Sun Microsystems is sprucing up its Solaris Express Developer Edition, which features the Solaris OS bundled with tools, by supporting enhanced application development for multicore processors.
The company has unveiled the 5/07 edition of the package, which features also includes Sun Studio 12, for parallelising C, C++, and Fortran applications. Sun Studio 12 features a distribution of Solaris based on OpenSolaris, the open-source variant of Solaris. Also included in the package is support for building multicore SPARC and x86-based processors. Solaris Express also supports Java development, which features its own multi-threaded development model.
Also in this version, Sun is offering a Gnome-based desktop, including Mozilla Firefox 2.0 and an update to the StarOffice 8 office application suite. The NetBeans 5.5 IDE is featured for developing desktop, web and Java applications.