[OpenIndiana-discuss] I figured this deserved a separate thread

Allan E. Registos allan.registos at smpc.steniel.com.ph
Fri Nov 5 00:48:23 UTC 2010

>No, OpenIndiana both targets Desktops and Server 

That is what most GNU/Linux distributions have done since the dawn of time. But the recent(well not quite recent) spat between Ingo Molnar and Con Kolivas (Linux kernel developers) does represent the major problem of Linux desktops : _responsiveness_. OI for desktop needs to be optimized for the desktop to IMO, unless there are technical issues. I don't know if I know what I am talking about since I do not know anything about systems programming, much less how the kernel works in the inside. However, all desktop users(non-devs) cares only of what happened in the desktop world ( playing games, watching videos, surfing, etc.) therefore, any OS must have some optimizations on this area 


----- Original Message -----
From: "Guido Berhoerster" <gber at openindiana.org> 
To: "Discussion list for OpenIndiana" <openindiana-discuss at openindiana.org> 
Sent: Thursday, November 4, 2010 10:33:19 PM 
Subject: Re: [OpenIndiana-discuss] I figured this deserved a separate thread 

* Jonathan Adams <t12nslookup at gmail.com> [2010-11-04 15:11]: 
> not that my $0.02 is worth much, but Illumos and OpenIndiana, although 
> connected are separate entities. 
> If you compare this to Linux, Illumos is the kernel and OpenIndiana is 
> a distribution. 
> Additionally, OpenIndiana was set up to be a server distribution with 
> emphasis on apps needed to get the server running ... that is why it 
> was set up. 
> We'd need to look into creating a Desktop/Laptop Solaris Distro to 
> have all the usability tweaks and wifi/bluetooth changes where they 
> belong. At that point only will it really be worthwhile having this 
> conversation. 

No, OpenIndiana both targets Desktops and Server, it is just 
that OpenSolaris somewhat neglected the latter and OpenIndiana 
aims to correct that. 
It is planned to improve the user experience and package 
additional software and this might e.g. also lead to the 
availability of additional desktop environments such as XFCE or 
KDE. In the end OI will hoepfully be more attractive to both 
Server and Desktop use that OpenSolaris ever was. 

> For the Distribution (OpenIndiana) I would suggest trying to follow 
> the example of Ubuntu in having a regular build and maybe a LTS every 
> 18 months to 2 years (in a similar way to Solaris10 update N) 

It is planned to both provide regular development snapshots and 
to branch off free and supported stable versions in regular 

Guido Berhoerster 

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