Monday Nov 19, 2007

What's new in Microsoft and OpenSolaris Interoperability?

Innovate on OpenSolaris OpenSolaris Project: CIFS Server. Sun recently donated server software source code that implements the Common Internet File System (CIFS) protocol -- also known as SMB -- the standard for Windows file sharing services. This in-kernel CIFS server enables Microsoft users to store and retrieve files on an OpenSolaris system.

To support the CIFS protocol several changes were also made to core components of OpenSolaris including ZFS, VFS, credentials, file system utilities, etc. Sun has also donated these changes to the OpenSolaris project.

Why is this in-kernel CIFS support so important? Check out Alan Wright's blog entry for the gory details... but essentially Windows interoperability requires that a CIFS server convince a Windows client or server that it "is Windows". This is really only possible if the operating system supports those services at a fundamental level.

A related OpenSolaris project, CIFS client, allows OpenSolaris systems to act as CIFS clients in a Microsoft environment -- the flip side of the equation. The OpenSolaris CIFS client stores and retrieve files on a Microsoft CIFS system helping to complete the file sharing capabilities between OpenSolaris and Microsoft environments.

The CIFS projects greatly improve the usefulness of OpenSolaris in data environments that serve both NFS and CIFS clients by bringing the enterprise scalability and reliability of the OpenSolaris to a Microsoft environment.

See what Alan, Bob, Lynn, and Marc say about the news.

 

Wednesday Oct 31, 2007

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!

Thursday Mar 15, 2007

OpenSolaris Project has been accepted into the Google Summer of Code 2007

Late breaking news from our man down under, Glynn Foster! "OpenSolaris has been accepted into the Google Summer of Code(tm) 2007."

What is the OpenSolaris Project? The OpenSolaris project is an open source community and a place for collaboration and conversation around OpenSolaris technology. The OpenSolaris source code IS cutting edge, and with innovation happening everywhere they welcome your involvement. Check it out.

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