The OpenSolaris Operating System and Sun xVM VirtualBox - Blake Deville
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    • The OpenSolaris Operating System and Sun xVM VirtualBox Blake Deville
    • Solaris
      • Since the early 1980s, Sun worked on the SunOS variant of UNIX.
      • In 1987, Sun and AT&T merged BSD, System V, and Xenix to create System V Release 4.
      • Releases ending at SunOS 4 were based off of BSD and later renamed to Solaris 1.
      • SunOS 5 was based off of SVR4 and referred to as Solaris 2.
      • After Solaris 2.6, the minor version replaced the major (The current Solaris 10 is SunOS 5.10).
    • Solaris, cont'd.
      • Became very popular on Sparc systems.
      • SunOS 5 included the OpenWindows environment, and later included the Common Desktop Environment.
      • As of Solaris 10, the default desktop environment is the Java Desktop System.
      • Alternatives are supported, such as KDE, Gnome 2.0, and XFCE.
    • OpenSolaris
      • Started as a fork of the Solaris 10 code.
      • First available on June 14, 2005.
      • Both binary and source availability, free of cost.
      • Gradually, more of the Solaris code will be available.
      • Starting with the current version of Solaris (Nevada), code will be used on OpenSolaris.
      • Also available as a weekly-updated developer release.
      • The only SVR4-based open-source UNIX.
    • OpenSolaris, Cont'd.
      • The code for Dtrace was released first, followed by much of the Solaris code.
      • Some parts were still only available as binary.
      • Licensed under the Common Development and Distribution License.
      • The CDDL is OSI-approved and based off of the Mozilla Public License (MPL).
      • Because of MPL roots it is not compatible with the GPL.
    • Project Indiana
      • One of the most significant releases of OpenSolaris.
      • Version 2008.05 (Released in May).
      • Ian Murdock of Debian fame was asked to head the project.
      • Brings several successes of Linux distributions to OpenSolaris.
      • Includes Gnome, GNU tools, and a network-based package manager.
    • Project Indiana, Cont'd.
      • Functions as a live CD.
      • Contains the Grub bootloader.
      • X86(_64), PowerPC, and Sparc architectures supported.
      • Linux influences make OpenSolaris easier to pick up with hardly any learning curve.
    • The Image Packaging System
      • Similar to Debian apt and FreeBSD ports.
      • Slight emphasis on setting up one's own repository.
      • Has the ability to send packages to a repository.
      • GUI (Package Manager) and command-line variants (pkg).
      • Not yet complete, and has some quirks.
      • Repositories based on “Authorities.”
    • OpenSolaris Variants
      • Nexenta OS – OpenSolaris with Ubuntu influences
      • MilaX – Minimalist OpenSolaris distribution
      • SchilliX – First OpenSolaris live CD/distribution
      • OpenSolaris for System Z – port to IBM's System Z mainframe.
      • Belenix – Served as a basis for Project Indiana.
    • Typical Installation
      • Boot the OpenSolaris live CD
      • Double-click the “Install OpenSolaris” icon on the desktop.
      • Select a partition.
      • Timezone, date, etc.
      • Default language
      • Set the root password (Optionally create a user)‏
      • Install and reboot.
    • Sun xVM VirtualBox
      • Originally developed by Innotek, but now by Sun.
      • At first only free for personal/evaluational use, but later most of the source code was released under GPLv2.
      • Features seamless desktops, USB support (not in open-sourced version), audio, mounting an iso as a CD/DVD drive, and snapshots.
      • Runs most operating systems decently.
    • Useful Links