By relling on Feb 13, 2007
Last month, I blogged about open source Solaris Nevada build 55. I normally don't single out specific Nevada builds as worthy of a blog entry -- not because I think they are unworthy, but because they come out every two weeks which gets to be a lot of regular work to blog about.
So, why is build 55 so special? It is the first build which has become known as the Solaris Express Developer Edition. This is a milestone release because it is available with a support contract. Many people don't care about support, and you will often hear them complaining about the fact that Solaris 10 doesn't have some version of an application which was just put up on the web last week. The quality process involved in producing, distributing, and supporting a large software product, such as Solaris, takes time to crank through. If you really want the lastest, greatest, and riskiest version of Solaris, then you need to be on a Solaris Express release. The problem is that we couldn't provide a support contract for Solaris Express. That problem is now solved. Those who demand support and want to be closer to the leading edge can now get both in the Solaris Express Developer Edition.
Go ahead, give it a try. Then hang out with the Solaris community at the OpenSolaris.org website where there is always interesting discussions going on.