nixbox wrote:To start of with I'd agrre with what dave said.
I am planning to install Oracle Solaris 11.1 on my home machine which is :
Core i7 2600K Processor
Dual Intel 1Gb Nics
1 x 80 GB SATA (Solaris will be installed on this drive)
4 x 2TB SATA3 Disks ( Will be used to store data)
2 x 120 GB SSDs (Cache - Not sure yet) or will add them later.
I am planning on installing Solaris 11.1 as this will provide me with some storage to play at home with zfs while learning Solaris 11.1 at home and getting familiar with it more and more.Great
I have used Solaris before and have used Opensolaris as well.
Now the question is :I have to say read the license carefully
a) I have read for non-commercial use Solaris is free ? is this true ?
b) I know it is a free download, if I install, will I be able to get updates like other linux distros (I know this is not linux) frequently ?Under the current regime you should be able to get access to updates issued once a year, not the interim monthly SRU's however.
c) What will you recommend instead of Solaris - or this is ok ?Obviously Oracle Linux is a consideration.
d) Any thoughts on the hardware ? Compatibility ? Any graphics card should work or is solaris very specific ? I have 2 Nvidia Quadro cards lying around as spares as well.I suspect the latest bleeding edge cards may be a problem. And I have been upset with graphics cards in time past.
Will be grateful for your suggestions / expert advises !Please dont take my advice as definitive, rather than 'expert', and as just as a couple of ideals to think about. Different people will have different priories and come to different conclusions. Your kit certainly give you some options for virtual machines.
Neither of the two are desktop orientated, though both will do a desktop. Other distros may do the desktop better but be less well orientated at zfs / btrfs.For Solaris 11 I've taken a "Chromebook" attitude towards the desktop. You can find an online version of just about anything so instead of hoping and praying for a native desktop app or searching for a Java based one, use a search engine and find an online version and use that. I actually looked over the Chrombook apps list and added several to my list of links for Solaris users.