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Sun Java Workstation W1100z and W2100z
 . Sun Java W1100z (A58)
 . Sun Java W2100z (A59)
 . architecture

Sun Fire V20z and V40z Servers
 . Sun Fire V20z (A55)
 . Sun Fire V40z (A57)
 . architecture

Solaris 9 9/04 has been released!
download the binaries for the x86 and SPARC platforms here
updated product documentation is here

Bulgarian mirror of available!
web page mirror:
 . anonymous FTP site:

 . the original site is here

Grid Engine 6.0 Beta Announced:
"Grid Engine 6.0 is an important step forward to simplify Grid Computing at the Enterprise and Cluster Grid level. Important new features of Grid Engine 6.0 are support for flexible to use cluster queues, resource reservation and availability of the job submission and control library DRMAA. There is no more distinction between the baseline product and the Enterprise Edition. The functionality of the Enterprise Edition is now the default feature set. " announcing the SunRay-Users mailing list!

The SunRay-Users mailing list covers: Sun Ray Server Software and the Sun Ray Ultra-Thin Clients. General information about the mailing list is at: You can also check out the searchable list archive at: List Rules are here.

SunRay-Users Mailing list home page is here [new]

The Solar Flare - The Truth, the whole TRUTH and a few laughs

Sun has posted to documentation for the Solaris 9 4/04 BETA release. To view the documents you need to provide a password.

Software Express for Solaris 02/04 Software: - Now Available to Download! New features in the Solaris Express 2/04 release include: Solaris Zones Partitioning Technology, Solaris IP Filter, zonename Audit Token and Audit Policy Option, Single UNIX Specification, Version 3

If you are interested in obtaining Solaris 8 for SPARC and x86 here are some links: (thank you Sun :P - we appreciate being able to download the product for free!)
Solaris 8 2/04 OS, SPARC Platform Download
 . Solaris 8 2/02 OS, SPARC Platform Download
 . Solaris 8 2/02 OS, x86 Platform Download

Sun Software Express Program: The Software Express Program for Solaris allows customers to get the latest features and technologies as they are integrated into the Solaris Operating System for both the SPARC and x86 platform. For more details, see the Sun Software Express Program web site.

Sun Fire V20z Server: The first in a new line of 32-bit and 64-bit servers based on the AMD Opteron processor the Sun Fire V20z server is shipping.
The Sun Fire V20z server is a high performance, Opteron-driven system with a compact one-rack-unit rack-mount form factor, capable of running 32-bit and 64-bit applications on the Solaris OS (x86 Platform Edition), Red Hat, or Suse Linux operating systems

Sun Fire E2900 E25K : Sun is delivering on throughput computing with a complete family of midrange and high-end systems powered by the chip multithreading (CMT) technology of the new UltraSPARC IV processor.
The new 64-bit Sun Fire E2900, Sun Fire E4900, Sun Fire E6900, Sun Fire E20K, and Sun Fire E25K server systems enable you to double datacenter productivity with nearly twice the horsepower of the UltraSPARC III processor systems in the same footprint.

Check out the latest Solaris 9 release: Solaris 9 12/03 Operating System, SPARC Platform Edition plus Java Enterprise System Evaluation Software and Solaris 9 12/03 Operating System, x86 Platform Edition plus Java Enterprise System Evaluation Software

Sun has published the Solaris 9 8/03 (Update 4) documentation collections at There is also new "Solaris 9 End-of-Software-Support Announcement" released.

IRC channel: we have registered IRC channel on the BGIRC network. the channel name is: #solaris-users-bg. everyone is welcome!
here is a list of IRC servers that you can use. is proud to announce the new Solaris-Users mailing list. This list covers Sun Microsystems Solaris Operating Environment for SPARC and x86, also discusses Sun's hardware products: desktops and workstations, servers, storage and networking. Official language is English. You can find the list Rules here. Join us!
Note: if you want to subscribe to the Bulgarian speaking Solaris-Users-Bg mailing list click here.

New "Mailing lists" section in sun sites

Check out the new Veritas related document collection in the library section. Includes documentation for Sun StorEdge Volume Manager 2.6, Volume Manager 3.2, 3.5, Veritas File System 3.3.2. You can also subscribe to the VxVM & VxFS Mailing List if interested.

Sun has released GNOME 2.0 Desktop for the Solaris OE
GNOME 2.0 Desktop for the Solaris[tm] Operating Environment provides an intuitive user interface that enables users to easily locate information, access menus, launch applications, and personalize their work environment. It also integrates seamlessly with the Internet to provide access to resources on the Web. GNOME is built on open source software and is rapidly evolving into a standard user desktop for use across multiple UNIX platforms"

Sun has released Sun Ray Server Software version 2.0.
New features include: The ability to deploy Sun Ray thin clients on existing Local Area Network infrastructure, 128 bit Encryption of Sun Ray traffic, Improved diagnostics for remote management, Support for Solaris Smart Card Framework Middleware APIs. You can also check out the documentation if interested: Read Me | Release Notes | Installation Guide.

Solaris 9 Data Encryption Supplement 1.0.1
The Solaris Encryption Kit contains encryption algorithms (AES (128, 192, and 256-bit key lengths) for IPsec Blowfish (32 to 448-bit key lengths, in 8-bit increments) for IPsec). The Encryption Kit contains kernel modules which implement various forms of encryption for IPsec, utilities for encrypting files from the command line, and libraries with functions that are called by application programs for encryption.

Solaris 9 12/02 for SPARC and Intel released
Solaris 9 Operating Environment, SPARC Platform Edition - free
Solaris 9 Operating Environment, x86 Platform Edition - $20

Sun starts Solaris 9 x86 Early Access Program
Solaris[tm] 9 x86 OE Customer Early Access software is now available for general testing and evaluation! You can download a copy from Sun's site for $20 US.

Solaris 9 OE 9/02 has been released. Solaris 9 Maintenance Update 1 (MU1) is also available and can be downloaded from (login is required).
You can checkout the new documentation for the 9/02 release:
Solaris 9 9/02 (the whole collection)
 . Solaris 9 9/02 About What's New Collection

 . Solaris 9 9/02 Release and Installation Collection
 . Solaris 9 9/02 System Administrator Collection

 . Solaris 9 Maintenance Update 1 Installation Guide

Solaris Software Companion CD Download for the Solaris[tm] 8 2/02 Operating Environment is available from Sun.

UltraSPARC[R] IIIi processor (picture property of Sun Microsystems, Inc.)

Sun to release Solaris 9 for x86
Sun is planning to release the previously "deferred" Solaris 9 for x86 processors. The expected launch date of the product is December 2002 (12/02). The software will cost $99.- or a single processor machine. There will be a $20.- "Early Access" version that can be downloaded for testing. You can read more about this here: article, article.

IP Filter: 3.4.32 released.
 . Precompiled Solaris binaries of IPFilter
 . IP Filter Based Firewalls HOWTO (Fri Mar 1 22:29:33 EST 2002)

If you have interest to submit to the library drop a line here...

Solaris 9 OE, SPARC Platform Edition Binary Downloads available... with new enhancements and design:
 . "What Is, Version 3.0?"
 . "Major Changes in, Version 3"
 . "New Functionality for XML-Based Books"

Solaris 9 OE White Papers available

WebBoard is closing down due to no interest.
Local newsgroups
server closing too...

Sun has officially released StarOffice 6.0:
"StarOffice software is an affordable alternative in office productivity suites that runs on multiple operating systems, including Solaris[tm] Operating Environment, Microsoft Windows, and Linux. The office suite has a simple, easy-to-use interface and contains full-featured applications including word processing, spreadsheet, presentation, graphics and database capabilities."

UPDATE: The online Library has been updated with some new cool stuff... just for you :)

Sun has released a patch that adds /dev/random and /dev/urandom for Solaris 8: Patch-ID# 112438-01, Keywords: security random number generator PRNG, Synopsis: SunOS 5.8: /kernel/drv/random patch, Date: Mar/28/2002

On 14th of March 2002 Sun Microsystems announced it's newest workstation - The Sun Blade[tm] 2000 [pdf]. Designed to help meet the needs of power users, researchers, designers, and programmers in technical computing environments - the Sun Blade 2000 workstation comes with a wide array of powerful components in a balanced architecture.

  • Processing Power: Each system can support up to two UltraSPARC III Cu 900-MHz or UltraSPARC III Cu 1.05-GHz processors.
  • Expandable Memory: Base system ships with 1 GB of memory, expandable up to 8 GB.
  • High Throughput Data Access: A 73-GB Fibre Channel disk drive is standard; up to two drives can be supported in each system.
  • High-End Graphics: Two UPA slots and four 64-bit PCI slots support a host of 2-D and 3-D graphics options, including Sun[tm] PGX64, Sun[tm] Creator3D, Sun[tm] Expert3D-Lite, Sun[tm] Expert3D, and Sun XVR-1000 [pdf] graphics cards.
  • 64-Bit Processing: The Sun Blade 2000 workstation features Sun's award-winning 64-bit system architecture: the UltraSPARC III Cu processor and the Solaris[tm] 8 Operating Environment.
  • Grid-Enabled: System resources can be pooled using Sun[tm] Grid Engine software, so users can harness the Sun Blade 2000 workstation's memory and processor power over a network.
  • Leading-Edge Display: Sun's 24-inch flat-panel monitor debuts with the Sun Blade 2000 workstation and includes state-of-the-art Pattern Vertical Alignment viewing angle technology. Its 2.3 million pixels can be driven by the industry's first digital 1920 x 1200 at 60 Hz interface to ensure the highest image quality.

Solaris 8 OE (2/02) SPARC platform edition can be downloaded via Free Solaris[sm] Binary License Program.

This site is now listed on BigAdmin...

Solaris 8 2/02 has been released (MU7 respectively, read more here)
Solaris 8 OE End-of-Software-Support Announcements
Solaris 8 2/02 Release Notes

Bastard Operators From Hell

Check out the Ximian desktop for Solaris (SPARC)

New documentation...
You can now find extensive documentation about Sun's Ultra Enterprise 450 Server in the library section

Solaris[tm] 9 OE on Intel...
Sun Revisiting Solaris 9 on Intel Decision, eWeek
Sun to meet with angered Solaris-Intel users, InfoWorld
User fury as Sun puts x86 Solaris to sleep, The Register - An Open Letter to Sun Microsystems, Inc.

Solaris[tm] 9 OE Customer Early Access software is now available for general testing and evaluation !!!
The Solaris 9 OE Customer Early Access software is not suitable for deployment on any production systems, offered with minimal support and supplied as-is. It is only available for the SPARC platform. The release of the IA-32 platform version of Solaris 9 OE is deferred at this time. You can also check out what's new in this Solaris release and the beta documentation. Here are the download instructions both for CD Image download and Net Install.

Sun to drop support for the Intel platform in Solaris 9 ?
SUN MICROSYSTEMS TUESDAY said it will not support chips from Intel with the release of its Solaris 9 operating system this year, as the hardware maker looks to cut costs in a tough economic climate
..." infoword article article
The Solaris 8 CD images for Intel have been removed from the official download site...

Solaris 8 10/01 released for download
Download CD images for Solaris 8 10/01 (SPARC Platform Edition)
Download CD images for Solaris 8 10/01 (Intel Platform Edition)

Netscape[tm] 6.1 EA for the Solaris[tm] Operating Environment is an early access version to be used for evaluation and test purposes. Netscape 6.1 EA, the latest update to the Netscape Browser suite, greatly enhances the performance and stability of Netscape 6 while improving functionality and adding a number of key features.

Announcing: solarisUsersGroup NEWS server !
feel free to post your questions and comments...
news server name: news:// no username and password is needed to view or post messages.

available newsgroups:

other newsgeoups will be created upon request. enjoy :)

Netscape[tm] 4.78
Sun Microsystems has officially released Netscape[tm] 4.78 for the Solaris[tm] Operating Environment. Grab your copy now. Installation instructions also available.

Solaris[tm] 9 Operating Environment Developer Early Access Program
Solaris[tm] 9, build 41 Developer Early Access software is now available for download. This Early Access (beta-quality) release of the Solaris 9 Operating Environment is being made available to those who accept the licensing terms to download, install, and test. This software is not suitable for deployment on any production systems.

Solaris[tm] 9 Operating Environment documentation can be found at Username and password to access the documentation is provided if you agree to the terms of the license agreement that Sun provides.

StarOffice 6.0[tm] Beta
is available for download from Sun's official web site. The new version includes support for XML file formats, Asian language support, improved Microsoft Office file compatibility, and ease-of-use enhancements. You can also get the StarOffice[tm] software source code at

The Solaris[tm] Software Companion CD, Update 07/01
is available for download from the Free Solaris[tm] Binary License Program Web page. It includes variety of popular free and open source software (both binary and source code packages) built for the Solaris 8 Operating Environment. For a detailed list of the cd contents, please visit the Solaris Software Companion CD Web page.

Lost your Device Configuration Assistant Boot Diskette ?
Images are available for the following Solaris[tm] operating environment releases: Solaris 9 (Intel Platform Edition), Solaris 8 (Intel Platform Edition), Solaris 7 (Intel Platform Edition), Solaris 2.6 (Intel Platform Edition).

Hardware Compatibility Lists
Solaris (Intel Platform Edition) Hardware Compatibility Lists are available from Solaris Developer Connection.

StarOffice 6.0 (Beta) software is coming soon! Be one of the first to be informed when the beta files are available for download by filing this form at Sun's site.

Solaris 9 (Beta) Collection Titles available at These include: Solaris 9 Beta Asian Locales Collection, Solaris 9 Beta Common Desktop Environment Developer Collection, Solaris 9 Beta Installation Collection, Solaris 9 Beta KCMS Collection, Solaris 9 Beta Reference Manual Collection, Solaris 9 Beta Release Notes Collection, Solaris 9 Beta Software Developer Collection, Solaris 9 Beta System Administrator Collection, Solaris 9 Beta User Collection, Solaris 9 Beta What's New Collection. Unfortunately these collections are not freely available and username/password is required for access.

Solaris 8 07/01
the 5th update to Solaris 8 is available for download from Sun's official website. Check out the Solaris 8 7/01 Update Collection, the Solaris 8 7/01 What's New Collection and the Family Comparison Chart for details on what's new in this update.

GNU GCC 3.0.1 compiler suite (GNU C/C++/FORTRAN/Java/Objective C) has been released on August 25, 2001. You can download source code or precompiled binaries from the Solaris 8 section.

Solaris XFree86 Video Drivers and Porting Kit
The Solaris[TM] XFree86[TM] Video Drivers and Porting Kit enables you to use XFree86 video drivers with the X Window System server for Solaris 8 Intel Platform Edition or for Solaris 9 Intel Platform Edition and expands the number of video devices that work with Solaris on Intel platforms.

Solaris[tm] Live Upgrade 2.0 has been released for the Solaris[tm] 8, 7 and 2.6 Operating Environments, SPARC[tm] and Intel Platform Editions. The Solaris[tm] Live Upgrade 2.0 Guide is available via

Sun has released Solaris[tm] Security Toolkit 0.3 on June 18, 2001. It supports the following Solaris Operating Environment releases: Solaris 2.5.1, 2.6, 7, 8 - SPARC[tm] Platform Edition and Solaris 2.5.1, 2.6, 7, 8 - Intel Platform Edition.

CGG 3.0 released on June 18, 2001. If you need detailed information go to gcc's official web site. You can also get the sources/binaries from the Solaris 8 section.

Download the Solaris[tm] Software Companion CD, Update 04/2001
The Solaris[tm] Software Companion CD contains a wide variety of popular free and open source software built for the Solaris 8 Operating Environment.
Check out the list of software included.

Sun announced the Preview Release Of Gnome 1.4 Desktop For Solaris[tm] Operating Environment Users on (24-May-2001). You can get your copy here. For more information visit Sun's official GNOME site.


Sun has updated the Solaris Driver Development web site
you can find new sample source codes, a kernel source level debugger, and a Solaris software interface compliance tool.

Sun[sm] Patch Check
Sun[sm] Patch Check is a proactive service that helps you stay current on Solaris[tm] Operating Environment patches. Patch Check determines the patch levels on your system against Sun's Recommended and Security patch list. system administrators will find this tool usefull.

Solaris 8 04/01
the 4th update to Solaris 8 is out! you can find the Solaris 8 4/01 Update Collection and the Solaris 8 4/01 What's New Collection at and discover what's new. you can also download the Solaris 8 Maintenance Update 4 from bigADMIN1.
(1 note: MU's have been removed from bigADMIN and are available for customers that have a support contract from ).

Netscape[tm] 6.01A
for the Solaris[tm] Operating Environment now available for download.
older versions also available (Netscape Communicator 4.75 and Netscape Communicator 4.76) from Sun Microsystems. Netscape Communicator 4.77 is available from Netscape.

Recently released patches for Solaris (Intel Platform Edition)
this subset of Solaris patches addresses device driver patches and patches required by a driver(s) to operate correctly. additional patches can be found at

Solaris[tm] 8 binaries (01/01 for SPARC/INTEL) available for download.
Sun Microsystems now offers a FREE download of the Solaris[tm] 8 binaries (01/01 for SPARC/INTEL). At a minimum you need three CD images: the Installation CD and two Software CDs (800 Mbytes total).

Solaris 8 01/01 Released !
the 3rd update to Solaris 8 has been released. the release notes have been posted on check out the new features such as UFS snapshots, Solaris Management Console 2.0, and other for system administrators, CDE users, and software developers.

Solaris 8 Admin Pack

Solaris Management Console 1.0.2, Solaris/SPARC and Solaris/Intel
Solaris Administration Wizards 1.0.1, Solaris/SPARC and Solaris/Intel
Solstice AdminSuite 3.0.1, Solaris/SPARC and Solaris/Intel
Solstice PPP 3.0.1, Solaris/SPARC and Solaris/Intel
Sun Enterprise Authentication Mechanism 1.0.1, Solaris/SPARC and Solaris/Intel

Sun[tm] Management Center 2.1.1
available for download at sun's site

Solaris Data Encryption
sophisticated encryption technology to secure the Solaris Operating Environment and users applications.

StarOffice[tm] 5.2 software
for the Solaris Operating Environment

Need to secure your Solaris box ? Check out IP Filter.
IP Filter is a TCP/IP packet filter, suitable for use in a firewall environment.

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