On Sun, 15 Jun 2008, James Tuttle wrote:
> Trying to port my Linux experience to Solaris 10 makes my brain bleed
> some days. I'd recommend, and this is probably too onerous for the
> original poster, installing OpenSolaris in a virtual machine if the
> installation route seems viable. The differences between Solaris (or
> #@$%@# Solaris!, as we affectionately call it) and Linux are pretty
> great. However, installing a distro inside VirtualBox is probably a
> little more advanced than the OP may be prepared for.
I'd completely agree -- for those of you who haven't had to cut your teeth
on multiple flavors of un*x, you're in for a world of hurt trying to learn
two at the same time and trying to keep everything straight.
I've had to administer SunOS, Solaris, FreeBSD, picoBSD, Slackware, MacOS
X and Red Hat ... and have been a user on Tru64, MachTen, HPUX, AIX, IRIX
and too many BSD and Linux variants to keep track of. Using them, they're
all pretty similar ... you just have to adjust your shell & path to make
everything behave like you're used to, and remember which versions of 'ps'
and 'tar' are installed.
Administering them, however, is no where near as straightforward -- how do
you patch it? Where are the RC scripts stored? How do you force the
machine to single user mode? Which host based firewalls are on by
default, and how do you configure it? Where are the mail queues? What's
the default MTA? Is it running Vixie Cron?
If you don't already have a spare sun box sitting around, try checking
with the CS department and whomever runs your computer centers, and see
if they have an old box they're getting rid of. Otherwise, I'd go the
OpenSolaris route, just as it's going to be the closest to managing a