Solaris 8 Software Developer Supplement

Chapter 1 What's New at a Glance

This chapter highlights new features added to the SolarisTM 8 Update releases.

Note -

For the most up-to-date man pages, use the man command. The Solaris 8 Update release man pages include new feature information not found in the Solaris 8 Reference Manual Collection.

Table 1-1 Solaris 8 Update Features


First Released in... 




The Generic LAN driver (GLD) can be used to implement much of the STREAMS and Data Link Provider Interface (DLPI) functionality for a SolarisTM network driver. Until the Solaris 8 10/00 release, the GLD module was only available for Solaris Intel Platform Edition network drivers. Now GLD is available for Solaris SPARCTM Platform Edition network drivers as well.

For more information, see Chapter 2, Drivers for Network Devices.



Chapter 3 provides a detailed description of how to design drivers to support High Availability through driver hardening and ensuring serviceability. This material extends information provided the Solaris 8 Writing Device Drivers.

For more information, see Chapter 3, High Availability Drivers.



Software Developer 


Additional partial locales for European Solaris software includes the addition of UTF-8 locales for Russian and Polish and two new locales for Catalan. 

For more information, see "Additional Partial Locales for European Solaris Software".



A number of new features have been added for linkers and libraries. 

For more information, see "Linkers and Libraries Guide".





32-bit: With the addition of the mod_jserv module and related files, the Apache web server now supports JavaTM Servlets.

For more information, see "Java Servlet Support in Apache Web Server".



The JDKTM 1.2.2_05a contains the following new features:

  • Scalability improvements to over 20 CPUs

  • Improved JIT compiler optimizations

  • Text rendering performance improvements

  • poller class demo package

  • Swing improvements

For more information, see "Enhancements in Java 2 Standard Edition for Solaris v. 1.2.2_05a".



The Solaris 8 10/00 software release includes the JDK 1.1.8_10 which is improved with bug fixes since the last release. 



Early Access 


This release includes an Early Access (EA) directory with EA software. For more information, see the Readme on the Solaris Software CD 2 of 2.