(Yeah, I know, none of you care about this....)
I first heard rumblings of this a week or two ago, but now the announcement is official
: There's now a Debian GNU/Solaris
. (Unfortunately things aren't entirely open yet.)
Why does this interest me? Although I've used and run at least seven different flavors of Unix, I learned most of my "real-world" system administration skills on Solaris, and it was my primary operating system at work for a few years, while simultaneously running Linux at home.
But on Solaris I always needed to add the GNU programs
(and others) that came with Linux, and then try to keep up with their updates. (I made a now-obsolete web page [Funknet version]
just for this purpose.) Also, release upgrades were best done as reinstalls. In the Linux world, I found that Debian made keeping up with updates and upgrades quite simple. Now I run Debian on production servers primarily because of those attributes (plus the long-term stability of Debian's stable releases).
It will be interesting to see a Solaris with some of my favorite server-relevant features of Debian. I wonder if it will run on the old sun4c and sun4m shoeboxes
I have in the basement. Of course, I also wonder what I'd do with them if it did; I haven't even put Linux on them, and I know that would work.
has a new release with some interesting new networking features
, but until they improve the update/upgrade mechanism quite a bit (preferably to Debian's level), I'm unlikely to use it for much.