It’s about time someone wrote this article. I know the headline is a little bit provoking. But when you think about some comments from Linux proponents you could think so.
The Open Solaris Hardware Compatibility List shows systems and peripherals which are compatible with the Solaris / Open Solaris OS.
Sun and the OpenSolaris community launched the official first version of the open-source OpenSolaris operating system.
Sun Microsystems announced that it will provide new software tools and expanded professional support to assist developers in building open-source storage solutions. With the new resources, Sun estimates the average developer will be able to set up an OpenSolaris server is about 10 minutes.
Sun is planning to release OpenSolaris soon with better package management, GNU userland tools and fast release cycle just like Fedora or Ubuntu Linux. Sun’s Ian Murdock gave a presentation about OpenSolaris at LugRadio Live this past weekend. He explained how OpenSolaris reflects Sun’s changing platform strategy and also discussed some of the technical attributes that differentiate OpenSolaris from Linux.
The first steps towards this goal have been realized in the latest developer preview release of OpenSolaris which offers a complete GNOME desktop environment as well as a package system and an installer. The final release will take place in May and the distribution will adhere to a six-month release cycle, just like Fedora and Ubuntu.
- Get Gnome desktop instead of Sun branded Java desktop. Please keep your corporate color away from my desktop.
- Currently OpenSolaris does not support virtual console
- Get complete package collection; I want something like FreeBSD ports or GNU/Debian APT repos.
- Get pulse-audio or may be ALSA sound support
=> Sun touts big plans for OpenSolaris as first release nears
Project Indiana is working towards creating a binary distribution of an operating system built out of the OpenSolaris source code. The distribution is a point of integration for several current projects on OpenSolaris.org, including those to make the installation experience easier, to modernize the look and feel of OpenSolaris on the desktop, and to introduce a network-based package management system into Solaris.
The resulting distribution is a live-CD install image, and is fully permissible to be redistributed by anyone. It will also have the capability for developers to create their own, customized distribution based on Project Indiana.
Now the first preview version is available. This is an x86-based LiveCD install image, containing some new and emerging OpenSolaris technologies. This may result in instabilities that lead to system panics or data corruption.
Among the features contained in this release are:
- Single CD download, with LiveCD ‘try before you install’ capabilities
- Caiman installer, with significantly improved installation experience
- ZFS as the default filesystem
- Image packaging system, with capabilities to pull packages from network repositories
- GNU utilities in the default $PATH
- bash as the default shell
- GNOME 2.20 desktop environment
Download Project Indiana OpenSolaris Developer Preview ISO
=> Visit the official site to grab ISO file
This is an interesting filesystem comparison. If you are looking to build cheap storage for personal use file system decision is quite important:
This is my attempt to cut through the hype and uncertainty to find a storage subsystem that works. I compared XFS and EXT4 under Linux with ZFS under OpenSolaris. Aside from the different kernels and filesystems, I tested internal and external journal devices and software and hardware RAIDs. Software RAIDs are “raid-10 near2” with 6 disks on Linux. On Solaris the zpool is created with three mirrors of two disks each. Hardware RAIDs use the Areca’s RAID-10 for both Linux and Solaris. Drive caches are disabled throughout, but the battery-backed cache on the controller is enabled when using hardware RAID.
=> ZFS, XFS, and EXT4 filesystems compared
This article describes key features of PostgreSQL 8.2, which have been available in OpenSolaris since build 66. You know the PostgreSQL logo is an elephant: Find out why the PostgreSQL 8.2 features in OpenSolaris are huge.
PostgreSQL in the OpenSolaris OS
Project Indiana is a new project to create an OpenSolaris binary distribution. This distribution will focus on providing a single CD install with the basic core operating system and desktop environment, with the opportunity of installing additional software off network repositories just like Ubuntu Linux.
This is a new project from Sun. The main aim is make OpenSolaris an easy to use UNIX:
The distribution will showcase much of the work continuing in the OpenSolaris community and the best of breed open source software available within other open source communities. Moverover, the distribution will include work that closes the familiarity gap with existing GNU/Linux users eg. install and packaging.
Project Indiana will be a leading edge distribution with an expected adoption of OpenSolaris enthusiasts and developers on single user systems and basic server setups. It will also encourage new users coming to the platform for the first time.
According to Ian Murdockâ€™s Weblog:
Like Linux, OpenSolaris is a kernel. Except that itâ€™s more than a kernel. Or, rather, more than a kernel but not quite a complete operating system. Are you confused yet?
Ian is 100% right and suggests ways to improve OpenSolaris. In short Sun’s new project trying to turn OpenSolaris into a practical distributions, you can download OpenSolaris just like Ubuntu and use it like a pro. Now the million dollar question ~ Can OpenSolaris make Sun shine again?
Read more: Sun’s Project Indiana: turning OpenSolaris into a practical platform
Yet another victory for Open Source software! Woot!!
First Solaris (OpenSolaris) and OpenOffice.org was made open source and now Java. Thanks to Linux (other open source oses) and open source movement.
Sun Microsystems Inc. said on Monday that it will make its Java software available for free to the open-source community, though it will continue to sell and support standardized versions of the product.
Read more lycos news…
=> OpenJDK Source Releases/Download link (includes Java programming language compiler source, jtreg test harness for the JDK test framework and Java HotSpotVirtual Machine source under GPL version 2.0)
=> Check out David Herron’s Blog for more info and slashdot thread 🙂
It is time to learn Java!