First suggestion for Project Indiana

June 14, 2007

Okay, so almost everyone has heard about Project Indiana right? The one where SUN tries to make Solaris like Linux so they can compete in more areas and get all the wonderful features of Solaris on more platforms. Well, I have a suggestion for you:

Don’t use Java for your installer.

Yea, sure, it’s fine if you use Java for the GUI installer *if* the machine can support it, but what about when I want to install on a machine with a minimal amount of RAM? I mean, even your text-based installer uses Java, and for what? Replace your Java text-based installer with something like Curses (or something equivalent). Make it easier to install Solaris for people who are in college. The install for Solaris almost assumes you’ve been through the install before and know what you’re doing. If you really want more adoption in a learner’s market, you need to make it simpler to install.

In other news: Happy Birthday OpenSolaris (you’re 2! whee!). Now if I could only install you on all of my really really old hardware so I could make headless servers. Alas needing much RAM to work.

Anyone know a good PCI SATA card that will work in my Blade 150? I’m tempted to get this, but I’m not sure if it’ll support JBODs without flashing the BIOS on the card, which would be a pain to do on a SPARC system.

posted in geekery, solaris, sun by Lee

1 Comment to "First suggestion for Project Indiana"

  1. Anandi Hristina wrote:

    that’s why it will never wor. Anandi Hristina.

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