Continuous Delivery for Solaris

Just a few days after the orginal post with Solaris 11.x plans, Oracle just provided an update on the official Solaris blog.

Starting with Solaris 11, OS development and update will follow a continuous delivery model, whih means the next few years will see lots of incremental improvements within 11.x instead of a major release like Solaris 12.

It’s also very good to see that extended support is planned for the next 25 years or so:

As we will deliver new features and capabilities as part of Oracle Solaris 11, we have extended the Oracle Solaris 11 and Oracle Solaris Cluster 4 Premier and Extended Support lifespans to January 2031 and January 2034, respectively.  Support dates are evaluated for update annually, and will be provided through at least the dates above.

Oracle Roadmap: SPARC/Solaris

oracle-sparc-solaris-roadmap

Okay, so Oracle just updated their roadmap for SPARC and Solaris.

Seems Solaris 12 will take a couple more years to be released (I seem to remember that in 2014/2015 a very similar roadmap was suggesting Solaris 12 would show up in late 2016), which means for now there will only be Solaris 11.x incremental releases.

There’s also promise of SPARC Next hardware which promises significant boost to performance.

Welcome to 2012!

Hi all, happy New Year!

Just thought I’ll take a few minutes to welcome you to the new year and to thank you once again for staying with the Solaris Blog for so long!

My plans for this blog are quite humble in the view of Solaris not being a primary Unix-like OS at work anymore, but I’m still quite curious about a few things and would gladly share knowledge and answer your questions to my best ability.

So far, the following topics appear to be most useful:

  • Anything to do with SSH (stay tuned and take a minute to become RSS reader of my Unix Tutorial blog – I plan on releasing an SSH eBook later this year which many of you will find useful) – yes, it will cover passwordless SSH and will have some of the best X11 forwarding recipes
  • DTrace tips – still my favorite from Solaris 10 times, DTrace is truly amazing. I’m both surprised and glad that it made its way into many other operating systems. If anything, I’ll be sharing occasional tips on DTrace in Mac OSX. I will assume you’ve all seen Brendan Gregg’s excellent DTrace Tools kit!
  • ZFS – this proved to be so useful and revolutionary at the time that ZFS can now be found in a number of appliances and OS distros for NAS storage management (hello ZFS Build, Nexenta and Zena Box!)

I plan to expand sections of the blog covering these topics, but will gladly add anything you may find useful enough to flag in the comments section.

I’m really looking forward to 2012, and hope there will be more than one occasion when you will find my tips useful and readily applicable. Talk soon!

 

Oracle Sends a Strong Message about Sun Microsystems

Really glad to see the address Larry Ellison gave to all the Sun customers on the Oracle website:

  • more money to develop SPARC
  • more money to develop Solaris
  • dramatic improvement in Sun’s hardware performance through tight integration with Oracle software

I’ve seen many comments from existing Sun employees and the message above is seen as both strong and very positive. Hope this brings Sun Microsystems better days, it’s a great company with amazing people.

Share your Solaris OS experience and win a prize!

Just got an email from the Frontline Systems representative about a competition they’re running at the moment.

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Solaris 10 update 7 (5/09) release

Last week yet another update of Solaris 10 OS was released: Solaris 10u7.

What’s new in Solaris 10 update 7?

  • ZFS support when cloning a Solaris zone – quite a useful tool for someone who always copied the files of Solaris zones. I personally did similar cloning myself, but it’s handy that now ZFS cloning is supported in the zoneadm command itself.
  • IPsec – SMF services – Service Management Framework now manages all the necessary IPsec functionality with traditionally thorough approach: interface consistency, restarting anf fault-tracking are all provided. SMF services for IPsec are: ipsec/policy, ipsec/ike, ipsec/manual-key and ipsec/ipsecalgs.
  • SunSSH with OpenSSL PKCS#11 Engine support – this opens way for more optimal use of hardware crypto accelerators.
  • iSCSI Target improvements – greatly improved iSNS (Internet Storage Name Service) support, updates for improved interoperability. Most common iSCSI initiators are now supported
  • NetXen 10-GigE driver – a new NIC driver called ntxn will make it possible to use 10-Gigabit cards on your x86 platform
  • New locale support – greetings go to Kazakhstan and Ukraine which are now fully supported

This isn’t a full list of improvements, so if you’re interested in all the details – please read the official What’s New in Solaris 10 update 7 doc.

Solaris 10 u7 screenshots gallery

I’ve uploaded a few screenshots for you, nothing revolutionary but will still give you an idea if you have never seen Solaris 10 before:

See also:

What’s new in Solaris 10?

Here are just some of the revolutionary changes introduced in Solaris 10:

DTrace – dynamic tracing

DTrace allows you to dynamically trace anything and everything in real time. You can observe processes both in userland and kernel space, watch them as closely as you want and this all with virtually no performance impact. This allows DTrace to be used on a production system being absolutely sure it’s not going to considerably slow the system down or crash it.
I think it’s one of the best Solaris 10 innovations – all the administrators and developers will like it.

ZFS file system (zettabyte file system)

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NVidia OpenGL driver for Solaris x64/x86

Wonderful news! Finally, we have an OpenGL driver for x86!

As Alan already said, NVidia has finally released an OpenGL driver. This driver will work only in Solaris 10 and newer Solaris releases. Everything works just fine, and just like Sean had mentioned, we’ve already tried it with Quake II! 🙂

Solaris x86 driver page on NVidia’s website can be found here.

Sun Cluster 3.2 is available for download

I’ve just read at Ilya Voronin’s blog (blog.curthread.org), that for all the Sun Cluster fans, today is definitely a lucky day, because the new version of Sun Cluster – 3.2 – is already available for download.

By the way, looks like from this version on the clustering solution from Sun is called Solaris Cluster, and includes the following components:

  • Sun Cluster
  • Sun Cluster Geographic Edition
  • Sun Cluster Agents

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