Wednesday Jul 29, 2009

Missed the OpenSolaris Chat in Second Life?

There is a replay of the audio with slides of the recent Pro OpenSolaris Author Chat in Second Life.

Book by Harry Foxwell and Christine Tran

Pro OpenSolaris was written to demonstrate that you can host your open source applications and solutions on OpenSolaris, taking advantage of its advanced features such as containers and other forms of virtualization, the ZFS file system, and DTrace. Spend an hour with author Harry Foxwell and learn more about the latest release - OpenSolaris 2009.06, and features such as Crossbow.

Harry Foxwell is a system engineer for Sun Microsystems Federal, Inc., specializing in operating system support (Solaris, OpenSolaris, and Linux). He is also an adjunct professor of computer science at George Mason University, where he has taught, among other classes, operating system courses based on OpenSolaris. He has also written several book reviews for ACM’s Computing Reviews.

Access the reply on the Social Learning Exchange today!

Thank you,

Christy Confetti Higgins
Information Services: Digital Libraries & Research
christy.confetti-AT-sun.com

Friday Jun 19, 2009

Exciting New Event at the Solaris Campus in Second Life

Pro OpenSolaris Author Chat with Harry Foxwell

Thursday, July 9th
9-10am SLT/PT
(Second Life Time is the same as Pacific Time)

Location: Sun Solaris Campus in Second Life (SLURL) http://slurl.com/secondlife/Sun%20Microsystems%201/32/231/22


Book by Harry Foxwell and Christine Tran

Pro OpenSolaris was written to demonstrate that you can host your open source applications and solutions on OpenSolaris, taking advantage of its advanced features such as containers and other forms of virtualization, the ZFS file system, and DTrace. Spend an hour with author Harry Foxwell and learn more about the latest release - OpenSolaris 2009.06, and features such as Crossbow.

Harry Foxwell is a system engineer for Sun Microsystems Federal, Inc., specializing in operating system support (Solaris, OpenSolaris, and Linux). He is also an adjunct professor of computer science at George Mason University, where he has taught, among other classes, operating system courses based on OpenSolaris. He has also written several book reviews for ACM’s Computing Reviews.

Friday May 01, 2009

Next Solaris Campus Event: Demystifying MySQL for Solaris Administrators

With George Trujillo (Ty Valdez) Tuesday, May 5th at 9-10am PDT


Demystifying MySQL for Solaris Administrators

George Trujillo (Ty Valdez) and Steve Jones will be presenting a Demystifying MySQL for Solaris Administrators on May 5th, 2009 in Second Life.  This presentation is a very detailed technical presentation designed for experienced Unix/Linux administrators to understand installation, configuration and management of MySQL on Solaris platforms.  MySQL best practices along with Solaris features that can leverage database management such as ZFS will be included.  Topics will include:

  • Strategies for laying out database servers on Solaris (Unix/Linux) platforms.
  • Understanding the MySQL architecture. 
  • Installing MySQL using MOCA (GOCA) for best practices.
  • Starting and stopping the MySQL database server.
  • Top ten things to configure after creating a MySQL database server.
  • Using MySQL with ZFS.
  • Managing MySQL on a Solaris platform.

Location: Sun Solaris Campus in Second Life (SLURL): http://slurl.com/secondlife/Sun%20Microsystems%201/32/231/22

George Trujillo is a DBA with expertise in MySQL - read his blog here

Monday Jan 12, 2009

Solaris Security Expert Chat & Q&A

Expert Chat on February 24, 2009 at 9am PT /SLT with Sun's Glenn Brunette, Distinguished Engineer at Sun Microsystems. Glenn will speak at the Sun Solaris Campus (search > places > solaris campus) about the top 5 Solaris Security features and have a Q&A sessions. See his blog entry for details.

Glenn Brunette is a Sun Distinguished Engineer with over 15 years experience in information security. Glenn currently works in Sun's Global Sales and Service CTO as the Director and Chief Architect of the GSS Security Office. In this role, Glenn is responsible for global security strategy and architecture, security-focused collaboration and knowledge sharing as well as improving the quality and security of products and services delivered to Sun's customers.

We hope to see you there!


Monday Oct 20, 2008

Chat with Solaris author Darryl Gove - Utilizing CMT Systems

Join us at the Solaris Campus as Darryl Grove, the author of the recent SMI Press book entitled Solaris Application Programming, will  discuss developing multi-threaded/parallel applications on Solaris. CMT = Chip Multi-Threading.

When: October 28, 2008 - 9am PT (SLT)
Location: Sun Solaris Campus in Second Life (SLURL) http://slurl.com/secondlife/Sun%20Microsystems%201/32/231/22

Here is more information about Darryl:

Darryl's Blog: http://blogs.sun.com/d/
Darryl's current Book: http://www.sun.com/books/catalog/solaris_app_programming.xml

Hope to see you there!

Christy (SL: Violet Portola)

Friday Sep 26, 2008

Solaris Campus - Building a learning community around Solaris

The Solaris Campus in Second Life is being launched on October 10, 2008. Come for the kick-off and you can participate in:

  • Live session with a Sun certified instructor teaching a workshop on Solaris 10 10/08 Update - learn all that's new with Solaris 10.
  • Join in a variety of learning activities on the Solaris Campus including a treasure hunt that you'll have fun with and learn more about the Solaris 10 10/08 update.
While you are there, you'll see that there are many activities, workshops, basic ZFS knowledge (bring your friends), experts and events all around Solaris and all available to you via Second Life.

Come join us at the Solaris Campus (it's on a relaxing beach!) and have fun learning and networking with other Solaris users and experts!

Don't forget to join the Sun Microsystems News group in Second Life (Search > Groups > Sun Microsystems News) to get all the news about events, activities and new features on the Sun islands in Second Life. Join our community today!

More information and full calendar of events at: http://blogs.sun.com/solariscampus
SLURL (location in Second Life): Coming soon! (Search > Places > Sun Microsystems > there will be signs by October 4 leading you to the Solaris Campus)

Wednesday Apr 23, 2008

Solaris Application Programming - SMI Press Author Chat with Darryl Gove

We are holding our second SMI Press Author Chat - April 24, 2008 - 9am SL (PT)! This time, we welcome Darryl Gove, author of Solaris Application Programming.

Solaris Application Programming

Solaris Application Programming is a comprehensive guide to optimizing the performance of applications running in your Solaris environment. From the fundamentals of system performance to using analysis and optimization tools to their fullest, this wide-ranging resource shows developers and software architects how to get the most from Solaris systems and applications.

The chat is hosted by Sun Developer Network (SDN) and is being held in Sun's new Andromeda Theatre at the Sun Pavilion in Second Life (SLURL: http://slurl.com/secondlife/Sun%20Microsystems%201/128/81/71)

Come listen to Darryl talk about his latest book and then participate in a chat with him during the Q&A! There will even be a contest with the prize being a signed copy of Darryl's book - come participate with us and find out more.

Check out Darryl's blog for more information about his expertise and interests. 

Hope to see you there!

Christy (SL: Violet Portola)

Sunday Mar 16, 2008

Windlight Version of Second Life Worth a Look


We had some time to work on a port of Linden Labs latest viewer, code named Windlight.  It is now available as a first look release, version 1.19.1.x.  Though there are still a few minor issues on the Solaris port, the graphics are fantastic.  Here's a shot from the Solaris version of 1.19.1.1 from a private Sun island.  Notice the clouds, water, and surface textures.  They're getting more and more life like!

Windlight Solaris 

As soon as he's worked out the kinks Dana will be posting the patches for the Solaris version of the Windlight viewer so that others can make it available outside Sun. Watch Dana's Blog for details.

If you have a good graphics card on your system, install 1.19.1.x, pull up the Preferences, click Graphics, and either adjust the slider towards Ultra or click Custom and play with the knobs. 

 

Wednesday Feb 27, 2008

Solaris Version of the Second Life Viewer

If you haven't been reading Dana Fagerstrom's blog (Senior Engineer at Sun), you are likely not aware of his efforts to port the Second Life viewer to Solaris.  He's actually been quite successful and has had a working version since May of 2007.  Today, an anonymous contributer made packages available for Solaris 10 and OpenSolaris.  The details are available on Jeff Barr's blog. Therefore, you have no excuse.  If you use Second Life and have Solaris 10 or OpenSolaris install on an x86 system, why aren't you using the Solaris viewer?  As proof, Dana has provided the following screen shot off his system:

 

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