OpenSolaris 2008.11

I’ve installed OpenSolaris 2008 11 (now declared as final) twice on VirtualBox (Mac and PC hosts) and once on the bare metal (a Toshiba laptop). Installs worked very smoothly (with the exception of a small Grub glitch in the later case), the UI is polished, the Update tool is more reactive (we use a very similar version in GlassFish v3 Prelude), as explained previously GlassFish v2 is on the repository and v3 will be there in the future.

ZFS is the primary filesystem and its first nice feature is that you don’t notice it. The second is the Time Slider capabilities which you can see for yourself here in Erwann’s short screencast. Power management seems to be greatly improved (too early to confirm). On the down side, there’s still some time to boot (clearly not an issue with VirtualBox) or even shutdown. Roman’s 12-minute screencast is another nice intro.

If you’re an OS freak regularly trying out releases of Fedora, SuSE, Ubuntu, etc., you should try OpenSolaris.

Author: alexismp

Google Developer Relations in Paris.

3 thoughts on “OpenSolaris 2008.11”

  1. Hi Alexis,
    We talked briefly about OS200811 and I’ve not been able to duplicate the long boot time on Virtual box this time.
    Shutting down still doesn’t seem to work properly, but other than that it’s getting more and more polish.
    Do you know of anybody running OpenSolaris in Bootcamp or is EFI still a bridge too far?

  2. Hello Barry. I had the boot issue just today. I’d need to investigate more using the text/verbose boot. What’s the issue with shutdown?
    Not sure about bootcamp. Let me ask around.

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