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OpenSolaris 2008.05 is robust and ready

Posted by: Anonymous [ip:] on October 09, 2008 12:24 AM
The reasons Sun picked the CDDL may not have much to do with Linux at all. There seems to be an increasing number of Linux users who have never taken an interest in any other UNIX or any other license model and think there's nothing else besides the Linux kernel and the GNU toolset. UNIX has been around much, much longer than Linux and, as the perl guys say: There's More Than One Way To Do It. Diversity is a Good Thing, as it gives us choice. I've been running Linux since 1994, but I find it great fun to play around with (Open)Solaris and learn to appreciate the differences.

Other reasons to try OpenSolaris: it's quite solid, helps you understand portability, learn about concepts like POSIX, improves your shell scripting skills beyond GNU userland tools (not all greps grep alike). Don't be afraid to try something new, your Linux skills transfer easily and there's plenty of documentation around :)


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