Aug 25, 2010
Prior to Sun Solaris 10, Red Hat� Enterprise Linux� and Solaris used very similar system startup methods. Solaris 10 introduced the Service Management Facility (SMF). This is a complete replacement for the type of rc-style system initialization that was previously common to both Solaris and Linux.
This paper discusses in some detail five of the major differences between Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 sysvinit-based startup and Solaris SMF.