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How does OpenSolaris fare for Ed Tech?

In a nutshell, just fine. It's Unix, it's stable, it's robust, it's free, and includes a solid repository of free software.
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Written by Christopher Dawson on

In a nutshell, just fine. It's Unix, it's stable, it's robust, it's free, and includes a solid repository of free software. The real question is, does it have a place in Ed Tech?

It's certainly pretty, but it's running Gnome and looks an awful lot like a standard Ubuntu install. OpenOffice, the GIMP, and most of the business software we've come to expect from a full-featured Linux distribution are right there.

There's a very familiar package manager, but I'm not seeing anything that I haven't already seen in Fedora, OpenSUSE, or *buntu. So where is the advantage? I freely admit that my only forays into Unix Land have been via OS X and various Linux distributions. So for those of you with Solaris experience, can OpenSolaris bring something new to the table?

Of course the OpenSolaris website points to the immediate scalability of the platform and applications developed on it. However, to my understanding, the same could be said for many Linux distributions that have a more active community to provide support.

Share your thoughts. I have it running in a virtual machine on my MacBook now, so any suggestions of things to try would be much appreciated.

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