2008.11 in the side view mirror

Call me the "late Latif".  Most people blog about a release when it's released.  I blog about it when it's aged a bit.   After months of hard work it was great to finally deliver 2008.11.  A functionality that has not been discussed in the blogs thus far is  the support for booting off a multi-terabyte disk.   While support for multi-terabyte non boot disk has been available for quite a while, boot disks were limited to under 1TB. Boot disks can now be upto 2TB. This feature along with the prototype version of the Automated Installer should interest users in the enterprise space who have been waiting for jumpstart type functionality from the Caiman project for a while.

Another component delivered by the Caiman project is the Distro Constructor(DC).  This tool enables one to create liveCD or Automated Install (AI) images.  It is preferable to run this tool on a reasonbly powerful machine as it does
require a fair bit of compute power.

 When I first tried to build it on my Toshiba M9, I noticed that I could keep my coffee warm by the heat it was generating. My desktop, a W2100z was no better. Building images on this
system upped the decibel level of fan noise to that of a jet engine.  Luckily, I was able to snag an Ultra 24.  Its quiet and efficient. I can build images in 20-30 minutes on this puppy.
Often its even faster since I use DC's snapshoting capability

I view building ISOs as BDC (Before DC) and ADC (After DC). In the BDC world, one used "cdkit". It required a complex setup and assummed a very specific environment. Even users inside Sun would have to struggle to create an ISO.  Distro Constructor was designed to eradicate the "fear" of trying to build an ISO and I feel this goal has been met.

So go ahead fire up those fans, use  DC and send us your feedback either on caiman-discuss@opensolaris.org
or by filing bugs for new features.

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