I am new to UNIX. I have some software which need to be installed in UNIX.

I have below the list of OS provided by a third party software provider. Can anyone help me out: which OS Software will be compatible with Solaris?

For example I want to install oracle.rpm for Solaris but Oracle has not provided an RPM for solaris. They have provided RPMs for the below OS.

Which one will be compatible with Sun Solaris?


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Solaris is not a Linux distribution so, if you have binary software which can be installed on any of those operating systems listed (which are all Linux distros), it won't install on Solaris.

In fact, unless you're running Solarix/x86, even the lowest binary level is likely to be totally incompatible. The vast majority of Solaris installations we deal with are still Solaris-on-SPARC, which is fundamentally incompatible with x86 operating systems.

If you have the source code, you could possibly compile it on Solaris but:

  1. It's not something I'd suggest for a novice; and
  2. Solaris is different enough from Linux to cause some fundamental problems (in my experience).

Just try OpenCSW which provides tons of third-party software without efforts.

To install Oracle, just download Oracle for Solaris.


It sounds like you're trying to install a product from Oracle on Solaris. What you've listed appear to be what I suspect to be different install procedures/builds for different flavors of Linux. You'll need to get/download the product from the vendor, or use one of the OSes you have media for.

In the event you want Oracle 12c on Solaris 11 in 5 steps.


Those are all GNU/Linux distributions. They're not applications you'd install in Solaris, they're entire operating systems that you'd install instead of Solaris.

  • i mean i have some software .rpm inside that folders
    – Tapsi
    Commented May 20, 2011 at 6:05
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    @Tapsi: none of those are compatible with a Solaris OS.
    – Mat
    Commented May 20, 2011 at 6:06
  • Solaris doesn't use RPM packages. See if the software you need is actually available as a Solaris package. Or consider just using Linux instead of Solaris.
    – Wyzard
    Commented May 20, 2011 at 6:08

Those are all Linux distributions (operating systems), not programs which you install.

If you want to try one of them, just burn the ISO onto a disk and boot it up.

I wouldn't suggest Solaris or any other non-mainstream OS to new users, as it will be a pain to find support. Try Ubuntu 10.10 or 10.04, as that distribution is aimed at newer users.

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