Oracle launches new SPARC M8-Based Servers

Posted by Bill Bradford on Sep 18, 2017

Oracle has launched new SPARC M8 based servers.

There are rumors that the SPARC M8 will be the “end of the line” for the SPARC architecture (due to the recent mass layoffs of Solaris software and SPARC hardware developers at Oracle) but these rumors have yet to be confirmed.

“The Sudden Death and Eternal Life of Solaris”

Posted by Bill Bradford on Sep 4, 2017

“The Sudden Death and Eternal Life of Solaris” is a blog article by Bryan Cantrill with his thoughts on Oracle’s recent staff terminations.

Oracle lays off large number of Solaris tech staff

Posted by Bill Bradford on Sep 3, 2017

This tweet by Simon Phipps claims that a large portion of Solaris technical staff were let go – as a “Silent EOL” of the product – in the recent Oracle layoffs on Friday, September 1st.

Wow – thank you so much for contributing to my GoFundMe

Posted by Bill Bradford on Aug 22, 2017

Thank you so much to everyone who has contributed to my GoFundMe for kidney cancer treatment and medical expenses.
In six days, we’re just under the half-way point to the goal!

https://www.gofundme.com/misterbill

I’ve been diagnosed with kidney cancer.

Posted by Bill Bradford on Aug 17, 2017

Donate now: https://www.gofundme.com/misterbill

Almost two months ago, I had an 8-day hospital stay wherein I was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes… my body had been eating itself (diabetic ketoacidosis) for a couple of months and my discharge weight indicated I’d lost 100 lbs over the previous two months. I had thought I was just not getting over the flu very well.

The diabetes is (easily) now under control with metformin and diet changes. During the hospital stay, they found out a large mass on my left kidney and spots on my lungs – I have Stage 4 kidney cancer.

3-4 weeks from now, I’ll be having robotic laproscopic surgery to remove that left kidney and tumor, and a few weeks after that, will start immunotherapy to hopefully get rid of the spots in my lungs.

I’m recovered from the ketoacidosis and have most of my strengh and balance back, just in time to deal with this surgery. I’m looking at 4-5 days in the hospital,
then a couple of weeks at home to rest and heal before I go back to my (desk) job.

All of my paid time off and sick leave was used up during that hospital stay, and after insurance, I owe the hospital $4200 (my yearly out of pocket maximum of $5K has been met). Right now the only payment option I can afford is to send them a monthly payment for the next three years.

Work does not offer any short or long-term disability, but they’ve offered to “advance” me next year’s PTO/sick leave for this next hospital stay and being out of work.

However, that’s only three weeks of leave, total – and using all of it up would leave me with no vacation or time off at all for the next year. If there’s complications and I’m out for more than three weeks, I won’t get paid, and won’t be able to pay my bills.

I set the goal at $20K. This covers my existing hospital bill + doctor bills that I haven’t received yet, up to two months of my normal salary amount, and GoFundMe’s overhead/percentage. I’m usually the guy who goes out of his way to help others; I hate having to ask for charity from other people. Any amount you can contribute will help.

Thank you so much. If the goal is met and I don’t end up having to be out of work for long, I’ll use the extra funds to pay for ongoing treatment after the end of the year and to keep my decrepit car on the road so I have reliable transportation.

More Sun-related layoffs at Oracle?

Posted by Bill Bradford on Aug 4, 2017

An article at Phoronix discusses more recent layoffs in Sun/SPARC-related teams at Oracle.

Sun Microsystems 35th Anniversary

Posted by Bill Bradford on Feb 24, 2017

Today would have been Sun’s 35th anniversary as a company.

Larry Wake on Twitter shared this video from 2002 at the 20th Anniversary of Sun.

Oracle officially cancels Solaris 12

Posted by Bill Bradford on Jan 18, 2017

According to this Ars Technicha article, Oracle is officially cancelling any plans for Solaris 12, instead focusing on what they call “Solaris 11.next”, which is expected to be released in late 2018 and last through 2021.

Rumor: Solaris being discontinued?

Posted by Bill Bradford on Dec 1, 2016

According to this post at thelayoff.com, Solaris and any future SPARC hardware is being cancelled / discontinued.

Solaris being canned, at least 50% of teams to be RIF’d in short term
All hands meetings being cancelled on orders from legal to prevent news from spreading.
Hardware teams being told to cease development.
There will be no Solaris 12, final release will be 11.4.
Orders coming straight from Larry.
No info on timing yet.

Debian Linux dropping SPARC support (for now)

Posted by Bill Bradford on Jul 27, 2015

According to this Debian Devel-Announce mailing list post, support for the SPARC architecture is being dropped from the Debian linux distribution. Debian SPARC has for years been a 64-bit kernel with a 32-bit userland, and there are notes that it may return as fully 64-bit (both kernel and userland) in the future.

Oracle releases updated SPARC processor documentation

Posted by Bill Bradford on Apr 28, 2015

Oracle has released updated documentation covering up to current versions of the SPARC processor.

Solaris to adopt OpenBSD “pf” packet filter

Posted by Bill Bradford on Apr 12, 2015

From this blog post comes the news that Solaris will soon be adopting the OpenBSD “pf” firewall / packet filter in Solaris 11.3, and Oracle hopes to make it the default in Solaris 12. I think this is a good thing, as current IPF in Solaris is ancient, and is what “pf” was designed to replace originally in OpenBSD.

More Sparc M7 CPU information

Posted by jkemp on Oct 14, 2014

The latest iteration of the tech, the Sparc M7, is due to launch sometime next year – although exact dates remain vague – and to hear Ellison tell it, it’s “the most important thing we’ve done in silicon, maybe ever.”

Ellison pins Oracle’s hopes on cloud… and Sparc

Ellison: Sparc M7 is Oracle’s most important silicon EVER

Oracle reveals 32-core, 10 BEEELLION-transistor SPARC M7

Solaris 11.2 GA available now for download

Posted by jkemp on Aug 18, 2014

Solaris 11.2 GA has been released, and is available for download in the standard spot.

Download Oracle Solaris 11.2

Lots of good Oracle Solaris 11.2 howto’s here:

Solaris 11.2 getting started items

Sparc M7 chip has 32 cores

Posted by jkemp on Aug 18, 2014

Oracle Cranks Up The Cores To 32 With Sparc M7 Chip

Say what you will about Oracle co-founder and CEO Larry Ellison, but when the software giant bought Sun Microsystems more than four years ago, for $7.4 billion, he said that he had seen the light and wanted Oracle to control its own hardware and created specialized machinery tuned up to run Oracle’s software stack. Despite falling sales in the early years, which have now stabilized and are now growing, Oracle has continued to invest in hardware.