Linux has a justifiably good reputation for being easy to install, and that process has become even easier and with more useful options since Schwartz’s report so long ago. On the other hand, Sun’s Solaris for x86 systems has had a reputation, also somewhat deserved, of being difficult to install and configure, along with doubts as to whether it would run at all on any randomly chosen “commodity” laptop, workstation, or server. But the world has indeed changed. As we pointed out in Chapter 2, Solaris and OpenSolairs run on thousands of differently configured Intel and AMD systems; installation of Solaris and now OpenSolaris has been steadily improving using the same boot technologies and methods found in Linux distributions. Yes, now OpenSolaris is also easy to install.
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