Oetiker is very well know for most (ok, some at least) of us from great handy tools like RRDtool and MRTG.
Thank you Tobias and others for keeping OmniOS alive.
The open-source community has fought back and resurrected the development of OmniOS – an Oracle-free non-proprietary variant of Solaris, which had been shelved in April. The development of OmniOS, a distribution of Illumos derived from Sun's open-source flavor of Solaris, was killed after five years of work by web applications …
Thanks for that, never heard of the some of those. Would be good to have a Solaris like OS available for Sparc, to make use of all the cheap but good Sun hardware, espcially if it has zones and zfs. There's quite a bit of work going on with Debian Sparc, though you have put up with systemd. However, i'm getting good results with FreeBSD Sparc. Seems rock solid, though it's not fully supported and you have to build packages. Running Xvnc at the server, with a client on X86 windows / Linux for X login and gui. Still trying to build mate etc, but so many dependencies...
Wow, many down-votes for a plain statement of fact.
The Illumos family is exemplar of platform fragmentation, and suffers from the same community defects as the BSD family.
Solaris lost the primary distinguishing part of its value-prop when Linux got ZFS. Linux already had alternatives for everything else in Solaris, like better raw performance, Crossbow networking, Zones paravirtualization, etc.
Oracle has given Solaris 10 users an easier way to migrate their apps – to a more modern version of Solaris.
The help comes in the form of sysdiff – a Python script that Big Red states will analyze a Solaris 10 rig to find the "binaries, libraries, modified data, and configuration files that are not part of Oracle Solaris 10 itself."
The script outputs a package compatible with Oracle's Image Packaging System, and that package should be ready for deployment under Solaris 11.4 (the latest version of the OS).
Oracle has created an additional version of the Solaris operating system it acquired in 2009, when it bought Sun Microsystems.
The new cut of the OS is called a Common Build Environment (CBE). As explained by Oracle senior software engineer Darren Moffat this week, a CBE is akin to a beta because it includes prerelease builds of a forthcoming Solaris release.
Those releases are called Support Repository Updates (SRUs) and now arrive each month. Any security fixes delivered in Oracle's quarterly Critical Patch Updates (CPUs) are delivered in SRUs.
A mysterious criminal gang is targeting telcos' Linux and Solaris boxes, because it perceives they aren't being watched by infosec teams that have focussed their efforts on securing Windows.
Security vendor CrowdStrike claims it's spotted the group and that it "has been consistently targeting the telecommunications sector at a global scale since at least 2016 … to retrieve highly specific information from mobile communication infrastructure, such as subscriber information and call metadata." The gang appears to understand telco operations well enough to surf the carrier-to-carrier links that enable mobile roaming, across borders and between carriers, to spread its payloads.
CrowdStrike principal consultant Jamie Harries and senior security researcher Dan Mayer named the group "LightBasin", but it also goes by the handle "UNC1945".
A US judge has denied HPE's motion for a summary judgement in its long-running Solaris operating system support squabble with Oracle.
The original lawsuit had accused Hewlett Packard Enterprise of selling unauthorized updates to the Oracle software.
The order [PDF] means the case stands every chance of rumbling on a good while longer. "The Court will deny Defendant's motion and grant Plaintiffs' motion as to HPE's affirmative defenses," the order said.
Oracle has done something a little odd: exhuming ancient blog posts about Solaris and SPARC by former Sun luminaries that have moved on to other things.
The company released one batch in December 2020 when it announced the restoration of 13 articles, dating back to 2006, by former Senior Principal Software Engineer Darryl Gove.
This week the company announced the release of more old articles, in a post with the odd headline “More Older, Still Useful Content Made Available”. The post says the new batch of articles, and the first lot, “got accidentally deleted” when the author left Oracle. The author of the newly exhumed posts is former Oracle Principal Software Engineer James McPherson.
Oracle appears to be losing patience with Solaris users who won’t adopt the newest 11.4 release of the OS.
The database giant this month notified folks that as of January 2021 "premier support" for version 11.3 will end. Oracle’s next tier of support for that build of the operating system is “extended support,” which Oracle’s Lifetime Support Policy explains offers the same support services as premier albeit for an extra fee and only for three years.
Support is available beyond the extended offering: “sustaining support” will continue for as long as you keep paying Big Red license fees, but does not include “new updates, fixes, security alerts, data fixes, and critical patch updates.”
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