Thursday Nov 18, 2010
Monday Sep 27, 2010
By Brian Leonard on Sep 27, 2010
Two years ago we started
shortly after the first release of OpenSolaris hit the streets. Since
then we've published over 200 entries to which we've received almost
1000 comments and we've consistently been a top 20 blog at
blogs.sun.com (or what we simply call bsc).
A couple of weeks back, John Fowler, EVP of Systems here at Oracle, delivered a strategy webcast where he outlined the future of Solaris. In that webcast, John finally announced what we've all been anticipating as we've watched the evolution of OpenSolaris - Solaris 11. And just last week at Oracle OpenWorld, Solaris 11 Express, which had only been a rumor up to this point, was finally officially announced.
To that extent, we also want to evolve The Observatory as we move forward with the future of Oracle Solaris. Therefore, we are making a slight adjustment to the tagline of this blog, moving from "A Closer Look at Using OpenSolaris" to "A Closer Look at Using Oracle Solaris", which will cover all Oracle Solaris technologies, including OpenSolaris (call me crazy like a fox, but I'm still running OpenSolaris 2009.06).
So, for the most part, the song remains the same, we just have an updated album cover.
Friday Jan 29, 2010
By Brian Leonard on Jan 29, 2010
The development builds of OpenSolaris provide access to some great new features, but they also commonly bring with them some great new headaches. Fortunately, OpenSolaris' boot environments make it easy to get back on your feet. However, that doesn't help you get any closer to that great new feature.
A common question on the various help aliases is how to upgrade to a specific development build of OpenSolaris? The pkg image-update command currently doesn't address this, but there's and enhancement request in to solve it: pkg image-update should provide the possibility to specify a build.
In that enhancement request you'll find a workaround, which I'll walk through in more detail here.[Read More]
Wednesday Jan 27, 2010
Wednesday Dec 23, 2009
Monday Nov 16, 2009
Tuesday Oct 20, 2009
By Brian Leonard on Oct 20, 2009
There are (at least) 2 big Linux conferences this weekend, the Ontario Linux Fest and the Florida Linux Show. The good news is that you'll find OpenSolaris represented at both of them. In Ontario Canada, Toronto OpenSolaris User Group leader Steven Acres will deliver Why OpenSolaris? In Orlando, Florida, I'll be delivering What's So Cool About OpenSoalaris Anyhow?
If you happen to be nearby (or willing to travel), please stop by and say hello.
Thursday Sep 03, 2009
By Brian Leonard on Sep 03, 2009
The best way to judge the success of any project, open source or not, is the strength of the development community supporting it. Thats why I was happy to come across Murray Blakeman's site today, Solaris Multimedia. Murry runs his own IPS repository with much of the popular multimedia tools the community's been clamoring for. I was hesitant to advertise it here for a couple of reasons. First, Murray only has a 384 kbps link so I'm not sure how much more publicity his site could handle. Second, I don't want to see Murray to suffer the same fate as the the Life with Solaris guys. Ultimately, I decided since he's already out there promoting his site, a little cross-promotion was acceptable. Plus, as I've said, I'm really thankful to the contribution he's making to the OpenSolaris community.
If you decided to try the repository, read his 2009.06 Multimedia Repository post first on how to most effectively use it.
Tuesday Jul 14, 2009
By Brian Leonard on Jul 14, 2009
Monday Jul 06, 2009
By Brian Leonard on Jul 06, 2009
Thursday Jun 18, 2009
By Brian Leonard on Jun 18, 2009
Wednesday Jun 17, 2009
By Brian Leonard on Jun 17, 2009
Sunday May 31, 2009
Tuesday May 26, 2009
By Brian Leonard on May 26, 2009
- OpenSolaris Auto Install by Clay Baenziger (60 mins)
- How to synchronize an iPod by Pat Korsnick (20 mins)
By Brian Leonard on May 26, 2009
If your favorite piece of open source software isn't available for OpenSolaris, there's a fairly new tool called SourceJuicer to help you get it there. In my very limited experience with the tool, the key to a successful build is the spec file. In Josh Simons' latest blog entry, SourceJuicer: How to contribute a package to OpenSolaris, he gives a very in depth description of each line of the file. He then walks you though his experience of submitting ploticus, a tool for creating plots, charts and graphics. Thanks to Josh, you can now find it in the pending repository.
The Observatory is a blog for users of Oracle Solaris. Tune in here for tips, tricks and more as we explore the Solaris operating system from Oracle.
- Last login tracking in pam_unix_session
- Oracle Solaris 11.3 progress on LP64 conversion
- Valgrind: Easy and powerful detection of memory and threading problems
- Minimizing the Size of Your Oracle Solaris IPS Package Repository
- AI Manifest Editor CLI in Solaris 11.3
- Virtual Address Reservation in Solaris 11.3
- APIs for handling per-thread signals in Solaris
- PV IPoIB in Kernel Zones in Solaris 11.3
- Named threads in Oracle Solaris 11.3
- Better performing pthread reader-writer locks for NUMA architectures