Upgrade Laptop from Vista -> Solaris - well worth the trouble

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Help' started by Dave, Nov 22, 2007.

  1. Dave

    mike Guest

    I don't know why this is so hard for you to understand.
    In the case of an emulator, there's is only one (virtual) hard drive.
    It's blank, empty, unused. When you stick in an installation CD, the
    installation process has to figure out where to put it. If it can't,
    it can surely ask you for guidance. I've got maybe a dozen linux
    install cd's that manage to figure out what to do. You'd think
    Sun could...I'm not even sure they can't...I can't try it 'cause
    I don't have a gazzigabyte of ram.

    I guess when you've struggled to manually configure unix/linux
    all your life,
    something that just plugs in and works is a foreign concept.
    And yes, that's the major stumbling block to widespread adoption
    of linux...the builders have no concept of what the general public
    needs...or are just unwilling to meet that need.
     
    mike, Nov 26, 2007
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  2. Dave

    Ian Collins Guest

    Oh I understand alright.
    If the emulator is any good, the OS doesn't realise it is running on one.
    And if there isn't anywhere to use for backing store? The Solaris
    installer is designed to work entirely form a RAM disk, that design has
    stood the test of time, but is now on its way out. There are other
    OpenSolaris distributes with much smaller install footprints, including
    LiveCD.
    Nope, it's never been a struggle, because I know what I'd doing. The
    new installer's defaults will suffice for most users.
    Try Indiana,
    http://dlc.sun.com/osol/indiana/downloads/current/in-preview.iso
    Like Solaris, Linux is open source, so there is probably a distro to
    suite everyone.
     
    Ian Collins, Nov 26, 2007
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  3. Dave

    Dave Guest

    So Windows just plugs in and works? That's not always been my experience.

    It is probably true installing Solaris 10 on *random* x86/x64 hardware
    will take more time than installing Windows on random hardware. But once
    running, Solaris takes up far less of your time.

    If you want a *very* easy life, just install Solaris 10 on UltraSPARC
    hardware. (I assume the same is true if you install on Sun's x86/x64
    hardware, rather than random bits of unnamed kit, but I have not tried
    that).

    In the 6 months I have owned my laptop, I have reinstalled windows Vista
    three times.

    1) After "upgrading" to Vista Ultimate, from Vista Business, the camera
    and audio drivers would not work, nor would they work after I
    reinstalled them. Totally reinstalling the Vista OS before adding the
    drivers fixed that. Then of course I had to reinstall all the programs
    and restore my user files, which took the best part of a day.

    Perhaps you would have had a better suggestion - Sony did not.

    2) The Adobe Acrobat 8 Professional (about the only bit of *useful*
    software supplied with the laptop), got corrupted and would not work. No
    amount of repairing the installation worked. With no option to remove
    just that product and reinstall just that, I had to do a complete reset
    to factory defaults.

    Perhaps you would have had a better suggestion - Sony did not.

    3) Despite running a Norton security product (forget which), with
    regular updates, the system got infected with some spyware/virus, as
    random programs tried connecting to the internet. (Norton could only
    detect the programs trying to connect, not find the rubbish that was
    causing it). So I reinstalled Vista for the 3rd time.

    Perhaps you would have had a better suggestion - I personally did not
    trust any other solution.

    So that is three times in 6 months I have *needed* to reinstall Vista in
    order to fix a problem. Of course, I could have left the camera, audio
    and Adobe Acrobat not working, and continued to use a system I think was
    infected, but none of them seemed too clever.

    Despite running two Sun workstations 24/7, and an odd one occasionally,
    I have not within the last few years ever had to reinstall an OS. I have
    reinstalled Solaris when it suited me (if a new version of Solaris was
    released), but I have not in the last few years ever had to reinstall
    Solaris because of a problem I could not be fix another easier way.
    I guess I want something that once set up, continues to work. Solaris
    does that.
     
    Dave, Nov 26, 2007
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    Barry OGrady Guest

    I installed and ran Solaris 10 X86 on a PC with 512 meg RAM and
    Solaris 10 Sparc on a Netra with 256 meg RAM.
    Barry
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    Barry OGrady, Dec 5, 2007
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