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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gsyoungblood
Member since:
2007-01-09

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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brynet Member since:
2010-03-02

Yeah, licensing situation is reminds me of QNX, sad really.

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Luminair Member since:
2007-03-30

I hear FreeBSD is nice this time of year

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libray Member since:
2005-08-27

I ran OpenIndiana, but I think if your servers are Sun hardware or you're running a personal desktop, you'd be better off running Solaris 11 Express. I upgraded my Opensolaris b134 to Open Indiana b147 last month, and last night upgraded that to Solaris 11 Express.

Open Indiana is still working on releasing b148 while this Express release is b151a.

http://wiki.openindiana.org/oi/oi_148

The relationship between Oracle and Illumos is non-existant. Illumos won't be able to help you with problems on a production server. Just look at their mailing list.

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