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This page gives an introduction to OpenSolaris and an overview of related articles.

What is OpenSolaris?

The Solaris Operating System is available from Sun Microsystems, Inc. The Solaris OS runs on x86 hardware, including ThinkPads, although drivers do not exist for all devices on all models. Solaris is derived from ATT System V UNIX and Berkeley BSD, as opposed to being a UNIX clone. Solaris x86 cannot run software compiled for the SPARC architecture, however.

Due to license issues, not all of Solaris is available in source form. However, OpenSolaris often has drivers for devices before they are available in the main-line Solaris operating system (e.g., wireless adapters). These drivers are usually installable with the latest version of Solaris.

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