Bottom Line: next OTN Sysadmin Day is September 8 in Sacramento.
Free, but registration is required.
One of the most subtle yet powerful skills I learned from The Missus is how to tell the difference between what was better and what I preferred.
Motorcycle magazines, for instance, spend an awful lot of time telling us why one motorcycle is better than another. They do this by employing their best interpretation of objective criteria: acceleration, braking, cornering, carrying capacity, conveniences, ergonomics, and sometimes even the personal riding experience of the reviewer.
There's nothing wrong with that. Very useful stuff. And fascinating to read. Except that it gets me all confused. Or confuzzled, as my daughter calls it. The objective criteria makes me think one bike is better than the other. But when I buy it, why am I less than fulfilled?
Because features and capabilities don't often match personal preference.
Although we don't usually put personal preference at the top of the list when choosing an operating system, we shouldn't ignore it. Personal preference is not just whim. It takes into account the job we're trying to accomplish, the way we have to handle it, and the tools we prefer to use. In fact, ignoring our personal preference has an impact on productivity: if we hate "our ride," we're not going to get very good at using it, are we?
OTN's second Sysadmin Day (read about the first) will begin with an overview of Oracle's dual OS strategy. Then we'll split off into two tracks, one with hands-on labs for Oracle Linux, one for Oracle Solaris.
||Oracle's Dual OS Strategy
Oracle Solaris Track
Oracle Linux Track
||Overview of Oracle Solaris
||Overview of Oracle Linux
||HOL: managing packages, configuring services
||HOL: Exploring OS, network, and storage virtualization
||HOL on Storage Part I: managing storage and file systems
||HOL: Managing software with IPS
||HOL on Storage Part II: Device Mapper, BTRFS
||Presentation: Oracle Enterprise Manager Ops Center 11g
||Discussion: What are the most pressing issues for sysadmins today?
||We all go home
Consider it an Oracle Demo Day, if you will. It's free, but you must register to attend.
As for me, after spending a couple of years riding the canyons on a 2005 Ducati 800SS, a 2003 Ducati ST4 with a 4-valve 996 engine, Ohlins shocks, and Marchesini wheels, a 2005 BMW K1200S, and the bikes of a few friends, I went back to a 2006 Harley Davidson Fat Boy. Even though the other bikes performed much better, I prefer the Fat Boy. And my wicked smaht Missus.