Blogs of the week: OpenOffice.org, Solaris and more...


1. Taking a Bunch of Free Clip Art and Giving it to every User in OpenOffice.org -- OpenOffice.org Training, Tips, and Ideas, 2/25
In this blog, Solveig Haugland discusses how IT administrators can download free clip art, assemble it, categorize it, and give it to every user to make OpenOffice.org more fun and usable. In terms of adding more themes or modifying existing themes, Solveig recommends copying those config files to the users' Gallery config directories. Then the user can just copy the clip art to the main clip art directory and expect the gallery to update itself.
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2. When Solaris Gets Desperate -- Blastwave, 2/26
Dennis Clarke discusses the functionality and durability of Solaris. He says Solaris will run perfectly with very little memory or resources for a long time. However, if you try to push its limits with "pathological load" and severe memory starvation then it will continue to run and also cease to respond in any reasonable fashion. He provides several examples and graphs to prove his theory including tracking CPU functioning percentages and minor page faults. After finishing his testing he comments that the machine is up and running just fine but the amount of free memory is still low.

3. Speeding up the Initial SMF Manifest Import -- Blog O'Matty, 2/20
   Creating ZFS File System during the Jumpstart Process -- Blog O'Matty, 2/25
In this first post, Ryan Matteson comments that it takes a bit of time for global and non-global zones to initialize after Solaris 10 is installed, mainly due to the fact that the initialization process is the initial manifest import. He then notes that Steve Peng just put back CR #6351623 (Initial manifest-import is slow) which provides some temporary relief to the problem, until there is a permanent solution. In the second post, he describes how he uses a jumpstart at home to update the hosts in his lab as new Nevada builds and Solaris updates are released. Because jumpstart doesn't have built-in support for creating ZFS file system, he added the Zpool and ZFS commands to his finish script. He shares the script with his readers and claims it "appears to work pretty well."

4. Sun continues the innovation of it's blade platform -- Blade Watch, 2/25
Martin MacLeod shares his enthusiasm toward Sun's announcement of its Four-Socket Intel Blade addition to the Sun Blade 8000 System. He mentions that by making the blade more scalable, there may be greater potential markets and opportunities for the blade platform. Martin ends his post by noting that "these Four-Socket blades might be great for virtualization or a grid application if the applications can utilize all four sockets or all the cores."

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