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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I was also excited by the Solaris 11 Express release. So much so I downloaded it before reading the license. Basically you can play with it, but you are not allowed to actually USE it. As a result, I deleted the ISO image I downloaded. Pity too, because I was really looking forward to playing with it.

My laptop is currently running OpenIndiana b147. I was going to install this on it, but now I'm not. My OpenSolaris servers have all been upgraded to OpenIndiana as well.

For those expressing interest and/or admiration in Solaris, but not willing to take on Oracle's restrictive licensing or risk licensing issues, take a look at OpenIndiana.

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