Build 130 of Solaris Express Community Edition, SXCE have been released. This will be the last build of Solaris delivered in this form of distribution. All future OpenSolaris development will be in the form of the OpenSolaris 20xx.xx releases. As most of you know SXCE was the original distribution of the Solaris Nevada development branch, it uses the same packaging system and installation tools as Solaris 10. I've been using this distribution from the very beginning and am still using it since OpenSolaris does not include Xsun, only Xorg which lacks drivers for many framebuffers used in mature workstations. It looks like the currently running live upgrade of my SunBlade 1000 will be the last, should I be forced to switch my workstation every ten years if I want to keep up with the latest Solaris releases?
From the announcement on osol-discuss:
"There have been a number of questions regarding SXCE, so here is the
* Nevada RE Build 130 will be the final SXCE build.
* Build 130 is scheduled for release on January 13th.
* The Build 130 images will be available for two weeks.
* After January 2010, all existing SXCE releases will be removed
from the SDLC (Sun Download Center) and no additional SXCE images
of any kind will be distributed.
* OpenSolaris 2010.03 is currently set for release on March 26th"
Since they will be removed from the download center it's probably a good time to download and archive your favorite builds soon.
If you are unfamiliar with the various Solaris distribution names, look here, the names are correct but some of the details are old.
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