The latest version of the SolarisTM Express Developer Edition 5/07 includes new functionality such as new compilers and development tools. The new version is designed to be an advantage for developers who are working with applications that will run on multi-core chip architectures such as the Sun UltraSPARCR T1 processor. It has also been optimized for servers being developed based on Sun's 64-thread Niagara 2 processor. SunTM Studio 12 software is also included.
"The new threading tools and compiler optimizations in Sun Studio 12 provide an advanced suite of tools and libraries that ease the development of applications on the newest multi-core SPARCR and x86-based systems," said Marc Hamilton, vice president of Solaris Marketing for Sun. "Coupled with the advantages of the underlying platform, the Solaris OS provides leadership in the development and deployment of next generation multi-core applications."
New in this version of the Solaris Express Developer Edition is:
- Mozilla Firefox 2.0
- Mozilla Thunderbird 2.0 beta 2
- StarOfficeTM 8 update 6 software
- NetBeansTM IDE 5.5
- New wireless drivers
- Xorg server enhancements
- New X windows libraries
- DTrace provider
Sun Studio 12 software includes auto parallelizing compilers and support for the OpenMP 2.5 API. It also has a new feature that identifies at runtime many common but difficult-to-detect multithreading issues, such as race and deadlock conditions.
Solaris Express Developer Edition 5/07 is the second iteration of a new distribution based on the OpenSolarisTM project. Regular updates are expected. It offers simplified installation and Sun Developer Expert Assistance. See also article  for more details on the release.
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