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illumos Meetup at FOSDEM
Saturday, February 4, at 6:00 PM
Going to FOSDEM? Linda Kateley will be there in the illumos booth and has organized a meetup on Saturday, February 4, at 6:00 PM at the NH Hotel, Rue Bodenbroek 2/4, Brussels.

RSVP here.


FOSDEM is a free and non-commercial event organized by the community for the community. The goal is to provide Free Software and Open Source developers and communities a place to meet to:

  • get in touch with other developers and projects
  • be informed about the latest developments in the Free Software and Open Source world
  • attend interesting talks and presentations held in large conference rooms by Free Software and Open Source project leaders and committers on various topics
  • to promote the development and the benefits of Free Software and Open Source solutions

Participation and attendance is totally free, though the organization gratefully accepts donations and sponsorships.

Simplified Administration with ZFS
Migrating an OS from an HP Desktop to a Sun Ultra 40

"Simplified administration with ZFS," a post by Isaac Rozenfeld, covers migrating the OS image from an HP Pavillion desktop a1150y to a Sun Ultra 40. With the hardware properly configured, the four-year-old Phoenix BIOS easily detected the ZFS submirror, and the GRUB menu came up quite nicely, showing all of the Boot Environments created over the lifespan of the OS installation when it was on the HP desktop. With the ZFS dataset submirror running, the next step was to add the second disk from the HP machine so that the pool could operate in a non-degraded state.

Solaris 10 OS and ZFS Cut Costs, Boost Uptime as Alternative to RAID
Application Now Deploys on Less Costly Entry-level Server but Improves Performance

The post by Frederic P "ZFS secures your application" describes a cost-saving alternative to using an internal RAID storage controller in an entry-level server. That solution uses the Oracle Solaris 10 OS and its ZFS file system to mirror the root hard drive. The benefits realized include higher uptime, simpler management, faster deployment, better data integrity and lower hardware cost. It was possible to deploy an application on a Sun Fire X2270 class system vs a X4170 class one -- a 20% difference in base prices -- and to reduce unplanned downtime and maintenance time from hours to minutes.

MySQL: An Introduction for Oracle DBAs
A Guide for the Novice
Working from the assumption that there are DBAs with MySQL sitting idle on their corporate servers, Patrick Hurley was written "MySQL: An Introduction for Oracle DBAs," which employs a comprehensive approach that begins with connecting to MySQL and extends through such necessaries as determining which sessions are currently connected to MySQL; which users are defined and what is the scope of their authority; what are the techniques for backup and restore; and how does one install MySQL. This is truly introductory but nevertheless useful material, especially for DBAs who have not wet their feet in the mysterious MySQL waters.
MySQL 5.0 and 5.1 available on Solaris 11
available on Solaris 11

MySQL 5.0 and 5.1 are now available for Solaris 11. A post on the Solaris and Systems Information for ISVs site all but performs the install (which it calls "as simple as typing) for you.

Linux Adoption Trends 2012: A Survey of Enterprise End Users

The Linux Foundation and Yeoman Technology Group conducted an invitation-only survey of 1893 enterprise Linux users. Among the findings are plans by 80% of respondents to implement Linux servers in the next 12 months; 72% plan to use Linux to support their "big data" operations; the number of respondents with reservations about technical issues declined from 40% in 2010 to 20.3%; 22% fewer cite perceptions by management as an impediment to Linux implementations, and 10% fewer cite no issues at all impeding the success of Linux; and some 66.6% of respondents consider Linux to be more secure than Windows.

Oracle Exadata Database Machine X2-8 Facilities Operations for Energy Management Solutions Provider
Enhances both Performance and Flexibility of EnerNOC's Data Warehouse and OLTP Databases
Oracle Exadata Database Machine X2-2 has enabled EnerNOC, a provider of energy management applications and solutions for the smart grid, to improve the performance of its business-critical services. EnerNOC's implementation of two half-rack Oracle Exadata Database Machine X2-2 systems has enhanced performance of its real-time demand response database out-of-the-box by 5X and produced a 2x-5x boost in performance of its current Extract Transform and Load (ETL) processing out-of-the-box. I/O resource utilization has declined by over 50 percent, and EnerNOC has deployed both online transaction processing (OLTP) databases and data warehouses in a single centrally managed system.
Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
Vol 167 Issues 1,2 and 3; Vol 166 Issues 1, 2, 3 and 4; Vol 165 Issue 5
We track how frequently each article is viewed on the web site to determine which the readers consider the most important. For last week, the top 10 articles were:

  • ZFS+10: illumos Meetup
  • Live Upgrade and ZFS Versioning
  • Oracle Sun Fire X4800 M2 Sets x86 World Record on TPC-C Benchmark
  • Oracle Critical Patch Update Announcement - January 2012
  • New ZFSSA firmware release
  • Using Deduplication as a Primary Storage Technology
  • Solaris 11 Compliance with DISA Security Guidance
  • Disaster Recovery for Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud with Oracle Exadata Database Machine
  • Netra SPARC T4-2 SPECjvm2008 World Record Performance
  • PeopleSoft OVM Red Paper

The longer version of this article has list of top ten articles for the last 8 weeks.

    Ruby Plug-in Available for NetBeans IDE 7.1
    Easy Install; Runs as Expected
    There is now a Ruby plug-in for NetBeans IDE 7.1 that Geertjian Wielenga announces in his post, noting that it "installs without a hitch." His post features a screen shot of the Projects window that shows a Ruby sample project and the Ruby editor.
    World Record x86 TPC-C Result
    Sun Fire X4800 M2 Server
    Oracle's Sun Fire X4800 M2 server equipped with eight 2.4 GHz Intel Xeon Processor E7-8870 chips and 4TB RAM and 160 CPU threads obtained a result of 4,803,718 tpmC on the TPC-C benchmark with a price performance of $0.98/tpmC using the Oracle Linux OS with Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel Release 2 and Oracle Database 11g Release 2 with partitioning. This result is 2.5x times better performance than the next 8-processor result, an IBM System p 570 equipped with POWER6 processors, and 3.1x times better price/performance than the 8-processor 4.7GHz POWER6 IBM System p 570.
    Documentation for Common Sysadmin Tasks
    Titles for Both Solaris 10 and Solaris 11
    The two principal guides documenting common system administration duties for Solaris 10 are Basic Administration and Advanced Administration. The documentation for Solaris 11 is contained, for the most part, in a single volume, Oracle Solaris 11 Common Tasks Guide. Additional documentation is available in Oracle Solaris 11 Documentation Library and in Setting Up and Administering Printers Using CUPS. Rick Ramsey's blog provides links to each of these titles.
    Oracle Certified Associate (OCA), Oracle Solaris 11 System Administrator
    Newest Certification for Solaris 11 Sys Admins
    Become an Oracle Certified Associate (OCA), Oracle Solaris 11 System Administrator, the newest certification available for Oracle Solaris system administrators with a strong foundation in the administration of the Oracle Solaris 11 Operating System and are proficient in essential system administration skills such as managing local disk devices, managing file systems, installing and removing Solaris packages and patches, performing system boot procedures and system processes. Candidates can earn the OCA certification with a single exam: The "Oracle Solaris 11 System Administration" exam (1Z1-821) at the greatly discounted rate of $50 USD. Exam appointments are available now at
    Java Technology
    Java Spotlight Episode 65: Deployment & Plugin
    Java Deployment and Plugin Team Make Appearance
    Episode 65 of the Java Spotlight features an interview with Joe McGlynn, Thomas Ng and Henry James of the Deployment and Plugin Team about recent changes in Java Deployment and Plugin. Dalibor Topic, Java Free and Open Source Software Ambassador, and Alexis Moussine-Pouchkine, Java EE Developer Advocate, are this episode's panelists.
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