In article <Pine.SOL.3.96.1000718143741.12892A-100000 at thale>, Jamie
Kincaid <jamie at thale.nott.ac.uk> wrote:
> Can anyone on this newsgroup share their experiences of running Solaris
> on intel boxes?
> This recently popped up as an option in a Linux v UNIX for bioinformatics
> debate started by my colleague Keith Bradnam.
>> I am considering solaris x86 as an option having used Solaris happily on a
> sun machine for some time now but was wondering what differences or
> problems (if any) people have encountered.
I'm running Sol x86 7 and Linux on my home PC and am most familiar with
the latter. One thing I should comment on is that Solaris is much more
of a resource hog than Linux. I can happily run Linux in 16 Mb RAM
on my old 486 (mainly in text mode, of course) but on my PII/350
Solaris devours RAM. I have the Solaris x86 8 CD awaiting installation
but I'm delaying this as I've heard that this version is even more
hungry. On the plus side I notice that hardware manufacturers are
now starting to supply Solaris x86 drivers (even if just on their web
sites) (eg. Adaptec's drivers for their latest 9160 SCSI cards).
Any problems I've had with Solaris are mainly due to my Linux-centricity.
Bernard P. Murray, PhD
bpmurray at cgl . ucsf . edu
Department of Cellular & Molecular Pharmacology, UCSF