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Solaris Express Community Build 75

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.
22 October 2007 - SXCE Build 75 Has New Improvements

Sun's Project Indiana Out By Month's End

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.
15 October 2007 - Project Indiana Coming Very Soon - 5 Comments

Solaris Express Community Build 74

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.
9 October 2007 - SXCE Build 75 In Two Weeks...

Sun Check Tool 1.3

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.
5 October 2007 - Now Supports X.Org Drivers

OpenSolaris Portal Goes Open-Source

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.
1 October 2007 - OpenSolaris.org Is Now Open-Source

Solaris Express Community Build 72

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.
10 September 2007 - 1 Comment

Solaris Express Community Build 71

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.
5 September 2007 - 3 Comments

Solaris Containers For Linux

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".
27 August 2007 - 4 Comments

OpenSolaris Developer Summit

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.
23 August 2007

Ubuntu Gets IcedTea (OpenJDK)

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.
23 August 2007

Solaris Express Community Build 70

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.
18 August 2007

IBM To Distribute Sun's Solaris

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.
16 August 2007

OpenSolaris Will Not Merge With Linux

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.
9 August 2007

Sun's UltraSPARC T2 Is Open Source

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).
7 August 2007

Fedora 8 To Integrate OpenJDK

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.
27 July 2007

Solaris 10 7/07 HW Release

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.
25 July 2007

Solaris Telecom Servers From Intel

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.
16 July 2007

SXCE Build 68 Released

The 68th build of Solaris Express, Community Edition (SXCE) is now available for download. The announcement can be found in the OpenSolaris Forums.
11 July 2007

Project Nevada G11N Launches

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.
6 July 2007

Sun's Got A New Super Computer

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.
27 June 2007 - 1 Comment

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