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...

Wednesday Dec 12, 2007

Sun FOSS Contests and Awards

Back in August I mentioned that Sun was sponsoring two FOSS contests, one in Scotland and one in India.  Well, the winners of the first Scottish Open Source Excellence Award were J.P. Morgan and Enterprise Management Consulting Ltd.  Congratulations to them both! 

Simon presented the awards in Glasgow (the "miles better" campaign obviously worked) at the end of November:

 
The boss in a bow-tie??  I didn't know they rented bow-ties ;)  (picture lifted from press release)

The contest in India, Coding for Freedom, still has a couple months to go and will be wrapping up on Valentines day, Feb 14, 2008, with the winners announced in March. 

...That's what I want

Speaking of India, Simon used his keynote on Friday at foss.in to detail Sun's announcement that we will be embarking on a multi-year, multi-million dollar award program for Free and Open Source communities.  While the program is global, as Simon explained in his blog, "I'm announcing it in India because that's where I expect the greatest open source community growth to come from in the near future"

The first Open Source Community Innovation Awards Program will be organized around six communities: GlassFish, NetBeans, OpenJDK, OpenOffice.org, OpenSolaris and OpenSPARC.  Starting in mid-January, each of the six communities will announce details on how the program will work in their specific area  with prize winners being announced in August 2008.

Stay tuned for more. 

Dec 12 Update: Here are more details from Simon as well as his reaction to the reactions. 

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...

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