Here comes the OpenSolaris 2008.11 release!

OpenSolaris 2008.11 is released, after 6 months of hard Work/contributions from the OpenSolaris community and developers from different groups. It has been up and running on my bare metal laptop for several weeks. I'm really impressed by the improvement of it over the last release. It contains a lot of features that I wanted deadly, especially Power Suspend/Resume and NWAN. Also, as I've mentioned in the previous post, lots of useful desktop applications (Firefox 3.0.4/Songbird/XChat for example) have been integrated into this release along with GNOME 2.24.

First of all, I'd still want to highlight Songbird a little bit in this post. It got a huge attention from the open source community as I can see on digg. 0.7.0 has been integrated, run "pfexec pkg install SUNWsongbird" to install it from the repository. 1.0.0 is on the way. Please stay tune. And most of the cool features can be found in this great screencast. Thanks for the awesome efforts from Steve and the Songbird team. The first-run bundles for OpenSolaris x86 users are ready - so you should be getting prompted to download the GStreamer plugin as well as the SHOUTcast, Concerts, mashTape, and Last.fm add-ons now.

As you might notice, there have already been some great posts about different parts of this fantastic release. I'd still like to choose some of them to share with you.
- What's new about OpenSolaris 2008.11 and the screencast.
- Glynn's nice highlight on the release.
- Time Slider screencast from Erwann.
- What's new from the install part.
- A little bit history for OpenSolaris release.
- pkgFactory/Roboporter: the infrastructure for better package contribution.
- Port FOSS package to OpenSolaris /pending and /contrib repository.
- How to upgrade from old versions.
- The improvement from the pkg(5) part.
- Mirror IPS repository.
- Some link collection as well.
And many more posts as well. So please don't hesitate to grab the release and try it.

Comments:

Hi to everyone there, i am new to the opensolaris 2008.11
Can onyone hepl me to install the GStreamer for the version 2008.11
when i try to play a movie i get this error message the says i have to install the GStreamer plugin when i play a video i get this error message "The playback of this movie requires a VCD protocol source plugin which is not installed." and how to add adobe flash player plugin for mozilla firefox .

Posted by Douglas K N Gaisie on December 14, 2008 at 01:04 PM CST #

Douglas, the GStreamer framework 0.10.21 is on the LiveCD and installed by defeult. Many non-free GStreamer plugins are not redistributable and they are not part of the OpenSolaris IPS /dev (or /release) repository. We're working with Fluendo on trying to resolve the problem by providing some Solaris codecs in their online shop so that users can buy from there.

BTW, you might be interested in an IPS repository with several media players available: http://www.lifewithsolaris.jp/. VLC works fine on OpenSolaris 2008.11 as I know.

As for flash plugins, one option is to go to Adobe website to download the appropriate one: http://get.adobe.com/flashplayer/. Another option is to go to Sun's extra repository. You'll need to register an account first: https://pkg.sun.com/register/.

Posted by alfred on December 17, 2008 at 06:39 AM CST #

Finally OpenSolaris 2008.11 is released, after 6 months of hard Work/contributions from the OpenSolaris community and developers from different groups. That's really great

Posted by Real Exam on March 17, 2009 at 07:43 AM CST #

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