Sun's Project Indiana to bear fruit

Sun Microsystems in October will begin delivering on its Project Indiana effort, which is intended to entice more Linux users to try out the open-source Solaris OS.

"By the end of the month, we will have the first developer preview available of OpenSolaris available at opensolaris.org," said Ian Murdock, chief operating systems platform strategist at Sun and founder of the Debian Linux distribution. Murdock spoke at the Sun open source summit press event in Santa Clara, Calif. on Monday.

With OpenSolaris and Project Indiana, Sun is attempting to make its Solaris OS more like Linux in areas such as packaging. A binary release of Solaris will be featured, as will the ability to upgrade a system on the fly just like Linux offers.

The finished project is planned for release in March.

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