Sun has published an article describing how they “transformed the Unix into the leading environment for technical and enterprise computing” with Solaris. The article features a timeline description from SunOS in 1982 to 2001 and Solaris 8. In the meantime, Solaris 9 is still in beta and it is scheduled to be released next year with the following new features:
- Multiple Page Size.
- Support in the kernel for better memory management.
- Improved threading library for better scaling and performance.
- New Reconfiguration Coordination Manager API allows applications to react to Dynamic Reconfiguration events. Live Upgrade, which lets an administrator install the new operating system onto an unused portion of a storage system then reboot the server to the new version. If it doesn’t work right, the administrator can boot back to the older version.
- Detailed control over computing resources. The new Solaris improves how software processes can share CPUs. It also lets administrators monitor or change how resources are being used.
- Support for the latest version 5 of the Kerberos authentication system.
- The ability to write data or audio CDs.
- The ability to install only a minimum set of Solaris features.