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What's new in OpenSolaris 2008.11?

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Glynn Foster created a very nice "New and noteworthy" page for OpenSolaris 2008.11:


Btw in case you are wondering how is the release shaping up, it's coming along - RC2 is ready now and final release is coming soon (obviously things are a bit slowed down right now due to the thanksgiving holiday in the US).

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Comments ( 14 )
  • Alan Pae Thursday, November 27, 2008

    If you aren't to careful you might actual publish a complete and useful Desktop environment. :-)

  • Roman Strobl Thursday, November 27, 2008


  • andrewk8 Thursday, November 27, 2008

    This "whats new" document is really good. Reading through that 2008.11 looks like a really impressive release, especially considering how young the distro is.

  • Vasileios Anagnostopoulos Friday, November 28, 2008

    what is missing from this release is SUN's download manager. I find it very curious. I like it a lot, I use it to download .iso images.

  • ptecza Friday, November 28, 2008

    Roman, thanks a lot for the link to great Glynn's page! I very like it.

    Is it a chance to release OpenSolaris 2008.11 in November?

  • ptecza Friday, November 28, 2008

    I've just noticed that Glynn probably forgot about Time Slider. It's a cool new feature and should be added there.

  • Alan Pae Friday, November 28, 2008

    It probably won't happen but it would be really, really cool to see Sun push out a commercial DVD Movie player for either Solaris or OpenSolaris.


  • Roman Strobl Friday, November 28, 2008

    Unfortunately the release was postponed due to thankgsiving, it will be ready in early December. However it will still be called 2008.11 :)

  • Alan Pae Friday, November 28, 2008

    Come on Roman. Can't Sun pay ALL of the fees and then open source it just for us! :-)

  • Roman Strobl Friday, November 28, 2008

    Have you seen Sun's last financial results? :) Anyway we are discussing ways to provide access to multimedia. Stay tuned.

  • brad Saturday, November 29, 2008

    I found opensolaris 2008.11 works ok..

    But to never bother with FAT32 drives because its painfully slow. Which means easily moving files between different OS's that have no network connectivity becomes a big issue.

    Is there any chance of speeding up or replacing PCFS driver with something that works faster.

    Copying between zfs and a usb 2.0 1tb hdd shouldn't run at 1mb/sec more like the 25-35mb/sec that i can get under linux.

    Because of the above reason I had to switch back to linux.

  • ptecza Monday, December 1, 2008

    Roman, thank you very much for your replies!

    Did Glynn complete the page or did I overlook Time Slider there?

    Can't American people postpone their holiday? Only a few days, please. A lot of OpenSolaris users over the world have been waiting for 2008.11 release for 6 months.. ;D

  • Alan Pae Tuesday, December 2, 2008

    The new WiFi environment is pure bliss!


  • Pitty Wednesday, December 3, 2008

    OS0811 is not ready! Solaris 10 08.10 runs fine in my computer, but OS0811 hangs and after that cannot be reboot. In additions doesn't recognize my sound card, doesn't have VOIP, etc. etc.

    However is slowly improving. Now, the windows scroll smoothly, the mouse is more precise, etc.

    Maybe at the end of 2009 we can think change to OpenSolaris.

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