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Aug. 3rd, 2007 | 11:42 am

Get a machine to run Solaris.

Download main Solaris install.

Discover that the version you really want it is called Express... or
maybe Open Solaris... or something...

Install (pray you have a CDROM).

Then look for GNU packages.

Which means one of:

1) Getting some binaries, from somewhere on the internet, that have a
compiler, and then download from ftp.gnu.org all of the source for
all of the binaries you want. Recompile everything into /usr/local/.
For GCC you may need to do this twice.

2) Get SFW packages from Sun... which are sort of useful, and have
"most" of what you need. Those the versions are all old. See comment
one about recompiling everything from scratch off of ftp.gnu.org

3) Find a tool called pkg-get. It is mostly awesome, though it has a
weird scheme for GCC. It also has old packages.

Once you have the above working?

Then start playing with your PATH variable. You will need to juggle:


By default your user account was probably not setup with bash (don't
worry, the root user is screwed as well... so its not like the
sysadmin in root is having much fun), so you will need to change your
shell as well. What is the first command I've noticed that Solaris
sysadmins type when they login to root? "bash"

We won't even get into installing Perl modules, because at this point
you probably have two versions of it installed (and MySQL.... two at
last count).

Emacs vs vi? Well neither are really there. Sure... there is a ghost
of what vi was like well over a decade ago, and Emacs... once the
above is done you will probably have a couple of copies of it
installed, until then you will get to learn to hate vi all over again.

I wonder if Apple could buy Sun. They could provide lessons in UNIX
development and direction.

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from: tony2001
date: Aug. 3rd, 2007 07:40 pm (UTC)

AIX is no better, IBM people have broken everything they could and even more.

>I wonder if Apple could buy Sun. They could provide lessons in UNIX development and direction.

Oh no.
Let's teach them Linux instead, no need for another broken "UNIX".

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from: krow
date: Aug. 3rd, 2007 07:53 pm (UTC)

Other then Apple's old bison and their messing with around with libtool, I don't normally run into many issues with what they do.

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from: candice
date: Aug. 4th, 2007 03:28 am (UTC)

Try migrating from one version to another of their broken active directory copy. Or do anything as simple as import users from linux.

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