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Saturday, August 14, 2010

Goodnight Sun

Oracle has now declared Opensolaris is dead. http://opensolaris.org/jive/thread.jspa?threadID=133043

Sun Solaris has already been renamed to Oracle Solaris. The Sun support site is now rolling in to OTN. The letter states that they want to make Solaris the premiere Server OS and by dropping the desktop/ home user version this will help. Well that logic seems a bit off. Most servers are either Microsoft, Linux, Solaris, BSD, HP-UX, or AIX. You see more and more shops moving to Microsoft and Linux, the two vendors who support the desktop environment. If your sysadmins use your product at home they are more likely to use your product at work. Part of the reason why I had an Opensolaris and Solaris x86 installed at home (both of which are now deleted).  Solaris used to be the . in .com but nowadays it’s more like the ?. Why would I use Solaris over any other OS ? The virtualization features are interesting and ahead of the pack, ZFS is great, but I can get working versions of those things for less cost from other vendors. It may not be the “best” but we are looking for the best overall OS that can be supported at the lowest cost. Solaris experts are getting more expensive and just because you have the best virtualization doesn’t matter when others have decent virtualization that works.

Enterprises use Oracle, but the new Enterprises do not. Look at facebook and others. Those are enterprise applications where not only did the software not work but the idea behind the software failed. Those sites have moved from relational databases to NoSQL and other innovative ideas. Ideas and products which did not come from the database master Oracle. Why is that ? Why is it the biggest companies with the most R&D are no longer the one’s innovating ? They would rather sue companies over software patents (which much like many taxes should be outlawed) instead of investing in thinking up new ideas.  When companies get bought their soul and culture change. We have now seen Sun’s culture change and it is a sad day. Much like Oracle had the idea to call their Linux distro “unbreakable” they seem to think that with their new purchase they are now automatically in the OS and hardware game. Sorry Oracle but I am done with Solaris as an OS, Oracle as a database, and your culture as a company. Good luck with that federal lawsuit for stealing our tax dollars.


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Wednesday, August 04, 2010

Long time no post

Random updates to get past the long slump of no updates.

Yep, it’s been awhile. As most personal websites are. You get busy or something comes up and things keep getting put off. Today marks the day google killed google wave. An interesting project that I saw great promise for in a work environment but no way to set it up in a work environment. Like many others I think it was too ahead of it’s time but we should see alot of it’s technology and ideas in Google Me, whenever that comes out.

Oracle: Well the lawsuit against Oracle by the US Govt is interesting http://bit.ly/b0wCPz. At the same time the frustration and apparent death of Oracle working with the Opensolaris community is just sad. I have seen alot of oracle users leave blogs.sun.com, or leave the company all together. Much like when Symantec bought Veritas I think the end has come for Sun as a meaningful anything. I already uninstalled my personal opensolaris system at home and installed the newest Ubuntu (which is really nice).

Android: Still love the android OS and have now written 1.5 apps for it. Need to finish that second one. I am a bit annoyed by the Vendor supplied apps ( Nascar on Sprint) that you can not uninstall without rooting. We finally get this bloatware to stop on PC’s and now we have to fight it on phones ? Also when is audible going to be done with the Beta of their app for android and release it ?

Kindle: Finally ordered a Kindle. Why now ? Because I have the kindle app on my phone so books I buy I can read on either device. I like it when I can use something I paid for once in multiple places.

Zektor: One of my new favorite Vendors. Bought one of these for the new house. http://www.zektor.com/prowler8x8/prowler8x8.shtml . I had planned this out early by only running Cat 6 to the TV Drops. I must say that the picture quality and features of this device are amazing and I would recommend it for any tv fanatics out there.  Yes I really have 8 tv’s (well 5 now but 3 more planned) so all outputs will be in Use.

Upgrades: I have upgraded the servers, the software, and my nerves. Some upgrades are done, some are almost done, and they have all been more difficult then they should have.

So full details coming soon, no more 1 year stops in between.

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Sunday, June 21, 2009

Solaris adds Failsafe boot option for Sparc

Sun has added a much needed feature to the Solaris Sparc baseline and ass usual no one even knows it really exists. You can find the documentation here regarding Failsafe boot. This was something that I ran into while first using Opensolaris on X86. Just after they first started adding in ZFS support I ran into issues. Since the X86 side of solaris usually uses a GRUB startup they had the ability to put in place a failsafe or “safe mode” boot. This replaced the old method of booting from a cdrom in single user mode.

This feature recently made it to the Sparc side of Solaris. I am not sure the exact patch level that added it but it wasn’t too long ago that I found that I can now run a “ok>boot -F failsafe”  or “reboot—-F failsafe” command on sparc machines. This gives you the base functionality of booting a system, mounting the local drives, fix problems and then boot normally. This is of greay use as booting from CDROM was difficult as bootable CDROMS tend to get lost, and the process is very slooooow. This also works well as most critcal Solaris commands like patchadd and other kernel tweaking items usually have a -R option to specify that your root mount is not on /. The two problems I still have with failsafe are basic issues. First as far as I have looked it is still not documented in the man page for boot. Second, I really would like a flag to tell it if I want networking or not. Right now the failsafe boot checks every ethernet interface and attempts to dhcp the thing. That does delay the bootup a bit even for disconnected interfaces. This can become annoying when all you need to do is edit a vfstab file.

Glad to once again see good features make it from opensolaris to the main solaris distro. Now the big question is why Apple dropped ZFS from the next mac os ? FreeBSD figured out how to get ZFS working how come Apple couldn’t ? And don’t tell me it’s because ZFS is no good. I have yet to find one thing about it that I don’t like compared to the other filesystems out there today.


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