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