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Belenix, the live CD version of the OpenSolaris operating system.
Belenix, the live CD version of the OpenSolaris operating system.

Special Correspondent

Striking logo was designed by Chandan

Bangalore: Soon after US-based Sun Microsystems released its workstation computer operating system, Solaris, to the `Open' domain last year, a small team of engineers at its Bangalore-based Indian Engineering Centre, working in their spare time, reworked it, so that it could be distributed as a `live' CD.

That means you can boot up or start any PC under the Solaris system, directly from the CD or DVD drive without having to install the software on the hard disk.

They called it ``Belenix'' a combination of ``Belenos,'' the Celtic Sun God, familiar to fans of the Asterix comic strip (for Sun Microsystems, see!), and Unix, the programming language where the roots of Solaris lie.

The striking logo was designed by Sun engineer B.N. Chandan.

The bootable CD distribution which became extremely popular in the global community of Open Source software, was developed by Moinak Ghosh (lead developer), Venkata Kishore, Sriram Popuri, Pradhap Devarajan and Gangadhar Mylapuram.

At the 6th Annual Conference of Free and Open Software Systems (FOSS.in) that concluded here last week, Sun's pavilion showcased another useful extension developed by a young local student Anil Gulecha: With Moinak's help, he tweaked Belenix so that it can be carried and booted from a thumb drive the new breed of portable Flash memory sticks, that are small enough to be carried on a key chain and can be plugged into the Universal Serial Bus (USB) port of a PC or laptop. Visiting Sun executives, Diann Olden and Chris Ames were happy to highlight how students in India were adding value to their international flagship products.


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