Sun release source code for Solaris 8

Greg Lehey grog at
Thu Jan 27 15:08:20 AEST 2000

On Thursday, 27 January 2000 at 18:04:06 +1300, Joerg Micheel wrote:
> On Thu, Jan 27, 2000 at 02:56:02PM +1030, Greg Lehey wrote:
>> On Wednesday, 26 January 2000 at 17:42:54 -0800, Steven M. Schultz wrote:
>>>> From: "Joerg B. Micheel" <joerg at>
>>>> I think, popularity of Solaris might rather be restricted by its
>>>> performance. I have run Solaris x86 on my desktop for a while for
>>> 	Agreed.  I have run Solaris (only up thru 2.6 though) in its
>>> 	"native" environment (Sun hardware) and even there the performance
>>> 	is not anything one would write home about.  The difference between
>>> 	SunOS 4.1.x and Solaris 2.x is dramatic in favor on the older leaner
>>> 	system.
>> That's my experience too, but it may not be typical.  For a large
>> system with a large number of processes (e.g. ftp server) the
>> comparison could be very different.
> That would make quite an interesting test. How much does
> gain by running FreeBSD instead of Solaris ?

Good question.  My guess is that Solaris 2 just couldn't handle that
many connections, but it compete reasonably well with fewer
connections (say 1000).  I'll copy the FreeBSD chat people and see
what they think.

For -chat: Sun have announced their intention to release the source
code of Solaris [2.]8.  We're discussing what this means.  See for more details.

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