Wednesday, October 21, 2009

OSOL 2010.03, the story so far

There have been some time since the OpenSolaris 2009.06 release, and the developers have been busy. I've compiled a list of changes in ONNV that caught my attention along with a few new packages added to the repository.

A few of the major features in so far in my opinion:
  • Tripple parity raidz, offers even better data protection than raidz2, enabling even wider stripes and/or more fault tolerance for zpools.
  • xVM is synced with XEN 3.3, up from version 3.1, offering better compatibility and performance.
  • Crossbow enhancements, bridging, anti-spoofing, Solaris packet capture
  • ZFS User and group quotas

If you find anything you like, you can try it out in the latest development release which is available here.

triple-parity RAID-Z (6854612)
ZFS user/group quotas & space accounting (PSARC/2009/204)
iSCSI initiator tunables (PSARC/2009/369)
zpool autoexpand property (PSARC/2008/353)
COMSTAR Infiniband SRP Target - PSARC/2009/111
ZFS logbias property (PSARC/2009/423)
Removing a slog doesn't work (6574286)
FCoE (Fibre Channel over Ethernet) Target (PSARC/2008/310
FCoE (Fibre Channel over Ethernet) Initiator (PSARC/2008/311)
Multiple disk sector size support (PSARC/2008/769)
zfs snapshot holds (PSARC/2009/297)
SATA Framework Port Multiplier Support (PSARC/2009/394)
zfs checksum ereport payload additions (PSARC/2009/497)
Solaris needs reparse point support (PSARC 2009/387)
ZFS support for Access Based Enumeration (PSARC/2009/246)
If 'zfs destroy' fails, it can leave a zvol device link missing (6438937)
zpool destruction/export should better handle stale zvol links (6573142)
zpool import with 8500 snapshots took 11hours (6761786)
zfs caching performance problem (6859997)
stat() performance on files on zfs should be improved (6775100)

Solaris gldv3/wifi needs to support 802.11n (6814606)
RBridges: Routing Bridges (PSARC/2007/596)
Solaris Bridging (PSARC/2008/055)
Bridging Updates (PSARC/2009/344)
Clearview IP Tunneling (PSARC/2009/373)
Datalink Administration from Non-Global Zones (PSARC/2009/410)
Solaris Packet Capture (PSARC/2009/232)
Anti-spoofing Link Protection (PSARC/2009/436
flowadm(1m) remote_port flow attribute (PSARC/2009/488)

Boomer: Next Generation Solaris Audio (PSARC/2008/318)
ls enhancements (PSARC/2009/228)
Upgrade NTP to Version 4 (PSARC/2009/244)
Solaris on Extended partition (PSARC/2006/379)
Disk IO PM Enhancement (PSARC/2009/310)
System Management Agent (SMA1.0) migration to Net-SNMP 5.4.1 (LSARC/2008/355)
Upgrade OpenSSL to 0.9.8k (6806386)
Need to synch with newer versions of Xen and associated tools (6849090)
LatencyTOP for OpenSolaris (PSARC/2009/339)
Wireless USB support (PSARC/2007/425)

New drivers:
Atmel AT76C50x USB IEEE 802.11b Wireless Device Driver (PSARC/2009/143)
Ralink RT2700/2800 IEEE802.11 a/b/g/n wireless network device (PSARC/2009/167)
RealTek RTL8187L USB 802.11b/g Wireless Driver - (PSARC/2008/754)
add a VIA Rhine Ethernet driver to Solaris (PSARC/2008/619)
audio1575 driver available
audiocmi driver (PSARC/2009/263)
bfe fast ethernet driver (PSARC/2009/242)
Driver for LSI MPT2.0 compliant SAS controller (PSARC/2008/443)
Atheros AR5416/5418/9280/9281/9285 wireless Driver (PSARC/2009/322)
audiovia97 (PSARC/2009/321)
Myricom 10 Gigabit Ethernet Driver (PSARC/2009/185)
Atheros/Attansic Ethernet Gigbit Ethernet Driver (PSARC/2009/405)
audiols driver (PSARC/2009/385)
audiosbp16x audio driver (PSARC/2009/384)
Marvell Yukon Gigabit Ethernet Driver (PSARC/2009/190)
audiosolo driver (PSARC/2009/487)

Some highlights among the over 200 packages added to the repository:
SUNWwireshark Wireshark - Network protocol analyzer
SUNWparted GNU Parted - Partition Editor
SUNWiperf tool for measuring maximum TCP and UDP bandwidth
SUNWiftop iftop - Display bandwidth usage on an interface
SUNWsnort snort - Network Intrusion Detector
SUNWdosbox DosBox - DOS Emulator
SUNWejabberd ejabberd - Jabber/XMPP instant messaging server
SUNWiozone iozone - a filesystem benchmark tool
SUNWrtorrent rtorrent - a BitTorrent client for ncurses
SUNWsynergy Synergy Mouse/Keyboard sharing
SUNWareca Areca backup utilities

Many Python python modules, languages and OpenJDK 7.0 have also been added.

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