Wednesday Dec 10, 2008

OpenSolaris 2008.11 released today, what’s cool

You know, inside Sun we think this is the most exiting release after Solaris 10. We all know OpenSolaris is the future of Solaris. By this release, we're closer to this target.

This release incorporates a lot of solid work done by the Sun-Intel joint team. I heard the team setup an ambitious goal, "make Xeon the best platform for OpenSolaris". You might be smiling about this slogan, nonetheless, we can see the commitment from both Intel and Sun. In the past 2 years, the team really made a lot of progress. FMA, Fault Management support on Intel CPUs is one example. This is an important step to enable OpenSolaris being deployed on Intel platform in a mission critical environment. BTW, FMA is also supported on latest AMD CPUs, and of course SPARC CPUs. VT-x support is another one. I believe the xVM server(coming soon, now it's open for early access enrollment) will work fine with VT-x to deliver high performance virtualization. I'm often asked by ISVs about "when should I prepare for the Solaris Next?" Now, I would suggest everyone who seriously thinks about using Solaris Next in production to start to plan your test on this release of OpenSolaris.


There are a great number of new features(here's a good article about "What's new in OpenSolaris 2008.11" ). One particular interesting feature among them is called "time slider". In my opinion, it provides a way to make filesystem backup and restore as easy as never before. Every desktop user will like this cool feature, well, at least I am. This feature is powered by ZFS automatic snapshot, so you cannot find this feature on any other OS. Here's an demo.


PS, you can download the bits here.

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