Monday, November 15, 2010

Wow, Solaris 11 Express is out the door!

It's hard to really describe all of the cool things that have ended up in the Oracle Solaris 11 Express release that came out this morning. I mean, you've all heard about the new packaging system, new installer, and encrypted ZFS, but what about all of the other smaller things that have gone in over the years?

Like sedimented strong crypto algorithms - so customers no longer have to manage separate packages and patches?  These were installed by default as of Solaris 10 09/07 (aka Update 4), but I took a very different approach for Solaris 11 - removing those old packages from the OS and making strong crypto just part of all the basic modules. This greatly simplified the Oracle Solaris Cryptographic Framework source code and enabled a lot of projects to move forward, like libsoftcrypto and several projects in OpenSSL.

For the rest of this week, I'll try and highlight other Oracle Solaris 11 Express security features that we've all worked very hard on getting into this release.