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01 June 2009, 16:09

OpenSolaris 2009.06 released

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OpenSolaris Logo Sun Microsystems have released OpenSolaris 2009.06, the latest version of the open source UNIX-like operating system. The new release includes Project Crossbow, which lets system administrators create virtual networks and routers, improved interoperability with Windows CIFS based file servers and high availability clustering.

The OpenSolaris desktop has been updated to include Firefox 3.1 Beta 3 (currently Firefox 3.5 is at beta 4), better management of Timeslider snapshots, easier installation of multimedia codecs, a time tracking application and an improved package manager.

Developers will find new PHP and MySQL DTrace Probes, a DTrace provider for monitoring CPU performance counters and the JavaFX SDK included in 2009.06. For Linux and BSD compatibility, vasprintf and asprintf have been added to libc.

According to the What's new in OpenSolaris 2009.06 page, graphic driver selection has been improved with support for a number of NVIDIA and ATI chip-sets and for Intel's 945GME integrated graphics. OpenSolaris 2009.06 also supports the Xeon 5500 processors, also known as Nehalem, and has added power awareness to the thread dispatcher which allows the operating system to put CPU cores into deep sleep to save power. SPARC processors are now fully supported in the new release, with the full Sun4v and Sun4u ranges of machines now able to run OpenSolaris.

The Toshiba Tecra M10 and Portégé R600 are explicitly supported by OpenSolaris 2009.06; these are the laptops which are available with OpenSolaris presinstalled by Toshiba. A Hardware Compatibility List (HCL) is available listing other laptops and their compatibility status.

OpenSolaris 2009.06 is available to download now and is licensed mostly under the CDDL with parts under the Open Solaris Binary Licence. A screencast is also available covering the steps needed to upgrade systems.


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