Friday Apr 03, 2009

links for 2009-4-2

  • Why Recession Is Causing Enterprises to Rethink Open-Source Strategy'You know, losing my job for buying big proprietary software is too risky. You guys are now in the drivers' seats; we need to buy open source,'
  • Windows Net share shrank 3.68% year to year - OS X is the big beneficiary growing 9.77% but interesting iPhone's are listed at 0.49% which seems small, but in the larger scope of things is pretty significant.
  • Get the Toshiba OpenSolaris Laptop - Portégé R600 or Tecra M10 configurations.  A similarly equipped R600 with Vista is $500 more than the $1,599 price with OpenSolaris).  A similarly equipped M10 is $200 more than the $1,099 price with OpenSolaris.  If nothing else, perhaps a way to get the hardware AND you get an OpenSolaris subscription.

 

Monday Dec 15, 2008

links for 2008-12-15: MySQL 5.1, OpenSolaris 2008.11, Open Source SOA

Sunday Nov 09, 2008

If You Buy a Mac

My recent "Why Buy a Mac" blog about sitting next to someone on a plane running Windows on a Mac received a number of comments so I thought I'd respond to some.

There were several OpenSolaris related comments and I'm all for using it. I've installed the 200805 release in a VirtualBox VM on my Mac as well as native on an old Dell I have. And I recently had an opportunity to get a release candidate for the next release and it is improved but I don't know that it quite has all the apps I want/need. I'm going to continue using/tracking it though and would gladly switch to it as my primary OS when it is "ready". But I don't know that I'd go out of my way to run it on a Mac and certainly wouldn't spend Apple money to buy a new machine to do so.

Related to the above, there was a comment about using Ubuntu. I've used it (or its variants like gOS and Linux Mint) both in VMs and native and feel it is still ahead of OpenSolaris as a "regular user" desktop, but similarly wouldn't buy Mac hardware to run it.

There was also the comment about the person being required to use Windows or that he worked from Microsoft. Actually could have been considering it was a flight leaving Seattle!

And while I'm on the subject of Mac's, see Michael Cote's writeup on tips for a new Mac user. A good read.

Saturday Oct 04, 2008

links for 2008-9-30

Saturday May 24, 2008

MacBook Pro, VirtualBox, and OpenSolaris

OpenSolaris was a big part of CommunityOne this year and as I mentioned in blogging about it, I was installing it and would be blogging about it soon. Well, it isn't as soon as I wanted (something about Java CAPS 6 has kept me busy) but here is an update of where I've gotten.

I'm running on a Mac, so went the route of installing OpenSolaris 200805 in VirtualBox 1.6. Getting and installing VirtualBox was straightforward, and then installing OpenSolaris also went very well. This blog entry goes into a bunch of detail on an identical type of configuration so I won't attempt to capture it all here again.

After the install, I wanted to get the desktop to use the full screen real estate I have and so went about finding out how to do that. Followed the steps and voila I can run full screen and have it appear that I have running OpenSolaris natively on the Mac.

So far I've installed OpenOffice.org via IPS which went just fine, and I'll be looking to install more things soon.

My outstanding issue is that I don't have audio working yet. By default audio was disabled in VirtualBox so I enabled it and tried both options it presents there but OpenSolaris hasn't recognized either. If anyone has any tips, please let me know.

I have also started installing OpenSolaris on a spare Dell D600 I have. I had LinuxMint on it already (Ubuntu based distro) and when I was done installing I could no longer boot to Linux! I found this blog that explained how to put the Linux Grub back and have it provide for booting to OpenSolaris which worked fine. I haven't gotten wireless working on it yet so that is the next project (any tips welcome!)

Saturday May 10, 2008

links for 2008-5-10

Thursday May 08, 2008

JavaOne Observations

I have good news and bad news. The bad news is that my flight is woefully delayed (5:30 scheduled departure, now supposed to be 9:44), but the good news is that it gives me a chance to capture some of my observations from JavaOne (ok, I tend to be an optimist :))

I spent the last 4 days attending CommunityOne and then JavaOne. I also managed to sneak in going to the Cardinal Invitational track meet Sunday evening but that is another forthcoming blog entry.

CommunityOne was great, with more attendees this year than last (a free event the day before thousands of developers descend upon San Francisco tends to result in growth) and some exciting news about OpenSolaris 200805. Yes, it appears Sun is reverting to year/month release naming, at least in this case, but I think it makes sense where you have more of a milestone release cadence as figuring out what is a major or minor release is not an issue this way. Regardless of what it is called, it does look very exciting and I'm in the process of installing it on my Mac in a VirtualBox VM. In fact, it really is installing as I write this! More on this in another forthcoming blog entry.

Tuesday brought JavaOne and Sun's keynote. I tried to twitter (tweet?) during the event so you can see some observations here, Amazon showed up to show off the Kindle, and I must say I'm surprised it isn't color. Yes, written text tends to be black and white, but books and rich media today (it can show images/photos/etc.) isn't, so this seems like a shortcoming. There were a number of very sexy looking JavaFX demos building upon what was announced at JavaOne last year. There were also announcements about the latest and greatest Java SE 6 updates including a "consumer" one that will make the footprint of Java SE smaller making it more accessible to more folks and devices which will only help getting Java FX on more devices.

Tuesday also brought the opening of the JavaOne Pavilion where we had pods for Java CAPS, our new open-source MDM community Mural, Event Processing, and our next generation lighter weight and OSGi compliant JBI runtime that is part of Project Fuji in Open ESB. Fuji introduces anew way to map out integration flows in a simple declarative language. On Wednesday I managed to attend a great session by Andi and Keith on Fuji.

I also had the opportunity to speak with several analysts and press about what we are doing in open-source and with Java CAPS and received very favorable feedback. I was pleased to see several of the folks I spoke with showing up at some of the sessions on our technologies and projects.

So, now I sit here waiting for my flight (10 minutes to boarding supposedly), but am glad I was able to attend another great JavaOne. In a way I'm already looking forward to next year when we'll get to show more about Fuji, event processing, and who knows what else. Stay tuned!

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