Solaris 11 launched today


Amidst much anticipation, Solaris 11 11/11 was launched today (2 days ahead of schedule? since its not 11/11 yet! Cool!).
The newly released Solaris version is the culmination of 7 years of development with a number of exciting features (4000 new features according to its billing), including:
  • Image Packaging System (IPS) along with an Automated Installer and Distribution Constructor to enable ease of administration and Deployment
  • Built in Virtualization with Solaris Zones and network virtualization (each zone has its own Exclusive IP Networking stack)
  • ZFS file system
  • DTrace (needs no more description!)
  • Oracle Enterprise Manager Ops Center and new tools like zonestat for Improved Observability
Of course, these are just the big banner items. Get all the details in this Whats New Document and at this Solaris 11 OTN site.
Personally, I would like to congratulate the Solaris team on a remarkable journey and execution in getting this release done. It is the nicest release to work with and I have it installed on my x86 desktop as well as my laptop now. Upgrading from Solaris 11 Express (Build 151a) was easy and it *just* works! Great job, team!

And of course, I should add that Oracle Solaris Studio 12.2 and 12.3 (ready for release later this year) will be available in their own IPS repositories very soon now (I will announce its availability here separately).
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