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? --, 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 --, 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."

Saturday Oct 27, 2007

Links of the week...

1. Sun Launches Intel Workstation on X38 Platform -- ZDNet, 10/24
In this blog, George Ou positively discusses the recent release of the Ultra 24 and the different features that it comes along with. He explains that the Ultra 24 comes with a Solaris license but also supports a wide range of operating systems. He also explains that even though he has not reviewed the workstation hands on yet, "the prices look decent for a brand-name workstation and the hardware specifications look good."

2. The Open Office Experiment -- SoapBox 2.0, 10/22
This blogger writes about OpenOffice being alternative to Microsoft Office. He explains that he has never been able to use this office suite because he is primarily a Mac user and wants to work with a word processor that will run seemingly across his OS. He now has an opportunity through NeoOffice and is going to do all word processing and spreadsheet work through this office suite and write about his experience.

Thursday Oct 25, 2007

Sun Ultra 24 gets glowing reviews from InfoWorld and eWEEK

Sun Ultra 24 Workstation
Two glowing reviews of Sun Ultra 24 Workstation have appeared since I wrote two days ago about the availability of this new Intel-based workstation.

InfoWorld's Paul Venezia examined the new workstation and ran a slew of tests. Sun Ultra 24 came out with flying colors on each occasion. According to Paul, "At first blush, I figured the Ultra 24 to be just another small, workstation-class system that would be good for those who need a little extra horsepower from time to time, but aren't running high-end apps that need a full-blown workstation. After putting it through its paces, I'm thinking that it just might fit both bills. Don't let the size and single-CPU nature of the Ultra 24 fool you -- there's a lot of power in that little box."

eWEEK's Frank Ohlhorst also put the Ultra 24 workstation through it paces, and he is extremely positive as well with what he found. According to Frank, "Sun undoubtedly has a winner with the Ultra 24 series of workstations, and other vendors will be hard-pressed to outperform it. What's more, the Ultra 24 proves that quality is still a valuable asset when it comes to workstations. The unit is built like a tank, yet offers toolless access to components. The company has successfully balanced quality with ease of service, while still offering unquestionable performance."

Tuesday Oct 23, 2007

Sun's new Intel-based workstation is now available

Today we announced the Sun Ultra 24 Workstation, our first quad-core x64 workstation. Powered by Intel Core 2 Duo, Intel Core 2 Quad and Intel Core 2 Extreme Quad-Core Processors, the new workstation quickens design cycles, accelerates decision making and gets products to market faster. It offers the broadest range of OS support, including 32- and 64-bit versions of the Solaris OS, Windows, Red Hat Enterprise Linux and SUSE Linux.

The Sun Ultra 24 is available now via the Sun Web site and Sun Startup Essentials. It will also be available through the Try and Buy program beginning Nov. 12.

Beta customers such as Wolfram Research and Volkswagen have already been testing out the Ultra 24.

The Sun Ultra 24 has achieved three new benchmarks, including new world-record performance results on the Mathematica benchmark.

The reviews of Sun Ultra 24 should start appearing soon. In the mean time, check out the article on the announcement. And here is the Register story.

Sun Ultra 24 Workstation



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