OpenSolaris IS a glimpse into Solaris futures


H
ave you caught the OpenSolaris wave yet?  Back in the Summer, Brian Gupta and I kicked off a New York OpenSolaris User Group  for the purposes of educating the community and soliciting input from the community on how people use OpenSolaris and Solaris technologies. This is meant as a two-way street. Check out some of our previous meeting pages, as well as an upcoming meeting on November 15th.   Why is all of this important? If you are not yet aware of how Solaris development works, you may be pleasantly surprised that all of the development of new technologies goes into the next release of Solaris that is currently being developed in the open - dubbed Nevada, i.e. SunOS 5.11. You can actually get a taste for some of the technologies that have been opensourced as part of that process and experience them before SunOS 5.11 is released commercially.  If you look back at the calendar, eventhough Solaris 10 came out commercially in January of 2005, our engineers had already been running builds of it back in 2002.  That means enhancements to (or new) features like CIFS, ZFS, FMA, enhancements to crypto technologies, DTrace, Intel-specific enhancements ....are all available today, via opensolaris distributions, such as SXDE 9/07 release.  Check out the free SXDE release...

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Isaac Rozenfeld is a Product Manager for Oracle Solaris; current responsibilities include the portfolio of networking and installation technologies in Solaris, with a focus on easing the overall application deployment experience


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