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Solaris had some neat integration with Java, containerization way before lxc, and DTrace which still lives on.

The reason I think it didn't rise to ubiquity in the same way that Linux did is the lack of customization.

One can easily customize the Linux kernel for their use case (i.e. Embedded), compile it, add busybox/dropbear, and you have a decent starting point for an embedded OS. You couldn't do the same with Solaris.




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