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The OpenSolaris-based Illumos Project Announced

Last week we reported on the Illumos project that may be a fork of OpenSolaris coming out of the OpenSolaris community being shafted by Oracle. Not many details were known at that time, but now the Nexenta-sponsored Illumos project has formally introduced itself.

3 August 2010 - It's An OpenSolaris Base - 28 Comments
Is OpenSolaris About To Be Forked As Illumos?

There are still a few weeks left before the deadline that demands Oracle appoint a community liaison for their OpenSolaris operating system that is capable of communicating their future intentions to the OpenSolaris community (like where the hell is OpenSolaris 2010.1H) or else the OpenSolaris Governing Board will return control of the community back to Oracle. However, some OpenSolaris community developers have already had enough: they've begun work on a new project.

31 July 2010 - The Illumos Operating System - 6 Comments
Woah, It Looks Like Oracle Will Stand Behind OpenSolaris

Since Oracle acquired Sun Microsystems last year, the future of the Solaris and OpenSolaris operating systems have been called into question especially as the OpenSolaris 2010.1H release was missing and has been that way for months now with no official communication from Oracle. A new OpenSolaris release hasn't come in more than a year and we still are left wondering if or when it will arrive. Even the OpenSolaris Governing Board is out of the loop and they may abandon the cause in August if Oracle doesn't make their OpenSolaris intentions clear and appoint a liaison. This evening though is one of the first signs that Oracle may let the OpenSolaris operating system live on with their support.

20 July 2010 - Hmmm? - 64 Comments
The OpenSolaris Board May Kill Itself Next Month

Oracle failed to deliver OpenSolaris 2010.1H and it's now been thirteen months since the last official update (when Sun Microsystems still was under its own control) of the OpenSolaris operating system. The next OpenSolaris update was supposed to come in February or March and then it kept getting pushed back with little to no communication from Oracle. OpenSolaris has been M.I.A. and many have been wondering what the heck is going on with Oracle. Well, the OpenSolaris Governing Board is even out of the loop and disturbed by this situation. The board is threatening to dissolve itself by the end of next month.

13 July 2010 - Giving Power Back To Oracle - 15 Comments
Well, It Looks Like Oracle Fails At OpenSolaris In 1H

Once upon a time the successor to OpenSolaris 2009.06 was supposed to be OpenSolaris 2010.02 and then it became OpenSolaris 2010.03 with a release date in March and then who knows what happened. There hasn't been an update to the OpenSolaris operating system now in a year nor has there been any communication at all to developers or end-users by Oracle about their plans after taking over Sun Microsystems. All indications were that Oracle would at least deliver an OpenSolaris update in 2010'1H, but it looks like that won't happen.

30 June 2010 - Today's The Day? - 6 Comments
Will OpenSolaris 2010 Make It Out This Month?

Not only is the future for X12 unknown, but there is also an uncertain outlook for OpenSolaris. The successor to OpenSolaris 2009.06 (released last June) was supposed to be OpenSolaris 2010.02 and released in February of this year as implied by its date. However, four months later, there still are no signs of this OpenSolaris update. Sun Microsystems originally planned for the OpenSolaris operating system to be updated every six months, but now we are a year into OpenSolaris 2009.06 and this is clearly no longer the interest of Oracle, Sun's new owner.

1 June 2010 - Who Knows... - 21 Comments
Oracle's OpenSolaris 2010.03 Is M.I.A.

OpenSolaris 2010.03 was supposed to have been released earlier this month (in fact, originally it was supposed to be known as OpenSolaris 2010.02 and released in February, but then it slipped to early March). However, March is coming to an end and there still is no sign of OpenSolaris 2010.03. Oracle, which now owns Sun Microsystems, has also not provided us with any comment on the situation nor have they addressed the OpenSolaris community and their discussion.

28 March 2010 - No Comment - 9 Comments
Oracle Still To Make OpenSolaris Changes

Since Oracle finished its acquisition of Sun Microsystems, there have been many changes to the open-source projects that were once supported under Sun now being discontinued by Oracle and significant changes being made to the remaining open-source products. One of the open-source projects that Oracle hasn't been too open about their intentions with has been OpenSolaris. Solaris Express Community Edition (SXCE) already closed up last month and there hasn't been too much information flowing out about the next OpenSolaris release, which is supposed to be known as OpenSolaris 2010.03 with a release date sometime in March.

22 February 2010 - Still Developing - 18 Comments
VirtualBox 3.1.4 Beta Brings 40+ Fixes

VirtualBox 3.2 isn't yet around, but the Sun (well, Oracle) engineers are going to be releasing a 3.1.4 release shortly. To get some tests out there prior to the final release they have issued a beta of VirtualBox 3.1.4, which offers 40 fixes/additions. VirtualBox 3.1.4 is positioned to have SMP stability fixes, 3D support improvements, fixes for the Linux 2.6.32 kernel, video mode improvements for X.Org / XFree86, and various other changes.

28 January 2010 - Maintenance Work - 11 Comments
Sun Microsystems To Relicense Its X.Org Code

Alan Coopersmith on behalf of Sun Microsystems has announced this afternoon that they will be relicensing all of their past and present X server work under the canonical form of the X.Org license in its latest form. This is being done to reduce the number of MIT license variants within the X Server. This isn't a major change and will not negatively impact users but simplifies and improves the licensing to some extent. Sun has been pushing code into X11 for over 21 years with their copyright touching hundreds of files in the X Server.

24 November 2009 - It's Good Though - 4 Comments
OpenSolaris Receives New X.Org VT Support

Sun's lead X.Org engineer, Alan Coopersmith, in conjunction with Aaron Zang (a fellow Sun engineer), has written new VT switching support for the X Server. This new virtual terminal switching support is specific to OpenSolaris and future releases of Solaris (likely Solaris 11 and later) and will not impact Linux users or any other operating systems.

14 August 2009 - And Drops Support For Old Solaris - Add A Comment
Sun To Stop Solaris Express Community Edition

Sun's Glynn Foster has announced today on the OpenSolaris Forums that they will be discontinuing the Solaris Express Community Edition (SXCE) builds. For quite some time now, Sun has been providing bi-weekly updates of the latest (Open)Solaris code in the form of an ISO for those interested in testing out the latest work on this operating system.

10 August 2009 - SXCE Will Be No More - 4 Comments
OpenSolaris Receives New X Server, Mesa

For those of you that use OpenSolaris or the bi-weekly snapshots of Solaris Express Community Edition, the just-released SXCE Build 116 contains an updated X stack. In particular, this update brings X Server 1.6 (in particular, version 1.6.1) and Mesa 7.4. This change can be tracked in the OpenSolaris bug database. As part of this upgrade, X Input 1.5 is now supported and some other X.Org modules have also been updated.

18 June 2009 - Delivered In SXCE Build 116 - Add A Comment
OpenSolaris 2009.06 Coming Out Monday

For those of you interested in the release of Sun's next OpenSolaris operating system, it is coming next Monday. OpenSolaris 2009.06 has many package updates and improvements to this desktop Solaris operating system since the release of OpenSolaris 2008,11 last year. Some of the changes are shared in An Early Look At OpenSolaris 2009.06 and A Weekend Look At OpenSolaris 2009.06.

29 May 2009 - Taking Place At CommunityOne - 3 Comments
Kernel Mode-Setting Coming To OpenSolaris

Kernel mode-setting has been in development for quite a while on Linux and was finally pushed into the Linux 2.6.29 kernel. Kernel mode-setting allows a clean, flicker-free boot experience, fast VT switching, reliable suspend-and-resume support, and there's also other benefits. We heard earlier this year that KMS may soon come to OpenBSD, since these security-developers would love to run the X Server without root privileges, which is another benefit of kernel mode-setting. OpenBSD or any other operating system has yet to formally implementing kernel mode-setting support, but it looks like Sun Microsystems has been busy at work; kernel mode-setting will soon be introduced on OpenSolaris.

12 April 2009 - KMS For Sun OS On Its Way - 27 Comments
VirtualBox 2.2.0 Released With Linux 3D Support

Last month we shared that VirtualBox picked up 3D acceleration for virtualized Linux guests after Sun Microsystems had already delivered OpenGL acceleration and even Direct3D acceleration to Windows guests months earlier. This support for having hardware-accelerated OpenGL support in Linux guest operating systems came in a development release of VirtualBox 2.2, but today Sun Microsystems has officially updated its virtualization platform.

8 April 2009 - Sun Pushes Out VirtualBox 2.2.0 - 5 Comments
The Next Sun OS Release Is OpenSolaris 2009.06

OpenSolaris 2008.11 is currently the latest community operating system release from Sun Microsystems, but by this summer it will be released with OpenSolaris 2009.06. OpenSolaris is updated in a six-month release cycle, but the next release name is being called OpenSolaris 2009.06 and will ideally make it out by the end of May.

9 February 2009 - OpenSolaris 2009.06 - 1 Comment
OpenSolaris Gets Updated X.Org, Mesa Stack

For quite a while now, Sun Microsystems had been using X Server 1.3 in their OpenSolaris operating system even though X Server 1.4 has been available for well over a year and X Server 1.5 has also been available for several months. However, with the latest bi-weekly release of Solaris Express Community Edition (SXCE), the X Server as well as the Mesa stack have finally been updated.

3 February 2009 - Finally It Gets Updated! - 1 Comment
IcedTea Picks Up Java X Render Support

IcedTea, the free software Java project based upon Sun's OpenJDK code-base, has reached version 1.4. IcedTea 1.4 is based upon OpenJDK7 Hotspot 14 and brings several security fixes, improved support for ALSA / PulseAudio, and a few web-browser plug-in enhancements. However, what is most significant about this release is the X Render pipeline support. With IcedTea now being able to utilize the X Render extension for 2D operations, programs should be much more responsive especially when running over a network.

2 February 2009 - Run Your 2D Programs Faster - 4 Comments
Sun Provides 64-bit Java Plug-In For Linux

After years of complaints by its users, last month Adobe released 64-bit Flash for Linux. Now this month Sun Microsystems has come to the table with a Java plug-in that is compatible with 64-bit web browsers. This 64-bit plug-in is coming as part of Java SE 6 Update 12 Build 02, which was released last Friday. This 64-bit compatibility is for both Linux and Windows, while Sun's own Solaris operating system will pick up the 64-bit support once it has a 64-bit version of Firefox.

15 December 2008 - Following Adobe's Lead - 26 Comments
The Next OpenSolaris Release Is 2009.04

While OpenSolaris 2008.11 has been available for download for over a week now, Sun Microsystems hasn't officially announced its existence. Sun though will be announcing it this morning at what will be a 9AM PST web-launch. With this day now here, we can share some previously embargoed information about OpenSolaris and its future.

10 December 2008 - Words From Sun Microsystems - 4 Comments
OpenSolaris 2008.11 Released

OpenSolaris 2008.11 is now available. As we've shared in our early look at OpenSolaris 2008.11 and OpenSolaris 2008.11 starts coming together articles, there are a number of updates in this Sun operating system worth talking about.

2 December 2008 - Woohoo, OpenSolaris 2008.11 - 4 Comments
OpenSolaris 2008.11 RC2 Released

The first release candidate for OpenSolaris 2008.11 came out two weeks ago and now Sun has announced the availability of the second release candidate. OpenSolaris 2008.11 RC2 is based upon the Solaris Nevada Build 101b code-base and new packages include the NVIDIA Cg Toolkit and visual panels for MySQL and Sysid. The release announcement for OpenSolaris 2008.11 RC2 can be read on the mailing list.

22 November 2008 - Final Not Out Till Next Month - Add A Comment
OpenSolaris 2008.11 Release Candidate

For those interested in helping out Sun Microsystems with testing out the near-final build of OpenSolaris 2008.11, its release candidate is now available. This build is based upon Build 101a of the open-source OpenSolaris code-base. We previously offered a preview of OpenSolaris build 99.

8 November 2008 - Sun Pushes Out A Near Final Build - 8 Comments
OpenSolaris Coming To SPARC In Q1'09

For those of you interested in running OpenSolaris on Sun's old hardware or new SPARC hardware such as the UltraSPARC T2 (Niagara 2), it will be possible starting early next year. Sun's Tim Cramer has announced they've begun work on bringing this open-source Solaris-derived desktop distribution to their SPARC architecture, which is coming almost a year after the first Project Indiana preview release.

8 October 2008 - Sun Microsystems Starts Working - 2 Comments
OpenSolaris 2008.11 Details

Earlier this month we had provided a first-look at OpenSolaris 2008.11 by using an early version that was based upon the Solaris Express Community b93 code-base. Aside from the updated packages, there wasn't much to differentiate 2008.11 from the inaugural OpenSolaris 2008.05 (http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=12269) release. However, a few more details are now available on what Sun hopes to accomplish with OpenSolaris 2008.11 due out this November.

30 July 2008 - IPS, Desktop, & Package Improvements - Add A Comment
OpenSolaris 2008.05 ISOs To Be Updated

OpenSolaris 2008.05 was released just shy of two months ago, but already its ISOs are "out of date" with the rate of development with the OpenSolaris community and new Solaris Express Community Edition (or also known as "Solaris Nevada") builds coming out on a bi-weekly basis. Granted, once an installation has occurred a user is able to update using Project Indiana's Image Packaging System (IPS). However, we've learned that in the near future Sun will be providing updated ISOs of OpenSolaris 2008.05.

3 July 2008 - OpenSolaris, Solaris Express Developer.. - 1 Comment
Solaris Express Community Build 89

With Solaris Express Community Edition Build 88 never making it out to the public due to bugs, it's been a bit longer than usual before seeing a new SXCE release. However, today Sun and the OpenSolaris community have released Solaris Express Community Build 89. The release announcement and links to the downloads, OpenSolaris "Nevada" kernel change-log, and X.Org change-log can be found on the OpenSolaris Forums.

21 May 2008 - New SXCE Release From Sun - Add A Comment
OpenSolaris SXCE 87 Adopts ATI 6.8.0

A new build of Solaris Express Community Edition has been released today. SXCE Build 87 brings a few updates that have been brewing in the OpenSolaris community within the past few weeks and is the first release since OpenSolaris 2008.05. Most interesting with this release -- if you're using ATI hardware -- is the update against xf86-video-ati 6.8.0.

7 May 2008 - New SXCE Build Updates ATI Driver - Add A Comment
OpenSolaris 2008.05 Released!

Taking place at CommunityOne 2008 (as part of Sun's JavaOne conference), Sun has released the much-anticipated OpenSolaris 2008.05 "Project Indiana" operating system. This open-source Solaris OS can be downloaded from OpenSolaris.com (not to be confused with the .org that is for the development community). You can read our review of OpenSolaris 2008.05 here. Project Indiana started out with just a lot of hopes, but in the end it's turned out to be an excellent desktop based upon Sun technologies found in Solaris.

5 May 2008 - Released At JavaOne's CommunityOne - 3 Comments

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