I'm So Excited

I'm So Excited

OK, so I am not a Pointer Sister (besides being the wrong gender, I cannot sing), but I'm so excited about the launch of OpenSolaris.

Over the years I have been fortunate to have put my hands into many parts of Solaris over the years, from device drivers to kernel frameworks to application servers to recently Open Source. Now, it is all Open Source, and we can all share things with many who have asked over the years.

Network driver developers will be particularly interested in the new GLD driver framework that is now part of Solaris. Based on the facility that was introduced many releases ago to make it easier for developers to create device drivers for Solaris x86, this new framework is intended for all NIC drivers on Sparc and x86. Network drivers no longer need to understand the complexity or minute details of DLPI to support high performance robust interfaces. And by default, the network interface can be used in agregations or VPN's. And driver developers can see, and even assist in how to enhance the GLDv3 interfaces to support a wide variety of network utilities, including dynamic networking and wireless.

Something else in OpenSolaris, are many tools that the Sun developers have created to manage Solaris development over the years. I particularly like the wx tool. Manage your development workspace very easily, and even generate HTML output of the differences from the base so changes can be easily reviewed by other team members. Check William Fiveash's blog for more on wx.

A very important thing to know about OpenSolaris, is that you already have the compiler! OpenSolaris is easily compiled with the GNU gcc compiler, available from many sources. If you are reading this, you probably already have it, and if you don't, it comes in Solaris 10, so there should be no problem getting it compiled. I have, and it runs just great!

And of course, this new experience should be enjoyed with a Samuel Smith's robust Taddy Porter! As robust as Solaris, with wonderful and complex mocha-like coffee and chocolate tones.

OpenSolaris and a Samuel Smith Taddy Porter, what could be better!


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