OpenSolaris 2008.11 has many new features, captured in this great screencast
courtesy of The Observatory. But as important as the bits that come in the LiveCD are the activities happening in the back end, where lots of new packages have been added to the software repository
. Not just standalone applications, but groups or "clusters" of them that, with a one-click install, deploy all components needed by developers in different domains. For example, the Webstack
suite (called amp-dev) includes Apache, MySQL, PHP, Python, Squid, memcached, among others, as well as the NetBeans IDE
to put it all together.
If you haven't looked at it recently, fire up the Package manager and browse through the different categories. You might be pleasantly surprised. Here's a sample list of packages that might interest you:
Eclipse fans will be glad to find out that version 3.4 has been added to the main repository. And HPC developers can try the latest Cluster Tools, based on Open MPI 1.3.