Monday Jun 15, 2009

Happy Birthday OpenSolaris

Unix is 40 and OpenSolaris is 4. Happy birthday, OpenSolairs! Four years ago we opened the OS/Net consolidation source code (but six months before that we opened DTrace). Opening sequence here.

Saturday Dec 22, 2007

Slam-Dunk

Enterprise Unix Roundup: The Ghost of Unix Future -- "Of all of the enterprise Unix vendors, it's pretty much a slam-dunk to say Sun made the most dramatic moves in the Unix space in 2007." -- Brian Proffitt, ServerWatch

Sunday Oct 28, 2007

Predicting Death

I guess Unix isn't dead after all -- Linux Losing Market Share to Windows Server and Linux losing to Windows.  It's difficult predicting the death of products and technologies, isn't it? I can't even count the number of times people told us that we were dead on OpenSolaris. Yet we keep growing. The market is more than big enough for a diversity of products and projects and communities.

Thursday Feb 08, 2007

"Runs on pretty much anything."

Great quote here in this Network World piece -- Unix vendors get creative in face of Windows, Linux competition: "This gives us freedom because Solaris on x86 runs on pretty much anything: you can run it on HP, you can run it on Dell -- you can choose your hardware. But then you also get the reliability of Solaris support and that’s my main thing -- support," Kang says. "If Sun didn't have Solaris 10 on x86 we would probably have gone to Linux." And nice to see Solaris crop up in threads like this, too. It takes a long time to win back the support of developers and customers, but it's absolutely starting to happen here with Solaris and OpenSolaris.

Thursday Nov 11, 2004

LISA

I'm getting ready to head down to Atlanta for a couple of days next week for the Large Installation System Administration Conference, otherwise known as LISA. (I like the girl's name much better than the long, official-sounding version, but anyway.) Sun will be there big time, and Dan Price talks about what you'll find from us -- the booth, the BOFs, and the paper that he and Andy Tucker are presenting.

Here's the outline for the Solaris 10 platform BOF:

BOF: Solaris 10: Where we are, Where we are headed
Date: Thursday, November 18
Time: 8:00pm - 10:00pm
Location: Yukon/Mackenzie/Rio Grande

Join Dan Price, senior kernel engineer, and Andrew Tucker, Sun distinguished engineer, and other members of the Solaris kernel team for a discussion on the latest features in the Solaris platform, such as Solaris Containers (Zones), DTrace, and Predictive Self Healing (Service Management Facility (SMF) and Fault Management Architecture (FMA)). Solaris 10 represents Sun's most significant operating system update ever with hundreds of new features and critical performance, interoperability, and scalability enhancements. Additionally, Sun is moving Solaris to an open source development model and has implemented an early pilot program for the project. Meet the team that's making it all happen, ask your questions, and offer your feedback. There will be plenty of food, T-shirts, demos, and conversation.

So the BOF is about the Solaris 10 platform, basically, and that's huge since the launch is on Monday. But the guys will also answer questions about OpenSolaris as well. I'll be working the crowd, too, talking to people who may be interested in checking out the OpenSolaris Pilot Program. We still have some space, but the line is really getting long now, and I'm swamped following up with everyone asking to participate. So, what to do? Well, go out and get still more potential participants, so I'm more swamped. :) Makes perfect sense. No, seriously ... LISA attracts some of Sun's most important customers, so I want to get their perspective and bring some of them into the program. I'm trying to populate the OpenSolaris Pilot Program with as much diversity as possible, so we have some big customers in there as well as individual developers hacking at three in the morning and on their spare time. Both groups are equally important.
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