Wednesday Dec 10, 2008

OpenSolaris 2008.11 Has Landed


OpenSolaris 2008.11 was officially launched today. Highlights of the announcement:
  • Toshiba will sell Toshiba laptops with OpenSolaris 2008.11 pre-installed
  • tailored for software development and student use
  • new features include "Time Slider" - literally a GUI slider allowing easy access to ZFS snapshots... Slide your way back to last week. :-)
  • world-class performance, with several world record benchmark results.
For more, and information on the live web chat at 12:00 EST, see http://www.opensolaris.com/get/index.jsp .

Tuesday Jun 03, 2008

Virtualization \^2

Have you ever wanted to try a Solaris feature using your non-Solaris desktop or laptop? Now you can! Jeff Savit shows us a method to use the OpenSolaris LiveCD to run OpenSolaris right off the CD - without modifying your existing system - even if your computer usually runs MacOS, Windows, or Linux. His example demonstrates the creation of Solaris Containers on that system. They are very temporary Conatainers - they only last until that particular LiveCD session is halted - but they are full-featured, enabling you to apply resource controls, access the network, mount other file systems, etc.

(The other) Jeff explains it all very well, but I'll emphasize that you can just follow his lead, or you can boot your computer directly from the OpenSolaris LiveCD, use OpenSolaris for a little while, and then re-boot back into your 'normal' operating system. VirtualBox is wonderful technology, but is not necessary to temporarily run OpenSolaris.

Tuesday Jul 24, 2007

Community Contributions to BrandZ

"BrandZ" is the OpenSolaris project name for a framework which allows non-Solaris applications to run in Solaris Containers. This framework exists in OpenSolaris, and is planned for the next release of Solaris 10 (real soon now).

Solaris Containers for Linux Applications is the first implementation in the BrandZ framework, and runs Red Hat and CentOS applications. In addition, non-Sun members of the OpenSolaris community have begun contributing new code to BrandZ. Albert Lee has demonstrated the ability to create a Debian zone.

Also, Wei Shen is leading an effort to enable 64-bit apps to run in Linux-branded Containers.

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