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Intel Solaris?

Posted 16 April 2012 - 05:46 AM

Hi All,

I've been having a look around and found that Solaris is the Oracle (originally Sun) 'flavour' of Unix. Can anyone tell me what Intel Solaris is? Is it just the version of Solaris for machines using intel chips? And what's the difference from plain Unix Solaris?

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Re: Intel Solaris?

Posted 13 May 2012 - 10:42 PM

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Is it just the version of Solaris for machines using intel chips?

Sounds like it. I think Solaris was first made for Spark.

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what's the difference from plain Unix Solaris?

What's that?

To my knowledge, Sun changed from SunOS to Solaris.
I think SunOS was closer to BSD Unix whereas Solaris was Sun's version of System V.

My understanding is that Solaris was Sun's operating system. An Unix-like, but not Unix nor Linux. A little bit like HP's HP-UX.

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Re: Intel Solaris?

Posted 13 May 2012 - 10:46 PM

View Postturboscrew, on 14 May 2012 - 01:42 AM, said:

My understanding is that Solaris was Sun's operating system. An Unix-like, but not Unix nor Linux. A little bit like HP's HP-UX.

A Unix OS will use it's own kernel, a Linux OS will use the Linux kernel. That's the only defining difference.

Solaris was adapted to use Intel, I believe this was before Sun was bought by Oracle. Sun changed from the Sparc processor to Intel.
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Re: Intel Solaris?

Posted 14 May 2012 - 04:05 AM

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I believe this was before Sun was bought by Oracle.

Quite some time before.
I have used Sparcstation running Solaris.
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Re: Intel Solaris?

Posted 30 December 2012 - 11:32 PM

Just to add on, for the benefit of future peoples to view this. Solaris IS unix. Also, as of posting this, Solaris is available for sparc AND intel x86. Source: I recently installed a Solaris AI (Automated Install) server, (Solaris 11 x86), for the purpose of doing a net install of Solaris 11 on sparc systems, for work.
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