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17. Server Operating System > Versions and Patches

Versions and Patches

You should use the latest nonbeta version of your operating system with all patches, because performance improvements are always being found and security holes blocked. You can see what version of the OS you are using when you boot up, or by using the uname -a command on most versions of Unix. You should be aware that patches often introduce their own bugs, so check performance immediately after installing a patch. The Solaris Internet Server Supplement (SISS) patch for Solaris 2.5.1 gives about a 20 percent performance boost to Internet services under Solaris 2.5.1, both on Sparc and Intel CPUs. The SISS also gives you WebNFS (a filesystem for the Web) and the Java virtual machine for multi-CPU machines. SISS 1.0 is incorporated into Solaris 2.6. Under Solaris,


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