josehill wrote:As an aside (again, IIRC), when MS acquired Hotmail, FreeBSD was running the front-end web servers, while Solaris was used for the actual back-end email handling.
Back from the dead ... A week of struggling with Solaris under pressure and a few days of flu-based stomach exercise later, for those who are interested I can say :
Jimmer is sort of right - from a logical standpoint in a small environment, Solaris is not worth the hassle. But then, the Sun Fire was not sensible either. A dual-core Atom with a gig-E interface and a big SATA drive would have been sensible. So what the hell, is there a prize for being sensible ?
Solaris itself is great. There's no way in hell that Loonix, freebsd, whatever will ever touch it. Even Irix is second-rate compared to what you can do with Solaris. It's got some capabilities that are outstanding.
Unfortunately, the documentation and information for Solaris sucks dead donkey balls. What a mess. Information is easy to come by but usually it doesn't work. It looks like the operating system has gone through so many permutations that you really have to know exactly which version you are talking about to ensure that the information matches what you have. And then there's the problem of a bunch of doofuses on the Internet giving bad advice. I guess that's the same with Irix but there are more Solaris users, hence more doofuses and more bad advice.
I can see why Oracle would buy them. For large, expensive enterprises where people should know what they are doing, Solaris is perfect. For a small shop that just wants to run a website, an office server and maybe an intranet, way overkill. And way too much hassle to figure out how to get it to work. And now that Oracle owns it, way too much hassle trying to deal with the owners. Heck, if I couldn't have bought it in the Pirate's Bazaar for $6 I probably would have skipped the whole experience. Maybe that's due to my Chinese IP, don't know. But Oracle is certainly a rotten nasty company that most people work hard to avoid.
Jose - speaking of webservers, try the Solaris iPlanet Web One Java-but-not-Java Whatever Name We Can Come Up With This Week webserver. Hot stuff. You can run an entire farm of webservers with ten percent of the hassle of one instance of Apache. Better performance, too. Good stuff.
Anyway, to answer my own question, to me it was worth the hassle. The more things you try, the more you learn. The more you learn, the smarter you get. And then you die.