choosing a file system

Nic Bernstein nic at
Fri Jan 9 07:35:17 EST 2009

On 01/09/2009 12:59 AM, Bron Gondwana wrote:
> On Thu, Jan 08, 2009 at 10:13:25PM -0800, Robert Banz wrote:
>>> There's a significant upfront cost to learning a whole new system
>>> for one killer feature, especially if it comes along with signifiant
>>> regressions in lots of other features (like a non-sucky userland
>>> out of the box).
>> The "non-sucky" userland comment is simply a matter of preference, and  
>> bait for a religious war, which I'm not going to bite.
> Well, yeah.  Point.  Though most Solaris admins I know tend to pull in
> gnu or bsd utilities pretty quickly.  I'll take that one back, it was
> baity.
So at the risk of entering into a flame war, I must say I am surprised 
that no one has mentioned Nexenta/OS.
They have bolted the Ubuntu/Debian userland onto OpenSolaris to give the 
Linux lovers out there a linuxy experience with access to all of that 
shiny new Solaris bling, such as zfs and dtrace.  You may want to give 
it a look-see.

>> Patching is always an issue on any OS, and you do have the choice of  
>> running X applications remotely (booting an entire graphic  
>> environment!?), and many other tools available such as pca to help you  
>> patch on Solaris, which provide many of the features that you're used  
>> to.
> <SNIP>
> And I'm seeing there are quite a few third party tools that people have
> written to ease the pain of patch management on Solaris (I believe it's
> actually one of the nicer unixes to manage patches on, but when you're
> used to apt-get, there's a whole world of WTFery in manually downloading
> and applying patch sets - especially when you get permission denied on
> a bunch of things that the tool has just suggested as being missing)
Oh yeah, apt-get included.


PS - This has been a very interesting thread to read.  Some of us just 
don't have the exposure to large systems like the participants in this 
thread have, and this can be very educational.

Nic Bernstein                             nic at
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