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-====== ​Distro ​Comparison ======+====== ​Distribution ​Comparison ====== 
 +I'm currently using OpenIndiana but I am on the lookout for a possible replacement,​ I like OpenIndiana but it's good to keep your mind open for other things. I've switched Linux distributions countless times so Solaris will be no different.
  
 +//The opinions about these expressed here are my **personal** opinions! If you don't like em, send constructive criticism, else go to /​dev/​null!//​
 +
 +===== Legend =====
 +| **Y**    | yes                                            |
 +| **N**    | no                                             |
 +| **#/10** | score out of 10, where 1 is bad and 10 is good |
 +
 +===== Dataset =====
 +^ name                                        ^ usage                ^ active ​                                                                                                             ^ pkg mgnt ^ pkg selection ​                                                                                ^ KVM                                       ^ Zones      ^ installer ^ documentation ​                                                           ^
 +| [[http://​openindiana.org/​|OpenIndiana]] ​    | servers and desktops |  3/​10((Decreasing activity due to lead leaving.)) ​ |   ​IPS ​   |                          5/10((OK for servers, poor for desktops.)) ​                          ​| ​ Y((As of 151a5 still horribly broken.)) ​ |  IPKG,​s10,​sn1 ​ |   ​8/​10 ​   |  7/10((Most Solaris 10 stuff applies, wiki has limited documentation.)) ​ |
 +| [[http://​smartos.org/​|SmartOS]] ​            | hypervisor ​          ​| ​                                          ​10/​10((Roughtly every 2 weeks)) ​                                          ​| ​ pkgsrc ​ |  9/​10(([[http://​www.perkin.org.uk/​posts/​9000-packages-for-smartos-and-illumos.html|9000+]])) ​ |  Y                                         ​| ​ Sparse((Also know as Joyent branded zones.)),​LX((Experimental)),​KVM ​ |   ​10/​10 ​  ​| ​            ​8/​10((Wiki has all the essentials you'll need.)) ​            |
 +| [[http://​omnios.omniti.com/​|OmniOS]] ​       | servers ​             |                                                      8/10((More or less monthly.)) ​                                                      ​| ​ IPS        |  7/10((Less packages but only aims at servers, sometimes slightly newer versions than OI.))                                                                                             ​| ​ Y                                         ​| ​ IPKG,​s10,​sn1 ​         |  8/10         ​| ​ 6/10((Not much on there website, most OI documentation applies though.)) ​                                                                       |
 +| [[http://​www.dilos.org/​|DilOS]] ​            | servers ​             |  5/​10((Currently supported by one man, It very looks promising but I have doubts about the longevity :())                                                                                                          |  APT       ​| ​ 7/10                                                                                             ​| ​ Y                                         ​| ​ IPKG,​DPKG,​lx,​s10,​sn1 ​ |  4/10         ​| ​ 5/10                                                                        |
 +
 +===== Additional Notes =====
 +==== OpenIndiana ====
 +Currently my main issue with OpenIndiana is the broken KVM, this is hard to fix however.
 +
 +Some of the packages are bit older than OmniOS (OpenSSL for example), package selection is larger than OmniOS but I gave it a lower score.
 +Mostly because OI aims to be a server and desktop operating system, while OmniOS only aims at servers. Due to this the overall package selection of OI appears less //fresh//. However for servers, there is little difference.
 +
 +OI seems to be moving slower than OmniOS (time from bugfixes to release), however this may just be my perception. ​
 +==== OpenIndiana / OmniOS ====
 +They use the same installer, so same issues with it.
 +  - Install over and over again on the same set of disks will have you ending up with rpool1, rpool2,...
 +  - Impossible to install directly onto a mirror or raidz if multiple disks are available.
 +  - Sometimes crashes if DVD-drive is to slow to respond (could be handled more cleanly)
 +
 +==== DilOS ====
 +I really like what I'm seeing here. APT instead of IPS, lots of extra'​s like lx zone, kvm and kvm for non-ept...
 +On the other hand, the installer is not very user friendly, I gave it a 4 because it does more or less the bare minimum an installer should do.
 +
 +However for now my concern is that it's development rests on one man. If he quits the project is dead.
 +
 +Personally I would like to see large things of this merged to OI with a nice upgrade path. (APT, KVM, lx zone)
 +
 +Some smaller annoyances, doing a clean upgrade is not as streamlined as using IPS.
 +Going on my linux instinct I destroyed my first install :s
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