First Developer Release of OpenSolaris "Project Indiana"

Nov 02, 2007

Just over four months ago, Sun's chief open source strategist, Ian Murdock, revealed the first details of plans for an open source variant of Sun's Solaris operating system. Now the first developer version has been released.

The first major release of the "OpenSolaris Project: Indiana" is due for next spring at the earliest. This pre-release version is designed to give developers a sneak preview of the open system.

Project Indiana is a binary distribution for x86 systems based on the OpenSolaris source code. The live CD with a Caiman-based installer includes Gnome 2.20 as the desktop environment. Package management is handled by the OpenSolaris Image Package System. ZFS is used as the filesystem. The Distribution Constructor ToolKit gives developers the ability to create their own distributions.

An initial screenshot gives users a sneak preview of Sun's Project Indiana.

The developer version was not published as Project Indiana, but under the title of OpenSolaris Developer Preview. Ian Murdock reveals the reasons for this in his mail to the Open-Solaris list. The CD image is available for downloading as of now, and is released under the OpenSolaris Binary License.

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