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I was pleasantly surprised to see a new icon on my top panel today - the update notifier .

Clicking on it opened the Update Manager, which you can also access from the System > Administration menu:

Selecting Update All notified me that a new Boot Environment was going to be created. This is great as I don't have to worry about these updates somehow harming my system.

The update took a couple of minutes to complete:

After which I rebooted. There was a new opensolaris-1 grub menu item, which was the default. I'm now up to date.

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Comments ( 8 )
  • ryan Friday, December 5, 2008

    Excellent. Is the old boot environment just a ZFS snapshot? Any way to delete it later? I will want to clear out the boot menu after a while.

    I thought Sun charged for Solaris updates? What's the difference between these updates and the subscription updates?

  • Ryan Friday, December 5, 2008

    Re: boot environment management feature of package manager.. very cool! Thanks

  • Sieb Saturday, December 6, 2008

    I was \*unpleasantly\* surprised. Why isn't this just a 'simple mode' of the existing package manager, rather than having a whole different application for it?

  • Brian Leonard Monday, December 8, 2008


    The update notifier is not just for the base installation of OpenSolaris, but also for any packages you have installed. In my case, I believe the update was to the amp-dev (Sun Web Stack) package.

    And yes, I believe an updated OpenSolaris 2008.05 is equivalent to a new fresh installation of 2008.11.

  • John Rice Tuesday, December 9, 2008

    "I was \*unpleasantly\* surprised. Why isn't this just a 'simple mode'"

    Seb we are using the same API's underneath, it just gave us more freedom to have a lightweight app to handle the Updates.

    We did look at a simple mode variant for the PM but the underlying data model needs to include a lot more than what's required for UM and there was no simple way to change this in PM, without introducing a lot of unecessary complexity. Goal keep things simple and maintainable.

  • jose luis antonio luque herencia Wednesday, December 17, 2008

    quisiera ver el resultado de esta instalacion

  • Brian Leonard Tuesday, February 3, 2009

    What specifically would you like to see? The new grub boot menu?

  • RASAD Saturday, March 28, 2009


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