[rescue] Illumos distributions?

Dave McGuire mcguire at neurotica.com
Mon Sep 13 09:59:45 CDT 2021

On 9/13/21 10:54 AM, Jonathan Katz wrote:
>> So I have this X4540 Thor, running Solaris 11.3 that I can't upgrade
>> in-place to Thor because Oracle won't make the patches available without
>> an extortionately priced license.
> I wonder if you can put SmartOS on it as an upgrade in-place? That may
> be your best bet for the x64 HW.

   I don't see that working out at all.  SmartOS works very differently 
from any other Solaris implementation. (and every other OS, for that matter)

   It boots typically from a thumb drive and runs entirely from a RAM 
disk, statelessly.  At boot time, it looks for a ZFS pool called "zones" 
that contains containers, imports it, and runs them.

> There are other distributions of OpenSolaris for Sparc out there, but
> some haven't been touched since 2014 (OpenSXCE.) I played with
> Tribblix and it's extremely rudimentary. Only one I haven't played
> with is DiiOS.

   About Tribblix, Peter Tribble does quite a bit of work on the SmartOS 


Dave McGuire, AK4HZ
New Kensington, PA

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