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For one, KVM virtualization does not run on Illumos, nor Solaris.

Second, Oracle is encumbering Solaris with a not-nice license. I haven't followed the latest developments because I no longer care, since I will never use a non-free OS.

Whether you meant to ask, "Why Illumos over Solaris" or "Why SmartOS or OmniOS over Illumos?" I think I have answered your question :-)




KVM virtualization has been added back to Illumos and is also available from Joyent as SmartOS:

http://dtrace.org/blogs/bmc/2011/08/15/kvm-on-illumos/

Hopefully the next release of OpenIndiana will add support for it as well, seeing how they also use the Illumos kernel.




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