Saturday Feb 09, 2008

Solaris and other blogs of this week


1. Solaris 10 has been Shipping for Three Years -- John J. McLaughlin, 1/31
In this blog, John McLaughlin talks about the many different releases of Solaris 10 during the past years, stating that saying the product has been successful "would be an understatement." After going through many of the features and benefits of Solaris 10, he encourages his readers to set up a lab and experiment with the new tools and technology.
Solaris 10

2. Resources from Java Performance Presentation -- Blog O'Matty, 2/5
    Figuring Out which Package a Solaris Utility Belongs to -- Blog O'Matty, 2/4
    Profiling Java Methods with the Heap Profiling Agent -- Blog O'Matty, 2/2
After giving a presentation on debugging Java performance problems, Matty posted several links to performance analysis tools including DTrace Toolkit, Java hotspot DTrace provider and Java heap profiling agent. In a separate blog, he talks about managing Solaris packages and, in a third post, goes into detail about using the Java heap profiler agent, claiming it is "incredibly useful and just one of the vast number of tools that are available to profile Java applications."

3. What are we afraid of? -- LWN.net, 1/31
In this entry, a blogger discusses Nexenta, a project that enables customers to compile Ubuntu packages on Solaris by using userland tools along with the "beautiful" new Solaris tools such as ZFS and dtrace. He praises a tool called "apt-clone", which uses ZFS snapshots to make it possible to rewind to that particular set of installed debian packages, and asks his readers "isn't that awesome?"

4. New Sun Ultra 24 Workstation -- ryandelaplante.com, 2/5
Ryan de Laplante writes about his recent purchase of an Ultra 24 workstation. He bought it to gain experience using Solaris in preparation for one of his future endeavors. He notes that it came with Solaris 10 pre-installed which is great for servers, but too dated for desktop use. He also mentions that Solaris Express will be replaced by the OpenSolaris in the spring, and that project "Indiana is to Solaris what Fedora is to Red Hat." He points out a couple of keyboard related issues he does not care for on the Ultra 24, but overall states: "I really like this computer. I'm sure I'll get a good 6-7 years out of it like my last computer."

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