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Hi all.
since Solaris 10 is now free to download (yam yam), can we use this OS on our desktops ?
I mean is it suitable for desktop life like Linux ? or using Solaris on desktop is like someone shoting himself ??
any ideas ??
 
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Plenty of system admins all around the world are using Solaris as their desktop OS so obviously it's good enough for that purpose.
 
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Hmmmm, you say admins ??
maybe Solaris is good for admins, but not for usuall users like me (I'm not an admin).
any feedbacks ?
 
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Originally posted by John Todd:
maybe Solaris is good for admins, but not for usuall users like me (I'm not an admin).

Well, if you don't feel confident about tweaking the OS, I'd suggest you look into more "end user" oriented Linux distributions like SuSE, Mandrake, Red Hat, etc.

Then again, I haven't seen Solaris 10 in action so I really don't know how much it has improved in terms of "office" use.
 
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Solaris is not a great place to start out. It is OK for end-users once configured (and once the default window manager is changed from CDE to GNOME) but configuring and installing Solaris is quite complex.

Solaris is an amazingly powerful OS but as such it makes it more complicated to configure - I would recommend a middle ground, grab a linux distro, get used to using that and then go to Solaris from there.

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Bopping back and forth between Solaris an Linux on a routine basis, I'm inclined to prefer Linux for the desktop.

Reason #1 - more FOSS apps for Linux (though Solaris gets its fair share)

Reason #2 - Solaris shell commands are about 10 years more primitive. Especially the "ps" command.

OTOH, Solaris has a lot of load-balancing features that Linux doesn't. Which makes it a good choice for servers and batch processors.
 
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