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1.  What's New in the Oracle Solaris 10 1/13 Release

Installation Enhancements

iSCSI Target LUN Support

Network-Based Installation Support in Text Installer

Automatic Resolution of Package Dependencies in Text and GUI Installers

Live Upgrade Preserves the Dump Device Configuration

Live Upgrade Preflight Checker

System Administration Enhancements

Oracle Configuration Manager

Oracle Solaris Zones Preflight System Checker

Oracle VTS 7.0 Patch Set 15

pkgdep Command

x86: 64-bit: Fault Management for Oracle Intel Sandy Bridge-EP Platforms

x86: AMD Generic MCA Driver Support for AMD Family 15h Processors

Security Enhancements

64-bit: openssl Command

Password and Account Creation Behavior Is Optional

Networking Enhancement

SSH, SCP, and SFTP Speed Improvements

File System Enhancement

ZFS Features and Changes

Device Management Enhancement

x86: SATA Support for ATA Pass Through Commands

System Performance Enhancement

x86: AMD XOP and FMA Support

System Resources Enhancement

SPARC: 64-bit: Increased CRC32c Algorithm Performance in the iSCSI Initiator

Freeware Enhancements

Evince 2.30.3

GNU Make 3.82

GNU gettext Utility

GNU IDN Library

Ghostscript 9.00

gzip 1.4

Jakarta Tomcat 5.5

Lightning 1.0


Samba 3.6.8

Sendmail 8.14.5

Thunderbird 10 ESR

Firefox 10 ESR


New Device Support

x86: Support for the Xen Virtual Block Device in the xdf Driver

Support for New Device in the bnxe Driver

Driver Enhancements

SR-IOV Support for igbvf and igb Drivers

SR-IOV Support for the ixgbevf driver

sxge Driver Support

USB 3.0 Support

Additional Software Enhancements

SPARC: 64-bit: Memory DR Support on Migrated Domains

x86: Fault Proxy Between the Service Processor and Host

Fibre Channel Adapter Header Files

Driver Enhancements

This section describes the driver enhancements in this release.

SR-IOV Support for igbvf and igb Drivers

The igbvf and igb drivers support the single root I/O virtualization (SR-IOV) specification on the Intel i350 Gigabit Network Controller.

SR-IOV Support for the ixgbevf driver

The ixgbevf driver supports the SR-IOV specification on the Intel x540 10 Gigabit Network Controller.

sxge Driver Support

The Oracle Solaris 10 1/13 release supports the sxge Ethernet driver for Oracle's Sun Blade 6000 Virtualized 40 GbE network express module (NEM).

Oracle's Sun Blade 6000 Virtualized 40 GbE NEM is a multipurpose connectivity module for Sun Blade 6000 modular system from Oracle. The NEM provides network and storage connectivity between the blades in a Sun Blade 6000 modular system chassis and external devices. The NEM supports connection to external devices through 1 GbE pass-through port and 40 GbE small form-factor pluggable (SFP+) ports. The NEM also supports Oracle's Sun ASIC Dual 10 GbE network interface card (NIC) virtualization and Oracle's Sun Blade X6270 M3 server module.

USB 3.0 Support

The Oracle Solaris 10 1/13 release supports the USB 3.0 specification. A new USB host controller driver, xhci, is integrated in Oracle Solaris. Mass storage devices and the USB hub that support USB 3.0 can both work in the USB 3.0 mode when they are connected with eXtensible host controller interface (xHCI) ports. All the other legacy USB devices other than the USB audio and video devices continue to work when they are connected to xHCI ports.

The data transfer speed in USB 3.0 is three to five times faster than USB 2.0. On an x86 system, the maximum speed of USB 3.0 is 150 MBps during a read/write on a USB 3.0 mass storage device. On a SPARC system, the maximum speed is 50 MBps.

Note - Data transfer speeds may vary depending on the hardware that you use.

For more information, see the xhci(7D) and usba(7D) man pages.