By Larry Wake on Apr 22, 2014
"This is only a dot release, right?" the question goes. Well, yes and no.
For those who tuned in late: on April 29th, we'll be launching Oracle Solaris 11.2 in New York City and on the web. But don't let the dot fool you—there is some very significant stuff that we're putting in. Significant enough that yes, the idea of calling this "Oracle Solaris 12" did come up. But, c'mon, gratuitously revving the number just because we felt like it? Who'd do that*?
In fact, what the dot really means is that we've incorporated some noteworthy changes in such a way that we're not leaving anything, or anyone, behind. This is Oracle Solaris 11, only moreso. The reason that it's a dot is that there are no concerns for existing "11" end users and developers about how to integrate this into their environments. IPS is your friend. And for those of you who haven't upgraded yet, the Solaris Application Guarantee Program assures you that we stand behind you as you do.
And, as it turns out, this whole compatibility and interoperability thing is part of our news on the 29th. So, please join us then, on the web or in person. It's "only a dot", but it's more than a dot.
*As someone in the Twittersphere helpfully pointed out, Sun once did something in this vein: we lopped the whole dang major release number off the marketing name, going from Solaris 2.6 to Solaris (not-two-dot) 7 in one shot. But underneath the hood, it was SunOS 5.6 to SunOS 5.7. Join us for the SunOS 5.11.2 launch, won't you?