What's new in the next OpenSolaris release(2008.11)
By pengyang on Sep 27, 2008
The Solaris Nevada build 99 has been available for several days now. And it'll be imported into OpenSolaris repository next week or so.
After going through all the necessary paperwork(ARC, export control, OSR etc), Songbird 0.7.0 is finally integrated into b99. That's to say, you'll be able to grab the Songbird package from the repository very soon. Thanks all for the patience. Also thanks for the support from the Songbird community, especially from steve! And it's really glad to see that nightingale project was there as part of the feature spots for OpenSolaris community, also our nice group photo:). Thanks for taking the photo, Jim!
Besides Songbird, a big bunch of great applications including the GNOME 2.24 desktop have been delivered into b99(then 2008.11 release). I'll list some of them here.
1. XChat is the IRC client that I'll build myself every time I reinstall the box. It's really glad to see it's delivered.
2. Cheese. If you have a supported webcam on OpenSolaris, this could be a nice application for you to take pictures and videos.
3. tsclient, a front-end application for rdesktop, vncviewer, wfica and xnest. This is quite helpful for access your desktop remotely, for development or testing purpose.
4. gkrellm, a monitor application to show the system status in real time(CPU, memory, disk, network etc.).
5. brasero, a CD/DVD burning application.
6. transmission, a BT client.
The full list can be found here. Also something like NWAM 0.5, ZFS snapshot, power suspend/resume support(for certain hardware) will also be integrated.
Are these enough for the OpenSolaris desktop? Absolutely not. This is just the beginning. The contrib repository will be the playground for better community participation and users will all benefit from that for sure. The opinions from the OpenSolaris community is also important. What do you want to see in the future OpenSolaris release? I'll list something I want below:
1. The Media solution will be the most important part for the desktop users. It's really glad to have some community efforts in this area. mplayer is available on my desktop built from SFE.
2. aMule, an eMule like application for the eD2k and Kademlia networks. Well, it's popular to download stuff with this at least in China.
3. ftp GUI application. gFTP could be delivered into OpenSolaris and FileZilla could be part of the contrib repository. Also FileFTP(Firefox extension) could also be a way to go.
4. The most popular messenger tool in China -- QQ.
5. PPStream applications for watching TV/sports/movie online.
6. BBS client. QTerm could be a choice.
What do you want then? Feel free to comment here:)