Back at RailsConf a couple months ago, there were a few presentations that made an interesting case for considering OpenSolaris instead of Linux. I had never really considered Solaris much before then. When we got back, one of my friends, Preston Lee, really wanted to dig into it to find out more. He got a buddy that’s a Ph.D. candidate to put his research hat on and compare OpenSolaris ZFS vs. Linux ext3 RAID5.

What do you think of the results? I know I’ve said that Mac beats Ubuntu hands down for the desktop, but I still love Ubuntu on the server side (and I know a great Ubuntu sysadmin). Is anyone using OpenSolaris? I’m all for gathering opinions on this topic. Leave a comment and let us know!