Thursday Sep 04, 2008

Just installed : Sun xVM VirtualBox 2.0

I've just installed the newly released Sun xVM VirtualBox 2.0 on my MacBook Pro.

Here some of the new features :

  • 64 bits guest support (64 bits host only)
  • New native Leopard user interface on MacOS X hosts
  • The GUI was converted from Qt3 to Qt4 with many visual improvements
  • New-version notifier
  • Guest property information interface
  • Host Interface Networking on Mac OS X hosts
  • Host Interface Networking on Solaris 10 hosts
  • Support for Nested Paging on modern AMD-V CPUs (major performance gain)
  • Framework for collecting performance and resource usage data (metrics)
  • Clipboard integration for OS/2 Guests
  • Support for VHD images
  • Created separate SDK component featuring a new Python programming interface on Linux and Solaris hosts

You can download VirtualBox 2.0 for free now !

Here's a screen shot of my desktop running OpenSolaris 2008.05 as the guest OS in Seamless mode.

My Desktop with VirtualBox 2.0 running

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Monday Sep 01, 2008

A different view on this place

Thanks to my friends Alexis and Henry, here's another view of this blog as visualized by Wordle (powered by Java).

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Friday Aug 01, 2008

Hiatus...

It sounds a lot like a French tradition, but I'll be on vacation for the next weeks, spending some quality time with wife and kids.

I expect to resume posting here starting August 25th.
Talk to you later ;-)

Friday Jul 04, 2008

Zinedine Zidane, Matthew... and you ?

Matthew Swift one of the lead developers of the OpenDS project has been spending a lot of time preparing to the Zurich IronMan Triathlon on July 13th. For those who don't know an IronMan comprises of a 3.8km swim, 180km bike stage, and then a marathon (42km) all to be completed on consecutively on the same day.

This week, he sent our team an email explaining why he was pushing so hard on himself :

"I am doing it as a challenge in order to raise awareness of a terrible incurable illness called Leukodystrophy and to raise money for research into finding a cure.

My 21 month old son, Joseph, was diagnosed with Leukodystrophy late last year. The illness is progressive and degenerative, and, unless a cure is found, means that he will never sit up, walk, or talk. He is left with very little control over his body.

Any money that I raise will be donated to two charities:

\* the ELA in mainland Europe for all Euro based donations. Many of
you will recognize the name ELA as being the the charity for which
Zinedine Zidane is patron

\* the Myelin Project UK in the United Kingdom for GBP based donations."

Matthew has created a blog called Tri4Joe at http://tri4joe.com. To Matt surprise, his story is starting to spread on the internet and the medias such as the Irish Examiner.

All donations are welcome and can be sent via the blog's donation page: http://tri4joe.com/donate
And if you choosed to make a donation and happened to be a Sun employee, don't forget to send Matthew Swift a confirmation email with your employee number and mailstop so that Sun can match the donation.

So join Zinedine Zidane and others to support to Matthew's cause. Matthew, his wife Colette and their son Joseph will be thankful.

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Wednesday Jun 18, 2008

Firefox3 first impression

Download Day - French

I've done my share of help with the Firefox 3 download world record today.
I installed Firefox 3 for Mac OS X on my MacBook Pro and I must say that I'm quite impressed with it.
It's really fast, clean, looks really great and has some neat new features.
Get it now !

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Tuesday May 20, 2008

OpenDS and Social Networks...

The OpenDS project has representation on various social networks.

You can join the OpenDS community group on LinkedIn.
And if you haven't done it yet, you can also join the OpenDS group on Facebook.
Or you can join the OpenDS Community group on Plaxo

Other opensource projects such as OpenSSO and GlassFish have similar groups on these social networks.

That's all for now :-)

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Friday Mar 21, 2008

Software engineering in Grenoble-Isere

Sun GECThe AEPI (agency for the economic development of Grenoble and Isere) published yesterday a report on software engineering in the Grenoble area, and how it's boosting Information Technology.

Sun is briefly mentioned:

The area also boasts high-grade private research: Sun Microsystems opened an R&D centre here in 1990;

The whole report is worth reading and illustrates that the reasons for setting up the R&D center (now known as Grenoble Engineering Center) 18 years ago are still valid, and more important than ever.

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Software engineering in Grenoble-Isere

Sun GECThe AEPI (agency for the economic development of Grenoble and Isere) published yesterday a report on software engineering in the Grenoble area, and how it's boosting Information Technology.

Sun is briefly mentioned:

The area also boasts high-grade private research: Sun Microsystems opened an R&D centre here in 1990;

The whole report is worth reading and illustrates that the reasons for setting up the R&D center (now known as Grenoble Engineering Center) 18 years ago are still valid, and more important than ever.

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Thursday Mar 20, 2008

Engineering Gold at the Grenoble Engineering Center

On Tuesday April 8th 2008, at 18:30, Sun Grenoble Engineering Center will host a speaker from Sheffield Hallam University, for a talk on "Sports Engineering Design". This is part of the IET "Engineering Gold" prestige lecture tour.

The talk is opened to anyone and is Free of Charge. Online registration is required though to be able to estimate the number of attendees and make sure there is room for everyone.

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Thursday Feb 14, 2008

A completely new stack...

A couple of days ago, a "tweet" by SuperPat piqued my interest : OpenSolaris Developer Preview 2 running on Virtual Box on Mac OS X 10.5.2...

So I decided to try it as I've just updated my MacBook Pro to Mac OS X 10.5.2

I first downloaded and installed VirtualBox for OS X (beta 3, Intel Macs only).
I started VirtualBox and created my first New Virtual Machine, for Solaris, 1GB of memory, self expanding disk of 20GB.

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I downloaded the Open Solaris Developer Preview 2 iso image and mounted it on the Virtual Machine:

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I started the virtual machine, starting the live image of Open Solaris. When it's started, double click on the Install OpenSolaris icon and follow the installation wizard (it's so simple and straightforward now, congratulation to the OpenSolaris installer team):

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Rebooted the virtual machine and voila...

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Well, almost ! In order to get the network access to work, I followed the instructions from Alan and added the pcn driver on OpenSolaris.

And finally, I could install OpenDS with the QuickSetup.jnlp file and start doing serious work ;-)

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Really, I don't think it could have been much simpler and quicker to install that complete stack on a machine. And you don't need Mac OS X to do it too... All you need is VirtualBox, OpenSolaris and OpenDS, all of them are based on open source projects and freely available.

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Friday Jan 25, 2008

A successful technical software event...

The Technical software event organized last week in Grenoble Engineering Center has been a great success. Kudos to Dominique, a great G.O.

The attendance exceeded our expectations (and almost our room capacity). There was more than 190 persons over the 4 days, an average of 100 attendees per day (and nearly 120 on the first dat), coming from 20 different countries.

DSC_8015.jpgOn the Thursday and Friday, all the Campus Ambassadors from France attended the presentations and some additional meetings with their mentors and Dan Berg, CTO GSS & VP EMEA Systems Engineering.

 

 

Below some of our guest speakers : Dan Berg, Alban Richard -Director of the Directory Services Engineering and Grenoble Site Leader-, Roman Strobl -aka Mr. NetBeans-, Gilles Gravier -OpenSolaris and open source enthousiast-, Alexis Moussine-Pouchkine -GlassFish evangelist and emeritus skier-.

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DSC_8025.jpgOn Friday, I presented an introduction to the OpenDS project (PDF) in the general session and in the afternoon a 2 hours session demoing the basic features and principles of OpenDS. There is some feedback to the developer team with regards to dsconfig and usability, an area where we haven't really focused so far.

There has been other reports on the event, by Dominique [1], [2], [3]. [4], Alexis.

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Friday Dec 21, 2007

Holiday break

It's time to take on a break and spend time with our families.

I will be back next year. Meanwhile have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Monday Dec 10, 2007

OpenDS, OpenSolaris, GlassFish and much more...

 Ludo Resource Dcp 6547We will be hosting a technical software event for our partners, in the Grenoble Engineering Center from January 15th to 18th 2008.

The event will cover Sun Secure Global desktop, OpenSolaris, GlassFish, NetBeans, OpenDS, OpenESB , xVM, OpenJDK, OpenDMK, Identity Management, Federation Management, Java CAPS...
The detailed agenda, speakers' list and contact information are already available.
Unfortunately, we have a limited number of seats available, so do not wait for the last minute to register.

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Tuesday Oct 30, 2007

Leopard is roaring under my hands...

I've received Leopard yesterday, and after a careful backup, I've upgraded my MacBook Pro.

The install was straightforward and went very smoothly. I inserted the DVD, restarted the Mac, followed the few instructions, restart and done.

Overall I'm quite pleased with the new OS. The machine appears to be faster, especially Mail and Safari. I've already adopted and customized Spaces. I haven't found the time to try Time Machine yet, nor ZFS. Hopefully I will find some time in the near future to play with these, but truly the laptop is a working tool more than a gaming device :-)

There are also a few things that are annoying me. The first one is that Leopard changed by background image. This seems like a minor thing and I can certainly restore the previous picture, but I don't understand why it had to be changed.
The second one is Java. I had Java 6 developer preview installed. After the upgrade, Java was no longer working. I could not even use the Java Preference panel to restore the default value. I had to hack the JavaVM.framework/Versions directory to get rid of the 6 version and now Java is working again. Still I would expect from a new and modern OS such as MacOS X 10.5 to have Java 6 available by default.

Was it worth the money ? Sure. And I'm going upgrade my home machines later this week...

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Tuesday Oct 09, 2007

Why I didn't blog earlier this morning

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Dave Douglas, Vice President Eco Responsibility this morning during the Sun CEC 2007 General session.

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This is the blog of a senior software engineer, specialized in LDAP, Directory Server and OpenDS. Ludovic Poitou works in France at the Grenoble Engineering Center, in the Directory Services Engineering team. Outside work, I love skiing and taking photo

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