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Solaris Express after the Solaris 10 release

I’ve been asked a few times about what is happenning with Express. There was no release in December and nothing had been heard about January.

Well, …

Solaris Express 11/04 was build 72 of Solaris 10. We will be releasing Solaris 10 (build 74L2) on January 31. As such it looks like there will not be a Solaris Express this month either. We get back into the swing of Solaris Express with 2/05, where we will continue to make the Solaris development work available.

You should look forward to seeing such things as Janus and ZFS in the not too distant future, along with some more new stuff.

In the mean time, Solaris Express 11/04 is available and Solaris 10 will be released on January 31.

You should also be keeping an eye out for announcements about .

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Written by Alan

January 6, 2005 at 4:18 pm

Posted in Solaris Express

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  1. What does L2 in b74L2 means ?

    Cyril Plisko

    January 6, 2005 at 10:43 pm

  2. I believe it stands for the localisation builds. Where we do the localised messages. The only other bugfixes that are allowed to go in are what those termed “show stoppers”.

    Alan Hargreaves

    January 9, 2005 at 9:46 pm

  3. Hi, I’ve just installed b72 on a Netra and is it possible to “upgrade” between releases or do I have to make an new “clean” installation?

    Per Öberg

    January 12, 2005 at 11:45 pm

  4. Janus is huge, I have high hopes it will be efficient I seriously need to be able to use it where I work. There are cost issues that make it quite an appealing feature.
    Zfs, less huge… Lots of strides in Disksuite have lessened the compunction for it significantly.
    On the other hand, I’d negotiate for significant body parts to have a native NTFS. So would a heck of a lot of other people. This not cause of competition with MS, but rather competition with linux.
    I am very concerned about the upgrade process, and about driver managment issues. I have had significant amounts of trouble on various machines with upgrading. Some of these were stopped with build 72, but others, such as a bug in cdrom reading on x86, are quite problematic.
    Adding in disk/raid drivers early isn’t real easy, that’s a problem.
    It would be wise if Sun reorganized the HCL to feature programatic avalibility of drivers and things like that. This would require some vendor cooperation, and probably some work by Sun to help do the work to fix stuff (Dell comes to mind) where required, but gosh this would make a big difference to the market.
    This would also allow the nice possibility of a better distribution and usage of upwardly compatible drivers… I hate to belabor the obvious, but this could be made better and easier all around. Who knows, done right, vendors might like it better than MS’s `process’ for all that.
    I’d also like to see a script where I could restructure the 4 CD’s into a DVD layout somehow… This rather than a download?

    tim scanlon

    January 13, 2005 at 12:06 am

  5. Not supported, but generally works.
    Alan.

    Alan Hargreaves

    January 13, 2005 at 12:06 am

  6. Great comments Tim. I’ll pass them on.
    There is a lot more in ZFS than is in disksuite that should certainly make life easier.
    Everything I am hearing about Janus is making me feel good speedwise.
    Alan.

    Alan Hargreaves

    January 13, 2005 at 12:10 am

  7. Hi again, Tomcat 5.0.28 would be nice in forthcoming releases….Any hints on that?

    Per Öberg

    January 14, 2005 at 1:57 am

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    One thing I’d like to see along the “upgrade” line is a patch-to-release. It’d be nice to patch from build 72 to the release version of Sol 10 & be able to branch from there on running systems without difficulty.

    Another thing I havn’t mentioned is how utterly pleased I am with the work that’s been done with Sol 10, and the improvements and changes that have been made. There’s a lot of excitement about it too from intel types, and I’d say 80% of the ones who I run into who’re trying it, are doing so because of publicised features, & have yet to see any of the other stuff. It should be interesting to see what sort of impact a `competetor’ to linux has when it’s one that is coming out of the gate adhering to standards that the linux crowd can only dream of.
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    Tim Scanlon

    January 21, 2005 at 8:54 pm


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