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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RE[2]: Unlike Sun
by dukes on Tue 16th Nov 2010 20:01 UTC in reply to "RE: Unlike Sun"
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This version can be used for EVALUATION and/or DEVELOPMENT. There is no time limit specified for evaluation nor development. You could evaluate and develop some shell scripts for say, 5 years. As long as you dont violate the license you are free.

Basically, Oracle executives say that you can use it at home. But if you use it in production you need to pay. You can buy support and patches for Solaris 11 Express.

Regarding Linux, well, for instance, RedHat6 is more expensive than Solaris 11. I trust more on an mature Enterprise Unix such as Solaris, than Linux. I would rather pay support for Solaris 11 than RedHat.

"If it has to run, it runs on Solaris"

Actually you can install into production as well.

#11 of the faq says:

Licensing and Support for Oracle Solaris 11 Express

11-Can I get support for Oracle Solaris 11 Express?

Yes. Oracle Solaris 11 Express is covered under the Oracle Premier Support for Operating Systems or Oracle Premier Support for Systems support option for Oracle hardware, and Oracle Solaris Premier Subscription for non-Oracle hardware. Customers must choose either of these support options should they wish to deploy Oracle Solaris 11 Express into a production environment.

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