"If a Solaris box experiences a system panic, the OS takes a snapshot of memory, compresses it, and sends it to Oracle."
Um. I hope this is off by default.
Oracle's Solaris operating system remains widely used, even though Big Red more or less froze development of the product in 2018 save for regular Support Repository Updates (SRUs) that add minor updates and bug fixes. But on Wednesday the company announced a reasonably significant addition to the OS, called the ACT Service. …
I just confirmed that Oracle Solaris support is $1,000 per year. You can find this on https://shop.oracle.com then browse products / operating systems.
There are plenty of versions of Solaris. A lot of people like OpenIndiana, and Samsung was such a fan of SmartOS that they bought Joyent.
Give some of these a try!
Solaris crash dumps have been sent to Sun ... errr ... Oracle for years if you enabled the service. It is/was called explorer and most customers had it turned on even if they didn't send the data automatically. If you called support - 1800USA4SUN - they'd ask you to run it and get details about the system as well as any crash dumps on the box. That included the panic strings. I mean ...
/usr/bin/mdb -k *.0
(Replace 0 with the one you want to debug.)
does the same thing and you just email that to the support person, if there are any left. I'm not sure what the difference is here but my badge was turned off years ago.
P.S. - Pretty sure ACT has been around for awhile. Installing it by default - Like we had to fight for years to get SUNWexplorer installed in the OS - is a good thing.
P.P.S. - Glad to see Chris is still fighting the good fight.
>Is OpenIndiana that bad?
To be attactive to enterprise, it really needs a business behind it; like what Red Hat Inc has done with the RedHat distribution.
Thinking about this does raise the question why HP haven't done this and got into bed with SPARC International, given HP court battles with Oracle.
Aside: A quick look at the OpenIndiana website, indicates they didn't get rights to the full system documentation - the document list and contents does seem to be thinner than I remember the box of documentation Sun shipped.