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Oracle Solaris

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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/DistroWatch Torrent Archive
Bug Tracker --
Related Websites SunHELPFreeware for Solaris
Reviews 11: MarkRoundPhoronix
10: LinuxPlanetThe RegisterOSNewsOSNewsPC MagazineOSNewsNetworkWorld
9: PC Magazine
Where To Donate, Buy, or Try

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 (3.0.5)     --
alsa-lib (1.2.12)     --
amdgpu (23.0.0)   6.14.1 --
bash (5.2.21)   4.1 3.0
bind (9.18.27)   9.6.3 9.2.4
chromium (126.0.6478.126)     --
cups (2.4.10)   1.4.5 1.1.21
dhcp (4.4.3-P1)     --
e2fsprogs (1.47.1)     --
firefox (128.0)   6.0.2 --
freetype (2.13.2)   2.4.6 2.0.4
gcc (14.1.0)   4.5.2 3.4.2
gimp (2.10.38)     1.2.1
glibc (2.39)     --
gnome-shell (46.3.1)     --
gnucash (5.8)     --
gnumeric (1.12.57)     --
grub (2.12)   0.97 --
gtk (4.14.4)   2.20.1 2.4.0
httpd (2.4.61)   2.2.20 2.0.52
inkscape (1.3.2)     --
k3b (24.05.2)     --
kmod (32)      
krita (5.2.3)      
LibreOffice (24.2.5)     --
linux (6.9.9)     --
Package 11.4 11 10
lxpanel (0.10.1)     --
mariadb (11.4.2)      
mate-desktop (1.28.2)      
mesa (24.1.3)     --
mysql (9.0.0)   5.1.37 4.0.15
nautilus (46.2)   2.30.1 2.6.1
NVIDIA (555.58)   280.13 --
openbox (3.6.1)     --
openjdk (22)     --
openssh (9.8p1)     --
openssl (3.3.1)   1.0.0e 0.9.7
perl (5.40.0)   5.12.3 5.8.4
php (8.3.9)     --
plasma-desktop (6.1.2)      
postfix (3.9.0)     --
postgresql (16.3)     --
Python (3.12.4)   2.6.4 2.2.3
qt (6.7.2) -- -- --
samba (4.20.2)   3.5.10 3.0.4
systemd (256.2)      
thunderbird (127.0)   6.0.2 --
vim (9.1)   7.3 6.3
vlc (3.0.21)     --
wayland (1.23.0)      
xfdesktop (4.18.1)     3.8.16
xorg-server (21.1.13)   1.10.3 (6.8.0)

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Version: 11.4
Rating: 10
Date: 2023-03-07
Votes: 13

A real enterprise OS. Not for those who want a Windows like system, If you want that there are multiple Linux distributions available that will do everything for you.
If it isn't available in Solaris, then do it yourself, that's what admins are supposed to do. Very secure system, and highly underrated due to the cost. It's no longer the premier OS due to Oracle scrapping all further development, but it's more than capable of running anything companies want.
Yes, I am a Solaris admin, but companies primarily want Linux so that's what I do now.

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Version: 11.4
Rating: 1
Date: 2022-10-05
Votes: 0

The 2018 version (for x86) of Solaris 11.4 (straight from Oracle ISO "text install" image) does not properly configure the network interface (using DHCP) when booting up under VirtualBox (originally an Oracle product). I do not really know why this fails, but honestly, I do not WANT to know why this fails! In fairness, the Oracle latest AI type install seems to work. Solaris was at one time a terrific OS -- especially for enterprise operations -- but it is a distant shadow of itself when the ISO of it cannot configure properly at boot-up under VirtualBox. Very sad.

The real problem is that Oracle should be making available a "text install" ISO image that is created from the latest builds of the OS. This is a big outage from Oracle (as far as I am concerned).

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Version: 11.4
Rating: 10
Date: 2021-04-11
Votes: 0

I have the free DL of 11.4 on a SPARC T4-1. Pretty pure Unix. Very nice OS (although the free download is pretty old and missing lots of updates provided to license holders). Oracle is in print stating Solaris will be supported until 2034(36?) *That* is how you support mission critical software. But a license is some value of "a lot", and a full & free release of Solaris at 'current' by Mr. Ellison is very unlikely. For X86 look at OmniOS. It's also very nice if you know what "gmake" means, and it's kept up. I trust it. Linux is a relentless drive towards The New. Solaris isn't for those people, but you have to have the dosh.

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