If you've been wanting to give Solaris/OpenSolaris a try but are looking to stay on the cutting-edge more so than the quarterly Solaris Express Developer Edition (SXDE) releases, another SXCE release is now out. The 75th build of Solaris Express Community Edition is now available and continues in the two-week release cycles. Among other features, Solaris Express Community Edition (SXCE) Build 75 has better integration with OpenSolaris xVM virtualization. Download links and more information are available from the OpenSolaris Forums.
We last talked about Project Indiana a month ago during the Intel Developer Forum when Ian Murdock was there talking about this OpenSolaris binary distribution. However, this past week was the OpenSolaris Developer Summit in Santa Cruz, California. This first-ever summit was a collaborative meeting to plan for the first release of Project Indiana. On the Project Indiana mailing list are a few details from the summit as well as some slides, summaries, and recordings. We have summarized some of the most interesting bits of information below.
If you enjoyed the Sun Solaris Express Developer 9/07 release and are left wanting more, you may want to check out the release of Solaris Express Community Edition (SXCE) Build 74. SXCE Build 74 contains the latest work done in the OpenSolaris community and can be found on the OpenSolaris Forums.
If you're curious about Solaris/OpenSolaris support on your computer hardware, Sun's Check Tool 1.3 is now available. Check Tool 1.3 is an update to the previously reviewed Check Tool 1.2, but adds the Solaris 10 8/07 kernel, X.Org driver detection for video devices, and an updated driver database. Previous to this 11/06 kernel upgrade, Sun's Check Tool had used the Solaris 10 11/06 kernel. The X.Org driver detection now makes it possible to detect what X.Org driver you'll need for your graphics hardware. More information on the x86 Installation Check Tool is available at the BigAdmin HCL.
OpenSolaris.org is all about being an open-source community for collaborating around free Solaris code and OpenSolaris technologies. Now making OpenSolaris.org a truly open community, the source-code to their OpenSolaris.org Portal has been published, which is their site's content management system for handling their website and the different OpenSolaris projects. This application is written in J2EE and can be downloaded via SVN+SSH and online via OpenGrok. However, the source-code to the OpenSolaris.org Forums (powered via Jive) has not been published by Sun for licensing reasons.
For those of you wanting to try out the latest and greatest in OpenSolaris software right now prior to the release of "Project Indiana", build 72 of Solaris Express Community Edition is now available. Solaris Express Community Edition (SXCE) Build 72 can be downloaded from OpenSolaris.org. Meanwhile, the preview release of Sun's Project Indiana is expected next month.
Build 71 of Solaris Express Community Edition (SXCE) is now available. You can find out more about Solaris Express Community Build 71 at OpenSolaris.org. On a side note, with news at the Linux Kernel Summit that AMD will be providing GPU specifications, the resulting X.Org driver could lead to an improved state for Solaris/OpenSolaris on ATI hardware in the future.
Sun Microsystems has announced that they will soon be supporting Solaris Containers for Linux applications. This will make it possible to run Linux applications under Solaris without any modifications to the binary package. The Solaris Containers for Linux will allow for a smoother migration from Linux to Solaris, assist in cross-platform development,and other benefits. As far as when the support will arrive, it's "coming soon".
Announced earlier today on the OpenSolaris Forums was the first-ever OpenSolaris Developer Summit. This summit is taking place in October at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Sara Dornsife describes this summit as "not a conference with presentations or exhibitors, but an in-person, collaborative working session to plan the next release of Project Indiana." Ian Murdock will be keynoting at this Project Indiana fest, but beyond that the schedule is still being planned. Phoronix may be covering this event and you can discuss this summit in our Solaris forums.
Ubuntu 7.10 "Gutsy Gibbon" is using Fedora/Red Hat's system-config-printer to replace gnome-cups-manager, and now another Fedora-spawned project is available as Debian packages for Ubuntu. IcedTea was started as a project by Red Hat that uses the OpenJDK code but for legal reasons it's called "IcedTea" and currently depends upon some non-free bits of code to build. Matthias Klose of Ubuntu has now produced IcedTea Debian packages for Ubuntu Gutsy Gibbon. These packages are for i386, lpia, and x86_64. It doesn't look like the IcedTea packages will appear in the Ubuntu spin but is rather targeted for developers until all of the Ubuntu Java/OpenJDK issues are worked out. Find out more on the ubuntu-devel-announce mailing list.
Build 70 for Solaris Express Community Edition "Nevada" (SXCE snv_70) is now available. The announcement with download links can be found in the OpenSolaris Forums. Also announced was the 71st build of their Network Storage that includes source-code from Qlogic for the fibre channel HBA driver.
Sun Microsystems and IBM are holding a teleconference right now where they have just announced IBM will begin distributing Sun's Solaris operating system on select servers. These IBM servers include the x86-based system X servers as well as Blade Center Servers. The official press release has just been issued and can be read at the Sun news room.
At LinuxWorld 2007 in San Francisco, Andrew Morton said during his keynote that no key components of OpenSolaris will appear in the Linux kernel. In fact, Morton had even stated that "It’s a great shame that OpenSolaris still exists." Some of these key OpenSolaris components include Zones, ZFS, and DTrace. Though there is the possibility that Project Indiana could turn these into GPLv3 projects... More information is available at ZDNET.
The Sun UltraSPARC T2 (Niagara 2) entered the world today with eight processing cores and eight threads per core and a wealth of benefits over the UltraSPARC T1 such as greatly improved floating point performance, FB-DIMM DDR2 RAM, and an advanced cryptographic capabilities on top of a wealth of other innovations. What makes the Niagara 2 even more interesting is that all design blueprints are being made open-source under the GPL license at OpenSPARC. Additional information on this can be found on Jonathan Schwartz blog (Sun's CEO).
One of the most recently added features to the Fedora 8 feature list is IcedTea, which is the open-source version of Java (OpenJDK). The plan is to make IcedTea the default JPackage environment and will replace GCJ. There are Fedora packages for IcedTea already maintained (at ClassPath.org) and the dependencies needed to build IcedTea can already be found in Fedora Rawhide. What's left to be accomplished is resolving issues pertaining to questionable license headers, while lower on the totem pole is integration with the open-source Java web-plugin (gcjwebplugin) followed by PPC and PPC64 support. If IcedTea doesn't make the cut for Fedora 8, GCJ will be left in as the default JPackage environment. More information on the OpenJDK plans for Fedora 8 can be found in the Fedora Project Wiki.
The documentation is now online for the Solaris 10 7/07 HW Release. As noted on the Solaris Releases page, Solaris 10 7/07 is only for SPARC Enterprise M4000-M9000 servers and no x86/x64 version is available. The latest Solaris update for all platforms is Solaris 10 11/06. You can discuss Solaris 7/07 in the Phoronix Forums.
Intel has announced today the availability of Intel-powered Sun Solaris telecommunications rack and blade servers that meet NEBS, ETSI, and ATCA compliance. Of these new carrier grade platforms, the Intel Carrier Grade Rack Mount Server TIGW1U supports both Linux and Solaris 10 and the Intel NetStructure MPCBL0050 SBC will support both operating systems as well. Today's press release can be read here.
The 68th build of Solaris Express, Community Edition (SXCE) is now available for download. The announcement can be found in the OpenSolaris Forums.
Project Nevada G11N is a project to provide internationalization and localization support for OpenSolaris Nevada release software that enables proper input/output support of international characters and cultural data. The live repositories for Project Nevada G11N are also now online. Simford Dong's announcement can be found in the OpenSolaris Forums.
Sun Microsystems has unveiled their new Constellation System, which is a petascale computing environment. The environment is made up of Sun Blade 6000 servers with the Sun UltraSPARC TI processors along with solutions from AMD and Intel. The software support includes OpenSolaris and Linux. Additional information is available through Sun Microsystems.
Build 66 of Solaris Express Community Edition is now available for download. Earlier this week was also the release of Solaris Express, Developer Edition 5/07. The new SXCE build is available from Sun.
Solaris Express Developer Edition (SXDE) version 5/07 has been released for its quarterly update. New in SXDE 5/07 is the latest versions of NetBeans, Java, and Sun Studio 12. The Network Auto-Magic developers had a hand in this release with the improved wireless Chipset support. SXDE 5/07 is also utilizing StarOffice 8, X.Org 7.2, and GNOME Desklets. More information is available from Sun Microsystems.
Ian Murdock has blogged additional details about Project Indiana. Murdock goes into detail about some of the existing problems with Solaris/OpenSolaris that inhibit a pleasant end-user experience especially if going to OpenSolaris from Linux. What essentially Project Indiana boils down to is trying to take the best of both the Linux and Solaris worlds and merging it into one under an OpenSolaris name, which more than likely will be licensed under the GPLv3.
Sun Microsystems has today released Sun Studio 12, which now supports multi-core processors with multi-threaded applications. AMD's Barcelona and Intel's Clovertwon (Xeon 5300) are now able to take full advantage of Sun's latest compilers and tools. Sun Studio 12 is available for both GNU/Linux and Solaris working both with SPARC and x86/x64 systems. More information is available here.
Build 65 of Solaris Express Community Edition is now available. The announcement and download links can be found here.
After a variety of speculations and ideas what Ian Murdock may be doing with Solaris for "Project Indiana", Glynn Foster has finally delivered some solid facts in a mailing list post. The goal of Sun's Project Indiana is to create an OpenSolaris binary distribution that is community driven. The hopes for this binary distribution is that it will increase the Solaris user-base and mind-share through providing easy access to Solaris/OpenSolaris technology.
ZDNET is running interview with Jonathan Schwartz of Sun. In this interview Schwartz discusses the stock rising 28% in the year since he began his reign as CEO, he assesses his progress made, talks briefly about Solaris, and covers many other topics from developers to hardware. You can see these questions and answers with Jonathan Schwartz at ZDNET Australia.
During JavaOne 2007 we told you Sun's Java is now fully open-source with the availability of OpenJDK, and as a result Red Hat is now planning for its adoption. One of those on the Red Hat Java team is Tom Fitzsimmons, which earlier today blogged about Red Hat's OpenJDK plans. Red Hat's temporary name for the OpenJDK package is "IcedTea" (due to legal restrictions the package can't be called "OpenJDK"). One IcedTea RPM is already available, but it requires some non-free packages for building. Fitzsimmons goes on to add that Red Hat is working on replacing these bits of codes with those from the GNU class-path. Red Hat is also establishing icedtea.classpath.org as a temporary place for the collection of the IcedTea / Sun OpenJDK contributions. Furthermore, Red Hat is also focusing on testing out IcedTea on other architectures outside of x86 and x86_64. Once everything is settled, they will be working on integrating OpenJDK into both Red Hat Enterprise Linux as well as Fedora. Red Hat will continue to support GCJ where it is already in use, but all future efforts will be focused on OpenJDK, or "IcedTea".
Linux users have WINE, Cedega, and CrossOver Office to allow various types of Windows applications to run unmodified on Linux, but now Solaris users have Win4Solaris. Win4Solaris Pro Desktop allows Sun Solaris users the ability to run Microsoft Windows applications with ease. The Virtual Bridges website for Win4Solaris is available here and NewsForge also has some additional details.
Sun's CEO, Jonathan Schwartz, has a new blog posting out this morning entitled Free Advice for the Litigious.... In this Schwartz mentions what Sun Microsystems did years back when they were under pressure and now they innovated their company instead of litigating with their customers. Sun had innovated their hardware and software along with supporting Linux on SPARC systems and a variety of open-source contributions. In the past two years Sun has distributed eight million Solaris licenses and Schwartz goes on to mention that nearly 70% of those were for Dell, HP, and IBM hardware.
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