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Triple Boot, Part 1: Planning

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| Brian wrote up his experience getting OpenSolaris 2008.05 to work in a 
| dual-boot environment with OS X.  There are also some excellent resources  
| available in the Getting Started With OpenSolaris 2008.05 documentation. But 
| none of those described exactly what I wanted : a triple-boot system with 
| Windows Vista, OpenSolaris 2008.05, and Ubuntu 8.04. This series of blog 
| entries will describe the process I used to get all three installed and 
| working on my system.     


No GPL, so why not Linux?

Why I am Leaning Toward FreeBSD

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| FreeBSD has many, many advantages. It is a completely free, stable, secure, 
| and well supported operating system. It has lots of applications available 
| and can even run Linux applications. Although it is not as popular as Linux, 
| and may not be as well supported by third-party vendors as Linux, it is a 
| very good option for anyone if they can overcome these things.    



OpenSolaris still has some Linux copying to do

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| OpenSolaris 2008.05 packs in most of what Linux users are likely to expect -
| GNOME, easy installation, good software update tools and more - and then adds
| some extras on top. Although OpenSolaris isn't quite ready for prime time,
| when it is, it'll be a nice possible alternative to Linux.
| Because it ships with a number of developer-focused tools that most desktop
| users probably don't care about - the ZFS filesystem, DTrace,
| and "containers" - it may not be all that compelling for average users.


OpenSolaris 2008.05, and other places the sun don't shine

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| For the desktop Linux user who is simply curious about UNIX derivatives, we'd
| have to advise taking a pass on this release, anyway. We'd probably tell you
| to check out OpenBSD, or FreeBSD, for a shot at a more successful change of
| pace.


Does OpenSolaris Matter?

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| I'm not sure.
| Sun first announced OpenSolaris in 2005 but they keep finding ways to
| announce 'first releases'. Yesterday was one such release.

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