Who, besides me, misses Sun Mcrosystems?

Oracle is still struggling to secure Java 7 left wide open to hackers since last October…. Apple and Mozilla have both decided to mark Java as MalWare on their respective systems.  


Published in: on January 13, 2013 at 11:37 pm  Leave a Comment  

Oracle to shutter sun.com

Its a race to see if the last of our Sun servers disappears before or after the domain.

Oracle kills Sun.com after starvation diet • The Register


Oracle is killing Sun.com, the online home of Sun Microsystems and one of the oldest dot-com domain names.

An entry on the Oracle’s OTN Garage says that sun.com will be decommissioned on June 1.


Published in: on March 16, 2011 at 5:28 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, OpenOffice.org project is now The Document Foundation while the OpenOffice.org 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 OpenOffice.org brand that it owns to the community.

Until there’s a decision from Oracle the OpenOffice.org 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 – TheServerSide.com

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  

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  

Illumos to become OpenSolaris Fork

Illumos has undertaken to remove the last pieces of closed source software (e.g. libc)  from OpenSolaris and plans to release a Solaris-compatible  fork.  They have lined up Nexenta, Berlios, Joyent and others to support the effort to insure the OpenSolaris ecosystem is secure against any attempt to starve OpenSolaris.   Of course they hope that Oracle will be a full partner in the effort and benefit, like everyone else, from the open source effort.

Illumos is not a distro in itself, but it hopes to be a starting point or a reference build, for people who do use it to release distros.   It plans to be “packaging neutral”, allowing generic packages to be translated to .deb or RPM as desired by each distro.  The Illumos releases support x86, amd64, VMWare and VirtualBox.  SPARC coming soon.

Published in: on August 3, 2010 at 5:45 pm  Leave a Comment  

Oracle Pulls the plug on Sun’s PostgreSQL servers

Sun was at one time trying to make Solaris more attractive by making sure you could use PostgresQL with it as an alternative to the fabulously expensive Oracle database.

Guess what?

Oracle Pulls the Rug Out From Under PostgreSQL | Javalobby

Before the Oracle acquisition, Sun was contributing three servers to the build farm for the PostgreSQL project to test updates and ensure stability on Solaris. Even though PostgreSQL was technically a competitor to Sun’s MySQL, the company still supported development of the project and contributed DTrace support and other features to the platform. This week, Oracle pulled the plug on those servers with no warning, causing a frantic search for new hosts.

Published in: on July 29, 2010 at 9:23 pm  Leave a Comment  

New VirtualBox 3.2 Beta

Looks tempting.  I wonder exactly what level of support they have included for “Mac OS X guests”?  It would be nice (but possibly illegal) if OS X guests were supported under Windows 🙂

VirtualBox 3.2 Beta – New Features and Re-Branding | Architects Zone

All references to VirtualBox have been changed to ‘Oracle VirtualBox’ by Oracle with no impact to compatibility they say. Some of the most significant new features are considered “bleeding-edge,” like the experimental support for Mac OS X guests. Another cool feature is Memory Ballooning. This allows a Virtual Machine to dynamically increase or decrease the amount of RAM that it uses. This feature works only in 64-bit hosts.

OVB 3.2 also has new CPU hot-plugging features [ but only on Linux and Windows, Ed. ]

Published in: on April 30, 2010 at 1:17 pm  Leave a Comment  

Solaris 10 license: free for trial only

OSNews has picked up on a post that points out a change in the Solaris license terms:

Solaris No Longer Free

“Hot on the heals of Oracle’s revamp of Solaris support, the licensing agreement for free downloads of Solaris 10 have changed. Here is the bit in question: “…Please remember, your right to use Solaris acquired as a download is limited to a trial of 90 days, unless you acquire a service contract for the downloaded Software”. So far the OpenSolaris license has not changed, it’s still CDDL.”

Published in: on March 29, 2010 at 6:12 pm  Comments (1)