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

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.


Video Review: BlackVue DR650GW-2CH Dashcam

I get a lot out of video reviews. YouTube is often one of my first stops when I’m shopping around, even for cheap things. So I thought I’d try my hand at it for a product I recently bought, a car dashcam.

I’m reasonably happy with the way it turned out, but man was it hard work. Coming up with 12 minutes of things to say was easy, but having to pair it with 12 minutes of video is insane.

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.

Best Practices for Oracle Solaris Network Performance with Oracle VM Server for SPARC

A new document has been published on OTN: "How to Get the Best Performance from Oracle VM Server for SPARC"
by Jon Anderson, Pradhap Devarajan, Darrin Johnson, Narayana Janga, Raghuram Kothakota, Justin Hatch, Ravi Nallan, and Jeff Savit.

It's time already

(Sorry for the political/religious slant this post takes... I've been trying to stay focused on technology, but sometimes events are simply too large to ignore...)
The execution of John Foley is just the latest.  But for me, its the straw that broke the camel's back. 
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