Linked by Amjith Ramanujam on Wed 3rd Dec 2008 18:22 UTC, submitted by MechaShiva
Sun Solaris, OpenSolaris OpenSolaris 2008.11 has been released. In addition to improvements in ZFS, DTrace, IPS (the new OpenSolaris package manager) and the other OpenSolaris specialties, it also ships with a host of other OSS goodies: Gnome 2.24, Firefox 3, CherryPy, MySQL, DTrace for Ruby and many more. This new release targets developers and desktop users as well as traditional server roles. Download the live cd and give it a spin. Release notes here.
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great solid release
by poundsmack on Wed 3rd Dec 2008 18:30 UTC
poundsmack
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2005-07-13

also comes with SongBird music player. over all OpenSolaris is making great! progress. I love how ZFS is maturing and the direction OpenSolaris is going. great work guys, keep it up!

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RE: great solid release
by dean_fry on Wed 3rd Dec 2008 18:58 UTC in reply to "great solid release"
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2005-07-06
RE: great solid release
by DRIQ on Fri 5th Dec 2008 05:58 UTC in reply to "great solid release"
DRIQ Member since:
2008-04-28

I just downloaded and installed it. Adobe Flash Player is not there. Could somebody please tell me how to install Flash Player?

I tried to play the xvid movie. It says "The playback of this movie requires the following decoders which are not installed:

AC-3 (ATSC A/52) decoder
XVID MPEG-4 decoder.

I tried to play a DVD. It says "The playback of this movie requires a DVD source plugin which is not installed".

Could someone please help me resolve these?

Thanks and regards

Reply Score: 1

RE[2]: great solid release
by akrosdbay on Fri 5th Dec 2008 06:51 UTC in reply to "RE: great solid release"
akrosdbay Member since:
2008-06-09

I just downloaded and installed it. Adobe Flash Player is not there. Could somebody please tell me how to install Flash Player?


adobe.com

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First impression
by RJop on Wed 3rd Dec 2008 18:49 UTC
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Member since:
2007-01-08

Doesn't boot on my Lenovo R61i.
Boots on AMD64/A8V Deluxe but network adapter and sound doesn't work. Mouse is really slow during I/O operations. It seems to use Vesa driver as default (Radeon 9250).

Despite these problems OpenSolaris looks ok and I'm going to install it.

Edited 2008-12-03 18:56 UTC

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RE: First impression
by Piranha on Wed 3rd Dec 2008 19:01 UTC in reply to "First impression"
Piranha Member since:
2008-06-24

Have you tried setting your disk controller from AHCI mode to Legacy/IDE emulation mode? Not sure if yours gives you the option, but it's worth a shot. You wouldn't get Native Command Queuing or Hot Swap, but it still works.

My system crashes while the kernel is loading on my Gigabyte 780G board until I force it in either 32-bit mode, or disable AHCI SATA. I'm actually running my fileserver off that board right now, running snv101a (just a build prior to 2008.11).

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RE: First impression
by dean_fry on Wed 3rd Dec 2008 19:04 UTC in reply to "First impression"
dean_fry Member since:
2005-07-06

Doesn't work with Samsung x20 /w ATI x600 ;)

Works on my Desktop with Nvidia but:

- SiS on board sound is not recognized.
- I cannot add extra respositories which are described on the opensolaris page
- In Mozilla I cannot open directly the flash package. Instead I have to save it and open it afterwards.
- The GUI for appliying static IP always freezes --> so back to terminal

Just the first impression in 10 minutes.
Hope 2009.04 will be more polished.

cheerZ

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RE: First impression
by sbergman27 on Thu 4th Dec 2008 08:14 UTC in reply to "First impression"
sbergman27 Member since:
2005-07-24

Doesn't boot on my Lenovo R61i.

When I tried 2008.5 on my desktop box back in May, it didn't want to boot with any USB devices plugged in. If you have any plugged in, you might try without. I hope that suggestion doesn't offend anyone.

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video for new stuff
by ahmetaa on Wed 3rd Dec 2008 19:32 UTC
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Member since:
2005-07-06

http://webcast-west.sun.com/interactive/09B12437/index.html a prety good webcast for new features. Time slider seems impressive.

Edited 2008-12-03 19:32 UTC

Reply Score: 4

Time Machine the Solaris way
by unoengborg on Wed 3rd Dec 2008 19:35 UTC
unoengborg
Member since:
2005-07-06

It's called Time Slider. It looks great, and is an excelent use of ZFS snapshot functionality:

See:
http://java.dzone.com/news/killer-feature-opensolaris-200


See also a presetation of OpenSolaris 10/11 at:
http://webcast-west.sun.com/interactive/09B12437/index.html

Reply Score: 4

It boots, finally...
by jimbofluffy on Wed 3rd Dec 2008 20:47 UTC
jimbofluffy
Member since:
2008-07-15

This is the first version that I could get to boot on VirtualBox for Mac. Now I get to see what it is all about.

Reply Score: 1

sultanqasim
Member since:
2006-10-28

It looks cool and has some nice features, so I'll probably give it a try soon. Time Slider looked cool and useful, and including songbird was a great idea. I hope it works nicely on my machine.

P.S. Why were people modding down perfectly fine comment. If it isn't working on somebody's hardware, help them out instead. Be decent and mod them up back to 2 points (I brought them up from 0 to 1).

Reply Score: 2

Free CDs too...
by irbis on Thu 4th Dec 2008 00:39 UTC
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Member since:
2005-07-08

Now they even offer to send free CDs à la Ubuntu too.. ;-)
OpenSolaris Free CD Order Form:
https://oscd.sun.com/

As to OpenSolaris 2008.11, I think the future of Solaris looks quite good based on the impressions (and likely better than some commercial Linux distributors may have), and despite there still being some problems to overcome. They have their long time expertise and support to offer to demanding customers, plus many high level professional features integrated into their OS etc.

Edited 2008-12-04 00:55 UTC

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RE: Free CDs too...
by sbergman27 on Thu 4th Dec 2008 01:00 UTC in reply to "Free CDs too..."
sbergman27 Member since:
2005-07-24

As to OpenSolaris 2008.11, I think the future of Solaris looks quite good based on the impressions (and likely better than some commercial Linux distributors may have),

While I am delighted about the new OpenSolaris release, and will likely be trying it out this weekend, let's be careful with the quips about its commercial Linux competitors. A two year history of RHT vs JAVA vs the NASDAQ to help set the stage:

http://tinyurl.com/54t7y9

Edited 2008-12-04 01:00 UTC

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RE[2]: Free CDs too...
by irbis on Thu 4th Dec 2008 12:26 UTC in reply to "RE: Free CDs too..."
irbis Member since:
2005-07-08

let's be careful with the quips about its commercial Linux competitors.

Yea, ok, maybe I was a bit unclear. I wasn't referring to something like Redhat that is certainly doing very well. But there are many smaller commercial Linux distributions too, some of them already struggling, and some already gone out of business, and I was referring to them.

People are also too quick to count Solaris as a thing of the past simply if it may not have run on their desktop hardware and software well enough so far. Solaris has a long history especially in the server field, and lots of developer and other resources behind it. Also desktops are a new thing for Solaris. I think Solaris may still be here when some of the not so succesfull commercial Linux distrutions may have gone belly up.

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RE: Free CDs too...
by Phobos on Thu 4th Dec 2008 02:53 UTC in reply to "Free CDs too..."
Phobos Member since:
2008-04-30

Now they even offer to send free CDs à la Ubuntu too.. ;-)
OpenSolaris Free CD Order Form:
https://oscd.sun.com/


That's not new... at all...

I have some older nevada disk lying around somewhere and i got them sent freely too.

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RE[2]: Free CDs too...
by irbis on Thu 4th Dec 2008 12:37 UTC in reply to "RE: Free CDs too..."
irbis Member since:
2005-07-08

That's not new... at all...

Ah, yeah, I had forgotten that they had done that before too. Anyway, it is interesting to see them following the marketing idea of sending free CDs - like what has already been succesfully done by Canonical in marketing Ubuntu - and interesting to see if they succeed in getting more OpenSolaris users with that idea or not.

Edited 2008-12-04 12:39 UTC

Reply Score: 2

Sound
by Kebabbert on Thu 4th Dec 2008 14:04 UTC
Kebabbert
Member since:
2007-07-27

Free MP3 drivers. Just register and download.
http://www.fluendo.com/

Solaris sound drivers for different chipset:
http://www.opensound.com/oss.html

Media players, VLC player, etc:
http://lifewithsolaris.jp/

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Project Boomer
by mdoverkil on Thu 4th Dec 2008 15:20 UTC
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Member since:
2005-09-30

Did anyone else take a look at what the OpenSolaris devs are doing with Project Boomer?

http://opensolaris.org/os/community/arc/caselog/2008/318/inception-...


It looks like Sun is taking the Open Sound System and making some serious and very much welcome improvements.

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RE: Project Boomer
by asupcb on Fri 5th Dec 2008 06:30 UTC in reply to "Project Boomer"
asupcb Member since:
2005-11-10

This will be great when OpenSolaris gets this subsystem in place. It should put it on more equal footing with BSD and Linux.

I wonder if they will have a Boomer v2 that would allow for support of professional-level audio equipment and projects. I understand why they would only want to go for the basics at this point. It seems like they are on the right track. Do you have any idea when this will become part of OpenSolaris? I'm assuming it won't make it in before 2009.11 at the earliest.

Reply Score: 2

Awesome
by motang on Thu 4th Dec 2008 16:35 UTC
motang
Member since:
2008-03-27

Been waiting for this one. Going to be putting it on my laptop!

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Long term for SUN
by centos_user on Fri 5th Dec 2008 13:35 UTC
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Member since:
2008-11-16

I read that SUN was laying off a percentage of its workforce, I wonder what type of impact this will have.


I hope this does not put brakes on their development of software.

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