Saturday Jun 21, 2008

OpenSolaris 2008.11 snv_91 X86

I updated to build 91 of OpenSolaris from build 86 (which is what we shipped in May). The download and install seemed to go reasonably well. I don't think I broke anything, but I had a few questions. Instructions to update in this thread right here [indiana-discuss] Repository update: snv91.

Thursday Jun 12, 2008

Three Cheers to OpenSolaris

Just found this video from Kumar Abhishek showing the guys in India who first tested OpenSolairs Release Candidate 0 a while back. Just great.

Friday Apr 25, 2008

OpenSolaris Review

Here's a five page review of OpenSolaris -- OpenSolaris 2008.05 Gives A New Face To Solaris. We're making progress. Slowly but surely. Actually, pretty darn quick. :)

OpenSolaris 2008.05 RC2 Test Image

Stephen posted a link to the test image for the new OpenSolaris distribution -- release candidate 2.

Friday Apr 18, 2008

OpenSolaris Photos from Sun Business .Next

Some images from OpenSolaris at Sun's Business .Next Conference today in Tokyo.

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Tuesday Apr 15, 2008

Learning from Each Other

Sun touts big plans for OpenSolaris as first release nears: "As a Linux enthusiast, I'm convinced that competition from a robust OpenSolaris ecosystem will strengthen and enrich both platforms. There is a lot that the communities can learn from each other." -- Ryan Paul, ars technica, commenting about Ian Murdock's presentation at LugRadio Live.

Thursday Mar 20, 2008

OpenSolaris Developer Summit: Part II

I just registered for the second OpenSolaris Developer Summit in Santa Cruz. See you there.

Wednesday Feb 13, 2008

OpenSolaris Developer Preview 2

Just installed OpenSolaris Developer Preview 2. Very easy and fast download and install. Give it a try. Thanks, guys. Very nice.

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Indy 2

Glynn announced the availability of Indy 2 -- [osol-announce] OpenSolaris Developer Preview 2 Available. Humm. Now I'm really behind. I think I'm still on build 74 or something. I have to upgrade my SXDE and also now OpenSolaris Developer Preview 2. So many operating systems. What to do?

Sunday Feb 03, 2008

Indy 2

A Tour Of Sun's Project Indiana Preview 2: "Thanks to the OpenSolaris Project Caiman, the GUI installer integrated with this Indiana LiveCD is quite nice and could even be compared to Ubuntu's Ubiquity installer -- it's magnificent compared to Solaris 10. " -- Michael Larabel

Thursday Jan 17, 2008

Second OpenSolaris Summit: Book Now

The Spring 2008 OpenSolaris Developer Summit will be May 3rd and 4th in San Francisco. If you go, take an extra day and stop by CommunityOne on the 5th. Photos from last year's Community one here. Links to last year's OpenSolaris Summit here.

Wednesday Jan 16, 2008

Japanese OpenSolaris Articles

One of the things that the Sun engineering team in Japan does is write technical articles as part of their community-building efforts here. The guys work in Sun's Tokyo Software Center, which is where I sit as well. In fact, I have a very cool view of Tokyo from up here on the 21st floor. Anyway, there is a growing source of Japanese technical articles about the very latest technology and projects that make up OpenSolaris. Here are some links:

Building an Enterprise Class Server System Based on OpenSolaris (2008 Series)
  1. Page 1, Page 2, Page 3: Akira Ohsone. An introduction to OpenSolaris and the Apache Roller server, including a discussion on Project Indiana, ZFS, and Zones, and issues around installing OpenSolaris on servers (such as mirroring your disk and preparing for live upgrade, etc). 
  2. To come.
  3. To come.
  4. Etc ...
Building an Enterprise System with OpenSolaris (2007 Series)
  1. Introduction to OpenSolaris: Akira Ohsone
  2. Installing OpenSolaris: Akira Ohsone
  3. Effective use of open source software: Daisuke Tsukada
  4. Getting started enterprise middle ware: Katsuya Tanaka
All these articles (and more) are being posted to the Japan OpenSolaris Portal.

Wednesday Oct 31, 2007

The Name

Seems the naming conversation for the new Indiana distribution is coming to fruition --  Project Indiana and the OpenSolaris name. It will be called "OpenSolaris Developer Preview" and it's coming soon. Cool. Even more importantly, though, is Ian's suggestion that everyone "continue working together as a community to develop a set of branding guidelines so that other distributions may also use the OpenSolaris brand...."

Thursday Oct 18, 2007

IPS in the Press

Sun tries to flex R&D muscle with homegrown package manager: "Sun, however, thinks it's going past today's Linux package managers by having IPS tap into fancy bits of Solaris. For example, IPS can use Sun's ZFS file system to let users rollback to a previous version of the operating system if an upgrade goes wrong." -- The Register.

Sounds very cool. All about IPS here and here.

Tuesday Oct 16, 2007

Indiana Press

Some nice press coverage starting to flow about the upcoming binary release of OpenSolaris that will include new package management software:
This is all very welcome news, and I have a feeling there will be a lot more coverage in the coming months about all the open source projects.

For me, open source offers the opportunity for individuals to benefit as well as the entire community. Simon Phipps sums that thought in a quote in the InfoWorld article: "Contributions are given back to the community to enrich everyone, like the craft guilds of the Middle Ages, he said. 'This has been called communism by some speakers. It's been called a cancer on society by others. I would suggest to you that this is more like capitalism, it is more like a connected capitalism where people synchronize their self interests so that they are collaborating together.'"

Monday Oct 15, 2007

Indiana in Tokyo

Here is some press coverage from the Tokyo Open Source Conference -- OpenSolaris最新事情. Sun's Takanobu Masuzuki talks about Project Indiana (インディアナ), ZFS, pNFS, and other projects on opensolaris.org. My pics from the conference are here.

Tuesday Oct 09, 2007

Nexenta & Indiana

Martin and Moinak present Nexenta & Indiana @ BOSUG in India. I met both of these guys in Germany last winter, and I was extremely impressed. Great guys. It's fantastic that they are both working on distributions of OpenSolaris technology.

The Solaris Revival

Sun and a Solaris revival: Talking with Ian Murdock: "The fact that Sun has been in the enterprise for several decades means that we understand our customers very well. We have the experience and expertise to provide global, true enterprise-class support. We also know how to patch and upgrade without breaking backward compatibility. These are compelling differentiators that no Linux vendor can match." -- Ian Murdock talking with Matt Asay

That's just one quote. Check out the whole Q&A. Good stuff.

Saturday Oct 06, 2007

OpenSolaris at Tokyo OSC

Here are some OpenSolaris images from the Tokyo Open Source Conference. Takanobu Masuzuki talked about Project Indiana and about a half dozen key development projects on opensolaris.org -- What’s Happening with OpenSolaris? ホットな話題のプロジェクト. He also did a ZFS demo with four USB memory sticks that I couldn't explain for my life, but he somehow ended up playing an audio clip of his own guitar riffs, which was very cool. The guy can play! Also, Reiko Saito presented the latest in the Japanese language translation community. I just took pictures. It all sounded pretty good, though. :)  Hey, I'm lucky I found the damn place. Took four trains to get there! Photos on Flickr.
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