OpenSolaris is my new dayjob!
By Michael Tin on Oct 01, 2010
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!