So after installing OpenSolaris on an old 2xPentium III machine with 1.5 Gb RAM and a new disk, I started playing with it to see what it does.
I had to do the following:
- Enable BonJour/ZeroConf/Rendezvous annoucements with "svcadm enable multicast" - http://opensolaris.org/os/project/nwam/service-discovery/
- Enable network access to the PostgreSQL database by editing the /var/postgres/8.2/data/postgresql.conf.
- Enable ftp with "svcadm enable ftp".
- Compile Emacs 22 with gcc.
- Eclipse did not install from Blastware, sigh.
- Putty works well as a ssh client.
Just for fun I created a lx zone, where the supplied tar-file fitted right in, and the Linux JDK 1.6 ran out of the box.
The Gnome based desktop is nice with just a few surprises:
- the mounted disks do not show up on the desktop
- no trash can available on the desktop