Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 15th Nov 2010 23:37 UTC, submitted by comay
Oracle and SUN Today Oracle released its latest version of Solaris technology, the Oracle Solaris 11 Express 2010.11 release. It includes a large number of new features not found in either Oracle Solaris 10 or previous OpenSolaris releases including ZFS encryption and deduplication, network-based packaging and provisioning systems, network virtualization, optimized I/O for NUMA platforms and optimized platform support including support for Intel's latest Nehalem and SPARC T3. In addition, Oracle Solaris 10 support is available from within a container/zone so migration of existing systems is greatly simplified. The release is available under a variety of licenses including a supported commercial license on a wide variety of x86 and SPARC platforms.
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by whartung on Tue 16th Nov 2010 01:11 UTC
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This version can not be used in production, only for development. This is similar to how they license the Database and other things.

If you want to develop stuff, you can download and test and work all you want. But as soon as you deploy it, you need to get a license.

License for Solaris appears to be $1000/Socket/Year for machines with 1-4 sockets. This is for machines that are not Oracle hardware. No idea how much is costs to load it up on an older Sun box (or perhaps none of that is considered Oracle Hardware).

This pricing is not completely out of line with something like RHEL.

The next question is whether the Open Source Dump will enable anyone to put together a similar offering outside of Oracle (like CentOS for RHEL, though not identical). Not clear how feature complete the CDDL based OSS code dump will be vs Solaris Express.

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