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01 Oct 2014
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illumos day 2014 [38551]
by Robert Mustacchi

Robert writes, "Saturday September 27th was illumos day 2014, hosted as a follow on to Surge 2014. illumos day was really quite nice and it was a good gathering of both folks who have been in the community for some time, and those who were just getting started. I was able to record the talks and so you can find them all in the following Youtube playlist..."
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10 Feb 2014
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illumos FAQs [34656]
A fully open community project to develop a reliable and scalable operating system.

illumos is a fully open community project to develop a reliable and scalable operating system. It began as a fork of the former OpenSolaris operating system.

  • What is the objective of the illumos project?
  • How do I download the software?
  • Is illumos free software (open source)?
  • Is illumos a Nexenta or Joyent project?
  • Is illumos a community project?
  • How do I start contributing?
  • How do I build illumos?
  • How do I build a distribution based on illumos?
  • Is illumos compatible with Solaris/OpenSolaris?
  • What changes does illumos maintain?
  • Will you track Oracle changes?
  • Will you work on sending illumos changes upstream?
  • Why did you announce the project after it was set up and much of the code written?
  • Some choices of project infrastructure were not made by a community vote - what drove these choices?
  • And the name illumos?

Read on for details.
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07 Feb 2014
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illumos watch [34765]
December 2013 & January 2014

Alasdair Lumsden writes,"Hi all, welcome to my second illumos watch blog post. As I missed December due to the festive period, this January edition will include updates from December as well.

Some big news is that Nexenta have released their fork of illumos-gate to the wild, with complete history and changesets. This is great news for the community, as there are a lot of improvements, including slow drive ejection code. Looking forward to giving this a spin..."
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18 May 2013
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illumos and the 2013 Google Summer of Code [31012]
third year of participation

The illumos project has been accepted as a mentoring organization for the 2013 Google Summer of Code (this marks our third year of participation in GSoC). The illumos project is a community-driven open source operating system development project derived from the former OpenSolaris project. Google's Summer of Code program promotes student involvement in open source communities by sponsoring summer internships for students to work on projects like illumos. Members of the illumos community (including Nexenta and Joyent) support this program by offering experienced staff members willing to mentor student projects.

If you might like to apply for one of these internships, or just want to learn more about our involvement in this program, please see the illumos GSoC page. OpenIndiana is also participating, under the illumos umbrella.
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22 Apr 2013
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What's new in pkgsrc-2013Q1 [30646]
pkgsrc is a framework for building third-party software on UNIX-like systems

pkgsrc is a framework for building third-party software on NetBSD and other UNIX-like systems, currently containing over 12000 packages. It is used to enable freely available software to be configured and built easily on supported platforms.

The binary packages that are produced by pkgsrc can be used without having to compile everything from source. NetBSD already contains the necessary tools for managing binary packages, on other platforms you need to bootstrap pkgsrc to get the package management tools installed.

As usual there were many hundreds of changes which went into this quarterly release of pkgsrc. Here are some of the more interesting and useful changes.

  • OpenSSL 1.0.1 with AES-NI support
  • GCC Go support for SmartOS/illumos
  • Networking utilities on SmartOS
  • Major package versions

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02 Mar 2013
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Adam Leventhal Ponders the Issue of Systems Software: Alive or Dead? [29981]
Far From a Dead Species, He Contends

A comment by a prospective employee sent Adam Leventhal on a mission. The comment echoed one of the applicant's college professors who asserted that systems programming was at a dead end. Leventhal defined four sorts of "systems programming." Among the four types are:

  • supporting systems software
  • accidental systems software
  • replacement systems software
  • intentional systems software

That said, is systems programming truly dead? No, Leventhal responds. "As more and more critical applications build on an interface, the more value there is in improving the systems software beneath it. Systems software is defined by the constraints; itÂ’s a mission and a mindset."
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