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.

Employed again!

Posted by Bill Bradford on Feb 26, 2015

Thanks, everyone for the emails, leads, tips, and so forth. I started a new full-time position earlier this week.

Sr. Systems Administrator looking for employment – Houston

Posted by Bill Bradford on Jan 9, 2015

(Update: I started a new position in late February! Thanks everyone.)

I don’t often bring personal matters onto the site, but I was affected by a “Reduction In Force” due to “Changing Market Conditions” and laid off from my employer of the past twelve years this past Wednesday. As a result, I’m looking for employment in the Houston area.

I’m Sun and Red Hat (RHCE) certified, have worked with all major flavors of UNIX and Linux, and am heavily versed in running infrastructure applications – Sendmail/Postfix, BIND/DNS, the LAMP Apache/MySQL software stack, shell scripting, building open source software from source code (or installing packages) and so forth.

I also have heavy experience working with NetApp network storage hardware and software, virtualization environments such as VMWare vSphere/ESXi and Linux KVM.

I “do Windows” as well and have experience with IIS, SQL Server, and Active Directory, in addition to integrating Windows and Linux environments using Samba and other third party tools.

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.

When the Sun sets, the stories come out.

Posted by Bill Bradford on May 30, 2014

This IEEE Spectrum article tells about the Sun employee reunion that happened last Saturday evening at Sun’s first corporate headquarters building in Mountain View.

James Gosling grades Oracle’s handling of Sun’s technology

Posted by Bill Bradford on Jan 14, 2014

In this InfoWorld article, Java founder James Gosling rates Oracle’s handling of Sun’s technologies in the four years since the acquisition.

In short, Java gets a passing grade, while the treatment of the Solaris operating system fails miserably.

Oracle suing companies providing “illegal” third-party Solaris OS support

Posted by Bill Bradford on Jul 26, 2013

This NetworkWorld article describes how Oracle is going after third-party companies who provide “illegal” Solaris support (patches, updates) to customers who don’t want to go through Oracle.

Adobe supports ColdFusion on Solaris 10/11 (SPARC)

Posted by jkemp on Jul 15, 2013

Adobe supports ColdFusion on Solaris 10/11 (SPARC)

Adobe supports ColdFusion 10 on Solaris 11 (SPARC). The Adobe “Tech Specs” document discusses the details of the supported configurations.

https://blogs.oracle.com/partnertech/entry/adobe_supports_coldfusion_on_solaris

http://www.adobe.com/products/coldfusion-standard/tech-specs.html

Oracle halting development of Sun Ray technologies

Posted by jkemp on Jul 15, 2013

Oracle will soon be announcing that it’s discontinuing development of its Virtual Desktop Infrastructure, Sun Ray software and hardware, and Oracle Virtual Desktop Client product lines.

https://blogs.oracle.com/virtualization/entry/important_information_about_oracle_desktop

http://www.zdnet.com/oracle-to-halt-development-of-sun-virtualization-technologies-7000018028/

TechTarget article about Oracle and the “hobbyist” community

Posted by Bill Bradford on Apr 3, 2013

I’m quoted in this TechTarget article about Oracle’s attitude toward the “hobbyist” community.

Sun Fire 280R with 3,737 days of uptime

Posted by Bill Bradford on Mar 14, 2013

This YouTube video documents the final shutdown of a SunFire 280R server with 3,737 (10.24) years of continual uptime.
It beats my personal record of almost two years on a Solaris machine, and more than six years on a Cisco switch.

No Longer Running Ads

Posted by Bill Bradford on Feb 13, 2013

I’ve completely removed all advertising from SunHELP, and will be redesigning the site soon. If you happen to run into a page with an ad on it, please let me know.

OpenSolaris.org shutting down 24 March 2013

Posted by jkemp on Feb 13, 2013

OpenSolaris.org shutting down 24 March 2013

http://hub.opensolaris.org/bin/view/Main/

If you need anything from OpenSolaris.org, now is the time to download and archive it.