FISL Day 1

So the first day of FISL has come to a close. I have to say it went better than expected, based on the quality of questions posed by the audience and visitors to the Sun booth. If today is any indication, my voice is going to completely gone by the end of the conference. I started off the day with a technical overview of Solaris 10/OpenSolaris. You can find the slides for this presentation here. Before taking too much credit myself, the content of these slides are largely based off of Dan's USENIX presentation (thanks Dan!). This is a whirlwind tour of Solaris features - three slides per topic is nowhere near enough. Each of the major topics has been presented many times as a standalone 2-hour presentation, so you can imagine the corners I have to cut to cover them all.

My presention was followed by a great OpenSolaris overview from Tom Goguen. His summary of the CDDL was one of the best I've ever seen - it was the first time I've seen an OpenSolaris presentation without a dozen questions about GPL, CDDL, and everybody's favorite pet license. Dave followed up with a detailed description of how Solaris is developed today and where we see OpenSolaris development heading in the future. All in all, we managed to cram 10+ hours of presentations into a measley 3 1/2 hours. For those of you who still have lingering questions, please stop by the Sun booth and chat with us about anything and everything. We'll be here all week

After retiring to the booth, we had several great discussions with some of the attendees. The highlight of the day was when Dave was talking to an attendee about SMF (and the cool GUI he's working on) and I was feeling particularly bored. Since my laptop was hooked up to the monitor in the "community theater", I decided to play around with some DTrace scripts to come up with a cool demo. Within three minutes I had 4 or 5 people watching what I was doing, so I decided to start talking about all the wonders of DTrace. The 4 or 5 people quickly turned into 10 or 12, and pretty soon I found myself in the middle of a 3 hour mammoth DTrace demo, from which my voice is still recovering. This brings us to the major thing I learned today:

"If you DTrace it, they will come"

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Wow, 3 hourrs, not bad for an imprompu demo.

By the way, our link to FISL is broken, you need http:// in front of it.

Alan.

Posted by Alan Hargreaves on June 01, 2005 at 03:14 PM PDT #

Just looked at the presentation... it sure takes balls to say "if Linux is faster, it's a bug". Great attitude, looking forward to get some time and play with these new toys :)))

Posted by antonio vargas on June 01, 2005 at 11:40 PM PDT #

I'd like to think I have balls ;-) But seriously, we've had that attitude for several years now, and it's really starting to show in Solaris 10. As always though, performance is a goal but correctness is a constraint.

- Eric

Posted by Eric Schrock on June 02, 2005 at 02:49 AM PDT #

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