So many ways to get Open Solaris...
By sriram on Feb 07, 2008
If you are new to Open Solaris community, you might want to check out the different distributions available here. Out of these different distributions, Open Solaris Community Express, Open Solaris Developer Express and Open Solaris Developer Preview is released from Open Solaris community while the rest of the distributions seems to be developed by third party or volunteers. Here is quick 2 minute run down on these different distributions as I understand it -
Open Solaris Developer Preview - Internal code name for this project is 'Indiana' . It is still in 'beta' and its goal seems to be to simplify the Open Solaris installation experience and provide a LiveCD of the OS as well. The promising feature in this distribution is that it touts a new 'packaging' system known as 'Image Packaging System' that allows users like us to get updates and new packages on regular basis. Af course, in Linux world, folks has been using 'Yum' or 'apt-get' for quite some time now. However, for Open Solaris community , this is probably one of the most wanted features for quite some time now.
Open Solaris Community Express - Unsupported binary release of Open Solaris source code. This release happens almost biweekly. With every release, the milestone's build number is increased. If you would like to get the latest and greatest Open Solaris snapshot, then this is the way to go. Here is a quick link of the different features that have been integrated with every milestone build. Typically, if I like to try out a feature then I download the appropriate milestone build.
Open Solaris Developer Express - Well tested and stable snap shot of the Open Solaris Community Express translates into a Open Solaris Developer Express release. This release happens once in every 3-4 months. You can download and use it for free. Also, if you would like to run it on your production system, you can buy support for this release from Sun
Unless you are seasoned veteran within Open Solaris world, Open Solaris Developer Express is the best way to get your hands on it.