So, recently I installed OpenSolaris (the 2nd release candidate), version 2008.11. Running the system was rather interesting. It ran well, but was still rather sluggish on my mediocre hardware. The applications that came preinstalled were impressive, and comparitive to your average Linux distribution. An office suite did not come preinstalled, however it was with a quick search in a package manager that I was able to find the OpenOffice.org office suite. Being created by Sun Microsytems, it was clear that there were a lot of Sun applications… especially in the package manager. The updated applications had that level of preference, being an Sun Microsystems product, so that they were available soon after the products release.
Overall, the next release is looking very promising. OpenSolaris has turned into a distribution of software comparable to many Linux distributions available. All the competition is in good spirit however, since a Linux desktop and an OpenSolaris desktop is yet another Microsoft-free PC.