It's far from some dumb distraction.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wpoely86 View Post
    Actually, Solaris can do some pretty cool stuff that Linux can't like ZFS, zones, etc.

    And it's widely being used in the server world. It's far from some dumb distraction.
    Exactly. There's also legacy applications to consider. Plenty of places are dependent upon Solaris for some of their server/workstation applications... and many of them are in the process of attempting to replace Solaris, but it's a slow process.

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    Who says linux can't do ZFS?
    http://zfs-fuse.net/

    As for zones.... I just did a quick look-around and I'm having a hard time figuring out how they fundamentally differ from chroot...?

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    Quote Originally Posted by wpoely86 View Post
    Actually, Solaris can do some pretty cool stuff that Linux can't like ZFS, zones, etc.
    Let's all just go FreeBSD then, then have ZFS support in kernel?

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    Quote Originally Posted by nanonyme View Post
    Let's all just go FreeBSD then, then have ZFS support in kernel?
    Blasphemy!

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    OK, how do they differ from linux containers?

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