Wednesday Oct 08, 2008

OpenSolaris Newsletter - Launched Today!!

Today the first issue of the OpenSolaris Newsletter was sent out! The newsletter will be distributed on a monthly basis with great insight to OpenSolaris with tech tips, news, how-to-articles, cool events and much more.  Subscribe to the newsletter today- Join the Community!

It can be found at


Tuesday Sep 23, 2008

Campus Ambassadors - Excited about OpenSolaris!!!

Wow! That's what comes to mind when I think about Sun's Campus Ambassadors.  One Sun Campus Ambassador in particular, Abhishek Kumar is so excited and passionate about OpenSolaris!  Abhishek shares his experience, passion and excitement in a very cool podcast which he conducted for the SDN Campus Cast.  Abhishek discusses why he loves OpenSolaris, what he is doing with OpenSolaris as well as his experience as a campus ambassador. It is the insight to a day in a life of a passionate OpenSolaris User!  A must hear.

Friday Sep 12, 2008

Intel Dave-OpenSolaris and Wireless!

Intel Dave produced another great video-this time on OpenSolaris and Wireless. He discusses the importance for wireless when it comes to developing code.

Thursday Sep 04, 2008

Register Now - OpenSolaris Storage Summit 2008!


The date for the OpenSolaris Storage Summit has been set. We will be hosting the event at the Santa Clara Hyatt Regency hotel on the 21st of September, 2008. This is right before this year's Storage Developer Conference at which Sun is a Platinum sponsor.

We already have a couple of keynote speakers lined up: Ben Rockwood and Mike Shapiro. It will take place all day Sunday, so if you are coming to SDC this year, come a day early and participate. We will have the first ever OpenSolaris Storage Community meeting (face to face). A great way to meet some folks that you may only know by their email addresses. Everybody has an opportunity to give a Lightning talk and/or put a poster together about what they are working on or doing with OpenSolaris storage.

Registration is via a wiki page here: Just add your name and contact information into the Attendance List table and you are registered! Attendance is free and we hope many folks from the community will attend this year. Also, you should add yourself to the summit list, even if you are not sure you will be able to go, so you can keep up to date with the planned activities. We may create ways to participate even if you can't make it to Santa Clara this year (if we get people asking for access). Once registered, scroll down to the bottom of the wiki and suggest some topics or volunteer to participate as a poster or lightning talk. Fill in some details about yourself (or someone else) at the bottom of the page.

Check it out, get involved, and I hope to see you there! It will be a blast. More details later...

Tuesday Sep 02, 2008

OpenSolaris Jingle

Check out a great OpenSolaris Jingle that was performed at an OpenSource/Foss Event!!! Mayuresh Nirhali and others performed this song. The Open Source Mela (Fair), at Sun's India Engineering Center, happened back in March, 2008 there were a lot technical sessions around FOSS technologies. The idea behind this internal event was to foster the culture of open source projects internally. Along with the technical sessions, some fun-filled events were also hosted. One of them was a mad-ad contest. Enjoy!

Monday Aug 25, 2008

Intel Dave - Another great video!

Another great video that David Stewart has put out on Xeon and OpenSolaris.  He talks about the "marriage" of the two - how they may a great partnership and drills down on key features that really work well together.  Check out the video from David Stewart  on Xeon and OpenSolaris.

Monday Aug 04, 2008

1st Annual OpenSolaris Storage Summit-September 21st!!

The 1st Annual OpenSolaris Storage Summit is happening on September 21, 2008!!! This is an event for the OpenSolaris Storage community to come, connect, have fun, meet the community and listen to some excellent speakers! It will be an awesome event, not one to miss. Drinks, a steel drum band, give-aways and lots of cool other things. An agenda will be posted on the wiki!! So, come and register for the event! Check it out.
Sun is a Platinum Sponsor of SDC '08
Join the OpenSolaris Storage Summit on September 21, 2008

Thursday Jul 10, 2008

Photos and Script - OpenSolaris Live Chat in Second Life

The OpenSolaris Chat which took place yesterday, 7/9 in the Sun Andromeda Theater was a great success for OpenSolaris. We ended up going to chat mode, due to experiencing some audio malfunctions. The chat mode worked out very well with the largest attendance within Second Life including our webstream attendance. It was great to hear the the direction of OpenSolaris and to chat with Tim Cramer, Stephen Hahn, David Comay and Glynn Foster. Big Kudos goes out to our Campus Ambassador/Student Intern Kumar Abhishek from India bringing 447 students into an auditorium to attend the chat.  We plan to have more interactive events in the future for OpenSolaris. A big thanks to Heidi Dailey and Jennifer Winger for helping me bring this event to life!! Thanks to all the SL people as well!  Below is a photo of the Andromeda theater, link to the preso and chat script.

 Chat Script:

[7:45]  Glynn Folland: and seem to have lost Tim temporarily
[7:45]  Trickster Bravin: ok
[7:45]  Rio Jetcity: I can provide a good stream if you wish
[7:45]  TAJ Constantine: Are you guys using an experimental OpenSolaris SL Client, Hmmmm??? ;-)
[7:45]  Jatin Juliesse: hey from which college??
[7:45]  Glynn Folland: Until he returns, I'll just pick up where he left off
[7:46]  Rilakkuma Perl: Sometime I use that,but now I use SL on my Mac.
[7:46]  Glynn Folland: As Tim mentioned, we've taken a lot of feedback over the last couple of years about OpenSolaris
[7:46]  Maximus Usbourne: Jatin, right click avie > IM :)
[7:46]  Maximus Usbourne: text is just fine i guess..
[7:46]  Glynn Folland: a lot of the great features that were brought in with Solaris 10 weren't very visible to a whole bunch of people
[7:47]  Glynn Folland: While ZFS, the 128 bit file system, was part of the core operating system, it wasn't the default file system
[7:47]  Maximus Usbourne: hey.. but the webstream folks wont be seeing any of the text !
[7:47]  Maximus Usbourne: its not visible there
[7:47]  Glynn Folland: We've had a package management system that was hard to use, hard to administer
[7:47]  Glynn Folland: and built on old technology
[7:48]  Glynn Folland: with OpenSolaris, we had a chance to change this
[7:48]  Glynn Folland: and revolutionize the operating system once again, bringing these unique features directly to the end user
[7:50]  TimCramer SunMicrosystems: We've also made it easy to use by moving to a more familiar GNU user environment
[7:50]  TimCramer SunMicrosystems: We've added a state-of-the-art window system by moving to GNOME
[7:50]  TimCramer SunMicrosystems: We have built-in developer tools and optimized web 2.0 deployment packages
[7:51]  TimCramer SunMicrosystems: The packaging system (IPS or Image Packaging System) is easy to administer
[7:51]  TimCramer SunMicrosystems: It can be done via the command line or a GUI manager
[7:52]  TimCramer SunMicrosystems: It automatically resolve dependencies so you don't have to worry about it
[7:52]  TimCramer SunMicrosystems: This also allows a rapid delivery of fixes
[7:53]  TimCramer SunMicrosystems: And we've designed the system so that you only get those packages contents which change to reduce bandwidth
[7:53]  TimCramer SunMicrosystems: IPS is also integrated with ZFS (our fast file system) which snapshots your system and allows you to do rollbacks
[7:55]  TimCramer SunMicrosystems: Our first release of the OpenSolaris Operating System was on May 5, 2008, and cleverly named OpenSolaris 2008.05
[7:55]  TimCramer SunMicrosystems: Its the first OS with ZFS as the default file system
[7:55]  TimCramer SunMicrosystems: Its enhanced with DTrace (which allows introspection of performance and other activity)
[7:56]  TimCramer SunMicrosystems: and has a fast in kernel CIFS server
[7:56]  lambda Ansar: what is a cifs server
[7:56]  TimCramer SunMicrosystems: OpenSolaris 2008.05 also is fully supported
[7:57]  TimCramer SunMicrosystems: CIFS allows you to interact with file sysetms on other OS's.
[7:57]  TimCramer SunMicrosystems: We've had good interest so far in OpenSolaris, 50k+ LiveCD's have been distributed to over 140 countries
[7:57]  TimCramer SunMicrosystems: you can get yours shipped for free if you don't have the bandwidth to download the ISO image
[7:58]  pnc Blessed is Offline
[7:58]  Glynn Folland: - a useful link to find out more about CIFS
[7:58]  TimCramer SunMicrosystems: check out
[7:58]  lambda Ansar: but regarding the software in solaris
[7:58]  TimCramer SunMicrosystems: We've had 100's of thousands of downloads and mirrors set up which you can also see at
[7:58]  TimCramer SunMicrosystems: oops,
[7:59]  TimCramer SunMicrosystems: One of the very interesting pieces of technology is the repositories
[7:59]  Maximus Usbourne: im copy-pasting the chat to the webstream
[7:59]  Glynn Folland: thanks Maximus
[7:59]  Maximus Usbourne: np
[7:59]  TimCramer SunMicrosystems: We'll have several repositories coming on line soon
[7:59]  lambda Ansar: sorry for joining late
[7:59]  lambda Ansar: but
[7:59]  lambda Ansar: what is a kernel
[7:59]  lambda Ansar: if anyone can help me
[7:59]  TimCramer SunMicrosystems: One which is up right now is our main repository on
[7:59]  You: Lamdba, please IM me your questions
[8:00]  TimCramer SunMicrosystems: We're continually adding the latest software into this repository
[8:00]  TimCramer SunMicrosystems: We'll also have a community based repository coming online soon (this month) which allows anyone to contribute packages easily
[8:01]  Glynn Folland: lambda: will help for some background reading
[8:02]  TimCramer SunMicrosystems: In addition we'll have a repo for 3rd party packages and things which aren't freely redistributable (like a flashplayer)
[8:02]  TimCramer SunMicrosystems: OpenSolaris will continue having regular 6 month releases, our next one is coming toward the end of November, and will be called....
[8:02]  TimCramer SunMicrosystems: 2008.11 :)
[8:03]  Seiichi Wisent: @
[8:03]  Maximus Usbourne: cool!
[8:03]  TimCramer SunMicrosystems: At some point we'll also have a longer term release with our typical support cycles of traditional Solaris (10+ years)
[8:04]  TimCramer SunMicrosystems: OpenSolaris releases today have an 18 month support cycle
[8:04]  Jatin Juliesse: what a support cycle mam???
[8:05]  You: Folks, we will take questions at the end of Tim's presentation.
[8:05]  DavidComay Constantine: Jatin: The length of time Sun will support a particular release
[8:05]  Seiichi Wisent is Online
[8:05]  TimCramer SunMicrosystems: its offering production support for businesses to run OpenSolaris in their enterprise
[8:05]  You: Thanks David!
[8:05]  Glynn Folland: - for more details of the support plans offered by Sun
[8:05]  StephenHahn SunMicrosystems is Online
[8:05]  You: We'll be taking questions shortly
[8:05]  TimCramer SunMicrosystems: There's 2 websites related to OpenSolaris
[8:05]  You: we'll do questions via text
[8:06]  StephenHahn SunMicrosystems is Offline
[8:06]  TimCramer SunMicrosystems: is for those interested in using, learning, installing OpenSolaris
[8:06]  StephenHahn SunMicrosystems is Online
[8:07]  TimCramer SunMicrosystems: is there for those who are interested in working on the OpenSolaris operating system itself (adding packages, enhancing the kernel, system adminsitration)
[8:08]  TimCramer SunMicrosystems: That concludes the basic intro to opensolaris, I'd like to take some questions
[8:08]  You: Great.
[8:08]  Rio Jetcity: Tim, I see we have Solaris 10 which has the latest release at 5/08. It seems there was a fork with Solaris 10 on one side and OpenSolaris on the other side. Could this be a risk so that it will create two different Solaris OS's?
[8:08]  You: To ask a question please type "@" in your chat line
[8:09]  Rio Jetcity: @
[8:09]  You: I will call on you in turn and you can then submit your question.
[8:09]  Andy Piper: how to contribute to repositories
[8:09]  TAJ Constantine: @
[8:09]  You: Tim is answering Rio's right now
[8:09]  You: then we will go to Seiichi
[8:09]  JAButterfly Sands is Offline
[8:09]  Jatin Juliesse: @ how the file system of open solaris differes from others??
[8:09]  TimCramer SunMicrosystems: Currently we are working with both Solaris 10 and OpenSolaris. The kernel is evolving and we are actually working on one main source tree in the community. Solaris 10 is now in an update phase
[8:10]  TimCramer SunMicrosystems: we'll continue to make changes to Solaris 10 to fix problem encountered there.
[8:10]  TimCramer SunMicrosystems: OpenSolaris is the place where new innovation for Solaris is happening
[8:10]  Rio Jetcity: I see. Thanks.
[8:10]  You: Seiichi, please ask your question
[8:10]  DavidComay Constantine: I'd add that Solaris 10 support for new platforms will continue
[8:11]  Croft Ashbourne is Online
[8:11]  TimCramer SunMicrosystems: When we get to our "longer term release" that I mentioned earlier we'll have the ability to run Solaris 10 applications on OpenSolaris
[8:11]  Jatin Juliesse: @
[8:11]  Seiichi Wisent: are there any code names given to new releases?
[8:12]  Rio Jetcity: 2008.05 ... 2008.11 ... that's code enough :)
[8:12]  Karuna Skytower: @
[8:12]  Andy Piper: @
[8:12]  Seiichi Wisent: :)
[8:12]  You: Glynn?
[8:12]  You: :)
[8:13]  Glynn Folland: Seiichi: Okay, so for OpenSolaris 2008.05 we had the project name of Indiana
[8:13]  Jatin Juliesse: @
[8:13]  Rio Jetcity: OMG They named it after the dog (sorry couldn't resist)
[8:13]  Glynn Folland: there's no official project name for 2008.11, though a lot of rumours flying around that it's Project Jericho (according to a press article)
[8:14]  Siddhartha Fonda: @
[8:14]  Glynn Folland: as soon as we come up with something, we'll let you know :)
[8:14]  You: Taj, go ahead please.
[8:14]  TAJ Constantine: Will there be alternate window and desktop managers available? I'm actually partial to how lightweight OpenLook was and GNOME is a pig
[8:15]  Glynn Folland: TAJ: absolutely, yes
[8:15]  Glynn Folland: as Tim mentioned early, there are plans to start getting more software added to the software repository
[8:15]  DavidComay Constantine: Although we currently have GNOME, we definitely want to have other window systems like KDE in the repository
[8:15]  pnc Blessed is Online
[8:15]  You: Jatin, go ahead please.
[8:15]  TAJ Constantine: My last attempt at porting the old OpenLookWM failed miserably (KDE's a bit fat also :-) )
[8:15]  Glynn Folland: we're also looking for people to help contribute those different desktop environments
[8:16]  You: Karuna, go ahead as well.
[8:16]  Jatin Juliesse: tim what file system opensolaris supports and how it differes from other file systems
[8:16]  Glynn Folland: there's an initiative started at, that is likely to contribute several new sofware packages (including KDE/Xfce) to a repository in the next couple of weeks
[8:16]  TimCramer SunMicrosystems: i'll have David answer that :)
[8:17]  Esther Waldman: @
[8:17]  DavidComay Constantine: Jatin, by default OpenSolaris 2008.05 uses ZFS.
[8:17]  Jatin Juliesse: and how fat32 or ntfs can be converted to this file system
[8:17]  DavidComay Constantine: Other file systems typically seen with Solaris are also available
[8:17]  Rio Jetcity: UFS / VxFS for instance
[8:17]  You: Karuna?
[8:17]  You: Did you have a question?
[8:17]  Maximus Usbourne: Jatin, you cant convert
[8:18]  You: ANdy, go ahead please.
[8:18]  Karuna Skytower: Yes, Will Linux binaries run on OpenSolaris? Is there support for Suns OpenMP and MPI libraries?
[8:18]  StephenHahn SunMicrosystems: You can mount FAT32 directly.
[8:18]  Rio Jetcity: Karuna: Nice question
[8:18]  DavidComay Constantine: Karuna, OpenSolaris can run many Linux binaries using its BrandZ technology
[8:19]  TAJ Constantine: @ about BrandZ
[8:19]  You: Go TAJ
[8:19]  DavidComay Constantine: And there is work underway to have the OpenMP and MPI support (some of that is available in the repo today)
[8:19]  TAJ Constantine: Isn't BrandZ a Container? Meaning we must install a Linux environment?
[8:20]  You: Andy?
[8:20]  Jatin Juliesse: @
[8:20]  TAJ Constantine: Versus running the binary directly
[8:20]  You: Sid, go ahead with your question
[8:20]  DavidComay Constantine: TAJ, that's correct - it's actually the only best way to emulate a Linux environment
[8:21]  Karuna Skytower: @
[8:21]  Siddhartha Fonda: ok so i'm wondering in general what the roadmap looks like for solaris and what suns plans are for targeting the enterprise going forward -- specifically, will opensolaris be targeted fr enterprise computing environments?
[8:21]  Siddhartha Fonda: sorry i got here late i may have missed the answer in the presentation lol
[8:22]  Siddhartha Fonda: and if so, how does that affect currently installed solaris bases?
[8:22]  TimCramer SunMicrosystems: no problem Siddhartha. we'll release opensolaris every 6 months and enterprises can deploy this today as it is supported...
[8:23]  You: Esther, go ahead with your question
[8:23]  StephenHahn SunMicrosystems: mpi is in clustertools ; pfexec pkg install clustertools
[8:23]  TimCramer SunMicrosystems: Solaris will continue to do updates to support new hardware coming out.
[8:23]  Esther Waldman: you mentioned that opensolaris is where development is happening
[8:23]  Esther Waldman: is there a plan to end closed solaris at some point? Will there be a solaris 11? 12?
[8:23]  TimCramer SunMicrosystems: We'll have a "long term support" release of OpenSolaris that will occur at some point in the future
[8:23]  Kumar Andel: Hey! Our Question is... How do we port FOSS appications on OpenSolaris
[8:23]  Rio Jetcity: Opensolaris=solaris 11
[8:24]  Siddhartha Fonda thinks Esther read his mind
[8:24]  You: @sid lol!
[8:24]  Siddhartha Fonda: :)
[8:24]  TimCramer SunMicrosystems: iwth the "long term support" release you'll see the typical 10+ year support options that exist with traditional Solaris
[8:25]  Esther Waldman: ok so for the next upgrade, OpenSolaris is \*it\*
[8:25]  DavidComay Constantine: Kumar, initially there will be two repositories available for FOSS
[8:25]  DavidComay Constantine: The "contrib" repository will have a lightweight process and allow
[8:25]  DavidComay Constantine: rapid integration of new packages into the repository.
[8:25]  Esther Waldman: any time frame on that long-term-support upgrade?
[8:26]  DavidComay Constantine: The mainline repository requires a bit more process steps
[8:26]  DavidComay Constantine: for integration. We're working on making
[8:26]  Kumar Andel: We here have been trying for quite sometime now to port educational applications to IPS.. any pointers on how to write spec files and packages for IPS?
[8:26]  TimCramer SunMicrosystems: Esther: At some point with the "long term release" (I don't want to say Solaris 11...) we'll have the ability to run Solaris 10 applications, just like Solaris 9 vs. 10 today.
[8:26]  DavidComay Constantine: the actual development environment richer so FOSS apps just compile out of the box.
[8:26]  Jatin Juliesse: @
[8:27]  You: Jatin, go ahead.
[8:27]  TimCramer SunMicrosystems: Solaris 10 will have a very long life ahead of it
[8:27]  Karuna Skytower: @
[8:27]  TimCramer SunMicrosystems: but new innovation/development will happen in OpenSolaris
[8:27]  DavidComay Constantine: Kumar, there is an effort by the pkgbuild folks to generate an IPS package from a spec file
[8:28]  Jatin Juliesse: ri8 now u r going with GNOME or KDE but r u trying to developing and integrating light weight environments?
[8:28]  DavidComay Constantine: Until then, I would suggest contributing the FOSS in question to the SFE project
[8:28]  TimCramer SunMicrosystems: Esther: Solaris 10 will continue updates for a long time (so its not \*it\*)
[8:28]  DavidComay Constantine: We hope to bring all of the SFE into the "contrib" repository soon
[8:28]  TerriWischmann SunMicrosystems: 08:28 ustreamer-49624 : My question is, what is the typical client profile for OpenSolaris? I am a systems integrator in healthcare IT.
[8:28]  Kumar Andel: Hey Thanks Devid!
[8:28]  Kumar Andel: \*David
[8:29]  Rio Jetcity: Solaris 10 is currently at its fifth stage (orig, 6/06, 11/06, 8/07, 5/08)
[8:29]  DavidComay Constantine: Jatin, Sun will support GNOME but we're definitely happy to see lightweigh WMs in OpenSolaris
[8:29]  You: Karuna, go ahead.
[8:29]  Jatin Juliesse: :)
[8:30]  TimCramer SunMicrosystems: Terri: Developers is the typical client profile
[8:30]  DavidComay Constantine: Kumar for more info on SFW, see
[8:30]  You: We are coming on the hour. If you have a last question, please let us know.
[8:30]  Glynn Folland: s/SFW/SFE
[8:31]  Rio Jetcity: @
[8:31]  DavidComay Constantine: Thanks Glynn :)
[8:31]  StephenHahn SunMicrosystems: And for more on image packaging, see
[8:31]  You: Go Rio
[8:31]  TAJ Constantine: @about 3rd party repo
[8:31]  Karuna Skytower: What is the difference between brandZ and a virtual machine? Is there better OS communication? I need to develop C++/MPI applications on multicore Opterons. Will Sun's MPI support this now on OpenSolaris? Which MPICH be better right now?
[8:31]  Rio Jetcity: When will we get rid of Blue Screens and simply have the Solaris OS as the main OS?
[8:31]  TimCramer SunMicrosystems: Terri: You can deploy as well, and we'll be making that a more etnerprise like experience as we move forward
[8:32]  StephenHahn SunMicrosystems: BrandZ containers share one kenel, VMs you'd be running N kernels.
[8:32]  Evil Flare is Offline
[8:32]  StephenHahn SunMicrosystems: Rio: not soon enough :)
[8:32]  Rio Jetcity smiles
[8:33]  Karuna Skytower: So, processes in different BrandZ containers can communicate with IPC? what about shared memory?
[8:33]  DavidComay Constantine: Karuna, you can download the Clustertools for OpenSolaris today (pfexec pkg install clustertools)
[8:33]  StephenHahn SunMicrosystems: zones are pretty isolated from one another (by design--for security)
[8:34]  TerriWischmann SunMicrosystems is Offline
[8:34]  DavidComay Constantine: Processes in the same BrandZ container can communicate via IPC, Karuna
[8:34]  Rio Jetcity: @ reg. containers , to Stephen
[8:34]  DavidComay Constantine: Processes in different containers can communicate using the network
[8:34]  StephenHahn SunMicrosystems: probably go to for ways to cheate...
[8:34]  StephenHahn SunMicrosystems: \*discuss
[8:35]  You: Okay folks
[8:35]  Karuna Skytower: How can zones communicate, If I want to run some processes on OpenSolars and others with a Linux interface? Can MPI processes communicate?
[8:35]  StephenHahn SunMicrosystems: Karuna: send me
[8:36]  You: We are going to wrap up
[8:36]  TAJ Constantine: Thanks Tim and team!
[8:36]  Rio Jetcity: Thank you.
[8:36]  Karuna Skytower: Thanks.
[8:36]  TimCramer SunMicrosystems: All thanks a lot, please go to and check out, install, and give us feedback!
[8:36]  Yornifer Miles: this was great...thanks everyone!
[8:36]  Rilakkuma Perl: thanks!
[8:36]  Maximus Usbourne: Thanks everyone!
[8:36]  You: I want to let you knwo that the slide deck will be available at
[8:36]  Kumar Andel: Thanks everyone for coming!
[8:36]  You: by the end of the day
[8:36]  Kumar Andel: :P
[8:36]  Glynn Folland: thanks all
[8:36]  Jatin Juliesse: thanks everyone
[8:36]  You: THanks to Tim, David, GLynn, and Stephen.
[8:36]  lambda Ansar: thank u
[8:36]  Rilakkuma Perl: /clap
[8:36]  Glynn Folland: go get your free CD too
[8:36]  You: Thanks to all of you for hanging in there with us!
[8:36]  Glynn Folland:
[8:36]  Churoval Mimulus: Thanks
[8:36]  Glynn Folland: (click on the free CD link)
[8:37]  Siddhartha Fonda: woo! slidedecks we love!
[8:37]  You: Thanks again everyone!!

Wednesday Jul 09, 2008

Sun Open Storage J4000 Launch-PR Reports

There was some great news on the Sun Open Storage J4000 Launch today from the Press.  The Analysts hit upon some good sentiments for Sun, saying"This is the new Storage Market.  Check out the news below:


Sun Wednesday introduced a second-generation model of Thumper–formally called the Sun Fire X4540 Server–that has twice the computing power and is twice as fast as Sun’s original model, but consumes the same amount of power. - Wall Street Journal

With many organizations scrambling to meet exploding demand for storage capacity without constantly expanding their IT staffs, Sun Microsystems continues to push open-source software as a solution, along with a new series of storage arrays and a hybrid server-storage platform...Sun has built its Open Storage initiative around free storage software it offers for download, as well as the company's overall emphasis on free software. - IDG

When used with OpenSolaris and Sun server, the company says storage costs are reduced by up to 90 percent. Customers can freely mix and match components and re-use hardware by adding new software as their business needs change. - Blocks & Files

The new Sun Storage J4000 arrays are being pitched in much the same way as previous "Open Editions" of the StorageTek lineup. We're talking industry standard hardware and open-source software, so the box can be plugged into servers purchased by a wide variety of vendors. - The Register
The J4000 and Sun's software should smooth out transitions at Oregon State University's College of Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences (COAS), according to Chuck Sears, manager of research computing...Sun's storage technology, especially ZFS, works well with COAS' Solaris servers and makes those unexpected changes easier to carry out, according to Sears. The college is an early user of the J4000 series and sees it as a good tool to keep up with data needs into the future...Because the storage system works so well with Solaris, which powers about 75 percent of the college's servers, COAS is looking to move the rest over, too. - IDG

Tuesday Jul 08, 2008

OpenSolaris Live Chat in Second Life!

Check out the OpenSolaris Live Chat in Second Life that is taking place on July 9th at 7:30 am. PT.  Tim Cramer, Stephen Hahn, David Comay and Glynn Foster will be in the chat answering all your questions.  Come check it and see where OpenSolaris is heading!  Should be a great chat, you may even see Tim flying around in the room! If you don't have an avatar you can always jump on the webstream and check it out.

Tuesday Jul 01, 2008

Sun Student Review Winners

There was a very cool contest for students to write up reviews on OpenSolaris and Netbeans.  The winners were announced and can be found here.  Some very good reviews were written. They were so good that there was a list of second prize winners. There will be more contests happening so come back to the site to see how you can be a winner!!!

Tuesday Jun 10, 2008

Register today for the OpenSolaris Developer Conference in Prague!!

There is a very cool OpenSolaris Developer Conference taking place in Prague!

The OpenSolaris Developer Conference (OSDevCon) moves for its second year from the heart of Germany – Berlin to the heart of Czech Republic – Prague.

The OpenSolaris Developer Conference (OSDevCon) is an annual worldwide community event organized conference for OpenSolaris enthusiasts, engineers and users. The purpose of the conference is to bring together people interested in OpenSolaris development and meet, discuss, create connections between attendees and do coding together in an informal fashion.

Register today

Enjoy and if you end up going please send pics!!

Monday Jun 09, 2008

Intel Dave talks on OpenSolaris again!!!

 Intel Dave has some more cool things to share with Intel and OpenSolaris. Dave is doing a series of OpenSolaris and Intels' open source optimization for Xeon.  These are truly great  videos - great job Dave!!! Check out his blog where is posting the videos.

Friday Jun 06, 2008

LinuxTag 2008 update!!

Last week the LinuxTag 2008 event took place where Ian Murdock was the keynote . OpenSolaris and Open HA Cluster had a great presence.  See the great update that was received from Sun PR -Terri Molini below.  Some awesome information on the successes that we had from Sun. This is rockin' news!

This year's LinuxTag was a huge success for Sun. The event attracted nearly 12,000 visitors to the 4 day event from 31 countries to Berlin to visit what is considered, Europe's largest Linux and open source software conference. Sun Microsystems and IBM Germany were the official sponsors. In addition, more than 200 Companies and independent projects, including, took part in the 14th LinuxTag. One of the most important trends that emerged from the conference was an awareness of the increasing degree of cooperation among projects from different areas, producing user-friendly solutions for users, customers and the community at large.

Sun conducted many on-site interviews, podcasts, videocast and supported the efforts of the CIO Summit that was taking place in conjunction with LinuxTag conference.

On-site interviews included:
Anika Kehrer, Linux-Magazin (Ian Murdock)
Student lecture at Technical University of Berlin (Ian Murdock)
Interview with German YouTube Sun Channel, Donatus Schmid & Marc Baumann (Ian Murdock)
Julius Stiebert, (Ian Murdock)
Nathan Eddy, ChannelWeb/CRN (Ian Murdock, Charlie Boyle and Juergen Mannheim)

Additional booth interviews included the attendees of the CIO Summit for IT decision makers as well as the traditional congress for businesses and authoritative bodies. These included executives in charge of IT systems within the Federal Interior Ministry as well as the Ministry for Foreign Affairs presented the OpenSolaris and other open source strategies of Sun to the German government and its ministries.

Sun projects featured in the booth included:
Open HA Cluster
Sun Studio

Podcasts: (Open HA Cluster Announcement)


Videocasts: (Assorted projects)

In production, will post as soon as they are ready.
(OGG files preferred.)

Sun Blogs: 
Will post as soon as I get them collected. Feel free to send them to me!

Press Coverage (To Date):

LinuxTag 2008 a success
4 June 2008

According to the Messe Berlin, the appeal of the “LinuxTag 2008” which came to an end on Saturday in Berlin was even stronger than in previous years. In total almost 12.000 people from 31 countries attended this event for Linux and open source software which is the biggest of its kind in Europe. This corresponds to an increase by 21% as compared to the year 2007. The percentage of visitors from abroad also increased and reached 12% this year. More ....


Inside Europe's LinuxTag 2008 Open Source Soiree
CRN, ChannelWeb
Nathan Eddy
2 June 2008;jsessionid=FZX41LPPS5T04QSNDLPSKHSCJUNN2JVN?pgno=7

Sun Is Shining, Open Source Is Sweet
Sun Microsystem's director of Solaris product marketing Charlie Boyle explains how OpenSolaris, an open source project based on Sun's Solaris operating system technology, works inside Windows. "What we're doing is trying to lower the barrier so everyone has access to open source," he said. "This is a core part of Sun's business now -- this is not our toe in the water. It's about participation. We want people to know the technology is accessible, the community is vibrant, and we want people to be successful."

Duitse LinuxTag groot suces (Attached)
Automatisering Gids (Netherlands)
2 June 2008
(no url available)

Automatisering Gids wrote a summery of Sun's involvement in LinuxTag and featured a photo of the Sun booth. Terri Molini was quoted mentioning that the event is an excellent platform for Sun to launch new products. (Story attached)


Rise in attendance at International LinuxTag
31 May 2008

LinuxTag is attracting greater attention than ever before. This year 11,612 visitors from 31 countries came to Berlin to visit Europe's largest event for Linux and open source software, around 18 per cent more than last year. The number of visitors from abroad was 12 per cent higher than the previous year. Professional users, experts and interested visitors from all over Europe, Africa, Asia and North America were gathered at the international meeting place for business and the community, which ended last Saturday. More .....


Sun Microsystems´ Ian Murdock Keynotes LinuxTag 2008
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Wallstreet Online

In his keynote at the annual LinuxTag 2008 developer conference, Ian Murdock, vice president for Developer and Community Marketing at Sun Microsystems, Inc. (NASDAQ:JAVA nachrichten), will discuss the increasing role communities play in the software industry, how technologies and the companies and communities that create them are increasingly interconnected, and how the power of community can and should play a role in next generation platforms.


FlightGear on LinuxTag at Berlin's Messezentrum unter dem Funkturm.
28 May 2008

FlightGear on LinuxTag at Berlin's Messezentrum unter dem Funkturm. The world's No. 1 Linux Expo and Conference since 1996. For this years LinuxTag booth, SUN Microsystems GmbH ( is sponsoring and providing the booth hardware: Two SUN Ultra 40 Workstations, each equipped with four monitors.

In addition, "Science + Computing AG" (, an IT company from Tuebingen, Germany, is providing money to help offset the costs of the FlightGear booth.


LinuxTag 2008
28 May 2008

LinuxTag is Europe's most important event for free and open source software. In 2007, more than 9,000 visitors experienced this unique combination of conferences, tutorials and trade fair. The fourteenth incarnation of this great arrangement will provide up-to-date information to power users, decision makers and researchers, as well as to software developers, newcomers and the open source community. For more details on the event in Berlin please visit the LinuxTag website. More ....


News Announcements:

1) Sun Microsystems’ Ian Murdock Keynotes LinuxTag 2008

Murdock to Discuss the Community-led Evolution that is Reshaping the Software Industry; Highlights New Developments for OpenSolaris (Free Download at, Open High Availability (HA) Cluster and Extension Repository

Murdock will also introduce the Open High Availability (HA) Cluster, the source code base for Sun's Solaris Cluster product and the availability of more than one hundred extensions within the Extension Repository.

2) 3.0 Beta and Extensions Show Strong Momentum;
Office Productivity Suite Delivers Document Accessibility for Mac Users with Disabilities

Thursday May 29, 2008

Open HA Cluster Announcement!

The Solaris Cluster team today contributed over 2 million lines of source code to the open source community, completing the promise we made almost one year ago to open source the complete Solaris Cluster product under the name, “Open High Availability Cluster. 

An announcement will also be taking place today at the LinuxTag Conference in Berlin, Germany.  Below is more information on the Open High Availability Cluster announcement.

Visit for the source code and more information.

Listen to a podcast with Meenakshi Kaul-Basu, Director of Availability Products:

Read the official press release:


Solaris Cluster is Sun's High Availability Cluster offering.

The Solaris Cluster open source code base is called “Open High Availability (HA) Cluster”. See:

Open HA Cluster is part of OpenSolaris, available in the HA Clusters Community Group on

The Open HA Cluster source code is available under the Common Development and Distribution License (CDDL).


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