Welcome to Indiana!

Default Solaris GNOME ThemeIn 2005 Sun formally announced the open sourcing of Solaris. In May of this year, the community announced a new OpenSolaris project code named -- Project Indiana -- to build a binary distribution of OpenSolaris.

Today, the OpenSolaris community has announced that collectively, we've reached the first major milestone with Project Indiana by releasing a preview of the binary distribution of OpenSolaris. These bits will carry the name OpenSolaris(TM) Developer Preview.

By making a binary distribution of OpenSolaris, the community is giving  developers what they want and expect from OpenSolaris.

Why is this important? This is about re-engineering the way OpenSolaris technology is brought to the Free and Open Source community. It is about making it more accessible to students, developers and startups. The first official release of the distribution, planned for the first half of CY08, will be aggressively targeting this mass adoption. The Developer Preview release is intended for anyone who wishes to help develop and test the distribution.

The OpenSolaris Developer Preview distribution consists of a “Slim Install” Live CD, (only available for x86 platforms at the moment, SPARC to come soon). The Live CD includes a basic core operating system, GNOME desktop environment and a new graphical installer, with the option to install an the operating system from the Live CD. After the installation, additional packages can be downloaded by using the new Image Packaging System (IPS).

So check it out!

Comments:

That such announcements continue unabated when there is no community-wide consensus reflects poorly on the wisdom of the people pushing this and gives a wrong message to the world outside the community.

Please feel free to announce the preview release from "project Indiana" but do not (falsely) claim this as a collective decision of the OpenSolaris community.

Posted by Shiv on November 01, 2007 at 04:33 PM PDT #

Correction: this release is misworded.

The OpenSolaris Community has made no such announcement, nor collectively decided to promote Project Indiana as the future development model of OpenSolaris - the Developer Preview was released as a preview by a subset of the OpenSolaris community.

The rest of the OpenSolaris community, like many in the rest of the world, are excited to see this release so that we can start evaluating Project Indiana to decide if it may be endorsed by the community as a whole in the future, but that endorsement has not happened yet.

-Alan Coopersmith
Member, OpenSolaris Governing Board

Posted by Alan Coopersmith on November 02, 2007 at 04:11 AM PDT #

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