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OpenPKG 2.4 available for Sun Solaris 8/9/19

The OpenPKG project released version 2.4 of their unique RPM-based cross-platform multi-instance Unix software packaging facility. OpenPKG 2.4 consists of 562 selected (from a pool of over 880) packages which include latest versions of all popular Unix server software. All software is carefully packaged for easy deployment on 16 different Unix platforms, including FreeBSD 4.11/5.4/6.0, NetBSD 2.0.2, Debian GNU/Linux 3.1, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3, Fedora Core 3, SUSE Linux 9.3, Mandriva Linux 10.2 and Sun Solaris 8/9/10. The major technical efforts for this release were spent on porting OpenPKG to IBM AIX 5.1 and further improving the Solaris 10 and Debian 3.1 support.

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Posted 2005-06-22, 15:22 GMT by Ralf S. Engelschall

Sun Micro to start publishing Solaris source code

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Sun Microsystems Inc. will publish the source code for its Solaris operating system used to run large computer centers on Tuesday as the network computer maker hopes the free software will drive sales of its servers and computer services.

Sun, which has suffered longer than rivals IBM, Hewlett-Packard Co. and Dell Inc. since the dot-com and telecommunications busts in early 2001, said that the source code for Solaris, networking and system libraries and commands will be free available on its Website on Tuesday.

By making the underlying code to Solaris freely available to software developers and the market at large, Sun aims to broaden the total available market for Sun's computer servers and computer services.

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Posted 2005-06-14, 10:11 GMT by Mariusz Zynel

Sun releasing OpenSolaris technologies via open source

Sun Microsystems on Tuesday is releasing a slate of technologies as part of OpenSolaris, the open source version of the Solaris 10 operating system.

Technologies including the kernel and networking software will be available for free usage under Sun‚??s Community Development and Distribution License, said Tom Goguen, vice president for platform software at Sun. The kernel includes features such as predictive self-healing and Solaris containers for isolating an application within the operating system. Also part of the release are system libraries and commands.

‚??Our goal is to increase and really drive up the ecosystem around Solaris,‚?Ě said Goguen.

‚??It‚??s going to be a full, buildable environment. That‚??s perhaps the key thing,‚?Ě Goguen said.

Users can download source code, combine it with their own source code and make commercial products out of it. ‚??It‚??s a completely royalty-free open source product,‚?Ě Goguen said.

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Posted 2005-06-14, 10:08 GMT by Mariusz Zynel

Sun to Release OpenSolaris Code, New Developer Web Portal

Sun Microsystems on Tuesday will release the long-awaited millions of lines of source code for OpenSolaris, the open-source version of its Solaris operating system, a move designed to expand the developer base for, and applications written to, that platform.

The single source code base covers the core operating system, networking, system libraries and commands for both SPARC and x64/x86 hardware platforms, giving developers and customers access to the code for all the innovations delivered in the Solaris 10 operating system, which was released earlier this year.

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Posted 2005-06-14, 10:03 GMT by Mariusz Zynel

Sun begins open-source Solaris era

Sun Microsystems is expected to release Solaris as open-source software Tuesday, a centerpiece of the company's plan to regain lost relevance and fend of rivals Red Hat, IBM and Microsoft.

The company plans to post more than 5 million lines of source code for the heart of the operating system--its kernel and networking code--at the OpenSolaris Web site, said Tom Goguen, Solaris' marketing chief. However, some source code components will arrive later, such as installation and some administration tools.

If all goes according to Sun's plan, Solaris won't just be a product of the roughly 1,000 programmers inside the Santa Clara, Calif.-based company. "The work inside the firewall will begin to happen outside the firewall," Goguen said.

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Posted 2005-06-14, 10:01 GMT by Mariusz Zynel

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