OpenSolaris 2008.11 Release Candidate 1B (nv101a) is now available for testing
By User12611829-Oracle on Nov 11, 2008
The new release candidate has quite a few interesting features and updates. The items that caught my attention were
- IPS Package Manager
- Automatically cloning root file system (beadm clone) during image update
- GNOME 2.24
- Evolution 2.24 for those of us that are stubborn enough to continue using it
- OpenOffice 3.0
- Songbird - an iTunes-like media player. Still needs lots of codecs (like the free Fluendo MP3 decoder) to be really useful
- Brasero - a Nero-like media burner
Using the graphical package manager it only took a few minutes to set up the installation plan for a nice web based development system including Netbeans, a web stack (including Glassfish), and a Xen based virtualization system.
OpenSolaris 2008.11 is shaping up to be quite a nice release. Now that I have figured out how to make it play nicely in a root zpool with other Solaris releases, I will be spending a lot more time with it as the daily driver.
Download it, play with it, and please remember to file bugs when you run into things that don't work.
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