The World of Web Stack (1.5)

As you may have seen, Web Stack 1.5 is out. Go ahead and give it a try!

One of the slightly confusing parts of the Web Stack distribution is that it varies by platform so there are several ways of "giving it a try". So it might be worth summarizing how and where to get it:

If you are on OpenSolaris 2009.06

Web Stack 1.5 is integrated into OpenSolaris 2009.06 out of the box. There is nothing to download. Simply install your favorite Web Stack components via the pkg(5) command. One shortcut is to install the 'amp' metapackage which will bring in a number of AMP-related Web Stack components (check the amp manifest to see precisely which ones it includes).

% pfexec pkg install amp

Note the 'amp' metapackage doesn't install all Web Stack components and you can just as well install only the ones you need, individually.

Yes, I realize OpenSolaris 2009.06 shipped last month! That means Web Stack 1.5 has been available in OpenSolaris for over a month now. So what is this week's announcement all about?

If you are on Solaris 10 or RedHat Linux

Well, unfortunately our shipping dates are a bit out of sync on different platforms (this is something I want to get aligned for the next time around) so what we're announcing this week is the availability of Web Stack 1.5 components on Solaris 10 and RedHat Linux.

Download link for Web Stack 1.5 for Solaris 10 and RedHat Linux

There are two different packaging formats you may download for these platforms: native packages and update center images.

The native packages (svr4 for Solaris 10 and rpm for RedHat Linux) are what you'd expect, similar to the Web Stack 1.4 packages (and yes, you can upgrade your previous install if you wish).

The update center image is new in this release and it is quite interesting. Instead of downloading actual Web Stack components you only download an IPS user image which you may unzip anywhere you like, such as in your home directory. From within this user image you will then invoke the pkg(5) CLI to download and install those components you wish to use (there is also a GUI, updatetool, if you're into that).

Yes, this means you can install Web Stack components into any location you like while running as your regular nonprivileged (non-root) user. This is quite nice for experimenting and development work. Please refer to the README and documentation for details. Give it a try and let us know how you like it.

The other brand new cool thing in 1.5 is the Enterprise Manager GUI, which provides a really nice monitoring interface to component statistics.

Others from my team have written in more detail about various features so I won't repeat that here, just check these out:

Finally, please note that while the full marketing name this quarter is Glassfish Web Stack, the Web Stack product is separate and completely unrelated to the Glassfish Application Server! I realize this has been the source of much confusion lately, particularly at OSCON last week.

Hopefully this helps clarify a bit how and where to obtain Web Stack 1.5! With that out of the way, now go give it a try!


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