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Sun Solaris Express Developer 9/07

Michael Larabel

Published on 25 September 2007
Written by Michael Larabel
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The desktop environment used by Solaris in SXDE is GNOME 2.18.2 as unfortunately GNOME 2.20 just arrived a little too late. Making Solaris Express Developer 9/07 more desktop friendly is included support for Adobe's Flash 9 player, GStreamer 0.10 with codec support for MP3s and other popular formats, and RealPlayer GOLD. For those artisans, GIMP 2.3.16 is also included, which is extremely nice.

While SXDE 9/07 does include Sun Studio 12 with D-Light, also included is NetBeans 5.5. No development edition of NetBeans 6.0 is bundled in this release. For those that may have heard about DTrace before, D-Light is a Sun Studio plug-in that is essentially a GUI version of DTrace. D-Light offers a variety of options and capabilities and was demonstrated at JavaOne earlier this year.

If you are looking to dive into Solaris for the first time, Solaris Express Developer Edition 9/07 is an excellent candidate for now. We're on the brink of what should be an interesting couple of months as Project Indiana approaches the limelight. Share your Solaris experiences in the Phoronix Forums.

About The Author
Michael Larabel is the principal author of Phoronix.com and founded the web-site in 2004 with a focus on enriching the Linux hardware experience and being the largest web-site devoted to Linux hardware reviews, particularly for products relevant to Linux gamers and enthusiasts but also commonly reviewing servers/workstations and embedded Linux devices. Michael has written more than 10,000 articles covering the state of Linux hardware support, Linux performance, graphics hardware drivers, and other topics. Michael is also the lead developer of the Phoronix Test Suite, Phoromatic, and OpenBenchmarking.org automated testing software. He can be followed via and or contacted via .
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