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Open Source

Recently, I caught up with Lee Bieber, a Sun engineering manager in charge of, among other projects, Drizzle, Sun's open-source project for a lightweight, optimized SQL database for cloud and Web applications. He mentioned a demo application being developed by his team to create a highly scalable search engine that retrieves, indexes, and searches for data. The application will be a key demo at...
on May 27, 2009
A recent article in The Guardian presents an informative analysis of how the recession is affecting adoption of open-source software. Bottom line: The cost factor matters, but of course, and more companies are experimenting with the adoption of open-source software as a cost-saving alternative. Tough choices abound. However, continuing improving open-source software, such as Sun-sponsored...
on Mar 31, 2009
Yesterday, in a short video interview, Open-Source Technology in Emerging Markets, on The Wall Street Journal, Simon Phipps, Sun's chief open source officer, starts by defining open-source technology and describing its benefits. He then explains why Brazil and South Africa have been assuming a leadership role in open-source technology in government, education, and other areas, mainly for cost-...
on Mar 18, 2009
LinuxWorld's recent interview with Sun VP Jim McHugh is full of enlightening observations on the Solaris OS, which is now open source as the OpenSolaris Project. You'll read about the advantages of Solaris over other platforms, the number of Solaris shipments in the last five years, the latest status of the OpenSolaris Project, the future versions of Solaris and OpenSolaris, and other...
on Mar 11, 2009
ZDNet Australia recently published a Q&A with Sun Open-Source Officer Simon Phipps, in which he commented on the following topics: Sun's acquisition of MySQL and its fit in the company's new structure The growth of OpenOffice.org ("35 million downloads since October" for version 3.0) and the impressive number of plug-ins The developers, Sun and non-Sun, who are hard at work on the "core code...
on Mar 3, 2009
OpenOffice reached a minor milestone in late January by releasing version 3.0.1. No new features, but two enhancements—more robust grammar checks and an increase in the limit of personal word lists—are terrific. OpenOffice has long engendered kudos. About a year ago, version 2.3 was named "the best download of 2007" by CNET. There have been many significant strides since.
on Feb 26, 2009
Thanks to Sun technology evangelist Brian Leonard, we now know how to install JavaFX on the OpenSolaris OS: Just follow his five-step procedure, complete with screen shots. Looks simple and intuitive to me. Have a try yourself. Incidentally, The Observatory, on which Brian and his fellow evangelists blog frequently, is full of gems regarding the OpenSolaris OS. Excellent job by those...
on Feb 6, 2009
eWeek just published an illuminating two-part series, Sun Enhancements to OpenSolaris Take Aim at Linux. The author, Jason Brooks, starts by writing, "The updates to the free Solaris-based OS [show] that Sun will not follow IBM and HP in letting Linux take over the platform space once dominated by [UNIX]." He then describes the benefits of the major capabilities in OpenSolaris 2008.11 and the...
on Jan 31, 2009
OpenSolaris 2008.11, the latest release of Sun's open-source operating system, is well worth a look. Here are four reference resources: Screencast: What's New in OpenSolaris 2008.11? by Sun technology evangelist Roman Strobl: features and demos Sun News Radio: Get the Scoop on OpenSolaris 2008.11 by Sun director of Solaris marketing Charlie Boyle: Time Slider, repository packages, desktop,...
on Jan 13, 2009
The OpenSolaris Learning Cloud Service, an on-demand lab, offers all the features of recently released OpenSolaris 2008.11. All you need is a My Sun account, which you can sign up for free. Do read the instructions, which include the login and password for accessing the service and suggestions of features to check out. I got a demo yesterday from a colleague. Pretty neat! To learn about cloud...
on Dec 12, 2008
It's a milestone day for the OpenSolaris OS, Sun's open-source operating system: Release 2008.11 is now available. On the home page of opensolaris.com is a list of related videos, including one that describes the enhancements and new features for users, system administrators, and developers.Here are a few handy links: Downloads Features Community Ignite Newsletter OpenSolaris is intuitive to...
on Dec 10, 2008
Take a look at the OpenSolaris monthly newsletter called Ignite. The debut issue, launched in October, includes news items, a ZFS tutorial, reviews, and blogs. The second issue (November 2008) is now off the press, with the highlights of the upcoming OpenSolaris 2008.11 release, an announcement of the 2008 winners of the OpenSolaris Community Innovation Awards, a screencast on the ZFS features,...
on Nov 18, 2008
Check out this blog: Success with OpenSolaris + ZFS + MySQL in production! by Don MacAskill at SmugMug. It discusses his favorable impressions from running MySQL on OpenSolaris in production and concurrently benefiting from the volume and file-system management capabilities offered by ZFS. To quote MacAskill, "[ZFS] is pure heaven to work with. This is how file systems should have always been...
on Nov 11, 2008
In a new article on Sun Developer Network, Introducing pfexec, a Convenient Utility in the OpenSolaris OS, Sun senior systems engineer Joerg Moellenkamp tells you about a neat utility in the OpenSolaris OS. A system administrator can create a role, assign the Primary Administrator rights profile to it, and then assign users to the profile. Subsequently, those users can perform the tasks defined...
on Oct 14, 2008
Roman Strobl's recent posting on The Observatory contains a nice map that shows the locations of the OpenSolaris user groups, which now total 70, spread throughout the world. For more details, see this list on opensolaris.org. Not only are there OpenSolaris user groups in major cities like Beijing and San Francisco, you'll also find those groups in Puget Sound, Washington and Kiev, Ukraine....
on Sep 11, 2008
The kudos for OpenSolaris keep coming. Here are a few recent postings: Sun Ultra 24 and OpenSolaris 2008.05 First Impressions"I've been using the new box and OpenSolaris for a week now and have no complaints. All and all a great experience for me and for my MacBook Pro." What Make Solaris Different From Other OSZoning, DTrace, more stability, better security, ZFS, office productivity .... Five...
on Sep 8, 2008
A video presentation by Sun's Roman Shaposhnik at the June 25 OpenSolaris Developer Conference in Prague is worth a look. The talk focuses on the reasons why it makes sense to develop applications on the OpenSolaris platform with Sun Studio as a tool of choice. The video also features a talk by Adriaan De Groot, who discusses the nuances of building the KDE Project in C++ with Sun Studio on...
on Aug 28, 2008
Earlier, Lee Bieber—an engineering manager-cum-friend I worked with at Sun before and who just rejoined the company (yay!)—pointed me to a Slashdot posting: OpenSolaris from a Linux Admin Perspective It refers to a recent Linux Format article that highlights the observations from Juliet Kemp, who "takes OpenSolaris for a test drive." Included are her assessments of the installation...
on Aug 20, 2008
Sun's Tim Foster has posted an informative list of news items on OpenSolaris for July 2008. Included are a project proposal for support of the Sierra-Intel WiFi chipsets, presentation slides from the OpenSolaris Developer Conference 2008, the start of the Integrated Load Balancer project, and so forth. Thanks to Tim for all the updates. Please keep them up!While on the subject of OpenSolaris,...
on Aug 18, 2008
The list of finalists for SourceForge.net's 2008 Community Choice Awards is worth a look. I was impressed by the page design, which highlights the categories, project names, and their URLs "above the fold," so to speak. According to the CCA home page, the winners will be announced later this week during OSCON 2008, of which Sun is a platinum sponsor. OpenOffice.org is a finalist in three...
on Jul 22, 2008