Oracle Solaris 11 Express Was Just Released
Phoronix: Oracle Solaris 11 Express Was Just Released
After many months of uncertainty about the future of Solaris / OpenSolaris following Oracle's acquisition of Sun Microsystems, this past August there was an announcement of Oracle effectively killing OpenSolaris while being committed to Solaris as an enterprise operating system and standing behind that, but in a much different form than what we had with Sun Microsystems. Coming out of this was Illumos coming about as an OpenSolaris fork (followed a month later by OpenIndiana) and the OpenSolaris board killing itself. Now though there's a new chapter to Solaris with the immediate release of Oracle Solaris 11 Express...
Why Oracle (and IBM) Ban Benchmarks
That is due to how Oracle (and IBM) rightly see current benchmarks as inherently skewed away from the strengths of either their hardware (IBM mainframes) or software (Solaris vs. Linux or another x86 OS); the point, however much we may hate it, is actually a valid one. Mainframes, by and large, don't compete heads-up against even eight-way SMP workstations or servers - while there are uses for one where the other is present, they normally would not face off head-to-head. The same applies to Solaris, and always has (even back in the early days of Solaris for x86, Sun did not really try to market, even for a little bit, Solaris for x86 as a general-purpose operating system - Solaris for x86 was an *adjunct* to Solaris for SPARC, and a loss-leading adjunct at that).
Originally Posted by kebabbert
Multi-way x86 workstations and servers are wandering into mainframe territory because there are niche applications where sheer speed is more important than cost per solution (when it comes down to cost/TPM-C, mainframes still whip multi-way x86). Solaris shows up where the advantages of Solaris (primarily ZFS and software based on the strengths of ZFS) are more important than advantages of other operating systems (primarily Linux, but also Windows or OS X) - truth be told, the interest in porting ZFS to Linux is designed as nothing less than an attack on a niche that Solaris has held onto with tenacity - financial service back-office operations.
Going forward, it will be interesting to see how Oracle positions Solaris Express (especially the x86 variant).