Silicon Valley OpenSolaris User Group Meeting Well Worth Attending

I attended the Silicon Valley OpenSolaris User Group meeting last Thursday, and the meeting was quite satisfying. The meeting contained a large number of knowledge nuggets, or phootons as defined by Dr. Science.

One presentation was on the Sun Studio Compilers and Tools, which you can download for free from the Sun Developer Tools page. Just sign up for the Sun Developer Network, if you are not already a member, and then download the software.

Max Bruning gave a talk on device drivers. Max teaches classes on Solaris internals, device drivers, and kernel crash dump analysis and debugging. Max has written the following articles, which covers a lot of the topics he talked about at the user group meeting:

Max talked about device trees, a simple driver, block and character devices, STREAMS, mutexes, NIC drivers, Sun Common SCSI Architecture (SCSA), Solaris USB Architecture (USBA), and many other topics.

For listings of hardware with Solaris compatible drivers, go to Solaris Ready or the Solaris OS: Hardware Compatibility List.

Following the meeting, people stayed and talked for over another hour. Nice to meet people and discuss technical topics.

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