[TUHS] Oracle euthanizes Solaris 12, expunging it from roadmap

Arthur Krewat krewat at kilonet.net
Sun Jan 22 03:32:55 AEST 2017


Take another look at Solaris 11 - the pkg command is basically the same 
thing. Install PHP, MYSQL, Apache, update the system, do almost anything.

I've booted Solaris 11 on a slew of servers and PC's since it came out. 
 From Intel SATA to LSI SAS, Emulex fiber channel cards, Qlogic fiber 
cards, Intel 10Gbe NICs, etc.

It just "works". While you had to pay attention to the HCL back in the 
Solaris 7/8/9 and early 10 days, and adjust accordingly, Solaris has 
been pretty decent in the past few years in terms of hardware 
compatibility.  Except for one horrid instance where the Emulex driver 
would fail if virtualization was turned on - but in 11.3, that seems to 
have been fixed (or, the hardware changed, I installed it on newer M630 
Dell hardware).

For the "desktop" however, I just don't use it as a desktop. Windows won 
that war for me.

As for performance, I'll have to look into that - I remember a while 
back that Oracle's best practices for it's database was to turn off NUMA 
under Linux, but not Solaris. Either way, virtualization (VMware mostly) 
has made that a moot point in many of the environments I administer.

On 1/20/2017 8:58 PM, Rico Pajarola wrote:
> And there's another kind of elegance in being able to boot Linux on 
> any random PC and have at least graphics, network, and storage work 
> out of the box (most of the time anyway. Solaris never stood a chance 
> on that front). Software gets installed with a simple "yum install 
> foo" or "apt-get install foo" command. At some point Solaris also lost 
> the performance race and that was pretty much it.



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