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Oracle Solaris, Solaris 10, Solaris 11 Express, Solaris 11, Oracle VM for SPARC and Illumos resources, news, and support articles.

Your language sucks...

As a result of work I've been doing for illumos, I've recently gotten re-engaged with internationalization, and the support for this in libc and localedef (I am the original author for our localedef.)

I've decided that human languages suck.  Some suck worse than others though, so I thought I'd write up a guide.  You can take this as "your language sucks if...", or perhaps a better view might be "your program sucks if you make assumptions this breaks..."

Oracle VM Server for SPARC Best Practices White Paper

I'm very pleased to announce a new white paper has been published: Oracle VM Server for SPARC Best Practices.

This paper shows how to configure to meet demanding performance and availability requirements.

My Problem with Feminism

I'm going to say some things here that may be controversial.  Certainly that headline is.  But please, bear with me, and read this before you judge too harshly.

As another writer said, 2014 has been a terrible year for women in tech.  (Whether in the industry, or in gaming.)  Arguably, this is not a new thing, but rather events are reaching a head.  Women (some at any rate) are being more vocal, and awareness of women's issues is up.  On the face of it, this should be a good thing.

On ZFS use at home...

The other day someone asked on the #zfs IRC ( chat about using ZFS at home. As one of the early adopters, I can say it is a great idea! I've been running ZFS at home since late 2005. The first pool of "stuff" I created has been upgraded, expanded, and had its drives replaced. In 2008 I created the latest version of "stuff" as a simple mirrored pair of HDDs. The prior version of "stuff" was transferred to the 2008 pool which is still in use.

Supporting Women in Open Source

Please have a look at Sage Weil's blog post on supporting the Ada Initiative, which supports women in open source development.

Sage is sponsoring an $8192 matching grant, to support women in open source development of open storage technology.

Oracle VM Server for SPARC Released

A new maintenance release to Oracle VM Server for SPARC has been released, providing
several enhancements described in the
What's New page.
This update
adds support for private VLANs
relieves virtual I/O scalability constraints.
This was already announced in the Virtualization Blog,
but the I/O scalability improvement deserves further discussion.

Previous blog entries have descri

If You're Going to San Francisco... Oracle OpenWorld 2014

Oracle Virtualization at Oracle OpenWorld

There is a rich set of virtualization sessions at Oracle OpenWorld, with presentations by experts, and with customer experience and insight. That starts with the
General Session
with Wim Coekaerts, Senior VP of Linux and Virtualization Engineering, on his virtualization strategy and roadmap.

I recommend the sessions on Oracle Virtual Compute Appliance (VCA).

Modernizing "less"

I have just spent an all-nighter doing something I didn't expect to do.

I've "modernized" less(1).  (That link is to the changeset.)

Goodbye UW IMAP! Hello Dovecot! Oracle Solaris 11 setup guide for Dovecot

After many years of being faithful to UW IMAP it was time to move on. The move was required since UW IMAP was no longer being supported and I was having problems using it with latest version of Horde Webmail, so I decided to install Dovecot on our Oracle Solaris 11 systems.

I was surprised how easy the installation went to get Dovecot working on Solaris 11, which was pleasing.


Tuning the OpenZFS write throttle

In previous posts I discussed the problems with the legacy ZFS write throttle that cause degraded performance and wildly variable latencies.

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