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Titel: Exploring new technology  BeitragVerfasst am: 29.05.2006, 14:02 Uhr



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At JavaOne, I dirst became aware of Nexenta (http://www.gnusolaris.org/gswiki) based on OpenSolaris. I was skeptical at first, but I thought Sun's Java Desktop blended really nicely with gnome.

At the booth, I picked up the LiveCD and the install CD to give them a try on my Dell c640 (laptop). No dice.... No pre-configured grub options worked:( When I got home I tried the liveCD on my dell gx620. No dice.... I tried on vmware on my dell 4600.... No dice..... I haven't tried on my dell gx280, but I don't have much confidence.

Let me just say that I run Kanotix on my dell gx620 and I have a Mac g5 OS X. Kanotix is evey bit as reliable as OS X.

Thanks for all the hard work you guys put into it. I just works.

-Bryan
 
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Titel: Exploring new technology  BeitragVerfasst am: 29.05.2006, 23:37 Uhr



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The incompatibilty of Nexenta's CDs sounds pretty familiar to me (note, Solaris has worse h/w support than linux, but SUN Solaris and other OpenSolaris spin offs like Schillix work on my h/w and in qemu in contrast to Nexenta), but where it gets ridiculous is how they prepare their base system - by using alien (bye bye upgrade hopes)...

Additionally Nexenta still faces quite serious legal trouble by linking GPLed (debian-) software against SUN's cddl licensed libc, which is at least pretty problematic.

Quintessence: Nexenta, come back when you're actually able to compile your own OpenSolaris kernel and debootstrap your base system from your own code base, what use is a shiny X.org/ Gnome storefront when the base system is in no consistent/ properly packaged shape?

Disclaimer: I really like Solaris (using it since 2.5(.0) on (mostly) SPARC h/w) and would really appreciate a Solaris with proper (dpkg or rpm) package management, as sysv pkgadd shows its age, but I can't take Nexenta seriously yet. In my opionion it is a pity that SUN didn't release OpenSolaris under a GPL2 compatible license, so that sources and ideas could flow between the projects; both system would have won.
 
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Titel: RE: Exploring new technology  BeitragVerfasst am: 30.05.2006, 03:22 Uhr



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I'll at least wait for a non-Alpha release before I try again;) I think it has good promise.

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Titel: RE: Exploring new technology  BeitragVerfasst am: 30.05.2006, 14:56 Uhr



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Wahoo...
I can run it on my gx280. Are there any problems setting up a dual boot with Windows XP? I'm already dual booting Kanotix with it on that box.
If I can dual boot it instead, but don't worry Kanotix folks, my primary development box is Kanotix on a 64 bit box (which Nexenta won't boot).
-B

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Titel: RE: Exploring new technology  BeitragVerfasst am: 30.05.2006, 17:03 Uhr



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Getting Solaris and Linux to behave on the same hdd requires some efforts (Solaris and linux claim 0x82 as partion)., but it is possible.
 
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Titel: RE: Exploring new technology  BeitragVerfasst am: 30.05.2006, 17:34 Uhr



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My idea is to remove the Kanotix partition and dual boot Solaris/XP while leaving Kanotix on my 64 bit production/development box.

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Titel: RE: Exploring new technology  BeitragVerfasst am: 31.05.2006, 22:16 Uhr



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So I can't find the option on the Nexenta Install. It wants to reformat the whole drive. Is there a way just to reformat/install on the Linux partition?

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