Solaris (operating system)
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Solaris (operating system)

Company / developerOracle Corporation
Programmed inC
OS familyUnix
Working stateCurrent
Source modelMixed open source / closed source
Initial release1992
Latest stable release10 10/09
Latest release dateOctober 08, 2009(age 1)
Marketing targetWorkstation, Server
Available programming languagesC
Supported platformsSPARC, IA-32, x86-64, PowerPC (Solaris 2.5.1 only)
Kernel typeMonolithic
user interfaceJava Desktop System or CDE

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Solaris is a Unix operating system originally developed by Sun Microsystems, which superseded their earlier SunOS in 1992. Oracle Solaris, as it is now known, is owned by Oracle Corporation after Oracle's acquisition of Sun in January 2010.

Solaris is known for its scalability, especially on SPARC systems, and for originating many innovative features such as DTrace and ZFS. Solaris supports SPARC-based and x86-based workstations and servers from Sun and other vendors, with efforts underway to port to additional platforms.

Solaris is certified against the Single Unix Specification. Although it was historically developed as proprietary software, it is supported on systems manufactured by all major server vendors, and the majority of its codebase is now open source software via the OpenSolaris project.

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Solaris: No 6 - The Guardian Tweet this news
The Guardian--He then embarks on a voyage to the space station circling -Solaris-, there to investigate the reports of eccentric behaviour of previous visitors. ... - Date : Thu, 21 Oct 2010 10:49:13 GMT+00:00
Solaris sold to interstate buyer - Adelaidenow Tweet this news
Adelaidenow---Solaris- Pty Limited, which has 18 staff across its Adelaide and WA offices, will be integrated with Tag's 60 per cent subsidiary, MPower Group. ... - Date : Thu, 21 Oct 2010 13:40:18 GMT+00:00
Oracle loses another open storage star - Register Tweet this news
Register--In 2005, five years ago this week, I decided with some friends it was time to take some of the core technology in -Solaris- and take it in a decidedly ... - Date : Sat, 23 Oct 2010 08:33:08 GMT+00:00
Will OpenOffice Meet The Fate Of OpenSolaris? - Muktware (blog) Tweet this news
Muktware (blog)--It is easy to think that the way Oracle marginalised Open -Solaris- and focused on Oracle -Solaris-, it may sideline the free Openoffice and focus its resources ... - Date : Thu, 21 Oct 2010 17:54:51 GMT+00:00

Usage without installation :
Colour Meaning
Red Release no longer supported
Green Release still supported
Blue Future release

Usage without installation :
1.x 4.1.x 1991 � 1994 - September 2003 SunOS 4 rebranded as Solaris 1 for marketing purposes. See SunOS article for more information.
2.0 5.0 June 1992 - January 1999 Preliminary release (primarily available to developers only), support for only the sun4c architecture. First appearance of NIS+.
2.1 5.1 December 1992 May 1993 April 1999 Support for sun4 and sun4m architectures added; first Solaris x86 release. First Solaris 2 release to support SMP.
2.2 5.2 May 1993 - May 1999 SPARC-only release. First to support sun4d architecture. First to support multithreading libraries (UI threads API in libthread).
2.3 5.3 November 1993 - June 2002 SPARC-only release. OpenWindows 3.3 switches from NeWS to Display PostScript and drops SunView support. Support added for autofs and CacheFS filesystems.
2.4 5.4 November 1994 September 2003 First unified SPARC/x86 release. Includes OSF/Motif runtime support.
2.5 5.5 November 1995 December 2003 First to support UltraSPARC and include CDE, NFSv3 and NFS/TCP. Dropped sun4 (VMEbus) support. POSIX.1c-1995 pthreads added. Doors added but undocumented.
2.5.1 5.5.1 May 1996 September 2005 Only release to support PowerPC platform; Ultra Enterprise support added; user and group IDs (uid_t, gid_t) expanded to 32 bits, also included processor sets and early resource management technologies.
2.6 5.6 July 1997 July 2006 Includes Kerberos 5, PAM, TrueType fonts, WebNFS, large file support, enhanced procfs. SPARCserver 600MP series support dropped.
7 5.7 November 1998 August 2008 The first 64-bit UltraSPARC release. Added native support for file system meta-data logging (UFS logging). Dropped MCA support on x86 platform. Last update was Solaris 7 11/99.
8 5.8 February 2000 March 2012 Includes Multipath I/O, Solaris Volume Manager , IPMP, first support for IPv6 and IPsec (manual keying only), mdb modular debugger. Introduced Role-Based Access Control (RBAC); sun4c support removed. Last update is Solaris 8 2/04.
9 5.9 May 28, 2002 January 10, 2003 October 2014 iPlanet Directory Server, Resource Manager, extended file attributes, IKE IPsec keying, and Linux compatibility added; OpenWindows dropped, sun4d support removed. Most current update is Solaris 9 9/05.
10 5.10 January 31, 2005 - Includes x86-64 (AMD64/Intel 64) support, DTrace (Dynamic Tracing), Solaris Containers, Service Management Facility (SMF) which replaces init.d scripts, NFSv4. Least privilege security model. Support for sun4m and UltraSPARC I processors removed. Support for EISA-based PCs removed. Adds Java Desktop System (based on GNOME) as default desktop.

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