OpenSolaris goes back in time

Sun Microsystems has posted the latest open source version of its Solaris operating system. OpenSolaris 2008.11 comes with a number of new programs, as well as updates to existing features.

One new program that has generated the some buzz is Time Slider. This application allows you to look back at previous versions of files, which are organized by the times they were created. Users can restore old files if desired. It uses the journaling capabilities of Sun's ZFS file system.

The package also offers the first version of Sun's Common Multiprotocol SCSI Target (COMSTAR), software that allows the system it runs upon to act as a storage host that can be accessed by other machines through SCSI commands.

In addition to these new programs, the developers behind OpenSolaris, which include those from Sun as well as volunteers from outside the company, have also updated the print manager. The OS can automatically detect USB-based printers. The latest versions of the Gnome window manager, the Firefox browser and the OpenOffice productivity suite are also included.

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Joab Jackson is the senior technology editor for Government Computer News.

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