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    Phoronix: Netbook Performance: Ubuntu vs. OpenSolaris

    In the past we have published OpenSolaris vs. Linux Kernel benchmarks and similar articles looking at the performance of Sun's OpenSolaris up against popular Linux distributions. We have looked at the performance on high-end AMD workstations, but we have never compared the OpenSolaris and Linux performance on netbooks. Well, not until today. In this article we have results comparing OpenSolaris 2009.06 and Ubuntu 9.04 on the Dell Inspiron Mini 9 netbook.

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=14039

  • #2
    Who'd like to run opensolaris on a netbook (except saying it's possible) ???
    And for doing what ?

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    • #3
      Anyone who uses Solaris / OpenSolaris on other systems and wants consistency ?

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      • #4
        Originally posted by bridgman View Post
        Anyone who uses Solaris / OpenSolaris on other systems and wants consistency ?
        Sure. Won't make many sales though...

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Fixxer_Linux View Post
          Sure. Won't make many sales though...
          So Microsoft Windows must be the best OS available.. since it makes many sales. Much more than Linux!

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          • #6
            Originally posted by MartjeB View Post
            So Microsoft Windows must be the best OS available.. since it makes many sales. Much more than Linux!
            Nope. Solaris is much older then Linux and Solaris is almost no more (we'll see what Oracle will do). Windows has monopoly on desktops and was there quite long before Linux (*). In other words it's like this in my opinion:

            Solaris → Linux (very fast progress)

            Windows → Linux (slow and hard progress - *).

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            • #7
              Originally posted by kraftman View Post
              Nope. Solaris is much older then Linux and Solaris is almost no more (we'll see what Oracle will do). Windows has monopoly on desktops and was there quite long before Linux (*). In other words it's like this in my opinion:

              Solaris → Linux (very fast progress)

              Windows → Linux (slow and hard progress - *).
              sorry to play on words but.. fast progress... or regression if one accidentally considers that Solaris users were not forced to start using it nor because they are not smart enough to play with Linux

              I want to apologize... I have a terrible secret I want to share... I switched from Linux to Solaris as 24/7 desktop because I like it much better. I'd rather avoid switching back to Linux (FreeBSD is my second weapon of choice).
              It's only a matter of personal taste, I have no reason to spread FUD as some Linux fundamentalists do. Both operating systems do their job in a slightly different manner.

              As for Solaris future: wait and see...

              I don't like the way more and more Linux user become arrogant and intolerant... wanting to kill every other species in the opensource OS ecosystem...

              Not tired of Microsoft monopoly and FUD ? The Linux community want to build its own cathedral too ?

              I'm being tired of single minded and obtuse people...

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              • #8
                Originally posted by jollyd View Post
                sorry to play on words but.. fast progress... or regression if one accidentally considers that Solaris users were not forced to start using it nor because they are not smart enough to play with Linux

                I want to apologize... I have a terrible secret I want to share... I switched from Linux to Solaris as 24/7 desktop because I like it much better. I'd rather avoid switching back to Linux (FreeBSD is my second weapon of choice).
                It's only a matter of personal taste, I have no reason to spread FUD as some Linux fundamentalists do. Both operating systems do their job in a slightly different manner.

                As for Solaris future: wait and see...

                I don't like the way more and more Linux user become arrogant and intolerant... wanting to kill every other species in the opensource OS ecosystem...

                Not tired of Microsoft monopoly and FUD ? The Linux community want to build its own cathedral too ?

                I'm being tired of single minded and obtuse people...
                JollyD, you are interesting me. What are, on your opinion, the advantages of Solaris against linux or even Windows or MacOS ?
                It's not for joking you, it's really to learn. I don't know Solaris. It's seems however to be a nice OS, but I really don't know it. You say I still could install one release and see by myself. However, a install process is always a long thing (and my second hard drive is gone at western digital for exchange, it was dead-out-of-the-box).

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                • #9
                  I think Phoronix has a hidden agenda with OpenSolaris

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by cruiseoveride View Post
                    I think Phoronix has a hidden agenda with OpenSolaris
                    What makes you think that?

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                    • #11
                      for one thing they review it alot and even list it on forums.

                      im curious, what is Solaris good for on the desktop? Particularly in what respects it competes with Linux.

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                      • #12
                        @Jollyd

                        I don't like the way more and more Linux user become arrogant and intolerant... wanting to kill every other species in the opensource OS ecosystem...
                        Welcome to times when Sun wasn't in trouble :> Solaris is better Linux then Linux etc. It's natural rivalry wants to kill rivalry and when comes to business those systems aren't lovely brothers.

                        It's only a matter of personal taste, I have no reason to spread FUD as some Linux fundamentalists do. Both operating systems do their job in a slightly different manner.
                        Yes, sometimes it's only matter of personal taste, but not always. For example I have to keep Windows on disk, because there's lack of some apps on Linux (ok, games ), for someone else there may be lack of drivers etc. It's not FUD, but it's reality. When writing about this fast progress I had HPC on mind where usually only technical things matters. However, there's ZFS and as far as I know it's a big advantage in some cases.

                        @L33F3R

                        im curious, what is Solaris good for on the desktop? Particularly in what respects it competes with Linux.
                        For people who have fully supported hardware on Solaris and on Linux it's probably matter of taste like Jollyd said.
                        Last edited by kraftman; 07-16-2009, 08:52 AM.

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                        • #13
                          If solaris were to get more traction I'd be worried about it pulling back to bing full proprietary again.

                          That being said, I have a customer who is getting slaughtered by window's utterly poor network & IO and theres a chance solaris may be more palatable than linux as an alternative. However these benchmarks dont show good IO throughput and I've seen enterprise users complain about ZFS integrety issues,

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Fixxer_Linux View Post
                            JollyD, you are interesting me. What are, on your opinion, the advantages of Solaris against linux or even Windows or MacOS ?
                            It's not for joking you, it's really to learn. I don't know Solaris. It's seems however to be a nice OS, but I really don't know it. You say I still could install one release and see by myself. However, a install process is always a long thing (and my second hard drive is gone at western digital for exchange, it was dead-out-of-the-box).
                            Hi, thanks for your comment.
                            Coming from Debian my main concerns were about the Linux kernel and the documentation.

                            I think it's not honest when something (driver, app) is reported as "working" and it's true in a "perpetual-beta" sense.
                            In Solaris or BSD when something is reported as "functional" it's true.
                            Sometimes you discover peripherals working with Solaris which are not listed... the guy from sun was surprised when I reported the successful use of 5.1 audio soundcard and USB scanner plugged on a USB/Firewire PCI card on my Ultra SPARC 60 few years ago.

                            Features apart, under OpenSolaris I enjoy the quality of the documentation and manpages which are substantial and structured in a more logical way. Moreover ergonomy of CLI commands is overall far better than GNU and Linux: see zpool, zfs, zoneadm, svcadm, svccfg, svcs, prioconctl. They seem more polished, more logical and well-documented.

                            From a developer viewpoint, I like the design concern behind Solaris which is lacking in Linux. As a by-product backward compatibility is a great advantage over Linux for "stability in time" and avoid wasting time rewriting things or breaking drivers every minor version like I experienced with Debian.
                            That's maybe why OpenSolaris evolves quickly: I think it's ahead of Linux in term of design but I admit used to lack sometimes some facilities for a GNU newcomer and hardware support (some USB peripherals,Radeon chips). But overall driver quality seems better than Linux (Wifi, Ethernet, USB framework, audio => I dislike PulseAudio and ALSA).

                            This come with the respect of standards under Solaris which are well documented, unlike GNU which is a standard per se but not very well defined. In Solaris you can compile your apps with a given "standard" profile. The POSIXness of GNU is something variable but I'm not an expert.

                            I like the fact that everything can be monitored through DTrace scripts, the set of tools and SMF service management. Monitoring/auditing the kernel and service is easy and way better than Linux. No comparison. The modular kernel debugger is wonderful.
                            When you hit a bug you know where it's hidden...

                            From a user viewpoint, the system is as responsive as under Linux and support swapping better than my Debian GNU/Linux which dies everytime I solve a too big linear system (reboot needed even with recent kernels == pure crap).
                            Some may say the system may have a little overhead but that's the price for decent statistics, virtualization etc... I use OpenSolaris on two Pentium-M laptops with 1.5-2GB ram and 4200rpm HDD and it's great ! I see no sensible difference w.r.t Debian.

                            Some software is lacking in the repository but I have multimedia support with Mplayer (no issue) and no major problem to compile almost every software which is POSIX compliant. Everytime I have problem it's a matter of disrespect of POSIX or GCCism or Linuxism (bash as default shell, thanks guys...).
                            Some programs in the repository are not up to date which is sad.

                            Install is as easy as Ubuntu, 3D is ok, sound is perfect (thanks Boomer!), suspend/resume ok, sound with WINE will be supported in a near future but I already run some programs, I run MATLAB in a Linux zone which I can't run anymore on recent Debian,

                            ZFS is wonderful, even with old CPU like 32bits Pentium-M it's fine !
                            It did save my life several times with the snapshot functionality and is well integrated in gnome.
                            My external drives are now formated with ZFS.

                            When someone says Solaris is slow or heavy, it's pure bullshit.
                            Considering features it does run incredibly well !
                            FAT support is not optimal and advertized as not complete (it's honest).

                            Of course Linux may perform better in some area but you can't ask Solaris to do all the monitoring, checksumingand virtualization without a little overhead. To be short, CPU are mostly idle and RAM is inexpensive then the price is worth it (2GB RAM is recommended but I used my laptop with 1GB and Eclipse during 6months).

                            Conclusion: from a user and developer viewpoint, Solaris has nice features and provides the strength of a UNIX systems as Linux and *BSD do with a polished, standard-concerned, well-documented userland.
                            Overall the OpenSolaris community is very skilled and eager to share its knowledge (guys on #opensolaris and sun developers are very kind).

                            So my comments is positive and possibly biased but I think this system has the potential to take a place along Linux distributions. It's a matter of personal taste. Let us respect everyone's taste.
                            Criticism about Solaris is sometimes obviously biased or misguided which is sad. For the time being my experience with OpenSolaris is better than with Ubuntu or Debian.

                            Kind regards,

                            a.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by bnolsen View Post
                              If solaris were to get more traction I'd be worried about it pulling back to bing full proprietary again.

                              That being said, I have a customer who is getting slaughtered by window's utterly poor network & IO and theres a chance solaris may be more palatable than linux as an alternative. However these benchmarks dont show good IO throughput and I've seen enterprise users complain about ZFS integrety issues,
                              I think the comparison is not quite right since ZFS was designed for taking advantage of the CPU.
                              The CPU used in this comparison suffers maybe from its "in order" architecture and the complex machinery behind ZFS+IO stack maybe be a bottleneck.
                              I think you won't have this issues on server grade systems.
                              I'm not an expert, just my 0.02...

                              Kind regards,

                              a.

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