[rescue] Illumos distributions?

Dave McGuire mcguire at neurotica.com
Mon Sep 13 12:22:09 CDT 2021

On September 13, 2021 1:15:47 PM Jonathan Patschke <jp at celestrion.net> wrote:
>> That's the basic feel of it, yes, but about a hundred times better for a
>> hundred different reasons. :-)  I am trying hard to migrate away from my
>> VMware ESXi hosts.
> Is there something approaching proper documentation?  The last few times
> I set up a machine to use it, it felt like the instructions were only:
> 1. dd this image to a USB stick.
> 2. Read the wiki; the man pages were out of date before we took over.
> 3. Good luck!
> It really does seem like an amazing project (and one I'd like to use
> because Proxmox is a pox), but I'm too bandwidth-limited to struggle
> with documentation in so many little notes scattered over wikis and
> fora.

  I haven't seen anything other than that, but it took me a few hours to get
running.  It's really not that foreign once you understand the basic concepts
of how it works, and once you (I) stop trying to treat it like it's ordinary

  I was sitting down to spend another entire afternoon patching new releases
of Postfix and Dovecot for Solaris 10, and getting SmartOS running took a lot
less time than that.  Migrating to it was a days-long effort, but that's a
different matter that is more specific to my installation than anything else,
and mostly involved adjusting configs for different paths and newer software
releases, and, of course, testing.

  I'd be surprised if someone with your level of experience took more than
3-4hrs to get a handle on it, starting from scratch.


Dave McGuire, AK4HZ
New Kensington, PA

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