So I installed OpenSolaris 2008.11 over my Windows 7 box at work. I was thinking about getting rid of my Ubuntu Inrepid Ibex at home and running OpenSolaris 11 full time, but decided to check it out first at work. I think I remember 2008.05 not working on my hardware and hopefully the same thing won’t happen again this time.
So far, the things I like:
- Package manager is really easy to use – basically like Synaptic in Ubuntu, nice little gui interface that you click around and look for software to install.
- Boot Environment easy upgrade – doing these upgrades are just a couple clicks and are good to go. Pretty much like in linux where you can boot into different kernel levels.
- Lots of gnu packages installed by default (in places like /usr/gnu/bin) and such.
And the dislikes:
- Had to install flash/shockwave for Firefox! I thought in the previous versions this just came in default. It was no problem to installed but it sucked to it (and it’s version 9).
- Package manager takes awhile to load up. Everytime you load up the package manager, it feels like it refreshes and updates the entire repository and takes forever.
- Timeslider! Automatic snapshots for the zfs filesystems and just a nice gui to go back and look at previous versions. Bravo!
After I start using it more, I’ll see if there are any more things that I like and dislike.