Finally, I installed Solaris 10 on my Mac (under Parallels Desktop of course since I paid for it and also paid for the Parallels 3 upgrade).
Booting up Solaris does take some time, is this common in Linux operating systems? Or was that I did not provide system resource to this Solaris Guest OS?
To be honest, I did not install Solaris myself from scratch. I downloaded the Solaris Virtual Appliances
(for Parallels Desktop and Workstations).
Does anyone have any suggestions on what I shall do with Solaris? Or which particular area of Solaris I shall explore?
It takes up time tostart up because it's running in Parallels, which is a virtual machine, or in other words, it has to emulate an entire machine on top of the operating system you're already running.
Solaris is actually quite fast when running natively on dedicated hardware.
Solaris is not a Linux system, the Solaris kernel is descended from AT&T UNIX System V licensed by Sun, but to answer your question, Linux distributions are often much faster than Windows or Mac OS on the same hardware, an entire 32-bit Ubuntu system can boot up using only about 100 megabytes of RAM off the bat, and Xubuntu only eats about 80 megs fully booted up, Linux doesn't need especially fast hardware or gobs of RAM, which is one reason people who don't want to throw away an otherwise perfectly usable Mac or PC in a landfill and upgrade to Microsoft or Apple's newest system often choose Linux, of course that's not to say that Linux isn't powerful, it's just that it's open source nature, and the way it's designed isn't to carpet bomb the masses with a buggy pile of crap that kind of half works in order to maximize profits and push new hardware sales.
Don't know what you'd do with Solaris, it's not real user friendly, and most *NIX software is Linux software, Debian or Red Hat's package management software is a lot friendlier.
I did get a Solaris 10 disc from Sun, but it really doesn't work very well for a desktop system.
UserAgent: Mozilla/5.0 (X11; U; Linux x86_64; en-US; rv:18.104.22.168) Gecko/20071213 Fedora/22.214.171.124-3.fc8 Firefox/126.96.36.199