We made some big announcements this week at our annual developer forums, CommunityOne and JavaOne. I thought I’d highlight a couple in particular.
We announced the first commercial release of OpenSolaris – targeting high speed developers and development teams (not consumers…). OpenSolaris focuses on developers wanting to be freed from proprietary software models, who see innovation and automation in operating systems as a source of competitive advantage.
If Solaris 10, OpenSolaris’s older brother, is for IT departments prioritizing carrier grade stability over rapid innovation, OpenSolaris targets the exact opposite – developers, from high performance computing to social networking, that prioritize a constantly refreshing repository filled with community innovations (and ZFS-based automated rollback) over an unchanging qualification target. Go to OpenSolaris.com to download a free copy, or click on the OpenSolaris logo to have a bootable CD delivered to you (free of charge). Or if you want a simpler way of trying it out… just go to Amazon!
We also announced a partnership with Amazon, through which we’ve made OpenSolaris, alongside MySQL and Glassfish, available with commercial support on Amazon’s elastic computing cloud. From where I sit, this is a profound change in the industry – the world’s most popular database is now available, and commercially supported, as a cloud service. As is the fastest growing Java container, and a redefined OpenSolaris for the modern world.
Sure feels like the clouds are parting.
(And again, if you’d like a free copy of OpenSolaris sent to you on a bootable, “live” CD, just click on the OpenSolaris logo above.)