OpenSolaris 2008.11 Training in Brno

Me, Martin Man and Lubos Kocman (all three CZOSUG leaders) organized a full day training at Faculty of Informatics Masaryk university, Brno. Sun is partnering this university and we cooperate a lot around OpenSolaris. I've been to the university about 6 times so far. The most recent training was focused on 2008.11 and it was also an install fest. Here are the slides from the event:

1. What's new in OpenSolaris 2008.11

2. OpenSolaris 2008.11 install tips

3. ZFS - revolution in filesystems

4. ZFS - hands on lab

5. Comparison of OpenSolaris and Linux

6. IPS - Image Packaging System

7. DTrace lightning talk

Martin took a picture with his phone at the training:

As you could see, the small room was pretty much packed and so we were pretty happy about the interest in OpenSolaris.

Here are some additional observations from the training:

\* Only 1 of the attendees had previous OpenSolaris experience. Most of the attendees were Linux users + few BSD users. So it was a nearly perfect audience for us (big potential for converts :).

\* There was a lot of questions about ZFS - this was probably the #1 topic of interest for attendees. We ran a ZFS hands on lab, which was a good learning experience for the attendees.

\* The install fest went quite well, although OpenSolaris wouldn't install on 2 old laptops at all, so we advised them to use VirtualBox.

\* We had RedHat and IBM employees at the training. It's nice to see Sun's competition is interested, too :)

\* We had a great "case study" type of presenation from Petr Adamek (from a Czech software company) who deployed OpenSolaris on 3 machines including a desktop machine, laptop and server and had was pretty excited about it. This was a really nice presentation because someone outside of Sun said he really likes OpenSolaris and also he confirmed the reasons for using OpenSolaris we mentioned earlier.

\*  The concept of a full-day training with a hands on experience seems to be very popular (we did this in Prague in December) so we plan to use the same format in other cities in Czech republic - and potentially also outside of Czech republic.


This event is awesome, and the slides are very good too. :) Thank you for posting them here.

Posted by Felipe Cerda on March 03, 2009 at 08:12 PM GMT #


I like "Comparison of OpenSolaris and Linux" presentation slides :)

What I personally feel inconvenient when using OpenSolaris compared to Linux is the package name. On Linux, package names are intuitive and they represents the true software name unlike Solaris packages includes unnecessary SUNW... prefix. I guess SUNW is a marker which represents that the package in interest is provided by Sun officially, but such metadata should be removed from package names and stored separately in true package metadata. Then, many Linux users will find it's easy to understand OpenSolaris.

Posted by Mikiya on March 04, 2009 at 07:49 PM GMT #


the SUNW prefix is caused by possible different providers of the software. You can have more instances of apache e.g. the one running webconsole (system apache) etc. For example Sun's Apache can have prefix SUNWapch (old NASDAQ code) and whatever your company tuned apache can has prefix WHATEVERapch.

It can't be renamed, because of tradition. Imagine you when you're working with this style of naming for e.g. 10-20 years. And some Linux guy who firstly see Solaris will want to change it because he didn't catch the point or benefits of it.

When you'll see three versions of ls in /usr/xpg4/bin /usr/gnu/bin and /usr/bin you'll understand it better. And imagine that real unices are quite different from GNU's not unix.


Posted by Lubos Kocman on April 05, 2009 at 11:19 PM GMT #

Hi Lubos, I need to correct you, the SUNW prefix will get removed, most probably before the 2009.06 release or the release after that. Refactoring of package names to more reasonable names is in the plan.

Posted by Roman Strobl on April 05, 2009 at 11:54 PM GMT #

Hi Roman,

Thank you for your comment! I'm really happy with hearing it :)

We always needs innovation when breaking tradition. I believe OpenSolaris is one of the most innovative OS!

I hope OpenSolaris will be more useful for many many people in the world.

Thank you.

Posted by Mikiya on April 06, 2009 at 01:54 AM GMT #

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