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


1. The DaVinci Zone: Automating Zone Installation -- Solaris Jedi, 2/12
Christopher describes his first-hand experience in "piecing together" how to automate Solaris Zone installation and tells his readers that, "with the proper grasp of docs.sun.com, man pages, and Google query syntax anyone can automate their zone installation." He goes on to list out his step-by-step notes and ends by giving kudos to the OpenSolaris Zones and Containers FAQ, which aided him along the way.
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2. Sun xVM Server Appears in Solaris Express Developer Edition 1/08 -- Virtualization.info, 2/7
This blogger expresses his excitement for the upcoming Sun xVM Server by noting that, while we are all waiting for the official launch, Sun has already exposed some initial documentation on the product including details on how to boot the SXDE build to run in xVM mode, how to configure ZFS to expose storage for the virtual machines, and how to remotely control guest OSes through the embedded VNC server (Xvnc).

3. How to split a file, process the pieces in multiple threads and combine results using a shell script -- Onkar Joshi's Blog, 2/11
Onkar describes how to speed up processing of parallel files by "splitting" the file and processing it on multiple threads. He highlights using a T2000 running Solaris 10 to make 20 files with 15K lines. Onkar states that the Sun server "worked like a charm."

4. X4150: lit up -- The Trouble with Tribbles..., 2/9
This entry ends a series of five consecutive posts by Peter detailing his experiences installing the x4150 server. He starts by mentioning how the x4200 and x4500 boxes were installed flawlessly, but the x4150 installation is not going as smoothly. After receiving help from Sun Support as well as from one of his blog readers, along with some troubleshooting of his own, Peter gets the x4150 booted and running successfully. He ends the entry by commenting on how quickly the server has managed the workload he has tested so far, and writes: "It was a bit of a drag getting there, but I think it was worth the effort."

5. Proprietary Programs and Open Source Alternatives That Can Drive You Crazy Even More -- Springsteam, 2/9
Rainer writes an overview of OpenSource alternatives that are currently available. He notes that he has been using StarOffice/OpenOffice.org since 2000 and has been impressed with the application since the release of 1.0.

6. Need a copy of Office applications for free? - myGTDstuff.com, 2/9
David suggests his readers who have just purchased a laptop for their children consider downloading OpenOffice.org for free over Microsoft Office. He provides a history of how the application was purchased by Sun and then offered for free to compete against Microsoft Office. He includes several links to reviews where StarOffice/OpenOffice.org is compared favorably against Microsoft Office.

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