Solaris 2.x on a Pentium?

Louwtjie Burger Louwtjie.Burger at sanlam.co.za
Thu Apr 24 22:46:54 EST 1997

Jennifer Steinbachs wrote:
> Chang Zhou wrote:
> >
> <snip>
> > >
> > It virtually the same, I'm referring to Solaris-2.5-x86,
> > except the different binaries, and very stable as well,
> > never have once crushed unexpectedly.  Even though you have
> > to pay $500 to $1000 for one license, but for those unix lovers
> > it worths all the money.  With PP-200 plus enough cheap RAM
> > and SCSI disk space, it seems to perform better than Ultra-1,
> > and at a substantially lower price.
> Solaris 2.5 x86 may be stable, but Linux (esp. RedHat) is much
> more stable, has much more documentation, and is FREE :)
> We had Solaris x86 on our machine at home, but recently ended up
> wiping it off and replacing it with Linux.  Until Sol. x86 is
> more supported and more documented, we'll be using Linux on the
> Intel machines, and keeping Solaris on the Sparc machine at work.
> -jennifer

I have to disagree with you here....

1) I picked up a copy of Solaris 2.5 X86 for R 1000 which is about
$200... so it's not that expensive...

2) Having no Space based Solaris machines I will not comment on the

3) However... the MUCH MORE stable bit is nonsense.. have you tried
running Linux on Token Ring ? We have a DNS server on a Pentuim based
machine, and the uptime on the machine is something Linux will only
dream  about... Another thing is the support and Applications... every
application written for Sparc (unless Sparc dependent) will also be
ported to Solaris.. which totals 12000 apps. I can't think where to
begin naming applications... Solaris X86 also holds a number of
benchmark records and a hevent seen Linux there recently.

No, I have to dissagree.. I've found Linux NOT to be more stable than
X86, and support and applications is actually officially available.

PS: I have my flamesuit on... :)

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