[Ilugc] About Linux advocacy in colleges
- From: siva@xxxxxxxxxxx (Sivasankar Chander)
- Date: Sun Jul 4 22:49:58 2004
There is no advantage of using solaris on the desktop/workstation.
It is proprietary, in that respect no better than windows; the CDE
interface is horrible (far worse than windows) and the command line,
although slightly better than MS-DOS, is worse than linux because
it doesn't have GNU.
CDE isn't that bad - it was the first full-featured desktop environment
for X, and was adopted by HP and IBM, among others. It's certainly better
than OpenWindows that came with SunOS.
You can always build the entire GNU tools on Solaris, install it into
/usr/local, and set that in your PATH to replace the default Solaris
Of course, there is utterly no reason to choose Solaris over any
distro of Linux after 1999. But if you have Solaris, you can make
pretty good use of it on pretty reliable Sun hardware like the Ultra 10
or Ultra 20, which can often be bought at junkyards in Silicon Valley
for less than $100.
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