By Gerry Haskins-Oracle on Nov 08, 2011
Today, we launch Solaris 11 in New York City.
Work on Solaris 11 started 7 years ago, as soon as Solaris 10 reached "code freeze".
About 6 years ago in a Solaris P-Team (Product Team) meeting, someone raised the repeatedly asked question as to when we planned to release Solaris 11.
A slightly exasperated Jeff Jackson said 11/11/11, half jokingly, half seriously. It made sense. It was in the right ballpark considering all the radical changes the architects wanted to make in Solaris 11. And what better date to launch Solaris 11 ?
175 bi-weekly builds and two release candidate respins later, and we're releasing Solaris "Nevada" build snv_175b, officially known as Solaris 11. But 2 days early. Ooops! I must admit to having been tempted to file a "Stopper" bug to cause enough of a smoke screeen to delay the release by two days. But early is good. So 11/9/2011 it is.
The Solaris 11 Tech Lead, David Comay, has posted some excuses - er, I mean "reasons" - on his blog as to why we're releasing 2 days early. See http://blogs.oracle.com/solaris for further information.
Having arrived in New York Tuesday afternoon, I went to the 9/11 memorial to pay my respects.
May I just say, well done New York! Well done America!
It's a truly excellent and moving memorial. The sound of the water falling and the patterns it makes as it falls into the abyss in the center of the very footprint where the twin towers stood is poignant symbolism. It's impossible not to be moved.
And the fact that all around the memorial is still a construction site, with all the sounds of rebuilding what was destroyed, is very apt indeed.
Evil will not triumph. Good will overcome.
It puts our humble efforts in stark perspective.
I hope you enjoy Solaris 11. It's our most radical Solaris release since SunOS 2.0. Virtualization built in. Cloud built in. Architected for maintainability. Scalability beyond your imagination (and mine!).
I'll be presenting an updated version of my Solaris 11 Customer Maintenance Lifecycle presentation at the DOAG (Deutsche Oracle Anwender Gruppe) Conference in Nuremberg, Germany, next week. I hope to meet some of you there.
I'll then post the presentation here on my blog.
Let the fun begin! Enjoy!