Web Stack Updates

It has been an impossibly busy 3 months, something had to drop so blogging was it. Time to pick it up again!

Since it's been a while, I'll revisit what has been going on with OpenSolaris Web Stack in the last few months. This blog may have been quiet but things have been happening!

  • Lighttpd is now included in Web Stack! Amanda has some entries on lighttpd integration and scalability
  • Ruby has been updated to 1.8.6-p287
  • Ruby also integrates some new performance improvements on SPARC
  • Tomcat has been updated to 5.5.27
  • Apache httpd is now at 2.2.9
  • As part of the Apache 2.2.9 work, APR and APR-util have been split into separate packages. These libraries are consumed by some other apps, not just Apache so now OpenSolaris users don't end up installing all of Apache if they only needed APR.
  • Also on the Apache front, while not integrated yet, check out Nick's recent work on Apache and privileges
  • MySQL updated to 5.0.67. Previously we were hoping to go straight to 5.1 instead of doing another 5.0.\* update but 5.1 release moved out a bit, to the point where it wasn't possible to get it into 2008.11 so we ended up going to 5.0.67 to benefit from accumulated bug fixes for 2008.11. The plan is to have 5.1 in Web Stack (including dtrace support!) very soon after it gets released.
  • PHP memcached extension has been upgraded to 2.2.4
  • PHP has support for imap/imap-ssl now
  • PHP xdebug extension updated to 2.0.3
  • PHP suhosin upgraded to 0.9.27
  • PHP tcpwrap is now 1.1.3
  • PHP also now has support for PEAR/PECL
  • And finally on PHP, the packaging has been refactored a bit to be more sensible. Instead of being named after the full version (SUNWphp524) they are now just SUNWphp52. This allows bugfix updates without constantly renaming packages. Some unnecessarly splits were also combined, although that improvement is more visible to Nevada users than OpenSolaris users (because IPS combines some packages during post-production anyway).

So there's your whirlwind review of recent Web Stack changes...

You can get access to all these and the rest of Web Stack by updating your OpenSolaris installation to the latest, a good way to spend a long Thanksgiving weekend ;-0

(And OpenSolaris 2008.11 should be out real soon with many other improvements beyond the world of Web Stack, but if you're mainly interested in Web Stack components all of the above updates are already there in build 101 so you don't have to wait.)


Comments:

Great stuff Jyri. Looking forward to working with this technology very soon.

Tom

Posted by Tom Kincaid on November 28, 2008 at 03:15 AM PST #

Really nice. Hope to see webstack for Solaris 10, soon.

Posted by Thorleif Wiik on December 01, 2008 at 05:30 PM PST #

I'll have a post on that topic in the near future...

Posted by Jyri Virkki on December 03, 2008 at 10:10 AM PST #

Any plans to to release varnish 2.0.2 with the next Cool Stack/Web Stack release? It finally has support for Solaris 10+ event ports. Would love to see it!

Keep up the great work.

Posted by Armando on December 06, 2008 at 03:30 PM PST #

It would be very nice to see varnish within webstack as it's much faster and more stable than squid for reverse proxy environments.

Posted by Thorleif Wiik on December 07, 2008 at 03:16 AM PST #

Definitely, I've been following the varnish work and I've been meaning to update the package in the Web Stack repo to the latest Real Soon Now. I'll mention it here and on the varnish list as soon as I find a spare moment to do the update.

Posted by Jyri Virkki on December 08, 2008 at 07:20 AM PST #

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