OpenSolaris 2008.11 Release Candidate 1B (nv101a) is now available for testing

The initial release candidate (rc1b) for OpenSolaris 2008.11 (based on nv101a) is now available for download and testing. Additional (larger) images are available for non-English locales as well as USB images for faster installs. If you have not played with a USB image you will be dazzled at the speed of the installation. Amazing what happens when you eliminate all those slow seeks.

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
Our own Dan Roberts has more to say on the subject in this video podcast.

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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