= S =
Slowlaris /slo'-lahr-is/ n.
[Usenet; poss. from the
variety of prosimian called a "slow loris". The variant `Slowlartus'
is also common, related to LART] Common hackish term for
Solaris, Sun's System VR4 version of Unix that came out of the
standardization wars of the early 1990s. So named because
especially on older hardware, responsiveness was much less crisp
than under the preceding SunOS. Early releases of Solaris (that is,
Solaris 2, as some marketroids at Sun retroactively
rechristened SunOS as Solaris 1) were quite buggy, and Sun was
forced by customer demand to support SunOS for quite some
time. Newer versions are acknowledged to be among the best
commercial Unix variants in 1998, but still lose single-processor
benchmarks to Sparc Linux. Compare AIDX, HP-SUX,
Nominal Semidestructor, Telerat, sun-stools.
--The Jargon File version 4.3.1, ed. ESR, autonoded by rescdsk.