Nevada build 55 -- nice!

Over the holiday break I installed Solaris Nevada build 55 on a few machines.  This is an important build and I think you'll see lots of people talking and blogging about it.  Here are a few reasons why I think it is cool:

  • StarOffice 8 is now integrated. Previous Nevada builds had StarOffice 7, which meant that I had to install and patch StarOffice 8 separately.  This significantly reduces the amount of time I needed to get my desktop up to snuff.
  • Studio 11 is now integrated.  This is another time saver.
  • NetBeans 5.5 is also integrated.  I use NetBeans quite a bit for Java programming. I fell in love with refactoring and the debugging environment.  I also do quite a bit of GUI work, and NetBeans has saved me many hundreds of hours of drudgery.
  • NVidia 3-D drivers are integrated.  Still more installation time savings.
I do install every other build of Nevada, and these changes have significantly reduced the time it takes for me to go from install boot to being ready as my primary desktop.  More importantly, it shows that once we can get past some of the (internal political) roadblocks, we can create a richly featured, easy to install, open source Solaris environment that showcases some of the best of Sun's technologies.

BTW, one of the cool things I've been playing with over the break is the integration of StarOffice with NetBeans. There are NetBeans wizards which you can use to create add-ons for StarOffice. Check out how easy it is to add a function to StarOffice Calc!


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