gabriel rosenkoetter on Fri, 12 Sep 2003 16:53:22 -0400

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Re: [PLUG] Solaris 8 or Linux on Sparc?

On Fri, Sep 12, 2003 at 04:17:08PM -0400, W. Chris Shank wrote:
> I have a client who has solaris 7 on sparc Ultra5's. The question came
> up as to moving them to linux, solaris 8 or leaving as solaris 7.

I wouldn't do any of these things. If these systems are still on a
service contract with Sun, I'd definitely use Solaris 9.

If not, I'd probably use NetBSD/sparc, since it's sparc codebase is
far more mature than Linux's. But I don't guess I'd begrudge your
using Linux.

> Uses are for DNS and NIS(+). I question whether NIS+ is available
> on linux (I recall that it wasn't a fewyears back - but this may
> have changed),

Linux support for NIS+ is poor at best. The typical excuse for this
can't sound anything but lame: "NIS+ is too complicated, you really
just want to use NIS." Yeah, sure, great, because I LIKE any random
user having the ability to ypcat shadow...

> if we move to solaris 8 what the licensing cost is, and what disadvantage
> there is to staying with solaris 7 (not current - patches, support
> lifespan, etc). 

If you're paying Sun for annual support already, there's no cost
at all. If you're not paying Sun, I think there's a one time fee
for the software (and a bit more than that for the media). That's
all documented quite well on Sun's website, if memory serves.
(Solaris licenses do not, as IRIX licenses do, carry with the
hardware, but they're not particularly expensive from a business
point of view, and they're not recurring until you want a new
version of the OS.)

gabriel rosenkoetter

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