The newest update release of Solaris 10(10/08 which implicates the general available date is this October) is just around the corner. Although Solaris 10 update releases mainly focus on bug fixing and supporting new systems, I believe some people will still feel exciting about the features added into this release. Let's take a quick look at it and see what new features we will have this time.
ZFS boot and root is one of the long-awaited features for Solaris 10. Now, Solaris 10 can boot from and use ZFS as the root file system, just like OpenSolaris. I'm pretty sure that we will see more exciting features being incorporated into Solaris 10 from OpenSolaris community. Apart from this, system administrators must be pleased to see other enhancements such as “zfs send”. It helps to transfer the file system from master to slave, and we can do it incrementally.
Like always, there’s new system supports come with this latest release. If you have not heard about the huge efforts that Sun has put on the collaboration with Intel, here’s evidence - Solaris 10 adds the support to the latest Intel Xeon processors 7400 Series. It also provides better performance and availability on Xeon. It supports Intel NUMA, Intel SSSE3/4.1/4.2 as well as Fault Management on Xeon. Sun doesn’t forget another “major” player in the x64 market(and once upon a time, Sun’s exclusive partner in the area). This release also supports AMD SSSE4 and provides Fault Management on AMD64.
Solaris 10 10/08 also includes virtualization enhancements. A feature called “update on attach” enables Solaris Container to automatically update its environment when moved from one system to another. And when S10 is used as a guest OS in Xen-based hypervisors, it can now support paravirtualization.
Well, enough talking. Just wait for another several weeks to play with all these cool stuffs.
Update: s10 10/08 is available now.