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Wednesday Apr 01, 2009
By Dave Miner-Oracle on Apr 01, 2009
Now we just need to include copies of OpenSolaris Bible with each one for the perfect bundle ;-)
Friday Mar 27, 2009
By Dave Miner-Oracle on Mar 27, 2009
Since I was traveling and missed posting a note about build 109, it's probably a good idea to mention one of the changes that appeared there and continues with 110: going to only a single, global CD image. This had been our intention all along since starting the distribution, but it depended on the LZMA (de)compression support in lofi; we got that done before the 2008.05 release, but its performance was judged to be too slow at the time so we made the expedient decision to ship two different CD's, with the primary CD using the better-performing gzip algorithm. We figured we'd come back to that issue once we got the LZMA code integrated into the ON gate, which just finally happened a couple of weeks ago.
In the meantime, OpenSolaris community member (and super-contributor!) Juergen Keil took an interest in the performance issue, and found the primary culprit in the lofi code, which was repeated decompression of the same data (see bug 1119 for the discussion if you're curious). The performance improvement is, we believe, good enough to return to just the single image for the next release. But we would like data to confirm that, so if you do an install from the build 109 or 110 CD, please send info on the time it took (you can just send the installation log if you like; it's found at /var/sadm/system/logs/install_log after installation) and the basic stats on your hardware (processor speed and number of cores, memory size) to firstname.lastname@example.org, we'd appreciate it.
Thursday Feb 26, 2009
By Dave Miner-Oracle on Feb 26, 2009
Most of the boot and X issues that were present in 106 and 107 will continue to be seen with this build, but fixes in 109 should improve the situation. Also, for those of you experimenting with the Automated Installer, you'll note that the server setup images for it have dropped in size by about 50%. We finally finished up refactoring some of the installation packages to isolate the GNOME dependencies, which allowed us to remove a whole pile of packages from those images.
Wednesday Feb 18, 2009
By Dave Miner-Oracle on Feb 18, 2009
Tuesday Feb 03, 2009
By Dave Miner-Oracle on Feb 03, 2009
The big news today is that this marks the first build with SPARC support. At this time, the only installation option for SPARC is to use the Automated Installer (AI), which means you'll need to set up an AI server first. Initial instructions are posted for this piece, questions and discussion should be directed to the caiman-discuss project mailing list. The interesting IPS development that goes along with this is the release of fat (or phat) package support; there aren't separate repositories for x86 and SPARC, but instead a single repository with unified package instances. Perusing a package manifest such as that of SUNWcs should give you some clues on how this works, but I'll let someone on the IPS team provide a more complete discussion of this feature.
Many thanks to all of the team who worked very hard since the 2008.11 release to get to this milestone!
Tuesday Jan 13, 2009
By Dave Miner-Oracle on Jan 13, 2009
Over this past weekend I visited the CES show in Las Vegas for the first time. It was pretty cool for gadget freaks, though I didn't get to see anywhere near everything. But one booth I did stop into was Toshiba's, and found a nice surprise:
Pretty cool to see your work on display at "the world's largest consumer technology tradeshow", a claim none of my buddies could make!
I'm the architect for Solaris deployment and system management, with a lot of background in networking on the side. I am co-author of the OpenSolaris Bible (Wiley, 2009). I also play a lot of golf.
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