Sunday, February 24, 2008

Nexenta Core 1.0 Release

Just to prove that I'm not a Linux bigot, I'll admit that I've played around with some of the OpenSolaris distributions over the past few years but a couple of things have always pissed me: 1) the same god-awful (blue and red colored) x86 installer I first used back in 90s 2) they were huge, bloated, and desktop focused.

I'm only about 10 minutes into the install
Nexenta Core seems to addressed seems to have addressed both of these concerns:

List of the changes and highlights

# OpenSolaris b82 based (x86, 32bit and 64bit, non-debug)
# Ubuntu/Dapper based
# Project integration: NWS, AVS, COMSTAR, in-kernel CIFS client
# apt-clone: ZFS-integrated safe upgrade via remote APT repository
# Support for in-place (live) and safe upgrades
# Installer: multiple improvements; installs from USB
# Small memory requirement: 256MB
# Nexenta Zones: multiple improvements; integrated automatic Zone upgrades
# CIFS client included in the default installation
# Xen DomU and Xen Dom0 (32bit, [2])
# GRUB-integrated memory test
# Nexenta ISO Builder ([3])
# APT repository - status complete. Stable repository (elate-stable)
ready for usage.

About Nexenta Core Platform (NexentaCore)

Nexenta Operating System is a free and open source operating system
combining the OpenSolaris kernel with GNU application userland. Nexenta
Operating System runs on Intel/AMD 32/64bit hardware and is distributed
as a single installable CD. NexentaCore is a minimal (core) foundation
that can be used to quickly build servers, desktops, and custom
distributions tailored for specialized applications. The latest and
previous NexentaCore releases are available at [4]. With the power of
Debian tools behind it, NexentaCore could be customized for any vertical
application or distribution: KDE, GNOME, XFCE centric Desktops, LAMP
servers, Xen Dom0 ZFS-powered servers, and more. Unlike NexentaOS
desktop distribution, NexentaCore does not aim to provide a complete
desktop. The overriding objective for NexentaCore is....

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