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Oracle Solaris

Last Update: 2019-04-11 06:22 UTC

Solaris is a computer operating system, the proprietary Unix variant developed by Sun Microsystems. Early versions, based on BSD UNIX, were called SunOS. The shift to a System V code base in SunOS 5 was marked by changing the name to Solaris 2. Earlier versions were retroactively named Solaris 1.x. After version 2.6, Sun dropped the "2." from the name. Solaris consists of the SunOS UNIX base operating system plus a graphical user environment. Solaris is written in a platform-independent manner and is available for SPARC and x86 processors (including x86_64). Starting from version 10, the Solaris licence changed and the product was distributed free of charge for any system or purpose, but after the acquisition of Sun Microsystems by Oracle in 2009, the product is once again proprietary with a restrictive licence.

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Solaris Summary
Distribution Solaris Operating System
Home Page https://www.oracle.com/technetwork/server-storage/solaris11/overview/
Mailing Lists --
User Forums --
Alternative User Forums
Documentation https://www.oracle.com/technetwork/server-storage/solaris11/documentation/
Download Mirrors https://www.oracle.com/technetwork/server-storage/solaris11/downloads/
Bug Tracker --
Related Websites SunHELPFreeware for Solaris
Reviews 11: MarkRoundPhoronix
10: LinuxPlanetThe RegisterOSNewsOSNewsPC MagazineOSNewsNetworkWorld
9: PC Magazine
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Recent Related News and Releases
  Releases announcements with download links and checksums:
 • 2011-11-09: OS Release: Oracle Solaris 11
 • 2008-11-07: OS Release: Solaris 10 10/08
 • 2005-09-16: Review: Opening Solaris
 • 2005-06-14: News: Opening Day for OpenSolaris
 • 2005-03-03: Review of Solaris 10
 • 2005-02-25: First Look at Solaris 10
 • More Solaris releases...

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Feature 11.4 11 10
Release Date 2018-08-28 2011-11-09 2005-01-31
End Of Life      
Price (US$)      
Image Size (MB) 0-0    
Free Download ISO, registration required ISO, registration required ISO, registration required
Installation Graphical Graphical Graphical
Package Management IPS, pkgadm IPS, pkgadm pkgadm
Release Model Fixed Fixed Fixed
Office Suite -- -- StarOffice
Processor Architecture sparc64, x86_64 sparc64, x86_64 i386, sparc64, x86_64
Init Software other other other
Journaled File Systems ZFS, UFS ZFS, UFS ZFS, UFS
Multilingual de, en, es, fr, it, pt de, en, es, fr, it, pt de, en, es, fr, it, se
Asian Language Support ja, kr, zh_CN, zh_TW ja, kr, zh_CN, zh_TW ja, kr, zh_CN, zh_TW
Full Package List     10
Package 11.4 11 10
abiword (3.0.2)     --
alsa-lib (1.2.1)     --
ati-driver (18.30)   6.14.1 --
bash (5.0)   4.1 3.0
bind (9.15.5)   9.6.3 9.2.4
chromium (78.0.3904.97)     --
cups (2.3.0)   1.4.5 1.1.21
dhcp (4.4.1)     --
e2fsprogs (1.45.4)     --
firefox (70.0.1)   6.0.2 --
freetype (2.10.1)   2.4.6 2.0.4
gcc (9.2.0)   4.5.2 3.4.2
gimp (2.10.14)     1.2.1
glibc (2.30)     --
gnome-shell (3.34.1)     --
gnucash (3.7)     --
gnumeric (1.12.46)     --
grub (2.04)   0.97 --
gtk (3.24.12)   2.20.1 2.4.0
httpd (2.4.41)   2.2.20 2.0.52
inkscape (0.92.4)     --
k3b (19.08.3)     --
kmod (26)      
krita (      
libreoffice (6.3.3)     --
linux (5.3.11)     --
Package 11.4 11 10
lxpanel (0.10.0)     --
mariadb (10.4.10)      
mate-desktop (1.22.2)      
mesa (19.2.4)     --
mysql (8.0.18)   5.1.37 4.0.15
nautilus (3.34.1)   2.30.1 2.6.1
NVIDIA (440.31)   280.13 --
openbox (3.6.1)     --
openjdk (13)     --
openssh (8.1p1)     --
openssl (1.1.1d)   1.0.0e 0.9.7
perl (5.30.1)   5.12.3 5.8.4
php (7.3.11)     --
plasma-desktop (5.17.3)      
postfix (3.4.7)     --
postgresql (12.1)     --
Python (3.8.0)   2.6.4 2.2.3
qt (5.13.2) -- -- --
samba (4.11.2)   3.5.10 3.0.4
systemd (243)      
thunderbird (68.2.2)   6.0.2 --
vim (8.1)   7.3 6.3
vlc (3.0.8)     --
xfdesktop (4.14.1)     3.8.16
xorg-server (1.20.5)   1.10.3 (6.8.0)

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Version: 11.3
Rating: 9
Date: 2017-09-05
Votes: 8

Nice and stable Gnome 2 desktop still supported in 2017

after adding the 3rd party publisher localhost11
( Development Repository of SFE IPS Packages built for Solaris 11)
you can install Mplayer,SMplayer ( for MP4) and VLC.( for MP3)

for youtube-dl you can download the tar.gz file from the youtube-dl website, extract and just run ./youtube-dl from the download folder

but you are still stuck with Firefox ESR 31.8.0 as only browser
Qupzilla can be installed, but crashes and is not usable

On a couple desktop installs, audio defaulted to wrong device (audiohd#0), to switch the default to audiohd#1 (to have sound in Firefox)
remove existing links
# rm /dev/audio
# rm /dev/audioctl
# rm /dev/dsp
create new
# ln -s /dev/sound/1 /dev/audio
# ln -s /dev/sound/1ctl /dev/audioctl
# ln -s /dev/dsp1 /dev/dsp

to see settings before/after change use
$ ls -l /dev/audio
$ ls -l /dev/audioctl
$ ls -l /dev/dsp
to see available options
$ cat /dev/sndstat
$ ls /dev/sound

another issue is that any modern wireless cards (PCI or USB) that I have tried don't work,
only an older laptop card did, so you may be stuck with Ethernet only

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Version: 11.3
Rating: 10
Date: 2017-04-07
Votes: 1

An industry stalwart... simply the best! From ZFS to Dtrace to Kernel Zones to Live Migration to Boot Environments, Solaris has everything a real Unix should in the modern world!

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