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 kaiwai on Tue 16th Nov 2010 13:06 UTC
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I had a look through some of the changes and the biggest disappointment I see is they haven't replaced HAL with something that really has a long term development path - I only hope that maybe 'Solaris Express' is a sneak preview rather than a 'final product that needs testing'. If it is a partially finished product I hope one of their arms is to remove HAL and to address the issue of a tickless kernel because from what I've seen over on OpenSolaris.org mailing list the development seems to have almost ground to a halt/died the moment that Oracle bought out Sun.

The reason why I ask is that although 'big iron' is the focus I'm sure that Oracle also has to keep in mind that there are system admins and developers who use Solaris on their laptops and desktops/workstations as well as terminal appliances that make use of Solaris as a desktop within large organisations. It is a great to see that Sun technology has some major backing behind it but I hope that Oracle just isn't going to ram out a new release with some pretty minor additions.

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