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Solaris 9 8/03 Operating System Update Release
New Features Add Value to Secure, Reliable Solaris OS
August 4, 2003,
Volume 66, Issue 1

Sun has announced the release of the SolarisTM 9 8/03 Operating System (SPARCR and x86 Platform Editions). This new release includes scalability, availability, manageability and security enhancements and integrates fixes, performance improvements and select new technologies. The software is available in an easy-to-install configuration and has guaranteed binary compatibility with prior Solaris OS releases.

New features include:

  • Gnome 2.0
  • Multi-terabyte UFS (SPARC Platform Edition only)
  • Live Upgrade Boot Environment Enhancements
  • Support for new Sun FireTM V60x servers and Sun FireTM V65x servers
  • IP Multipathing Query Interface
  • PDASync Support PalmOS 4.0/5.0 & Globalization
  • Audit Enhancements
  • BIND 8.3.3
  • Smartcard Terminal Interfaces
  • Unicode 3.2 support in Solaris OS Unicode locales
  • TCP Multi-Data Transmit (MDT)
  • XScreenSaver
  • Support for the Sun StorEdgeTM 3310 storage array with the new Sun Fire V60x servers and Sun Fire V65x servers

The Solaris 9 OS is the foundation for the SunTM Open Net Environment (Sun ONE) architecture and is designed to deliver reliable services on demand. By delivering increased scalability and performance with increased availability, security and manageability, Solaris 9 OS helps customers reduce the cost of operations while delivering higher service levels.

The update release includes the Solaris Application Guarantee program, which guarantees application compatibility: Existing applications written to the SolarisTM Application Binary Interface (ABI) will run without modification on the Solaris 9 OS. Sun will also provide developers with the free Guarantee Test Suite to help test applications and remedy compatibility issues.

Minimum system requirements include 1 GB disk space, 128 MB RAM and SPARC or x86 platform processor(s). Users of Sun hardware must acquire and upgrade license; customers with hardware not from Sun must acquire a Solaris OS license. The product includes a 90-day warranty.

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