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Initial OpenSolaris 2009.06 thoughts [Jun. 21st, 2009|03:30 am]
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Well, I just upgraded Opensolaris. So far, things look good except for a few minor nits.

Songbird doesn't work.
Firefox 3.1b3 is installed. This would be good if any of my nice addons could work with it.

After that, it seems nice. Gvim is there.

All in all, I'm definitely going to wait before I upgrade my work desktop - because if Firefox drops things like my mouse gestures add-on, my productivity is going to drop like a fucking stone.

Also, the upgrade was a pain. Updating through the GUI forced me to upgrade the packaging system (Any former gentoo users will remember the general "emerge portage" pain - this is similar) by command line. And when I tried to continue via the GUI, I still had issues. Strangely, if I just did a plain old "pfexec pkg image-update" it all ran fine. Whuh di fuh?

It's disappointing to see a release of a product that I do QA in having these problems. (There again, the QA bits I work on are more core than this stuff - and I'm fairly sure I know who tests them, and these bits probably aren't top priority)

It's just another one of those things where Sun (and let's be honest here, the "community" is completely contained within Sun Microsystems, and I know for a fact that they do treat this as a serious release) bundle in beta 3rd party products. I remember the first Solaris Express Developer Edition bundled a new but insecure Firefox because hey, it gives the users the cutting-edge feel. Bundling 3.1b3 is not a great idea unless you want to offer a more stable version as well (ubuntu did that with gutsy, you could install 2 or 3). Of course, the ipkg system isn't necessarily flexible enough for that. So, I just hope that they provide a constant upgrade path for when a stable 3.1.x is ready and my add-ons are available again.

As a closing note, if this sounds critical of a company I work for, it's because I am. I'm a QA engineer - I'm paid to be Sun's worst enemy. Still, it's solid, and I've seen some nice little improvements, but the sticking points really do stick me. At least the upgrade from 2008.11 to 2009.06 is far simpler than 2008.05 to 2008.11 - if you didn't hack your grub menu after an image-update, you toasted your system. Fun.