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Satellite Cos Inmarsat,Solaris Win EU Spectrum Rights - Wall Street Journal
BRUSSELS (Dow Jones)--The European Commission Thursday said it has selected satellite firms Inmarsat Ventures Ltd. and Solaris Mobile Ltd. to provide mobile satellite services across Europe over a specific radio spectrum band....
Is an IBM purchase of Red Hat inevitable? - ZDNet
While Oracle's CEO has said publicly that he will continue the company's support of Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL), there is a sense within Red Hat that an increased focus on Open Solaris over RHEL is inevitable, as Oracle seeks to protect the...
TITLE: Sun Solaris PostgreSQL Denial of Service Vulnerability - SecuObs
DESCRIPTION: Sun has acknowledged a vulnerability in PostgreSQL in Solaris, which can be exploited by malicious users to cause a DoS (Denial of Service). For more information: SA34206 The vulnerability is reported in PostgreSQL shipped with Solaris 10...
Inmarsat and Solaris win Europe S-band rights - Financial Times
By Maija Palmer in London Satellite companies Inmarsat and Solaris Mobile were on Thursday awarded rights by the European Commission to a band of radio spectrum that could be used to create new mobile and internet services across Europe....
PeriOptix TM Solaris Ranked the #1 LED Dental Headlight for 2009 ... - Business Wire (press release)
(BUSINESS WIRE)--PeriOptix TM , Inc., one of the nation's leading providers of high quality magnification and illumination systems for medical and dental professionals, announced that its Solaris dental headlight system was tested and ranked #1 by a...
Sun Updates Solaris 10 ... - InternetNews.com
With the Oracle acquisition looming, new Solaris update shows off new enterprise features, but is Solaris 11 on the horizon? By Sean Michael Kerner: More stories by this author: Every six months, Sun updates its Solaris 10 operating system to include...
RIP Sun xVM Server, Virtual Iron; long live Oracle VM? - SearchServerVirtualization.com
It will not be part of the commercial version of Solaris. People thought [Sun xVM] was cool, but it didn't meet the needs of most users. The erstwhile xVM Server combined the bare-metal hypervisor and management in a single image....
TITLE: Sun Solaris Thunderbird Multiple Vulnerabilities - SecuObs
DESCRIPTION: Sun has acknowledged some vulnerabilities in Thunderbird included in Solaris, which can be exploited by malicious people to bypass certain security restrictions, disclose sensitive information, conduct cross-site scripting attacks,...
What Oracle Would Get With Sun Acquisition - ChannelWeb
Oracle and Sun have had complementary businesses for years, and a significant if not majority portion of Oracle's installed base has been on Sun hardware and Sun's Solaris operating system. The proposed acquisition of Sun would force Oracle to decide...
Solaris' Q1 foreign bus sales enjoy a good ride - Warsaw Business Journal
Solaris Bus & Coach sold 185 buses abroad in the first three months of 2009, an increase of 277.6% y/y. According to experts from JMK, a market research company, this was the best start of the year in the producer's history, mainly thanks to the...

Solaris (1968 film)

Solaris (Russian: Солярис) is a 1968 TV film inspired by the novel Solaris (novel) by Stanislav Lem. It was written by N. Kemarsky, directed by Boris Nirenburg and was a Central Television production.

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Solaris (band)

Solaris (band) is a progressive rock band from Hungary. Established in 1980, the band went through several formations. Their music has a strong melodic content, often laced with Eastern European themes, and is highlighted by the use of dynamics and extended thematic development. There is a great deal of interplay among the lead instruments of flute, guitar and keyboard which is used regularly to develop their themes. The emphasis is not on providing solo spots for the various instruments, but rather in employing those instruments within the context of the development of the individual piece.

The band's name is a reference to the Stanisław Lem sci-fi novel, Solaris. The first album's title is a reference to The Martian Chronicles. The members have said that they were influenced by these - and other - sci-fi books.

The majority of Solaris' songs are instrumentals. The first track on their first LP, Marsbéli Krónikák, is an exception, with a few lines spoken over the music. The pitch-shifting, distortion, and album's theme have led many listeners to assume that the voiceover is in a putative Martian language, but it's actually in Hungarian: "Megrepedt tükrök (Cracked mirrors) / Kormos acélfalak (Sooty steel walls) / Halott szeméthegyek (Dead piles of garbage) / És szennyes tavak (And polluted lakes) / Azt mondod, itt élt valaha az ember? (You say mankind used to live here?)". "Egészséges Optimizmus" from the SOLARIS 1990 LP also has an introductory voiceover in Hungarian, and chanting in Latin appears in several tracks on the album Nostradamus: Próféciák könyve.

In June 2003, Attila Kollár said in an interview that the band is still alive, and they will start working on a new studio album that year.

Following their regular albums (and a live double CD recorded in 1995 during the Progfest in Los Angeles), the band also started a 3-volume "Official Bootleg" series. As the title says, these contain recordings that were never officially released before and are mainly live material. The title track of the second volume was originally intended to appear on the first album but has never been recorded in the studio.

In 2008 flutist Attila Kollár made his solo debut with his album "Todespfeife!". The record hit #87 on Billboards Heat seakers.

István Cziglán deceased body was dug up in january of 2009 by a crazed former fan. The fan was taken into custody after being found in a nearby barn with the body. The fan said "I just had to see him." After digging him up for the better half of an hour the crazed fan procede to fornicate with the guitarists anus leaving his love stains with the dead musician.

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Solaris (1968 TV film)

Solaris (Russian: Солярис) is a 1968 TV film inspired by the novel Solaris (novel) by Stanislav Lem. It was written by N. Kemarsky, directed by Boris Nirenburg and was a Central Television production.

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Solaris (Atari 2600)

Screenshot of a planet level.

Solaris is a game for the Atari 2600 published in 1986 by Atari. The game was programmed by Douglas Neubauer, who owns the copyright to the game and the Solaris trademark.

The galaxy of Solaris is made up of 16 quadrants, each containing 16 sectors. In addition to space battle, the ship must descend to planets to be refueled periodically. Players are able to "warp" between the sectors, during which they must attempt to keep their ship "in focus" to lower their fuel consumption rate. Fuel must be carefully managed, as an empty tank results in loss of one of the player lives. Players can also descend to enemy occupied planets to either save friendly colonists or battle in fast-paced "corridors." If players allow a friendly planet in a quadrant to be destroyed, that quadrant becomes a "red zone" where joystick controls are reversed. Enemies range from the easy to the frustrating - including basic fighters, aggressive "cobra" ships, pot shot-loving "pirate" ships, and base stars with accompanying swarms of fuel-sapping drones. The ultimate goal of Solaris is to reach the planet Solaris and rescue its colonists.

Solaris is widely hailed as having some of the best graphics on the Atari 2600. It is considered by many as a sequel to Atari's 1982 hit Star Raiders, as both games feature an enemy race known as "Zylons", and both Solaris and Star Raiders were written by Neubauer. Solaris was at one point going to be based on The Last Starfighter, while the Atari 8-bit version of The Last Starfighter was re-named Star Raiders 2.

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Solaris (grape)

A small Solaris vine

Solaris is a variety of grape used for white wine. It was created in 1975 at the grape breeding institute in Freiburg, Germany by crossing the variety Merzling (which is Seyve-villard 5276 x (Riesling x Pinot Gris)) with Gm 6493 (Saperavi Severnyi x Muscat Ottonel). Solaris is thus a hybrid grape (rather than a pure Vitis vinifera), since it contains several hybrid grapes in its pedigree.

Solaris was the product of a programme for breeding disease-resistant grape varieties, and has good resistance against fungal attacks. As it is a hardy variety, it is commonly grown in northern European countries with marginal climate for winemaking, such as England and Denmark.

The variety Solaris is also known under its official breeding number FR 240-75 and received protection in 2001.

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Solaris (album)

Solaris cover

Solaris is the third album by British drum and bass artist Photek. It was released on September 19, 2000 on the Virgin Records sublabel Science in Europe and on Astralwerks in the US.

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Solaris (operating system)

Solaris 10 packaging groups

Solaris is a Unix-based operating system introduced by Sun Microsystems in 1992 as the successor to SunOS.

Solaris is known for its scalability, especially on SPARC systems, and for originating many innovative features such as DTrace and ZFS. Solaris supports SPARC-based and x86-based workstations and servers from Sun and other vendors, with efforts underway to port to additional platforms.

Solaris is certified against the Single Unix Specification. Although it was historically developed as proprietary software, it is supported on systems manufactured by all major server vendors, and the majority of its codebase is now open source software via the OpenSolaris project.

In 1987, AT&T and Sun announced that they were collaborating on a project to merge the most popular Unix variants on the market at that time: BSD, System V, and Xenix. This would become Unix System V Release 4 (SVR4).

On September 4, 1991, Sun announced that it would replace its existing BSD-derived Unix, SunOS 4, with one based on SVR4. This was identified internally as SunOS 5, but a new marketing name was introduced at the same time: Solaris 2. While SunOS 4.1.x micro releases were retroactively named Solaris 1 by Sun, the Solaris name is almost exclusively used to refer to the SVR4-derived SunOS 5.0 and later.

The justification for this new "overbrand" was that it encompassed not only SunOS, but also the OpenWindows graphical user interface and Open Network Computing (ONC) functionality. The SunOS minor version is included in the Solaris release number; for example, Solaris 2.4 incorporated SunOS 5.4. After Solaris 2.6, Sun dropped the "2." from the number, so Solaris 7 incorporates SunOS 5.7, and the latest release SunOS 5.10 forms the core of Solaris 10.

Solaris uses a common code base for the platforms it supports: SPARC and i86pc (which includes both x86 and x86-64).

Solaris 2.5.1 included support for the PowerPC platform (PowerPC Reference Platform), but the port was canceled almost as soon as it was released. In October 2006, an OpenSolaris community project called Polaris was started to create a port to PowerPC and kickstarted by Sun Labs' Project Pulsar, integrating the relevant parts from Solaris 2.5.1 into OpenSolaris.

A port of Solaris to the Intel Itanium architecture was announced in 1997 but never brought to market.

On November 28, 2007, IBM, Sun, and Sine Nomine Associates demonstrated a preview of OpenSolaris for System z running on an IBM System z mainframe under z/VM, called Sirius (in analogy to the Polaris project, and also due to the primary developer's Australian nationality: HMS Sirius of 1786 was a ship of the First Fleet to Australia). On October 17, 2008 a prototype release of Sirius was made available and on November 19 the same year, IBM authorized the use of Sirius on System z IFL processors.

Solaris also supports the Linux platform ABI, allowing Solaris to run native Linux binaries on x86 systems. This feature is called "Solaris Containers for Linux Applications" or SCLA, based on the branded zones functionality introduced in Solaris 10 8/07.

Solaris can be installed from various pre-packaged software groups, ranging from a minimalistic "Reduced Network Support" to a complete "Entire Plus OEM". Installation of Solaris is not necessary for an individual to use the system.

Solaris can be installed from physical media or a network for use on a desktop or server.

Solaris can be interactively installed from a text console on platforms without a video display and mouse. This may be selected for servers, in a rack, in a remote data center, from a terminal server or even dial up modem.

Solaris can be interactively installed from a graphical console. This may be selected for personal workstations or laptops, in a local area, where a console may normally be used.

Solaris can be automatically installed over a network. System administrators can customize installations with scripts and configuration files, including configuration and automatic installation of third-party software, without purchasing additional software management utilities.

When Solaris is installed, the operating system will reside on the same system where the installation occurred. Applications may be individually installed on the local system, or can be mounted via the network from a remote system.

Solaris can be used without separately installing the operating system on a desktop or server.

Solaris can be used from an X terminal, which can boot from embedded or network accessible firmware and display a desktop immediately to the user. Applications and the operating system run remotely on one or more servers, but the graphical rendering (and occasionally the window manager) is offloaded to the X terminal. In the case of a desktop hardware failure, an X terminal can be easily replaced, and a user can resume their work from their last saved point.

Solaris can also be used from a thin client. Applications, operating system, window manager, and graphical rendering runs on one or more remote servers. Administrators can add a user account to a central Solaris system and a thin client can be rolled from a closet, placed on a desktop, and a user can start work immediately. If there is a hardware failure, the thin client can be swapped and the user can resume their work from the exact point of failure, whether or not the work was saved.

Early releases of Solaris used OpenWindows as the standard desktop environment. In Solaris 2.0 to 2.2, OpenWindows supported both NeWS and X applications, and provided backward compatibility for SunView applications from Sun's older desktop environment. NeWS allowed applications to be built in an object oriented way using PostScript, a common printing language released in 1982. The X Window System originated from MIT's Project Athena in 1984 and allowed for the display of an application to be disconnected from the machine where the application was running, separated by a network connection. Sun’s original bundled SunView application suite was ported to X.

Sun later dropped support for legacy SunView applications and NeWS with OpenWindows 3.3, which shipped with Solaris 2.3, and switched to X11R5 with Display Postscript support. The graphical look and feel remained based upon OPEN LOOK. OpenWindows 3.6.2 was the last release under Solaris 8. The OPEN LOOK Window Manager (olwm) with other OPEN LOOK specific applications were dropped in Solaris 9, but support libraries were still bundled, providing long term binary backwards compatibility with existing applications. The OPEN LOOK Virtual Window Manager (olvwm) can still be downloaded for Solaris from sunfreeware and works on releases as recent as Solaris 10.

Sun and other Unix vendors created an industry alliance to standardize Unix desktops. As a member of COSE, the Common Open Software Environment initiative, Sun helped co-develop the Common Desktop Environment. CDE was an initiative to create a standard Unix desktop environment. Each vendor contributed different components: Hewlett-Packard contributed the window manager, IBM provided the file manager, and Sun provided the e-mail and calendar facilities as well as drag-and-drop support (ToolTalk). This new desktop environment was based upon the Motif look and feel and the old OPEN LOOK desktop environment was considered legacy. Solaris 2.5 onwards supported CDE. CDE unified Unix desktops across multiple open system vendors.

In 2001, Sun issued a preview release of the open-source desktop environment GNOME 1.4, based on the GTK+ toolkit, for Solaris 8. Solaris 9 8/03 introduced GNOME 2.0 as an alternative to CDE. Solaris 10 includes Sun's Java Desktop System, which is based on GNOME and comes with a large set of applications, including StarOffice, Sun's office suite. Sun describes JDS as a "major component" of Solaris 10.

The open source desktop environments KDE and XFCE, along with numerous other window managers, also compile and run on recent versions of Solaris.

Sun was investing in a new desktop environment called Project Looking Glass since 2003. The environment has been copied by other desktop vendors. It may soon be the future in desktop environments for Solaris as well as desktop computing in general.

Solaris' source code (with a few exceptions) has been released under the Common Development and Distribution License (CDDL) via the OpenSolaris project. The CDDL is an OSI-approved license. It is considered by the Free Software Foundation to be free but incompatible with the GPL.

OpenSolaris was seeded on June 14, 2005 from the then-current Solaris development code base; both binary and source versions are currently downloadable and licensed without cost. Source for upcoming features such as Xen support is now added to the OpenSolaris project as a matter of course, and Sun has said that future releases of Solaris proper will henceforth be derived from OpenSolaris.

Notable features of Solaris currently include DTrace, Doors, Service Management Facility, Solaris Containers, Solaris Multiplexed I/O, Solaris Volume Manager, ZFS, and Solaris Trusted Extensions.

Solaris 8 stopped shipping in February 2007 but will be supported until April 2012; earlier versions are unsupported.

A more comprehensive summary of some Solaris versions is also available. Solaris releases are also described in the Solaris 2 FAQ.

The underlying Solaris codebase has been under continuous development since work began in the late 1980s on what was eventually released as Solaris 2.0. Each version such as Solaris 10 is based on a snapshot of this development codebase, taken near the time of its release, which is then maintained as a derived project. Updates to that project are built and delivered several times a year until the next official release comes out.

The Solaris version under development by Sun as of 2008 is codenamed Nevada, and is derived from what is now the OpenSolaris codebase.

In 2003, an addition to the Solaris development process was initiated. Under the program name Software Express for Solaris (or just Solaris Express), a binary release based on the current development basis was made available for download on a monthly basis, allowing anyone to try out new features and test the quality and stability of the OS as it progressed to the release of the next official Solaris version. A later change to this program introduced a quarterly release model with support available, renamed to Solaris Express Developer Edition (SXDE).

In 2007, Sun announced Project Indiana with several goals, including providing an open source binary distribution of the OpenSolaris project, replacing SXDE. The first release of this distribution was OpenSolaris 2008.05.

The Solaris Express Community Edition (SXCE) is intended specifically for OpenSolaris developers. It is updated every two weeks. Although the download license seen when downloading the image files indicates its use is limited to personal, educational and evaluation purposes, the license acceptance form displayed when the user actually installs from these images lists additional uses including commercial and production environments.

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Source : Wikipedia