Get Your One-Click PostgreSQL Installers for Mac OS X Right Here

Free databases for fun and profit.  Enjoy.

EnterpriseDB: PostgreSQL Installer Guide

The one-click installers are packaged by EnterpriseDB for the PostgreSQL community, and are available for computers running Linux 32 or 64 bit, Mac OS X or Windows.

Published in: on October 5, 2010 at 7:41 pm  Leave a Comment  

OpenOffice breaks free


First OpenSolaris cuts out on Oracle to form the Illumos project and and OpenIndiana.  Now OpenOffice follows suit.  As the article says; get used to the name LibreOffice, because Oracle owns the OpenOffice name.


OpenOffice files Oracle divorce papers • The Register


Driving home the changes, project is now The Document Foundation while the suite has been given the temporary name of LibreOffice.

Oracle, meanwhile, has been humiliatingly invited to re-join the OpenOffice community by applying to the Foundation. It’s also been asked to donate the brand that it owns to the community.

Until there’s a decision from Oracle the suite will be retain the LibreOffice name. Based on Oracle’s history of responding to community ultimatums, we suggest you get used to LibreOffice.


Published in: on September 28, 2010 at 4:02 pm  Leave a Comment  

Gosling Unbound

So James Gosling made a few ungaurded comments in an interview recently.  A few are great,

well worth a read.  But the one that I found most interesting is below.   I always wondered why

a Java IDE was named “Eclipse”.


Gosling Unleashes on .NET, IBM, Glen Beck, iPads, Oracle & Others –

Gosling on IBM: “They’d do anything they can to screw Sun over. I mean, they didn’t name Eclipse casually. “

Published in: on September 24, 2010 at 3:36 pm  Leave a Comment  

The T3 Sparc servers are up for grabs from Oracle (that still sounds weird).   The four socket box runs 512 threads. 

Larry Ellison’s first Sparc chip and server • The Register


The Sparc T3 is a 16-core kicker to the current eight-core Sparc T2+. The initial versions of the Sparc T3 chip come with either 8 or 16 cores activated and run at one clock speed, 1.65 GHz, according to the spec sheet.

The Sparc T3 chips use a 40 nanometer process and are fabbed by Sun’s designated wafer baker for the T3 chips, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Corp. The chip has a die size of 371mm and like its predecessor offers glueless scalability from one to either two or four sockets. The Sparc T3 chip has eight threads per core and one nine-stage floating point unit per core. The Sparc T3 core has 8 KB of L1 data cache and 16 KB of L1 instruction cache and 6 MB of L2 cache shared by the cores, carved into 16 banks of 384 KB each. The on-chip memory controller supports DDR3 main memory, and Oracle is currently supporting 1.07 GHz sticks in the Sparc T3 systems.


Published in: on September 21, 2010 at 5:43 pm  Leave a Comment  

ACID databases and scalability

Thinking about hopping the last train to NoSQL-ville?  Here’s an article that explores what it might take to get a RDBS to scale well on commodity hardware.  Interesting.  Especially where it says they hope to release a code base in several months.

DBMS Musings: The problems with ACID, and how to fix them without going NoSQL

Our objective in this post is to explain why ACID is hard to scale. At the same time, we argue that NoSQL/NoACID is the lazy way around these difficulties—it would be better if the particular problems that make ACID hard to scale could be overcome. This is obviously a hard problem, but we have a few new ideas about where to begin.

Published in: on September 1, 2010 at 7:21 pm  Leave a Comment  

MariaDb for Mac OS X

Not for prime time, this is a developer alpha of the open source fork of MySQL which has gained new momentum in the wake of Oracle’s Java law suit.

MariaDB 5.1.49 for Mac OS X | Hakan Küçükyılmaz

Caution: this is the first installer I ever wrote on a Mac, so use it on a test system only!

Published in: on August 29, 2010 at 2:59 pm  Comments (2)  

Goolge won’t be at JavaOne

Just thought I’d pass along this note from the Google Blog.  It’s not a surprising announcement, but the tone speaks volumes.   Oracle may end up being cast as the new open source bogey man.  Hard to believe Microsoft could sink so low as to lose that title.  How sad is that?

An update on JavaOne – Google Open Source Blog

So we’re sad to announce that we won’t be able to present at JavaOne this year. We wish that we could, but Oracle’s recent lawsuit against Google and open source has made it impossible for us to freely share our thoughts about the future of Java and open source generally.

Published in: on August 29, 2010 at 1:39 pm  Leave a Comment  

OpenSolaris is (you guessed it) dead.

Actually, given the plans for a fork, and the recent description of the upcoming release of Solaris 11 – there wasn’t much point in keeping up pretenses.  Nevertheless, a memo was “leaked” over the weekend.  There is a link to it over at the Inquirer.

Oracle kills open solaris – The Inquirer

The Oracle executives said the firm will now release a developer edition of Solaris 11 as “Solaris 11 Express” with optional support service, by the end of the year. Customers on older Open Solaris releases will be “encouraged” to migrate to the new Express platform although it is not clear how this will be accomplished.

Published in: on August 16, 2010 at 3:30 pm  Leave a Comment  

And Gosling Weighs in on the Oracle Patent Suit

Although Gosling’s web site is currently suffering the Digg effect at the same time it is being Slashdotted, you can get a good analysis of his remarks over at eWeek, here.  

Java Creator Admits ‘No Surprise’ Over Android Lawsuit | eWEEK Europe UK

However in an 12 August blog post on the matter, Java creator James Gosling said:

“Oracle finally filed a patent lawsuit against Google. Not a big surprise. During the integration meetings between Sun and Oracle where we were being grilled about the patent situation between Sun and Google, we could see the Oracle lawyer’s eyes sparkle. Filing patent suits was never in Sun’s genetic code. Alas….

Published in: on August 13, 2010 at 5:35 pm  Leave a Comment  

Oracle’s plans for Solaris 11

Looks like Solaris 11 will be delayed about a year as Oracle adds a lot of value that will apparently not show up in OpenSolaris.  They appear content to let the OpenSolaris Governing Board dissolve at the end of August.

Oracle Details Solaris 11, OpenSolaris’ Future Shaky

What can we expect from Solaris 11? Well, it’s planned for the second half of 2011, and will see major changes all across the system, such as upgrades to “networking stacks, threading, file systems, package management and maintenance”. In addition, a lot of work will be put into scalability to get Solaris 11 ready for a new generation of hardware Oracle is developing.

Published in: on August 13, 2010 at 3:39 pm  Leave a Comment