Thursday Jan 28, 2016

More Free/Open-Source Software Now Available for Solaris 11.3

Building on the program established last year to provide evaluation copies of popular FOSS components to Solaris users, the Solaris team has announced the immediate availability of additional and newer software, ahead of official Solaris releases:

Today Oracle released a set of Selected FOSS Component packages that can be used with/on Solaris 11.3. These packages provide customers with evaluation copies of new and updated versions of FOSS ahead of officially supported Oracle Solaris product releases.

These packages are available at the Oracle Solaris product release repository for customers running Oracle Solaris 11.3 GA. The source code used to build the components is available at the Solaris Userland Project on The packages are not supported through any Oracle support channels. Customers can use the software at their own risk.

detailed how-to guide outlines how to access the selected FOSS evaluation packages, configure IPS publishers, determine what FOSS components are new or updated, and identify available packages and download/install them. The guide also contains recommendations for customers with support contracts.

The table of components below contains the available selected FOSS components that are new or updated since the release of Oracle Solaris 11.3 GA:

New Components

asciidoc 8.6.8 aspell cppunit 1.13.2 daq 2.0.2
dejagnu 1.5.3 libotr 4.1.0 pidgin-otr 4.0.1 isl 0.12.2
jjv 1.0.2 qunit 1.18.0 libdnet 1.12 libssh2 1.4.2
nettle 3.1.1 cx_Oracle 5.2 R 3.2.0 re2c 0.14.2
nanliu-staging 1.0.3 puppetlabs-apache 1.4.0 puppetlabs-concat 1.2.1 puppetlabs-inifile 1.4.1
puppetlabs-mysql 3.6.1 puppetlabs-ntp 3.3.0 puppetlabs-rabbitmq 3.1.0 puppetlabs-rsync 0.4.0
puppetlabs-stdlib 4.7.0 saz-memcached 2.7.1 scons 2.3.4 wdiff 1.2.2
yasm 1.3.0

Updated Components

ant 1.9.4 (was 1.9.3) mod_jk 1.2.41 (was 1.2.40) mod_perl 2.0.9 (was 2.0.4)
apache2 2.4.16 (was 2.2.29, 2.4.12) autoconf 2.69 (was 2.68) autogen 5.16.2 (was 5.9)
automake 1.15, 1.11.2, 1.10 (was 1.11.2, 1.10, 1.9.6) bash 4.2 (was 4.1) binutils 2.25.1 (was 2.23.1)
cmake 3.3.2 (was 2.8.6) conflict 20140723 (was 20100627) coreutils 8.24 (was 8.16)
libcurl 7.45.0 (was 7.40.0) diffstat 1.59 (was 1.51) diffutils 3.3 (was 2.8.7)
doxygen 1.8.9 (was emacs 24.5 (was 24.3) findutils 4.5.14 (was 4.2.31)
getopt 1.1.6 (was 1.1.5) gettext 0.19.3 (was 0.16.1) grep 2.20 (was 2.14)
git 2.6.1 (was gnutls (was 2.8.6) gocr 0.50 (was 0.48)
tar 1.28 (was 1.27.1) hexedit 1.2.13 (was 1.2.12) hplip 3.15.7 (was 3.14.6)
httping 2.4 (was 1.4.4) iperf 2.0.5 (was 2.0.4) less 481 (was 458)
lftp 4.6.4 (was 4.3.1) libarchive 3.1.2 (was 3.0.4) libedit 20150325-3.1 (was 20110802-3.0)
libpcap 1.7.4 (was 1.5.1) libxml2 2.9.3 (was 2.9.2) lua 5.2.1 (was 5.1.4)
lynx 2.8.8 (was 2.8.7) m4 1.4.17 (was 1.4.12) make 4.1 (was 3.82)
meld 1.8.6 (was 1.4.0) mysql 5.6.25, 5.5.43 (was 5.6.21, 5.5.43, 5.1.37) ncftp 3.2.5 (was 3.2.3)
openscap 1.2.6 (was 1.2.3) openssh 7.1p1 (was 6.5p1) openssl 1.0.2e plain and fips-140 (was 1.0.1p of each)
pcre 8.38 (was 8.37) perl 5.20.1, 5.16.3 (was 5.12.5) DBI 1.623 (was 1.58)
gettext 1.0.5 (was 0.16.1) Net-SSLeay 1.52 (was 1.36) Tk 804.33 (was 804.31)
pmtools 1.30 (was 1.10) XML-Parser 2.41 (was 2.36) XML-Simple 2.20 (was 2.18)
pv 1.5.7 (was 1.2.0) astroid 1.3.6 (was 0.24.0) cffi 1.1.2 (was 0.8.2)
CherryPy 3.8.0 (was 3.1.2) coverage 4.0.1 (was 3.5) Django 1.4.22 (was 1.4.20)
jsonrpclib 0.2.6 (was 0.1.3) logilab-common 0.63.2 (was 0.58.2) Mako 1.0.0 (was 0.4.1)
nose 1.3.6 (was 1.2.1) pep8 1.6.2 (was 1.5.7) ply 3.7 (was 3.1)
pycurl (was 7.19.0) pylint 1.4.3 (was 0.25.2) Python 3.5.1, 3.4.3, 2.7.11 (was 3.4.3, 2.7.9, 2.6.8)
quilt 0.64 (was 0.60) readline 6.3 (was 5.2) rrdtool 1.4.9
screen 4.3.1 (was 4.0.3) sed 4.2.2 (was 4.2.1) slrn 1.0.1 (was 0.9.9)
snort (was sox 14.4.2 (was 14.3.2) stunnel 5.18 (was 4.56)
swig 3.0.5 (was 1.3.35) text-utilities 2.25.2 (was 2.24.2) timezone 2015g (was 2015e)
tomcat 8.0.30 (was 8.0.21, 6.0.43) vim 7.4 (was 7.3) w3m 0.5.3 (was 0.5.2)
wget 1.16.3 (was 1.16) wireshark 1.12.8 (was 1.12.5) xmlto 0.0.26 (was 0.0.25)
xz 5.2.1 (was 5.0.1)

Monday Jun 01, 2015

Oracle's Software In Silicon Cloud Is A Hit!

Oracle’s Software in Silicon Cloud is available NOW, free of charge, to our customers and partners for a test drive.

This special offering provides our ISV partners and enterprise developers early access to the revolutionary Software in Silicon technology in the forthcoming Oracle SPARC M7 processor running Oracle Solaris 11, with a robust and secure cloud platform and ready-to-run virtual machine environments.

And we have 3 partners who have great things to say about using it TODAY!

JomaSoft is utilizing Oracle’s Software in Silicon Cloud to evaluate memory leak and code security of their cloud management platform, Virtual Data Center Control Framework (VDCF). “Leveraging the Software in Silicon Cloud literally saved Jomasoft weeks in comparison to our normal beta test cycle process in-house." —Marcel Hofstetter, CEO

">Capitek is also leveraging this cloud offering to evaluate Oracle's latest Software in Silicon technology in the SPARC M7 processor.  “We were able to create our own customized application test and verification environment in just minutes, while eliminating the need to acquire and deploy our own server resources for similar tests." —Jerry Chen, Senior Manager, Telecom Software Product Department

AsiaInfo is testing their AsiaInfo Internet Short Message Gateway (AIISMG) solution on Oracle’s Software in Silicon Cloud to improve overall software reliability and security.  “The Software in Silicon Cloud is a very economic and efficient method for AsiaInfo to validate the upcoming hardware and software from Oracle on our AIISMG solution." —Fu Tingsheng, Director of Engineering

Learn how you can break the code to take advantage of this revolutionary new technology in software development.

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Wednesday Mar 13, 2013

The first day in the OSRL (Oracle Solaris Remote Lab)

Today was my first day in the OSRL. The OSRL is the Oracle Solaris Remote Lab; the lab for OPN Solaris partners. Here is how it went:[Read More]

Wednesday Dec 19, 2012

Oracle Solaris Remote Lab (OSRL) Fact Sheet

The Oracle Solaris Remote Lab allows independent software vendors (ISVs) to test and qualify their applications in a self service Solaris cloud.

ISVs who are Oracle Partner Network Gold members with a specialization in the Solaris knowledge zone can apply for free access in OPN.

The lab offers the following features to it's users:

  • Lifetime of project: 45 days (extensions granted on demand) 
  • Up to 5 virtual machines in a private network 
  • Virtual Machine technology: Solaris zones 
  • Resources per VM
    • processor support: SPARC or x86 
    • OS version: OracleSolaris 11.0
    • 4GB physical memory 
    • 4GB swap space 
    • 10GB local filesystem storage 
    • 10GB network filesystem (NFS) mounted on all virtual machines
  • Networking configuration
    • The only external network routes are to Partner's other Virtual Machines 
    • No network routing to the Internet 
    • The SMB (CIFS) sharing protocol is not available between Virtual Machines 
  • Device Access 
    • Applications that assume the existence of /devices will not run in a Virtual Machine 
    • Applications that use eeprom to modify SPARC eeprom setting will not run in a Virtual Machine
  • The following utilities do not work properly in Virtual Machines: 
    • add_drv, disks, prtconf, prtdiag, rem_dev
  • Access technology: Secure Global Desktop, file up and download
  • root access within VM
  • Available VM templates (both processor architectures)
    • Oracle Database 11g Release 2 ( for Solaris with Oracle Enterprise Manager 11g
    • Weblogic 12c 
    • SAMP: Apache http server, PHP, MySQL, phpadmin
    • on all templates and images: Oracle Solaris Studio 12.3 for application development 

More resources:

Tuesday May 08, 2012

Developer Webinar Today: "Optimize Your Applications on Oracle Solaris 11: The DTrace Advantage"

Oracle's Solaris Organization is pleased to announce a Technical Webinar for Developers on Oracle Solaris 11:

"Optimize Your Applications on Oracle Solaris 11: The DTrace Advantage"

By Angelo Rajadurai (Principal Software Engineer)

today May 8, 2012 9:00 AM PDT

This bi-weekly webinar series (every other Tuesday @ 9 a.m. PT) is designed for ISVs, IHVs, and Application Developers who want a deep-dive overview about how they can deploy Oracle Solaris 11 into their application environments. This series will provide you the unique opportunity to learn directly from Oracle Solaris ISV Engineers and will include LIVE Q&A via chat with subject matter experts from each topic area.

Any OTN member can register for this free webinar here

Pupils in a Canadian school train, 1950.

Monday Apr 23, 2012

Register now for Webinar: Using SMF Manifests in Oracle Solaris 11

Oracle's Solaris Organization is pleased to announce a Technical Webinar for Developers on Oracle Solaris 11:

"Managing Application Services - Using SMF Manifests in Oracle Solaris 11"

By Matthew Hosanee (Principal Software Engineer)

This bi-weekly webinar series (every other Tuesday @ 9 a.m. PT) is designed for ISVs, IHVs, and Application Developers who want a deep-dive overview about how they can deploy Oracle Solaris 11 into their application environments. This series will provide you the unique opportunity to learn directly from Oracle Solaris ISV Engineers and will include LIVE Q&A via chat with subject matter experts from each topic area.

Any OTN member can register for this free webinar here

Pupils in a Canadian school train, 1950.

Wednesday Apr 23, 2008

Solaris Performance Primer: Introduction

This blog entry is based on an ISV-Engineering performance code camp for software partners. We are publishing the 30 most important freely available tools and commands to figure why a system isn't scaling in this sequence of blog entries. Be aware: this is more a basic cookbook in a "minute man" style which hopefully helps to solve 80% of the common problems in 10 minutes.The Solaris Performance Primer moved to a new location. Please click here to see it.[Read More]

Thursday Dec 20, 2007

Sun Application Tuning Seminar und Code Camp Ausblick

Verehrte Leserinnen und Lesen,

Die Universität Ulm gibt im Januar wieder ihren berühmten 3 tägigen Tuning Workshop vom achten bis zum zehnten Januar.

Details zu Inhalt und Anmeldung finden Sie unter der Sun Ankündigungsseite.

Im Februar (12-14) werden wir dann wieder ein Entwicklercodecamp zum Thema "Tomcat zu Glassfish" Migration anbieten. Hier möchten wir in Düsseldorf, Hamburg und München mit ihnen alle offenen Fragen zu Glassfish diskutieren.

Also wärmen Sie schon mal Ihren Laptop vor. Das VMware Image wird auf Ihrem Laptop etwa 10GB Plattenplatz benötigen. Dafür erhalten Sie auch einen gut abgestimmten Entwicklerarbeitsplatz.

Frohe Weihnachten und eine guten Rutsch ins neue Jahr.

- Thomas Bastian, Mithun Sridharan und Stefan Schneider 

Wednesday Oct 10, 2007

DTrace Code Camp: Noch einige Plätze frei

Wir haben im Walldorfer und Münchner Code Camp nächste Woche und übernächste Woche  zum Thema Dtrace mit Web 2.0 noch einige Plätze frei.

  • 17.10.2007 Walldorf/Baden

  • 23.10.2007 Hamburg

  • 24.10.2007 München

Nutzen Sie die Gelegenheit um sich noch auf unserer Veranstaltungsseite online zu registrieren.

Wir freuen uns auch über Teilnehmer mit allgemeinem Interesse an DTrace. Die verwendeten Web 2.0 Komponenten kann man auch als Übungsanwendungen für eine allgemeine Einführung verstehen. Herr Bastian und Herr Sridharan werden die Code Camps leiten und für allen Fragen zum Thema DTrace zur Verfügung stehen.

Tuesday Sep 18, 2007

Update: Solaris Performance ToolsCD 3.0 available online

I got quite some feedback on the performance tool CD. I have been able to make the CD available online for direct download. Allow me to describe it one more time in length as I did in my blog before:

What is it about?
At Sun, for our customers and partners, the Solaris Performance ToolsCD is a well known project of the Frankfurt benchmark center since 1999. This collection of (public domain) tools on a CD enables you to analyze on optimize Sun systems. The tools are used and maintained on a daily basis during our benchmark projects. The CD covers as well many information and links to performance related literature.
This is the fourth release of the ToolsCD with the focus on Solaris 10 support for SPARC and x86/x64 based Sun systems.

The CD covers within 300 MB:

  • dimSTAT v8.1 - collect and analyze performance data

  • Dtrace Tools - Brendan Gregg's collection of Dtrace scripts

  • K9Toolkit - freeware tools written using the KStat library on a Solaris 9

  • sysperfstat - displays utilization and saturation for CPU, memory, disk and network, all on one line.

  • cpuinfo - displays CPU configuration (number, type, clock and strands)

  • meminfo - displays configuration of physical memory and swap devices or files

  • iobar - displays io for disk-devices in a |cpubar|-like fashion

  • iotop - displays |iostat -x| in a |top|-like fashion

  • checkcable - prints the link up status for network interfaces

  • nicstat - prints statistics for the network interfaces such as KBytes/s read and write, Packets/s etc.

The Solaris Performance Tools CD is a best effort compilation which comes with a warranty disclaimer, as there is no guaranteed support for the Tools CD. Tool usage is on ones own risk. Horst Leitner is the chief editor of this CD. He's been compilng the work of the entire performance team. Please let them know if the software is helpful for you.

We can make the tools CD available to our SPA ( Sun Partner Advantage) members. Please send me an email. The CD is available as well as a 250MB gzip tar ball for online download.

- Stefan Schneider


Application tuning, sizing, monitoring, porting on Solaris 11


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