Update 9/10 of Solaris 10 delivers a lot of changes when compared to Update 8:
  • Installation Enhancements
    • SPARC: Support for ITU Construction Tools on SPARC Platforms - In this release, the itu utility has been modified to support booting a SPARC based system with the install-time updates (ITU) process.
    • Oracle Solaris Auto Registration - before you ask ... you can disable it
    • Oracle Solaris Upgrade Enhancement for Oracle Solaris Zone– Cluster Nodes
  • Virtualization Enhancements for Oracle Solaris Zones
    • Migrating a Physical Oracle Solaris 10 System Into a Zone - cool, my RfE found its way into Solaris 10
    • Host ID Emulation
    • Updating Packages by Using the New zoneadm attach -U Option
  • Virtualization Enhancements for Oracle VM Server for SPARC (formerly known as LDOMs)
    • Memory Dynamic Reconfiguration Capability
    • Virtual Disk Multipathing Enhancements
    • Static Direct I/O
    • Virtual Domain Information Command and API - the virtinfo command
  • System Administration Enhancements
    • Oracle Solaris ZFS Features and Enhancements
    • Fast Crash Dump
    • x86: Support for the IA32_ENERGY_PERF_BIAS MSR
    • Support for Multiple Disk Sector Size
    • iSCSI Initiator Tunables
    • Sparse File Support in the cpio Command
    • x86: 64-Bit libc String Functions Improvements With SSE
    • Automated Rebuilding of sendmail Configuration Files
    • Automatic Boot Archive Recovery
  • Security Enhancements
    • net_access Privilege
    • x86: Intel AES-NI Optimization
  • Language Support Enhancements
    • New Oracle Solaris Unicode Locales
  • Device Management Enhancements
    • iSCSI Boot
    • iSER Initiator
    • New Hot-Plugging Features
    • AAC RAID Power Management
  • Driver Enhancements
    • x86: HP Smart Array HBA Driver
    • x86: Support for Broadcom NetXtreme II 10 Gigabit Ethernet NIC Driver
    • x86: New SATA HBA Driver, bcm_sata, for Broadcom HT1000 SATA Controllers
    • Support for SATA/AHCI Port Multiplier
    • Support for Netlogic NLP2020 PHY in the nxge Driver
  • Freeware Enhancements
    • GNU TAR Version 1.23
    • Firefox 3.5
    • Thunderbird 3
    • Less Version 436/li>
  • Networking Enhancements
    • BIND 9.6.1 for the Oracle Solaris 10 OS
    • GLDv3 Driver APIs
    • IPoIB Connected Mode
    • Open Fabrics User Verbs Primary Kernel Components
    • InfiniBand Infrastructure Enhancements
  • X11 Windowing Enhancements
    • Support for the setxkbmap Command
  • New Chipset Support
    • ixgbe Driver to Integrate Intel Shared Code Version 3.1.9
    • Broadcom Support to bge Networking Driver
    • x86: Fully Buffered DIMM Idle Power Enhancement
  • Fault Management Architecture Enhancements
    • FMA Support for AMD's Istanbul Based Systems
    • Several Oracle Solaris FMA Enhancement
  • Diagnostic Tools Enhancements
    • Sun Validation Test Suite 7.0ps9
    • Enhancements to the mdb Command to Improve the Debugging Capability of kmem and libumem
You wil find a more in-depth description at docs.sun.com.


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