Archive for November, 2007

Solaris blogs/reviews

November 23, 2007
1. Server Upgrade Time – elemental.org gets modern — Elektronkind, 11/17
Dale Ghent mentions that a new Dell PowerEdge 860 running Solaris 10 8/07 has been chosen to replace the infrastructure of elemental.org. The upgrade went without a hitch, and he details how is taking advantage of ZFS in this new infrastructure setup.

2. OpenSolaris as SCSI Target — Within Reason, 11/19
Ceri Davies talks about the OpenSolaris COMSTAR project releasing their first set of bits. Ceri explains that with this introduction OpenSolaris now supports native CIFS and that he had to try it as soon as possible. The code drop works on Solaris 10 and he explains how he got this going.

3. Proxying Requests Through the Solaris SNMP Daemon — Blog O’ Matty, 11/18
In this blog, Matty referst to a previous blog he wrote about Orca being used to graph JVM utilization. He explains that in order to get the solution running, you must be able to use the Java SNMP agent. He suggests using the Solaris SNMP daemon when using multiple SNMP agents.

4. New Arrival… — Sparks and White Noise, 11/16
Octave Orgeron shows his readers that he has finally received the Sun SPARC Enterprise T5120. He notes that he will be reviewing this for the next few weeks and blogging about his experiences with Solaris and LDOMs.

5. Saving the Planet with Sun’s Thin Client or an Asus Eee PC – Tim Anderson’s ITWriting
Tim Anderson touches on the Sun Ray 2 and claims that the typical power consumption is 8 watts versus 50-120 for a traditional PC. He explains that he is unsure about using a thin client for allof his work, but likes the idea of accomplishing common tasks without firing up an energy hungry PC or laptop.

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NetBeans Reviews

November 21, 2007

1. Eclipse Veteran Switches to NetBeans — David Heffelfinger’s Notes on Software Development, Technology and Life, 11/17
David follows up his post from last week on how he decided to give NetBeans 6 a try. He was impressed with JSF visual development with the Woodstock libraries, but disappointed that JSF didn’t work with Maven projects. He then explains that he moved back to Eclipse after his NetBeans trial, as he has done in the past, but this time found himself “missing NetBeans,” then highlights how the NetBeans editor has closed the gap with Eclipse. He ends his post with “count me in as a new convert.”
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2. Improving NetBeans 6.0 Eclipse Key Bindings — David Heffelfinger’s Notes on Software Development, Technology and Life, 11/20
David continues his ponderings about a switch from Eclipse to NetBeans by writing about how the inclusion of Eclipse bindings in NetBeans 6.0 makes switching from Eclipse easier. He then offers a list of keyboard shortcuts that will be familiar to Eclipse users to help with the transition.

3. Eclipse vs. NetBeans — Vasanth Dharmaraj’s Blog, 11/19
Vasanth also decided to try NetBeans to do internal tools and proof of concepts at work in order to give it a fair evaluation. He admits it is hard to use NetBeans long enough to judge it because he has to learn it and “unlearn Eclipse.” At the end of the post, he discusses how he does like “Mark Occurrences” has been implemented in NetBeans.

4. Eclipse RCP vs. NetBeans Platform — Kai’s Blog, 11/20
Kai — another Eclipse developer — writing about his decision to try NetBeans 6.0 because of its strong buzz. Specifically, he shares the conclusion he reached in comparing Eclipse RCP and NetBeans for an article he wrote for a German Eclipse-focused publication, which is that both platform offer strengths and that a decision on which to use should be based upon the application requirements.

5. Why I tend to prefer NetBeans over Eclipse — Jihed Amine Maaref, 11/16
Jihed, a computer engineering student, offers his very detailed reasoning why he favors NetBeans vs. Eclipse. The reasons include the fact that NetBeans is a coherent IDE, it works out of the box, it is free, it is actively supported, it is made by the Java inventor, and it integrates “nice productivity tools.”

6. NetBeans 6.0 RC1, more thoughts… some bad ones — The NetBeans Experience, 11/20
Iwan, an Eclipse developer, offers up his experience specifically with NetBeans 6.0 RC1. He conveys that some bugs he reported were fixed to his satisfaction. He then reports how he hasn’t been able to do much with NetBeans because the latest dev build “screwed up my build files” and using RC1 didn’t fix the problem. He shows faith the problem can be addressed, but will report a bug if it doesn’t.

7. NetBeans 6 RC1 has serious performance issues on Ubuntu 7.10 — blogbeebe, 11/16
Bill Bebe ran into some issues running NetBeans 6 RC1 on Ubuntu 7.10. NetBeans team is following up with him to resolve the problems.

Sun Advances File-Sharing with Windows

November 20, 2007
Sun introduces new projects to improve file-sharing between Windows and OpenSolaris. The CIFS Server features software code that implements the common internet file system protocol, enabling Microsoft users to store files on an OpenSolaris system. Conversely, CIFS client enables OpenSolaris systems to act as CIFS clients in a Microsoft environment. The client stores and retrieves files on a Microsoft CIFS system, thus completing file-sharing capabilities between OpenSolaris and Microsoft environments.

Sun’s Busy Week

November 19, 2007

This ServerWatch article spotlights Sun’s busy week from new high performance computing offerings to new Netras to unveiling xVM inking deals with Dell. The piece notes, “At Oracle OpenWorld in San Francisco, Sun CEO Jonathan Schwartz officially unveiled Sun xVM, its new virtualization technology. If that weren’t big enough news, the even bigger news to come out of the show was the OEM deal Sun inked with Dell to distribute and support Sun’s Solaris OS on Dell PowerEdge servers.”

Solaris reviews and blogs

November 16, 2007
1. Running the Solaris SNMP Daemon as an Unprivileged User — Blog O’Matty, 11/13
Matty touches on the Solaris SNMP daemeon and points out that it is no different from most other SNMP agents. The one advantage that it does have however, is that you can configure it to run as a non-privileged user.

2. Apple Leopard Reviews — ZDNet, 11/13
In this blog, Paul Murphy speaks about Apple’s OS X 10.5 and its new adaption of ZFS. He explains that this effort will reduce complexity for Apple and them a chance to position their application developers to jump into the integrated server/playphone world of the future.

3. DTrace for Erlang — Nabble, 11/13
In this blog, G Bulmer discusses how DTrace is now available on Mac OS X, as well as Solaris. He explains on how to build Erlang on Dtrace provider and points out that DTrace costs are relatively low.

4. An Open Letter to the Community: A Proposed Solution — CuddleTech, 11/11
In an effort to use a name that “provides advantages to both the OpenSolaris Community and to Sun Microsystems,” Ben proposes a new term for Project Indiana — OpenSolaris RD (short for OpenSolaris’ reference distribution). He requests “serious consideration” of this proposal by Sun Microsystems, Project Indiana Founder and Chief OS Strategist Ian Murdock and the OpenSolaris Governing Board.

5. Why OS X and Not Linux? — Speedymac, 11/10
With every new major release of Linux and Solaris, this blogger likes to take a look to see if either is coming close to the desktop experience that he now enjoys. He explains that he uses Mac OS X on the desktop and open source for deployment. He feels as though he has gotten more done using this platform then any other.

6. My Mac Becomes a VMWare Host — Blogging from Berkeley, 11/7
In this blog, David Van Couvering explains his installation of Indiana as a working environment. He is working to install Solaris Express Developer Edition as well because he remembers how quickly Solaris moves, particularly with disk I/O. He praises the Sun team for an incredibly nice install experience with ZFS and is a large fan.

NetBeans Reviews

November 15, 2007

1. Creating NetBeans Ruby Hints with Scala – Part 1 — Exploring Beautiful Languages, 11/12
Developer Luis Diego Fallas takes his audience through his effort to leverage the NetBeans Ruby Hints and Quick Fixes along with the Scala language to create a NetBeans Ruby Hint. His motivation was to help Ruby beginners figure out alternative ways of accomplishing tasks.

2. Eclipse RCP "Clearly Superior" to NetBeans?? May I disagree? — Javalobby, 11/8
Blogger Fabrizio Giudici writes about how he takes issue with a claim by Mike Milinkovic in an eWEEK article about how Eclipse is "clearly superior" because it is a platform backed by an open community, and should not be compared to NetBeans on this basis. He feels that subjective opinions should always be factored in, and uses his experience with both platforms as an example, where NetBeans has come to service his needs much better because it doesn’t use Swing and therefore is not as useful for developing desktop applications

3. Eclipse Veteran Tries NetBeans 6 — David Heffelfinger’s Notes on Software Development, Technology and Life, 11/7
This Eclipse developer reveals how he decided to try NetBeans 6 because of its inclusion of the Woodstock JSF component library. He states up front that he is "impressed with NetBeans 6" because of how easy it is to use as a visual JSF development environment. He balanced this praise with issues he has with integrating with Maven. He states that if JSF visual development worked better with Maven, he would be tempted to dump Eclipse.

Sun receives two HPCwire awards at Super Computing 07

November 14, 2007
HPCwire, the leading source for global news and information covering the high performance computing, announced the winners of HPCwire’s annual Readers’ and Editors’ Choice Awards at the 2007 International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage and Analysis (SC07) in Reno, Nevada yesterday.

Sun has won two awards here:

Editors’ Choice Award for Best Price/Performance HPC Storage Technology or Product: Sun Fire X4500 Server
Editors’ Choice Award: Top 5 Companies to Watch in 2008: Sun Microsystems

Sun Awards in SC07

Congratulations to ALL!!!

ServerWatch tutorial on Solaris FileBench

November 13, 2007
ServerWatch posted a short, positive review on Solaris FileBench, providing an overview of what it is, why it’s useful and how to use it. The reviewer, Carla Schroder, writes positively about creating realistic profiles and configurations, as well as the ability to create and compare benchmarks for optimal configuration. She states: “The real power of FileBench, however, comes through in its adaptability.”

Sun’s Constellation for Supercomputing

November 12, 2007
Our new high-performance computing (HPC) system, the Constellation, has the potential to create the largest supercomputer on the planet. The system is built on mainstream operating systems and hardware but users a new storage system, the Sun StorageTek 5800, which is capable of holding half a petabyte of storage per rack. According to our HPC Director Bjorn Andersson, what we have done is to take general-purpose, industry-standard products coupled with open-source software and "designed it as an open, scalable architecture." Check out the ComputerWorld story here, plus the video of what a Sun StorageTek 5800 customer has to say about the latest innovation from Sun.

Solaris reviews and blogs

November 9, 2007
1. How To: Installing Solaris 10 on a VMWare Server — SysAdmin’s Diary, 11/07
The blogger provides a step by step “how to” for installing Solaris 10 on a VMWare server — for those “too lazy to read the official documents.” Each step is accompanied by a screenshot. The blogger concludes at the end that it is “not difficult” to install Solaris 10.

2. Thinking ZFS: Keys for Success — Blog of Ben Rockwood, 11/02
In this blog, Ben explains that while ZFS makes storage easier than ever, it is important to have a solid grasp of the core concepts before users can use it efficiently. He points out that many people think of the ZFS create command as creating a new file system, when in reality, you are creating a new dataset.

3. Sun opens ‘Indiana’ chapter of OpenSolaris — CNET, 11/02
In this blog, Stephen Shankland talk to the new release of Project Indiana and how the Linux-like programming approach has helped to make a stronger connection to the other parts of the open-source environment.

4. Project Indiana Released. — Overflow, 11/01
Bryan Allen discusses the exciting milestone for OpenSolaris titled Project Indiana. He writes with excitement about the inclusion of ZFS and states that “Sun’s release schedule of every six months is encouraging.”

5. Can’t Wait Until RAID-Z Supports Boot/Root on Sparc64 — Live Journal 11/01
In this blog, Michael Bevilacqua gives a brief tutorial on how he has switched from having only RAID 1 mirroring for the root drive that contains the root, to “RAID-Z’ing” the rest of his four 33.6GiB disks. He points out that it is great that he does not need to mess with slices any longer and does not miss long fdisk calculations.