Friday Aug 15, 2008

Drupal on OpenSolaris

The folks over in the Webstack area of OpenSolaris are experimenting adding some higher-level packages to the Webstack repository. Jyri recently added Drupal 6.3 to the repository. If you are using or investigating OpenSolaris, check out the repository. It's a first cut, and intended for now for demos and to solicit input from the Drupal and OpenSolaris communities. Nonetheless, it already installs easily within the pkg framework for OSOL 2008.05 or one of the later development snapshots.

Friday Dec 21, 2007

Drupal Performance: Solaris vs Linux

I posted final numbers today as to how Drupal 5 performs on a small Sun server, comparing Solaris 10 to SLES 10 (two of the OS offerings available from Sun on this server). The intent of this test was to see how Drupal behaved under increasing load (in this case, Guest hits on the Main Page). I'm pleased to report that Solaris (with the latest CoolStack) appears to provide better throughput, better response time, and lower incidence of 'Server Busy' errors under load.

Let me, at this point, state for the record.. yes, I would have published these results even if the outcome had been the other way 'round. One of the rules we live by in Sun ISV Engineering Open Source is that of transparency. If we set out to test something, it's to determine and share the reality, not the spin. We had a hunch that CoolStack would provide a huge performance improvement, but that was only a hunch. I'm sure that, at some point in the future, we could also find that a well-tuned Drupal-on-LAMP offering meets or beats this Solaris performance - it is, after all, the same hardware.

Lots more Drupal testing to come from from us in the weeks and months to come. Wanna see something in particular? Let us know here or here or right here in the Blog Comments!

 

Tuesday Dec 18, 2007

Real Solaris inroads against Linux?

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Wednesday Nov 14, 2007

Booting Indiana from USB Flash while in Michigan...

Finally got around to trying the OpenSolaris Developer Preview (aka Project Indiana) this morning... it's cool, it's partial, it's a step in the Right Direction... what really caught my eye was that I could place this CD-sizes image on USB Flash Drives and Boot Live... and it Just Worked in seconds... although on my Toshiba Satellite A205:

  1) Sound doesn't work
  2) Time of day wasn't correct (or asked for initially)

But, really, it's not disappointing at all for Preview 1... I like it!
 

Wednesday Oct 03, 2007

Second Life goodness

Come see Sun in Second Life... I'm gonna start spending more time there... not surprisingly, I'm "EricReid SunMicrosystems" there...

And, yes, thanks to Dana, I now run Second Life exclusively on Solaris!
 

Monday Sep 24, 2007

Solaris on Toshiba Satellite Pro A205

...a Satellite Pro A205-4777 laptop, to be specific... my dear wife came home with one of these last week after listening to me whine about my primary desktop being in the shop...

OK... so... this doesn't have NVidia or ATI graphics (it's Intel GMA 950), but when I installed Nevada b73 this weekend, it went fairly well. The exceptions:
  • 10/100 Ethernet: the skge driver from SysKonnect works, modulo some tweaking in the /etc/driver_aliases file.
  • Intel 4965 abgn wireless: not yet supported [Update: the recently-released 4965 OpenSolaris driver does not yet support this card]
  • Intgrated Audio: not yet supported [Update: thanks to Pradhap for pointing me to the OSS driver on Solaris.. it works!]
Methinks it's time for this Sun/Intel partnership to focus on driver support :)
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