Sun Microsystems is speeding up the Solaris development cycle by splitting the Unix operating system into separate modules.
The latest upgrade, Solaris 2.6, will consist of the core operating system, and four optional modules - or extension packs - targeted at different markets. These address Intranet, ISPs, enterprise, and power desktop markets.
Sunsoft marketing manager Julian Lomberg said the modular structure would enable Sun to meet the rapid upgrade requirements of Internet developers and ISPs. At the same time it would avoid disrupting the more leisurely requirements of enterprise customers. Sun will continue to release core upgrades at its historical rate of 12-18 months, Lomberg said.
Pricing for Solaris 2.6 will not be announced until nearer shipment date in August.
Solaris 2.6 enhancements include: Y200 compliant software out of the box; much faster performance; and improved ease of use.
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