Labs Gallery: OpenSolaris 2009.06 Puts on a Friendlier Face

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Labs Gallery: OpenSolaris 2009.06 Puts on a Friendlier Face

by Jason Brooks

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Package Manager

The Package Manager in OpenSolaris 2009.06 received a speed bump and cross-repository searching capabilities.

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VirtualBox Support

I was pleased to see that OpenSolaris hosts running VirtualBox can now expose USB devices to guests, but I'd like to see OpenSolaris do a better job rendering VirtualBox interface fonts.

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Source Juicer

I hope to see software package availability for OpenSolaris improve through the project's Source Juicer service.

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I used OpenSolaris' new Crossbow network virtualization system to create a full test network within my OpenSolaris instance.

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Familiar Applications

From a desktop perspective, OpenSolaris offers many of the same applications available on Linux machines.

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Time Slider

OpenSolaris' ZFS file system-backed Time Slider snapshotting feature has been extended to add support for creating manual snapshots of directories.

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More Time Slider

The system's Time Slider feature also adds an option for exploring previous versions of a particular file.

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