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Open Source

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
I have a friend. He wrote his own programming language. Then he proceeded to embed said language into his own webserver. He found someone crazy enough to host his mishmash. Now he does all types of server side application development in this stack he cobbled together. I know building things to understand them motivates my friend. In fact, I think his motto is "certum quod factum". We...
on Oct 8, 2008
This time, my work had about 800 lines changes/new lines spanning 16 files and was implementing two RFCs. All that was plain simple java code and not very complicated, but still the worry I always had about presenting the changes to the reviewers (in different geos) came up on my head. It is still my code and not their code. It should be as easy as possible for them to understand the changes...
on Sep 24, 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
I released SomnifugiJMS v22 a few weeks back. Not alpha-0-22. This subtlety is a big change in approach for a small change in code. I make fewer changes in each release, and the extremely stabile JMS specification is only so big. I've added most of the features I intend to implement. After eight years of work, six years in production systems, and 21 alpha releases it's starting to feel done. I'd...
on Jul 23, 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
This is a contribution to Jetty Web Server, to allow SMF on Solaris 10 machines to manage Jetty servers, see the benefits Allow non-root users to bind to privileged port Watchdog service (can restart server if process is down for unknown reason) Standard use of SMF service So what is SMF ? It stands for Service Management Facility. See more information at OpenSolaris website. And a small...
on Jul 16, 2008
For some time I was thinking about writing this post and I have just watched Chris DiBona presenting a fantastic session called Open Source is Magic in Google I/O and got motivated. In addition to this, today is Download Day (if you have not downloaded Firefox 3.0 yet, go ahead and do it), so nothing better than write about open source on this Tuesday. I was deep thinking why people write open...
on Jun 17, 2008
For my German blog over at nosilverbullet.de I use Roller as the blog engine. Being a lazy person I did not bother to design a theme for myself. So I went over to roller.dev.java.net and downloaded the theme collection. Of these the theme "rational" was the one I chose for my blog. Testing the theme on my development box I surprisingly noticed that I wasn't able to post comments. Of course I...
on Jun 13, 2008
Last week’s JavaOne had a separate track on open source, and there’s been a substantial number of very interesting panels, discussions and presentations. However, i felt that these talks concentrated mostly on big, well-established and very broad open-source communities. While it is perfectly understandable, the few dozens of these high-profile communities do not reflect the specific problems...
on May 19, 2008
Paul Krill's recent interview on InfoWorld with Ian Murdock, creator of Debian Linux and now Sun's VP of developer and community marketing, sheds light on many frequently discussed aspects of open source as they relate to Sun. The question of how to make money from open source remains a key one. Here's part of Ian's response: "[T]here are ample opportunities to make money because even though...
on May 13, 2008
On May 7th, 2008, Varun Rupela and I gave a talk on "The Future of Testing: How Community Engagement Is Changing the Rules" at the JavaONE conference in San Francisco. At Sun's GlassFish Quality Engineering team, we have been seeing a trend for the past few years, ever since GlassFish joined the open source revolution, that more and more features are developed by the community, but these...
on May 12, 2008
I much enjoyed attending the session "Future Challenges for Open Source and Java Technology" yesterday on Day Two of JavaOne. Here's a summary of the session.
on May 8, 2008
I entered a new company a bit over a year ago. Came back from Paris to my beloved French Riviera. Calanques, pastis and aïoli, i'm back. In this company i am developing a new version of an old foxpro product which displays performance information in movie theaters. The old product -which i respect a lot- (developed in two days, sold and worked flawlessly as-is for years) had to be revamped....
on Apr 29, 2008
FISL 9.0 starts tomorrow at Porto Alegre, south Brazil. If you have ever been there, you know what I'm talking about. It's 3 energized days to meet people, aggregate communities, discuss technologies and talk about business and politics regarding F/OSS. At the same time, during the FISL, SouJava and RSJUG organize the Javali Event. Among the speakers, some friends of us will be present. Let's...
on Apr 16, 2008
A recent blog on CNET, Open-Source Software As Guerrilla Marketing Strategy, contains insightful quotes about the advantages of open source. Notable is the expanded horizon of contributors, some of whom end up being hired by the companies that make their software open source. In my recent conversations with champions and overseers of open-source projects at Sun, I heard about that trend, too,...
on Apr 2, 2008