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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The first general availability release of OpenSolaris, but perhaps better known by its Ian Murdock-generated codename of Project Indiana, was planned for March of 2008. If you didn't notice though, Project Indiana never made it out in March. It's now the middle of April and there is still no sign of this first release that aims to reach Sun's goal of putting Solaris on more desktops. Released so far on Project Indiana has just been an initial Developer Preview release last October followed by a second preview copy in February. When testing that most recent test release, Project Indiana wasn't much more than underlying OpenSolaris technologies with a stock GNOME desktop.
For those interested in trying out the latest in OpenSolaris technologies, build 83 of Solaris Express Community Edition (SXCE) is now available. Some of the changes bound in SXCE Build 83 can be found here for X and the Nevada change-log. Solaris Express Community Build 83 can be downloaded from OpenSolaris.org. If you're interested in something on the OpenSolaris side a bit more stable than a two-week spin of "Nevada", you may be interested in Project Indiana Preview 2 or our Sun favorite being Solaris Express Developer Edition 1/08.
Two weeks ago we provided a tour of OpenSolaris Developer Preview 2 (a.k.a. Project Indiana Preview 2), and this afternoon this desktop Solaris operating system has finally shipped. OpenSolaris Developer Preview 2 ships with Nevada Build 79b, pkg improvements, ksh93 is now the default system shell, several new packages (marking the inclusion of OpenOffice.org), the Java Run-Time Environment is also bundled into OpenSolaris, and new hardware drivers. The release announcement and download links can be found on the indiana-discuss list. The first major release of OpenSolaris (Indiana) is planned for March of 2008, but as this second preview is getting out late, we wouldn't be surprised if the release is pushed back.
Released at the end of October was the first preview release of Project Indiana, the Sun desktop distribution being head by Ian Murdock that will officially be known as OpenSolaris. Once at production quality, the Indiana camp intends to push out a new release every six months (similar to Ubuntu's release cycle), but for now it's at three month intervals. The first production release of "OpenSolaris Indiana" is planned for this March, but it's expected that Sun will be releasing an updated "Developer Preview" this month. A release this month has been confirmed by a Sun blog entry and the Indiana mailing list.
If you were hoping to get in on the expected initial public offering (IPO) of MySQL AB, nice try but you're now out of luck. Sun Microsystems has today announced that they will be acquiring MySQL AB, the company behind the open-source MySQL database software. Sun will be putting up about $1 billion USD ($800 million in cash and the rest in stock options) for this purchase and was done to reaffirm "Sun's position at the center of the global Web economy." This news comes as a surprise to us and it will be interesting to see what comes as a result. Perhaps improved integration between Java and MySQL? The press release can be read at the Sun website.
If you're looking to experiment with OpenSolaris but aren't turned on by Project Indiana, the Nexenta team is out with a new Core Platform release. Nexenta is an operating system that combines the OpenSolaris kernel with GNU applications. This new release, Nexenta Core Platform 1.0 RC2, is based upon OpenSolaris build 80+ with support for in-place (live) and safe upgrades. There is also Nexenta Zones improvements. This release also integrates NWS, AVS, COMSTAR, and an in-kernel CIFS client. Download links and more information for Nexenta Core Platform 1.0 RC2 is available from the project website.
Build 78 of Solaris Express Community (SXCE) is now available. This represents the work done in the OpenSolaris community over roughly the past two weeks. The announcement with download link is available from the OpenSolaris Forums. If you're new to Solaris / OpenSolaris, you may be interested in trying out the Project Indiana Preview release.
For the SXCE users out there, build 76 of the Solaris Express Community Edition is now available. SXCE Build 76 contains the latest work done to Solaris "Nevada" in the past two weeks. This also includes work that hadn't made it into the Project Indiana Technology Preview. Download information for this latest Solaris Community release is available here.
It's been a long time waiting, but the first OpenSolaris Developer Preview -- or better known as Project Indiana -- has been released! This development preview is not intended for production environments but for developers and those who want to see first-hand the next-generation OpenSolaris desktop experience. We've been "virtually camping" out for this release for the past eighteen hours or so. However, in the morning (US/Eastern time) we will be posting screenshots and much more information. If you want to try out the development preview of Project Indiana, you can download it from Sun.com. Our earlier Project Indiana coverage can be found in the Indiana search index or by searching Phoronix.
The first developer preview ISOs of Project Indiana have yet to surface but will be doing so within the next couple of hours. However, the product name for "Project Indiana" has been announced by Ian Murdock on the Indiana mailing list. While Project Indiana is all about building a OpenSolaris-based binary distribution, from past comments they weren't intending to call the build "OpenSolaris" seeing as that's really just an open-source community around Solaris. However, Project Indiana will be branded as OpenSolaris and in fact the first release today will be called the "OpenSolaris Developer Preview". Ian Murdock's reasoning for using the OpenSolaris name can be found in the mailing list message.
While Project Indiana is still a few hours away from the development preview release, the first screenshot of it has emerged on the OpenSolaris Project Page For Indiana. This post-dated screenshot of the Project Indiana Developer Preview shows the GNOME 2.20-based desktop with a few windows. Mozilla Firefox, Thunderbird, GNOME's Terminal (one window showing the pkg command) and Pidgin are on display with this OpenSolaris binary distribution. The GNOME theme looks to be based upon Clearlooks and is far from resembling the default Solaris GNOME theme.
For months now we've been waiting for Sun's Project Indiana to emerge and tomorrow we'll see the first official release of this OpenSolaris binary distribution. Ian Murdock and his posse of Sun developers have been aggressively working on this new OpenSolaris desktop distribution with hopes of improving the Solaris end-user experience and turning new eyes to this Sun operating system. Will they succeed? Well, only time will tell but we're certainly looking forward to this first Project Indiana release with much anticipation. The first major Project Indiana release won't be until Spring of 2008, but this first release is intended to be a technology and development preview to likely demonstrate such features as the new package management abilities and the Caiman-based LiveCD installer. Some of the Project Indiana features have been discussed in this article. Expect plenty of coverage tomorrow at Phoronix.
Within a week from now, Sun's Project Indiana, the OpenSolaris binary desktop distribution being led by Ian Murdock will be available for download. The first complete release will arrive in Spring of 2008, but next week's release is intended as a technical preview for those Solaris and Linux users that are interested. We have been telling you for a while now that the first Project Indiana release will arrive before November (New Project Indiana Details Emerge and Sun's Project Indiana Out By Month's End), and we just received some additional assurance that it's still on schedule. It has once again been stated that it will arrive on or by October 31 (Indiana mailing list). It looks like the first release of Project Indiana will be a Halloween release. Like most events, you can expect same-day coverage at Phoronix with plenty of information.
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.
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