As far as I've been able to find out so far, Solaris 8 and 9 branded
zones are available and supported on Solaris 10 only right now, and only
for SPARC.  Are there any plans to provide them for x86 and Nevada, too?

There are two reasons I'm asking: I'd like to test current versions of
GCC on older Solaris releases without having to run on bare metal.  Of
course I could use VirtualBox or xVM on x86, but the performance won't
be too good (I tested a GCC bootstrap on xVM dom0 quite some time ago
and it took about twice as long as on bare metal).  And on SPARC, I
don't have a spare Ldom available to run Solaris 10, but would rather
use a zone on a V880 running Nevada.

Especially given the fact that Sun wants to get Solaris 10 users on bare
metal to Nevada (Solaris 11, whatever) quickly by providing Solaris 10
branded zones, it would only make sense to provide S8/S9 branded zones
on S11 as well.


Rainer Orth, Center for Biotechnology, Bielefeld University
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