OpenSolaris - Lá breithe mhaith agat! from Ireland

Well first and foremost a very happy birthday to you :) OpenSolaris. It's been too long since I blogged it's true, but some times you just fall off the rails, so new year resolution to get back on the horse. If I haven't mixed enough metaphors for you yet, humble apologies ;) \*Looking Back\* It's been an interesting year for the "Desktop":http://www.opensolaris.org/os/community/desktop/ group on OpenSolaris. With releases poping up like "Belenix":http://www.genunix.org/distributions/belenix_site/belenix_home.html , "Shillix":http://schillix.berlios.de/ and "Nexenta":http://www.gnusolaris.org/gswiki , people have certainly been busy. Our own group got "JDS":http://www.opensolaris.org/os/community/desktop/communities/jds/ out on OpenSolaris thanks to Gman, Dermot, Laca and a cast of thousands. The latest Vermillion builds (JDS 4) have been going up regulary now and the latest Gnome 2.14 based cut is integrated into "nevada":http://www.opensolaris.org/jive/thread.jspa?threadID=10016&tstart=0 . So happy days indeed. What's too like, hey it's Gnome 2.14 based, what's not to like ;) Love evince, love the nimbus theme (very cool Erwann and Mike), love rhythm box. Love the performance improvements, gdm login flying along, menus poping up at lightening speed, nimbus 3x faster than blueprint, gedit and gterminal on fire, by the way did I say nimbus rocks :) \*What's Next\* Can't wait for all the HAL/ DBUS pieces to get there, so we can really start to kick butt on removable media, camera, ipod, you name it. Also support for Avahi coming down the pike and lots of discussion on how to make printing totally awesome (shorthand - easy for mortals ;) Lots of cool work being done to port the Gnome System tools onto JDS, coming to a store near you pretty soon. Then we have "Ekiga":http://www.ekiga.org/ for all you meeting junkies. Further out, well maybe not, give me sizzle - 3D accel support, already there for nvidia, coming this summer for intel and end of year for ati. This will really help us have fun, where are my transparent desklets and fancy fade outs, I know, I know it's eye candy, but what can I say I love it! \*Developer's Desktop\* Going forward want to get Desktop Developers flocking to OpenSolaris. Lets give them a happy home where they are really free to invoate, using whatever tools/ lanugages ring their bell. All about freedonm of choice. Make it easy for Gnome developers used to Gtk/ Glade to work with Java on Solaris if they want with Java-Gnome. Tempt them to take the leap to Swing with all the crazy stuff in "Java2D":http://java.sun.com/products/java-media/2D/ and Java "timing framework":https://timingframework.dev.java.net/ [anyone seen the "Aerith":https://aerith.dev.java.net/ demo - it really rocks, and for a Java Desktop app that's worth repeating :) ]. Lots of discussion on the alias about getting all the tools we need to "build OSS on OpenSolaris":http://www.opensolaris.org/jive/click.jspa?searchID=93821&messageID=36447 just there by default, rock on ... \*A bientot\* So gotta go back and do a little more to help make the desktop rock. Java-Gnome bindings for me at the mo, the joys of pkgtool/ spec files, for another post (see I'm even thinking about my next blog, I must be cured). OpenSolaris rocks, it's fantastic to see the communities evolving and growing, there are a lot of commited folks out there who love working on a Unix with the pedigree of OpenSolaris and one whose future they can now guide. Roll on the 10 yr aniversary, expect to be using my "3D holographic desktop":https://lg3d.dev.java.net/ or did I just wake up from the latest episode of StarTrek or was it Minority Report ;) Who knows ...
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Cool.

When will this make it to Solaris Express?

e1, IT Architect, CSO Asia South

Posted by iwan rahabok on June 18, 2006 at 05:33 PM IST #

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