OpenSolaris AKA project Indiana is here. Sun and the OpenSolaris community launched the official first version of the open-source OpenSolaris operating system, which has only been available in pre-release versions for developers until now. New operating system includes:
=> Single CD installation (like many Linux distros)
=> New installer and package manager
=> DTrace, Containers, ZFS and other technologies
Amazon is offering selected developers the ability to run OpenSolaris applications on its EC2 “cloud computing” servers. Participation for now is by invitation only – the service has a beta tag while the company learns how to scale up.
Companies with OpenSolaris packages available for EC2 from Monday include Gigaspaces and Zamanda, with Sun also providing Glassfish and Ruby on Rails packages.
OpenSolaris upgrades are to be released every six months.
The Live CD makes it simple to boot to a fully functional desktop environment, including Firefox and Thunderbird. Try it without fear — our instant rollback feature works like a giant undo button, so your system is always protected, and you’ll never lose work. And, you can load OpenSolaris 2008.05 easily in a variety of virtualization technologies including the open source VirtualBox hypervisor: