Thursday Sep 17, 2009

Did Elvis Write Solaris?



I saw this picture and it set me to wondering....

Now, I'm not gullible enough to believe every picture I find on the web. After all, there are plenty of artists sufficiently skilled in Photoshop to fool even the most discerning skeptic. I would need independent verification, I decided. So I went to my usual sources. The best I know.


image courtesy of wallpapers.free-review.net

First, I went looking for a Minnesotan. I found Paul Kasper. Paul writes the Information Center for the SunRay Software. I'm pretty sure he's a Minnesotan, though he may be from WisCOLDsin, instead. I get the two confused. In any case, I can always rely on his common sense.

Rick: Did Elvis Write Solaris?
Paul: Wasn't he supposed to be dead?

Since that conversation didn't yield any useful results, I went to my second source, my 16-year old daughter. I can always rely on her sincerity.

Rick: Did Elvis write Solaris?
Beth: Well, if she was his girlfriend, then I certainly hope so. Because boys never write girls any more. It would be very sweet to receive a letter from a boy. As long as I liked him. But not if I didn't like him. Because that would be awkward.

I thanked her for sharing her opinion with me and walked outside, where I was met by my trusted advisor, my hyperactive boxer Buster. Since Buster doesn't actually speak English, I had to get forehead-to-forehead with him and use Canine Telepathy.

Rick: Did Elvis Write Solaris?
Buster: Play with the stick? PLAY WITH THE STICK! PLAY WITH THE STICK! PLAY WITH THE STICK!!

It was clear that I needed to expand my search. So I started digging around. Everywhere. And guess what I found? I found out that despite the best efforts of the name police, Solaris is often referred to by its unofficial names. For example:

Solaris 10 10/08 is often referred to as Solaris 10 update 7
Solaris 9 9/02 is often referred to as Solaris 9 update 1

That can make it pretty tough to communicate, ya know? In fact, John Petersen, a BigAdmin reader, asked us if we could do something to help. Well, thanks again to Bruce Hill, we have a little cheat sheet for you.


BigAdmin's Guide to Unofficial Solaris Names

It lists all the official names of Solaris and the vernacular by which they are sometimes referred to (tsk tsk). If you're not feeling moved to click on the big letters up above, you can get to it by clicking on the little letters below:

BigAdmin's Guide to Unofficial Solaris Names

Wella wella wella, as for signs of Elvis, like a lot of other people, I'm still looking. While you're waiting, you can listen to some of his music on Blip.fm

- Rick




Wednesday Dec 24, 2008

Community Article on Upgrading to Solaris 10 10/08 OS and ZFS Boot

This article shows how to upgrade from Solaris 10 5/08 to the Solaris 10 10/08 release for SPARC platforms using Solaris Live Upgrade. The writers also describe manually creating a ZFS root pool, copying the UFS root file system into the ZFS root pool, and activating ZFS mirroring.

Thanks to the authors, Haim Tzadok and Cyril Plisko (who participate in the OpenSolaris community).

p.s. BigAdmin will be on winter break until January 5, 2009. Best wishes to all our readers for a happy and prosperous New Year!

Friday Dec 19, 2008

Sun's Hardware Certification Test Suite Now Supports OpenSolaris

New features in the HCTS 4.2 release include support for OpenSolaris and support for hard drives with more than one terabyte capacity. Lots of good info has been updated: FAQ, Getting Started Guide (in HTML or PDF), Release Notes, README, and more.

The HCTS program is offered free so that independent hardware vendors (IHVs), system manufacturers, system integrators, and end users can certify their systems and components for the Solaris OS on x86 and x64 platforms. Certification tests for x86 and x64 products cover both 32-bit and 64-bit architectures. Certification tests cover both the Solaris 10 OS and update releases and the OpenSolaris OS and updated releases. For testing, use the latest release; after March 19, 2009, HCTS 4.1 test results will no longer be accepted.

All hardware that passes certification testing is eligible for the Solaris OS Hardware Compatibility List (HCL). The HCL shows systems and peripherals that are compatible with the Solaris OS. Currently, there are 1114 systems (1012 x86/x64 systems, 102 SPARC systems) and 1655 components listed. As of today, 3743 systems are listed for OpenSolaris.

Thursday Dec 18, 2008

New and Updated Articles by Sun Engineers

Here's some new information from Sun writers on BigAdmin:

Understanding PCI Express Maximum Payload Size on OpenSolaris: When PCI Express fabrics are configured properly, PCIe protocol efficiency and performance can be improved in OpenSolaris. Consider a device's payload capabilities as one of the performance parameters when configuring each fabric.

Simple Demo for Ruby on Rails With the Solaris 10 OS: This step-by-step guide shows how to set up a Ruby on Rails environment on the Solaris 10 OS and create a demo in about 10 minutes.

Updated: Observability Using Java Platform, Standard Edition 6, and Solaris OS: Recently updated to include the Java VisualVM tool. Find out about Java SE 6 platform observability improvements specific to the Solaris OS.
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