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A Weekend Drive With OpenIndiana 151a

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  • A Weekend Drive With OpenIndiana 151a

    Phoronix: A Weekend Drive With OpenIndiana 151a

    Last month to mark the one year anniversary of the OpenIndiana project there was the release of OpenIndiana 151a, the latest build of this Illumos-based Solaris operating system. I have finally had time to try out this latest OpenIndiana release and, of course, to run a few benchmarks.

  • #2
    Why would anyone run this?


    • #3
      Originally posted by V!NCENT View Post
      Why would anyone run this?
      ZFS is one obvious answer, though more applicable to servers than desktops.


      • #4
        ZFS is certainly suited to workstations/desktops, snapshots can be invaluable when working on projects, accidental deletions etc beadm is also superb for testing updates/package installs.

        OpenIndiana is installed on my workstation where it runs very solidly, I make alot of use of zones, Crossbow, DTrace (via Chime) and besides, it's always good to learn something new


        • #5
          For server-type tasks, it looks like 151 matches or beats 147 on most tests, but on many workstation-oriented tests (code compilation for example) it seems to have actually regressed a bit. Oh well. I guess you can't have everything.


          • #6
            What I've found useful about OpenIndiana

            If you want a server that:
            -provides a well seasoned file system that scales beyond imagination, snapshots, is it simple to extend
            -provides OS Virtualization that is very lightweight (Zones), when you don't want the overhead of machine virtualization
            -has current versions of Java available
            -has current versions of a great machine virtualization available (VirtualBox) and KVM

            For all of these reasons I have been pleased with OpenIndiana 151a - one server has provided me 3 OS Virtualized PCs and 3 Hardware Virtualized PCs -