I remember it was long back i was test driving OI from a live usb on my laptop. after a long wait, today i decided to go for a clean install on my newly assembled desktop. currently triple booting between windows / elementary and this fresh install of open indiana.
Before install, i ran a test drive after creating a bootable dvd with the march 2015 build "hipster" branch. [read that this is rolling release branch so i chose this. point to mention that hardware device configuration [test] gui is available so all we have to do is check for compatibility. luckily, everything was just identified right, including a usb hub & linksys usb wifi that i use. surprising but yes, i was happy ! [ironically, pcbsd 10.1.2 does not support haswell desktop cpu as of now
install thru the GUI installer was a breeze. as we all do, i learnt on how to add repos [publisher, as the solaris terminology goes], update / upgrade is now in progress. [hence this journal entry !]
the install is on ZFS by default and installation was done smooth. gnome 2 is the default DE.
my first browing thru menu caught my attention towards "time slider" its an amazing gui tool that once enabled, it takes snapshots [we can limit the disk size the snapshots can use & we can delete outdated snapshots in periodic maintenance mode]
the time slider sits as an icon on nautilus and it displays time of backups et all, we have a slider to scroll back and forth, chose a particular point or delete / create snapshots... it was nice to see this option on an opensuource distro thats not so popular as its linux or freebsd cousins!
the base system felt solid, and many day to day activities can be done [though many apps may seem out dated in comparision to linux versions]
i should say its worth giving a shot and i am sure [if your hardware is detected], its worth a try ! for stable versions, its better to stick to stable builds
thats all for now folks... thanks for reading ! hope some one will test drive and post feedback ! O I does look to be evolving into a wonderful complete OS ! for desktop & servers [here is where ZFS wins !]