OpenSolaris is my new dayjob!

I have recently joined Bonnie's team for OpenSolaris.org as her latest OpenSolaris commando for DevOps support. I am really happy to land a role where I hope I can make a difference.

I am no stranger to OpenSolaris... After I joined Sun in October 2007, I was working for the Sun Streaming System (an IPTV video server) and I was tasked with creating various infrastructure proof of concepts using OpenSolaris. One of these things was a Xen virtualized test dispatch consolidation to reduce the number of physical machines required to dispatch TCL jobs to various test harnesses. Using OpenSolaris 2008.05 was a real fun experience which I still enjoy to this day. The ipkg system really made a huge difference from the old system v packages and the 3rd party tools like pkg-get from the CSW guys.

 After that project, I made local OpenSolaris ipkg repo mirrors and kept going to see if we could repackage our software in ipkg format. I most recently tested ZFS deduplication and ZFS compression for a proof of concept and the results were pretty exciting!

It has been many years since 2008.05 came out, but I am really excited with what is to come. Lots of things have changed since then... most significant is probably having Sun being acquired by Oracle. It should be interesting times ahead, and I look forward to what comes my way!

Comments:

Welcome aboard :-)

Posted by Alan Burlison on October 01, 2010 at 09:13 AM PDT #

"The ipkg system really made a huge difference from the old system v packages and the 3rd party tools like pkg-get from the CSW guys."

Did you know that there is a resistance movement against IPS? If you didn't, you do now.

People are working on a proof-of-concept SVR4 packaging system that gives SVR4 the capability to do automatic dependency resolution from an online repository.

My guess is that, that is just the beginning. There are other things cooking, such as automated conversion of IPS packages back to SVR4, once Oracle Solaris 11 comes out, so that people who want to continue to run Solaris will be able to use their configuration packages and technologies like JumpStart(TM) and Flash(TM), while having a future upgrade path that is not braindead like IPS.

Posted by UX-admin on October 04, 2010 at 12:59 AM PDT #

Welcome to the OpenSolaris Community!

Don't let the UX-admin discourage you too much with the packaging topic.

Yes, many like SVR4 packaging and wonder why IPS could not have been built upon stripped-down but augmented SVR4, retaining backward compatibility.

It did not seem too difficult to provide a new package repository type (network in addition to file system), ignore pre or post install scripts (if a network repository is leveraged), enforce pre-requisites, bundle a new svc extension, and use a gui (i.e. html, wksh, fmli, or xfmli.)

Some could never really understand why a new OS packaging standard was developed on top of formerly non-core scripting languages & third-party components (seems both error-prone and insecure to the common observer, which is not the UNIX way.)

It is good to see people added to the official OpenSolaris community!!!

Posted by David on October 04, 2010 at 05:20 AM PDT #

hey, Michael. Welcome to the team! :)

Posted by Jim Grisanzio on October 13, 2010 at 03:22 PM PDT #

It's nice to add your blog to planet.opensolaris.org.

Posted by T.S on October 16, 2010 at 02:35 PM PDT #

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I am part of the OpenSolaris.org Development Operations team. I have been at Sun since October 2007 where I originally joined the Sun Streaming System, an IPTV video streaming server solution. My primary interests are networking and all related technology

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