Nexenta is a complete GNU-based open source operating system built on top of the OpenSolaris kernel and runtime. It contains Apache, MySQL, Perl/Python/PHP, Firefox, Evolution, software update manager, Synaptic package manager, Gaim Instant Messenger, abiword, administration & development utilities, editors, graphics, GNOME, interpreters, libraries and many others. All of this is running on the state-of-the-art SunOS kernel.
- Based on OpenSolaris build 134+ backports/fixes from later releases
- ZFS deduplication support
- Crossbow support
- Over 13000 packages in the repository
- Based on Ubuntu 8.04 LTS (Hardy Heron) repository
- This includes latest dpkg/apt, gcc, binutils, coreutils, perl, python, ruby, Qt libs, GTK libs, etc
- SMF support added fo server applications like apache, mysql, postgresql, exim4, etc
- 100% native Debian environment, easy to upgrade, easy to use
- Includes Vim and screen by default
- Includes apt-clone which brings zfs power to apt-get
Reviewing 2.0 Alpha 1 (Jun 25, 2008)
Nexenta is a relatively easy to use, fully GNU capable OS with Solaris under the hood. You can do full snapshot upgrades with roll backs which is excellent. The alpha of 2.0 is an alpha (duh) but for certain packages looks to be a giant step forward.
Reviewing 1.0 RC3 (Jan 29, 2008)
While Solaris is a great operating system, it's lack of hardware support on x86 desktop computers makes it completely useless for use on anything but high end servers. This OS is doomed if it doesn't get better x86 desktop computer hardware support.
Reviewing "Elatte" Alpha 7 (Dec 16, 2007)
The distro looks promising but it is not for the average Joe Brown user. It is just plain old Solaris for those who use and/or like it. Belenix is definitely more user-friendly and the like.
Obviously, it takes a while to boot (a lot more than on a *BSD for instance) but hey, patience helps ! (plus some say OpenSolaris plus might not be speed but robustness).
Meanwhile, does somebody have any feedback on how to easily set up a wifi connection with standard wifi PCI cards ?
I am still searching for an easy drive/card combination.
Thanks in advance.
Reviewing "Elatte" Alpha 5 (Oct 15, 2006)
I am writing this on the NEXENTA alpha 5 "live-cd".
Sound is not detected - though I have 2 soundcards in my machine (soundblaster live! and m-audio).
The network connection is slow as with an old 56k modem, though I have gigabit-ethernet and DSL.
Everything else looks "nice" and promising. What I do not like is GNOME - and that I do not have the slightest idea of SOLARIS - though I used LINUX for sometime and know a bit of that one. °__°
And - btw - the booting process took about 15 minutes (P IV 2.4 1024MB dual channel RAM). O yes, NEXENTA won't boot in "enhanced mode", I had to use "compatible mode" (in BIOS) to get it booting - "enhanced mode" meaning that both PATA+SATA are enabled, so you can use 6 devices, while "compatible mode" is for DOS, Win98 etc. with only 4 devices to use.
What I missed very much was the possibility to configure any hardware that was missed by the booting process, on the desktop or at the command prompt - with some online help, of course.
Hope this tells you something.
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