System Administration Guide: Virtualization Using the Solaris Operating System

About Zones in the OpenSolaris 2009.06 Release

Zones on the OpenSolaris release are a work in progress; they are evolving as development continues. The software management aspect of zones is changing because OpenSolaris uses IPS instead of SVr4 packaging and patching. Thus, work in still being done where zones are impacted by software management, such as installation and migration.

The Image Packaging System (IPS) is a new model for software management in the OpenSolaris 2009.06 Release, and zones are changing to utilize this model. The following differences should be noted:

For information on zones in the OpenSolaris release, visit the Zones OpenSolaris Community. This site will be updated to address the latest issues.