The community showed up in full force last week in San Francisco, CA for JavaOne. To kick things off the CommunityOne day had the OpenSolaris 2008.05 release on center stage. Lot’s of Live CDs were distributed and even more downloads occurred last week. For those of you who could not attend you can get the image to download and burn a CD by clicking the big grey arrow inside the circle below.
For those of you who do not want to download you can have a CD mailed to you free of charge by clicking here. The Live CD can be booted on your x86 hardware without requiring a full install on your hard drive unless you wish to do so. If your not comfortable doing this then you can download and install VirtualBox on your OS running on metal and boot OpenSolaris 2008.05 as a virtual machine.
Lot’s of features to experiment with including the new package repository, zfs booting, snapshots, kernel CIFS server, network configurator, data services and a new look and feel. Keep in mind this OpenSolaris CD comes from the same pedigree as the Solaris that many customers are running their business in the enterprise for scalability (100s of CPUs, 100s of threads), performance and stability.