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Articles for the keywords: OpenSolaris
08 Jul 2014 Solaris 20th Anniversary [37206]
Infographic

As part of the celebration of 20 years of Solaris, Oracle has created an infographic that covers the evolution of Solaris:

  • Feb 1982 - Sun founded
  • 80's - The UNIX Wars
  • 1984 - Debut of NFS
  • June 1992 -Solaris is born
  • Feb 200 - Solaris 8
  • May 2000 - Compatibility Guarantee
  • Oct 2003 - DTrace
  • Dec 2006 - SPARC T-Series
  • Nov 2006 - Trusted Extensions
  • Jan 2010 - Sun becomes part of Oracle
  • Nov 2011 - Oracle Solaris 11
  • Oct 2012 - Solaris 11.1

Solaris infographic

Some missing achievements in the infographic include the project to open-source Solaris resulting in the creation of OpenSolaris and "the last word in Filesystems", ZFS.
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10 Feb 2014 illumos FAQs [34656]
A fully open community project to develop a reliable and scalable operating system.

illumos is a fully open community project to develop a reliable and scalable operating system. It began as a fork of the former OpenSolaris operating system.

  • What is the objective of the illumos project?
  • How do I download the software?
  • Is illumos free software (open source)?
  • Is illumos a Nexenta or Joyent project?
  • Is illumos a community project?
  • How do I start contributing?
  • How do I build illumos?
  • How do I build a distribution based on illumos?
  • Is illumos compatible with Solaris/OpenSolaris?
  • What changes does illumos maintain?
  • Will you track Oracle changes?
  • Will you work on sending illumos changes upstream?
  • Why did you announce the project after it was set up and much of the code written?
  • Some choices of project infrastructure were not made by a community vote - what drove these choices?
  • And the name illumos?

Read on for details.
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18 Dec 2013 Oracle VM VirtualBox 4.3.6 [34111]
Maintenance release

VirtualBox is a powerful x86 and AMD64/Intel64 virtualization product for enterprise as well as home use. Not only is VirtualBox an extremely feature rich, high performance product for enterprise customers, it is also the only professional solution that is freely available as Open Source Software under the terms of the GNU General Public License (GPL) version 2.

Presently, VirtualBox runs on Windows, Linux, Macintosh, and Solaris hosts and supports a large number of guest operating systems including but not limited to Windows (NT 4.0, 2000, XP, Server 2003, Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8), DOS/Windows 3.x, Linux (2.4, 2.6 and 3.x), Solaris and OpenSolaris, OS/2, and OpenBSD.

A new maintenance release, VirtualBox 4.3.6, is now available.
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17 Sep 2013 OpenZFS: the truly open source successor to the ZFS project [32937]
OpenZFS launch announcement, September 17th, 2013

ZFS is the world's most advanced filesystem, in active development for over a decade. Recent development has continued in the open, and OpenZFS is the new formal name for this open community of developers, users, and companies improving, using, and building on ZFS. Founded by members of the Linux, FreeBSD, Mac OS X, and illumos communities, including Matt Ahrens, one of the two original authors of ZFS, the OpenZFS community brings together over a hundred software developers from these platforms.

You can read more about OpenZFS at: http://open-zfs.org (don't forget the dash!)
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20 Jun 2013 Oracle VM VirtualBox 4.2.14 [31493]
maintenance release

VirtualBox is a powerful x86 and AMD64/Intel64 virtualization product for enterprise as well as home use. Not only is VirtualBox an extremely feature rich, high performance product for enterprise customers, it is also the only professional solution that is freely available as Open Source Software under the terms of the GNU General Public License (GPL) version 2. See "About VirtualBox" for an introduction.

Presently, VirtualBox runs on Windows, Linux, Macintosh, and Solaris hosts and supports a large number of guest operating systems including but not limited to Windows (NT 4.0, 2000, XP, Server 2003, Vista, Windows 7), DOS/Windows 3.x, Linux (2.4 and 2.6), Solaris and OpenSolaris, OS/2, and OpenBSD.

See the ChangeLog for details.
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