A few hours ago, I had the chance to install Nexenta/OpenSolaris in Parallels. The install was pretty straight-forward and quick. Gnome isn't on the .iso, but this was easily addressed with a/etc/apt/sources.list update, and an apt-get (a ~450MB dependency download and install). With Gnome was up and running, I was amazed at its responsiveness: Gnome on Nexenta seems to be much snappier than Ubuntu 7.10. This is the first time I've seen something I could use instead of Ubuntu, and that's saying a lot.
Next up was getting the Twisted and Divmod code installed. This required the following additional package installs:
sudo apt-get install python2.4-zopeinterfaceWith that done, I ran trial twisted, and watched the tests zip by. The end result? Only 1 failure and 2 errors; that's a pretty significant improvement over Twisted in Solaris 10. The failure was actually a little bit weird: the test can't find /dev/tty, however the device does exist (and I can open it from the python prompt). The two errors came from the UDP "multi listen" test, and were are result of the test timing out.
sudo apt-get install python2.4-profiler
sudo apt-get install python2.4-pyopenssl
sudo apt-get install python2.4-crypto
If I can get those two tests sorted out, I'll start testing the Divmod code. If all goes well, this could very well end up being my new development platform.