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Nexenta ?

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Joined: 2006-11-19

When browsing DistroWatch today, I came across something called "Nexenta OS".


NexentaOS is a complete GNU-based open source operating system built on top of the \OpenSolaris kernel and runtime.

It is a result of our inspiration and desire to build a great system based on the best existing software: SunOS kernel and GNU software. We use Debian/Ubuntu - one of the best existing software distribution/packaging mechanisms - to glue the numerous pieces together. At the moment, Nexenta is not part of the Debian Project. Our packages are not present in the Debian database. We are hoping that in the future this will change and our packages will get their "upstream acceptance".

NexentaOS is completely open source and free of any charge. It contains Apache, MySQL, Perl/Python/PHP, Firefox, Evolution, software update manager, Synaptic package manager, Gaim Instant Messenger, abiword, administration & development utilities, editors, graphics, GNOME, interpreters, libraries and many others. All of this is running on the state-of-the-art SunOS kernel.


I was woundering if anyone had tried it and are there (if any) major differences with it and Debian?, Does it look like it will run good on a laptop? I am interested in trying it out but I wanted to see what you guys think about it.


Joined: 2005-12-20
Nexenta OS is not linux, it

Nexenta OS is not linux, it is based on opensolaris, so the kernel level things are solaris. The kernel is under the CDDL, not the GPL license. You will see differences from debian. Not all of the packages have been ported. Nexenta is also still alpha software.

I have used it, and it was pretty good, only reason i didnt want to use it any more is that I wanted to use FreeBSD again, better driver for my wireless card.

Good luck


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