By Calum on Nov 16, 2010
Yesterday, Oracle released Solaris 11 Express 2010.11, the first interim step along the road to Solaris 11 since OpenSolaris 2009.06 was released almost 18 months ago.
The change in name reflects that, unlike its OpenSolaris predecessors, Solaris Express is not a freely-redistributable distro, and it remains free to use only for "the purpose of developing, testing, prototyping and demonstrating your applications"—business or commercial usage now requires a support contract. However, the download itself for x86 or SPARC remains free of charge, and it's also possible to upgrade from an existing OpenSolaris installation (see the release notes for details).
As you'd expect, there are many new things to play with in this release—the one I've been most closely involved with is the new Network Auto-Magic GUI, which has many more features than the one that shipped in 2009.06.
Why not take it for a spin in VirtualBox and let us know what you think?