Solaris 11 Express

As a long-time Solaris and Linux technologist and the author of a book about OpenSolaris, I am very much interested in the future of operating systems.  Contrary to popular belief, operating systems are not dead and indeed are fertile ground for innovations in virtualization, security, observability, file systems, performance and scalability, and yes, even Cloud Computing.

Oracle acquired Sun, along with Java and Solaris, earlier this year; since then they have not only maintained but have expanded and advanced the ongoing development of what is now called Oracle Solaris.  Developers, ISVs, and end users of Solaris have been justifiably anxious and impatient about its future.  Today, we have some very good news for them -- the release of Solaris 11 Express.

Some of the most significant new technologies in Solaris 11 Express include

  • the Image Packaging System for software installation, updates, and patching,
  • network virtualization and resource management
  • ZFS dataset encryption
  • Solaris 10 branded containers
and many other enhancements.  See the What's New in Oracle Solaris 11 Express document for details.

My colleague at Oracle, Jim Laurent, has posted a blog entry showing you how to use VirtualBox to install and learn about Solaris 11 Express.  Also, at this year's LISA Conference, Oracle presented several BOF sessions on Solaris 11.

So, to paraphrase Mark Twain, the report of the death of Solaris is an exaggeration.  Find it here, then go forth and learn!

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The purpose of this blog is to highlight and to explore general issues around "Cloud Computing" -- its benefits, risks, and component technologies -- and how they are evolving. I'll also periodically comment (of course!) on Oracle's Cloud Computing capabilities, resources, and cloud-related events. -- Harry J Foxwell, PhD, Principal Consultant for Cloud Computing, Oracle Public Sector HW

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