Sun: Install Solaris 10 and We’ll Serve You. … Dinner?

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| The picture of the woman giving food to the boy is pretty hilarious stock
| photography by itself… it’s definitely good for a “write a caption for this
| picture” contest.

OpenSolaris follows Linux to the mainframe

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| The OpenSolaris port is designed to use the same interface as Linux, Boyes
| said, meaning that software written for Linux on the mainframe should work on
| OpenSolaris, too. As with Linux, the operating system runs atop IBM's z/VM
| virtual-machine foundation rather than on the "bare metal," which eases
| issues of sharing hardware with other operating systems.

Sun Seeks to Improve Business by Restructuring Its Stock

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| If you don't know the stock market, $5 a share may sound like the stock of a
| good, healthy company. Actually, it's usually seen as the mark of a company
| in deep trouble. Sun Microsystems, which has been mired below $10 a share for
| years, finally decided to do something about it. Earlier this month, Sun
| conducted a reverse four to one stock split.


OpenSolaris Project Indiana

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| With much anticipation by the OpenSolaris community, last night Sun had
| released their first developer preview for the binary desktop distribution
| that we have known over the past couple of months as Project Indiana. Ian
| Murdock and company are optimistic for this project that will address some of
| the existing Solaris adoption barriers when it comes to the installation,
| package management, and familiarization along with revitalizing the user
| experience. * * *
| [...]
| While there are all these improvements to OpenSolaris, this wasn't a
| trouble-free experience. Among the issues we have encountered thus far (in

| less than 12 hours of the Indiana Preview ISO being available) include wired
| network interfaces that have been working since early Linux 2.6 kernels still
| not working "out of the box" with Network Auto Magic, USB flash drive
| problems, and EDID monitor detection of an LCD's native resolution. When it
| came to the USB flash drive problems, several flash drives we tested had
| worked "out of the box" and auto-mounted within GNOME, but for two we had run
| into "Connecting device on port 4 failed" errors. * * * *

An Open Letter to the Community: A Proposed Solution

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| In closing, I believe in light of recent frustrations that a word be devoted
| to Mr Ian Murdock. I have had the pleasure of meeting with him several times
| since coming to Sun and getting to know his mind. I believe with ever core of
| my being that he is one of the most open minded and receptive technologists
| that I've ever met. I am personally offended by the various accusations that
| he is closed minded or inflexible. I humbly ask the community to consider
| that there are many persons at Sun who have various agenda's which are in
| several cases being unfairly placed on him. He has tried to be open and
| honest with the community and repaid with mockery and condescending remarks. * * * *

Sun Updates Open Source Roadmap *

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| "There's a broad perception that Sun is anti-Linux or competes with Linux,
| and that's not true," said Murdock, now chief operating systems platform
| strategist. "So to have someone with a broad Linux background come into Sun
| made sense." *

Sun's 'Project Copy Linux' not a Linux copy

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| Murdock also refused to talk about Sun's FISHworks project – billed as a
| NetApp killer.
| Sun has put some of its top Solaris engineers in charge of a
| software/hardware effort meant to create a solid network attached storage
| (NAS) appliance. The company demoed this project to analysts early this year,
| although it refuses to give reporters the same honor. *
| We did track down Adam Levanthal, one of the FISHworks leads and co-authors
| of DTrace, at OSCON. He revealed that the product should ship early next year
| and that it includes some special sauce above Solaris for handling storage. *
| "I'm not going to talk to you about it more than that," he said, rather
| bluntly.
| Why not just slap us in the face?

A First Look at The “OpenSolaris Developer Preview”

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| The Indiana project within has been spearheaded by Ian
| Murdock since the day he joined Sun. The idea was always simple and direct;
| to create a reference distribution based on all the open source bits
| available. To release something that allows anyone to just download it, run
| it, extend it without looking near and far for components. * *

Sun opens 'Indiana' chapter of OpenSolaris

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| However, not everything was flawless. In an inversion of the usual troubles,
| the operating system balked at using a wired network connection while working
| smoothly with my wireless adapter. Also, the fonts are ugly, with an
| un-antialiased capital U. And the operating system noticed but failed to
| mount a USB drive I inserted. For a better look at Indiana, though, check
| sites such as Blastwave. * *

"Save a Penguin, Unplug a Linux Server" May Win Most-Flamable E-Mail Award

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| I just got an e-mail from Sun which is probably the largest violation
| of L. Ron Hubbard's Survey tech that I've ever seen. It was an e-mail
| with the title of, "Save a Penguin - Unplug a Linux Server Today".

Solaris can never be Linux

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| Things haven't changed much at Sun. When Sun launched its
| OpenSolaris project in 2005 it used the Common Development and
| Distribution Licence - which is incompatible with the GPL - and
| some system code was not released.

OpenSolaris fans in a tizzy over 'Project Copy Linux'

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| Sun Microsystems has moved one mailing list posting closer to explaining
| how it plans to mimic the Linux distribution model with OpenSolaris.
| [...]
| The Solaris vendor spent the early part of this century mocking Linux.
| Next, it forced then CEO Scott McNealy to don a penguin suit and waddle
| around in front of analysts, extolling the virtues of Sun's own flavor
| of Linux. Then, Sun scrapped its own Linux in favor of selling Red Hat,
| while also mocking Red Hat.
| Now we find Sun trying to imitate part of the development model pushed
| by Canonical and Red Hat. Even though Sun likes to hold tight control
| over the Solaris proper releases, you can imagine the vendor picking
| up valuable bits and pieces created by the OpenSolaris developer
| community, just like the Linux vendors do with the work produced by
| their developer armies.