Wednesday, December 10, 2008

OpenSolaris 2008.11 Released

Sun's open-source version of the Solaris operating system has received a fairly good sized update packed with new features and updated versions of older software.

"This release adds some new functionality for our users that are deploying in production or in the data center," said Charlie Boyle, Sun's director of OpenSolaris marketing.

New Toys For Users
Some of the new features added to OpenSolaris 2008.11 include, GNOME 2.24, 3, FireFox 3, an an easy-to-use BitTorrent client, music support with Songbird and suspend and resume to RAM support. Here is a full list of what's new in OpenSolaris 2008.11.

Tools For Developers
The new release also features Distro Constructor for customizing Solaris deployments. The distribution constructor is a command-line tool for building pre-configured, bootable OpenSolaris images. The tool takes an install manifest file as input, and outputs an ISO image that is based on the parameters specified in the manifest. Developers can modify the content of the ISO image, selecting and adding additional packages to the image, and changing the default system settings in order to create a custom, redistributable ISO or USB image. Check out the Getting Started with the Distribution Constructor guide for more details.

"This allows people to take their own custom set of packages for OpenSolaris and basically build the stack that they want. Distro Constructor takes that stack with all their software and settings and builds a new bootable [image]," Boyle said. The tool saves users from unnecessary overhead and is beneficial for update management.

To simplify your OpenSolaris development the team new disto comes with NetBeans IDE 6.5! Featuring support for C/C++, Java, and numerous dynamic language, Sun's award-winning open source IDE enables developers to rapidly create web, enterprise, and desktop applications on or for OpenSolaris.

Alternatively developers will have the option of installing and using Eclipse IDE, The open development platform comprised of extensible frameworks, tools and runtimes for building, deploying and managing software.

For more details on OpenSolaris 2008.11 checkout the links below:

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