[AUUG-Talk]: NexentaOS - My First Few Days Of Using It...
lloy0076 at adam.com.au
Thu Sep 14 21:49:22 EST 2006
A while ago, I decided I was bored with my Debian GNU/Linux (SID)
installation. Of all things, it was too stable, rarely had a glitch and
had become quite a commodity to me.
In shot, after about 3 years of essentially stable updating -- with a
hiatus about 8 months ago when a hard drive went pie shaped and I had to
do a reinstall -- I got bored.
To this end, I thought. let's:
1. Download Ubuntu
2. Download FreeBSD 6.1
I steered clear of Ubuntu, not because I thought it crap or anything,
but it struck me that it would be another 3 years of Debian. I did think
of installing FreeBSD 6.1 and put a test install on a secondary machine;
it's improved since I last used FreeBSD (around 4.8ish seriously, but
I'd tinkered with the 5.X series).
Then I stumbled across: "Internals: Solaris 10 and OpenSolaris Kernel
Architecture (2nd Edition)" at Dymocks in Adelaide. Unbeknownst to many,
I've been trying to get a Solaris on x86 to install on *something* for
about 4-6 years now...
So I downloaded OpenSolaris ON (which I think is Solaris Express in
technical terms). I attempted a futile install on my secondary machine
but thought, confound. Then someone mentioned NexentaOS which seems to
prefer to call itself GNU/Solaris.
Having downloaded the full ISO and then the LiveCD, I discovered that
the LiveCD recognised everything in my LG LM50 laptop and then decided:
well, it's got apt and it's got Gnome, what can possibly go wrong?
Just for fun, I install Solaris Express on my main machine first. I ran
into a "no drivers for network card, get drivers, need network to
transfer drivers, go back to step 1". It didn' help that I had NO IDEA
about the labelling of Solaris partitions so even though I -could- get
the network using the NexentaOS LiveCD it just became too difficult.
I decided to install NexentaOS.
Well, needless to say, it installed.
1. GNU Solaris seems to be no less responsive then GNU Linux
- in fact, for what I do it seems a little -more- responsive
2. The Alpha5 version of GNU/Solaris doesn't have any man pages which is
REALLY CRAP when you fall over a Solaris specific command and need
- this is a known issue and I think it's a licensing wrangle and
they'll appear in Alpha6
- this is really bad when a service falls over on you and you lose
hint: If you're not familiar with Solaris, have another machine that
can search the 'net for man pages :)
3. No mattter WHAT I do to dhcpagent it INSISTS on rewriting
/etc/resolv.conf to a value that doesn't work
- My solution was to rm -rf /etc/dhcp
- I have all of #opensolaris aghast at my solution although they kind
of acknowledge that whilst it's awful it works
: Also I'm not the only one in this boat
4. Working out how to set static IPs on GNU/Solaris is proving to be
- #opensolaris are all doing a "RTFM"
- google is turning every manual up except:
a) a right one
b) a correct one
c) one where "f" means "fine" rather than "f...d"
5. Sun's proprietary compiler and GCC won't link libraries sensibly with
each other all the time
- hence GNU/Solaris (which builds against GCC) won't necessarily run
things compiled by Sun themselves sensibly, most notably:
: I HAVE LOST MY JAVA PLUGIN FOR NETSCAPE! CURSE! :
6. GNU/Solaris' apt repository isn't as extensive as Debian GNU/Linux or
perhaps even Ubuntu's
That said, what I really like is:
1. Things are starting to BREAK again
- going on the virtual journey to FIX them is fun (I'm a hacker at
2. Having an Ubuntu/GNU userland and a Solaris kernel and some services,
will, I hope ease me into finally installing a "Real Solaris" (!)
3. Whilst the #opensolaris community at irc.freenode.net can be slightly
RTFM'ish, so long as you look like you've attempted to read the
manual but can't work out what the world it means, they're really
4. I get "dtrace", "zones" and "zfs"
- w00t - now what the @!#!@ are they?
Anyway, I'm just waffling on. I suppose.
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