Wednesday Jan 16, 2008

Welcome Marten and MySQL! -- My Interview with Marten

What fantastic news to read first thing this morning, Sun announces agreement to acquire MySQL!  (Check out the details from Jonathan in his entry this morning.)

Some of Sun's acquisitions in the past have been, shall we say, not that intuitive to me but this one I get.  This reaffirms our commitment to Free and open source software and, as Simon points out, means that we now have the ability to offer support on a full web operating system - OpenSolaris, Glassfish, MySQL, NetBeans and much more - something we can sell. 

GNU/Linux and beyond

What this further underlines for me is our commitment beyond the Sun stack and to the ecosystem.   Besides the SAMP (Solairs, Apache, MySQL, Perl/Python/PHP) stack, we will be investing in and optimizing for LAMP (Linux), WAMP (Windows) and MAMP (Mac).  As the "GNU/Linux guy" I'm excited how, like Lustre before it, this move serves to further bolster Sun's presence in the GNU/Linux space.

The day of the monolithic Sun stack is dead.  The world that we live in today (and for awhile) is about mixing and matching architectures and platforms whether thats Solaris on Dell, Ubuntu on SPARC or MySQL on an old Sun Enterprise 4000 running OpenBSD.

Marten Mickos in his afternoon keynote on day 2 at UbuntuLive. \*

Welcome Marten

I am also quite excited that Marten Mikos, MySQL's CEO will be joining Sun's senior executive team.  I had the good fortune to keynote alongside Marten at Linuxworld Open Solutions Summit Sweden .  He's a very sharp as well extremely likable guy.

I first met Marten at UbuntuLive and was able to grab him for an interview after his keynote.  (Its interesting listening to this again, in light of today's news -- good thing he said nice things about Jonathan since he will now be working for him :)

My interview with Marten (6:10)  Listen (Mp3)    Listen (ogg)

Some of the topics we tackle: 

  • The LAMP, SAMP and WAMP stacks
  • How Marten got involved with MySQL
  • 110 airports
  • The two audiences that MySQL serves -- the ones who'll spend time to save money and the ones who'll spend money to save time
  • How he thinks Jonathan Schwartz has done so far.

 \* See more professional pics from Ubuntu Live by Duncan Davidson (the first one is of myself and David Duffey, who turned me on to the pics, competing in the Bungee run. I won :)

Pau for now...

Monday Jan 14, 2008

Errata Mondatta - last two UltraSPARC errata docs public

Earlier today the last two UltraSPARC errata docs were published on the OpenDocs wiki:

UltraSPARC III aka Cheetah errata

UltraSPARC IIIi aka Jalapeno errata 

The original errata request we received from the OpenBSD community was for the UltraSPARC III chips.  Dorthe Clarke, however, the lucky person in the chip group tasked with driving this effort, felt that while they were at it, they might as well do UltraSPARC IIe, IIi, IV and IV+ (aka Hummingbird, Phantom, Jaguar and Panther). 

The publishing of these docs represents a considerable amount of effort that Dorthe and her tiger team spent, in addition to their day jobs, scrubbing, editing and reviewing the errata so that they could be made publicly accessible.  A big mahalo to all of you! 

Stay tuned as we continue to push our Open docs effort and search the dusty catacombs and dark recesses of old timers offices to respond to the requests we get for documentation.

Pau for now...

Monday Jan 07, 2008

OpenBSD coming to an UltraSPARC T1 near you

David Gwynne tipped me off on Friday that Mark Kettenis is jamming away at bringing OpenBSD to the UltraSPARC T1 platform. 

Back in October the OpenBSD crew got SMP working on old school boxes as exotic as the Sun Fire Enterprise 4000.  That was ok but there was a desire to "really push the envelope with heavily parallel boxes like the Niagaras." 

The chip guys here were able to get a T1000 over to Europe and Mark has taken it from there.

As of Friday, Mark has gotten the machine to run multi-user and true SMP support should be a matter of days.  (Check out the details here.)

Go Mark, Go!

Pau for now...

Tuesday Nov 27, 2007

Latest UltraSPARC servers certified for Ubuntu


Well its official, as of the Friday before Thanksgiving,  the Sun SPARC Enterprise T5220 Server (pictured above) and its little brother the Sun SPARC Enterprise T5120 Server were certified by Canonical on their latest release, Ubuntu 7.10 (nee "Gutsy Gibbon").

At the time of the T5220/5120 launch last month, Gutsy had not yet been released but I gave a heads up that certification would be coming.  Well its here

These new systems, based on the T2 processors (8 cores x 8 threads = 64 threads per chip), are uber-beefed up versions of the T1000/T2000 cool-thread servers that Canonical originally certified on.  To learn more about these new systems check out a collection of blogs here.  And if you want to try one for free for 60 days, you can sign up here.

Pau for now...


I look after Sun's relationships with the various GNU/Linux communities as well as our relationship with the FSF. Last year, my family and I emigrated from Silicon Valley to Austin, TX.


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