By Larry Wake -Oracle on Sep 03, 2014
If you're a developer who's still building your application on Oracle Solaris 10, you should be aware that there are a lot of significant advantages to you and your customer base in supporting Oracle Solaris 11 -- especially now that Oracle Solaris 11.2 is out. It's the easiest, most cost-effective way I can think of for your customers to modernize their data center while preserving their organization's investments in hardware, software and training.
And you don't want to be the folks developing "that app" -- the one that keeps your customers from the good stuff, by it not being supported on the current release. (Which has been out for almost three years now -- you knew that, right?)
The good news is that Oracle Solaris is known for preserving application compatibility between releases. Solaris was the first operating system to literally guarantee application compatibility between releases and architectures... but there are always ways to accidentally break compatibility when you're developing an app, and even get away with it for a while.
That's where the Oracle Solaris Preflight Applications Checker tool comes in.
With this tool, 3rd party developers and in-house developers have a way to test if an application that's currently working on Oracle Solaris 10 has any hidden pitfalls that will keep it from working on Oracle Solaris 11. You can use it on your existing Solaris 10 systems; and, it's just been updated to include new features and tests.
The Preflight Checker and the Guarantee are a potent combination, yet another way we keep it easy for Oracle Solaris developers and customers to keep moving forward.