Over the next couple weeks, I’m going to be learning a lot about Solaris.
Though I started with Linux in 1998, and swore by OpenBSD for two years, I’ve been using FreeBSD exclusively since 2001 for EVERYTHING, including my day-to-day laptop.
But since HostBaby is growing, I went asking the advice of people running webhosting companies much larger than mine, and Jason from TextDrive spent a couple hours raving to me about Solaris. I heard enough that made me consider switching.
I had always considered Solaris to be one of those big million-dollar things like Oracle, so I never even looked its direction. But now it’s free, and worth considering.
So - now I’ve got just a few days to try to learn enough about Solaris to get a public webserver, database-server, and NFS server up and running on it.
Along the way, discovering things I had also previously ignored, like LDAP.
I’m going to use Solaris 11 (still known as Solaris Express or OpenSolaris in March 2006, but soon to be Solaris 11.)
I’ll share my Solaris discovery process here, and I’d appreciate any advice that anyone can give.