Friday, August 28, 2009

Sunday, April 27, 2008

Solaris 10 5/08 (aka Update 5)

Sun has released the fifth update for Solaris 10, it comes with the cpu resource caping daemon and with support for deploying Solaris 8 and 9 inside a zone. Check it out!

Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Free (as in beer) OpenSolaris Starter Kit

Ok, my apologies to the few worthy people out there, it's been a while and I've been in hell for the last two months. I'll tell you about it later, but in the meantime it's my duty to let you guys know about this freebie. The dudes @ OpenSolaris & Sun are mailing this starter kits for free. Get yours now!

Thursday, January 04, 2007

P2P TV distribution

Although I don't watch much TV, I've found through The Register this interesting project: TheVeniceProject. It's developed by the same guys that created Kazaa and Skype. It involves distributing tv signals through a p2p network. They are currently on beta and if I'm not mistaken they're going live sometime during next year. (God is it 2007 already? Is next year 2008? Time does fly...).

I think it's a very good idea and that we'll see similar (rip-offs) of this project sponsored by the MPAA (pronounced mafia) and TV networks. Companies all round the world are looking for new ways to deliver content on demand and very targeted ads (as in those viral marketing campaigns you see in youtube). High speed internet connections for consumers have been cheap (or at least not too expensive) for some time now and distributing high bandwidth content trough P2P networks has proven successful (BitTorrent anyone?). So my first point is this: how come no one ever thought of this thing before?

These guys look like they are very young and talented. They are posting their progress on their blog together with a bunch of pictures, and guess what they're using for servers and OS? Ubuntu Linux and Solaris 10 deployed on Sun Fire X2200 servers (just look at the comments, especially the last one). Which takes me to my second point: open source software works and almost all innovation comes from deploying services on OSS platforms. These people are developing what might become the next big thing in video distribution.

I didn't see any indication as to what video protocol they're using for streaming the video/audio content, but my guess is that it might be a hacked version of Ogg/Theora or Xvid, given they're implying that the quality is not as HDTV but more like normal TV (Instant prayer moment: please Lord don't let it be wmv or real or flash or quickbugs!!!). It's not a video download warez nor another file sharing app either. My other guess is that it uses the same technique to get past firewalls as Skype does, so this should be a huge hit. Too bad that the beta program is invite only cause I would have loved to test this stuff myself. If I'm not mistaken, the client runs on bugware only, but if we take into consideration that we have Skype for Linux, Mac and PDA's and this stuff is engineered by the same guys/team, we can rest assured this will be multiplatform too.

Check the Venice project colocation gallery and the blog. UPDATE: and the screenshots!

Friday, December 15, 2006

Get The REAL Facts Campaign

FSF launched a campaign against M$ Vista bugware. I joyfully agree with them. It was time that someone told the truth with authority and total Independence from a single vendor. Thank you FSF!!!

Get the REAL facts about Microsoft Windows Vista.

Thanks God we run our shop with the Unix Genuine Advantage.

Monday, December 11, 2006

Solaris 10 11/06 released

Seasons greetings for everyone, Santa Claus uses Unix too, you know? Okay, today there is much rejoicing among our community!!!

Solaris 10 11/06 (aka Update 3) has been released with the long awaited Trusted Extensions framework ready for production use. Did I mention the Secure By Default profile? So, how about kissing M$ pseudo-security enhanced "hasta la Vista" (sucks-a-lot & defective-by-design) from your corporate laptop goodbye..?

Do your servers & development workstations a favour and get Solaris today.

BOFHs are grateful that we can restrict our lusers even more!!! :-P

Thursday, November 23, 2006

AOSUG Official Meeting

The Argentina OpenSolaris Users Group (AOSUG) has scheduled our first meeting for November 30 at 19:00 hs. It will take place at Universidad Del Salvador (address: Marcelo T. de Alvear 1312 in Buenos Aires). Sun Marketing Team Argentina is also collaborating with us by providing Media Kits for the attendants.

I want to take this opportunity to thank the authorities from Unversidad del Salvador and Sun Microsystems Argentina as well as the AOSUG Community for making this meeting possible. You don't wanna miss it!!!! If you are a developer or a SysAdmin be there!!! Unix, Linux, and technology enthusiasts are welcomed!!!

Let us build a community around this wonderfull OS and share our views into the future of systems infrastructure!!! We are counting on you guys and I hope I'll see you all there.