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A distribution with an illumos kernel and debian packaging utilities
illumian is an illumos-based binary "distribution" using Debian-style package management tools. illumian was started by Nexenta Systems Inc. to fill some of their own needs, while leveraging as much as possible of the work being done in the OpenIndiana project.

Nexenta and others want Debian-style package management tools for familiarity and compatibility with existing internal tools. While the package format is like Debian, this is not a Debian distribution, which would imply a specific set of packages and their versions. Instead, this distribution uses the same versions of externally maintained packages as the OpenIndiana project uses, many of which are maintained in the "userland gate".

The initial collection of binary packages in illumian was designed to meet the immediate needs of illumian participants, including the need for a development environment for this distribution. The first distribution includes only a minimal collection of packages, similar to what is installed using the OpenIndiana "text mode" installer.

Joint Meetup of the Joyent Cloud, SmartOS and illumos Communities
Wednesday, March 7, 2012, 6:15 PM; San Francisco, CA
This will be a joint Meetup of the Joyent Cloud User Group, and the SmartOS and illumos Communities.

Join us for a presentation from Brian Clapper, CTO of Circonus. Brian will discuss how Circonus built in this support, what types of unique telemetry are supported in Circonus and instrumenting SmartOS. He will also provide a DevOps perspective on monitoring SmartOS based on experiences gleaned from work in performance optimization and high-scalability application development and monitoring at Circonus and OmniTI, a boutique consultancy that helps some of the biggest Web brands (Microsoft, Facebook, Etsy) speed up their sites and improve their architectures and application stacks.

Brian worked closely with Circonus CEO and Founder Theo Schlossnagle to integrate Joyent SmartOS into the Circonus monitoring platform. Brian is a noted expert on monitoring technology and a senior technology leader with over 10 years experience in web development and technical team leadership, focusing on high performance code.

MySQL Cluster 7.2: High Write Scalability, Very Low Latency
Ideal for for Highly Demanding Web-based and Communications Products and Services.
Oracle's MySQL Cluster 7.2 is designed to deliver cost-effective 99.999% availability, high write scalability and very low latency for highly demanding Web-based and communications products and services. Featuring both SQL and NoSQL access through a new Memcached API, MySQL Cluster represents a “best of both worlds” solution allowing key value operations and complex SQL queries within the same database. Oracle points out as well that, with MySQL Cluster 7.2, users can gain up to a 70x increase in performance on complex queries, and enhanced multi-data center scalability. Also released to general availability is the MySQL Cluster Manager, version 1.1.4.
Meet The MySQL Experts Podcast: MySQL & PHP
How PHP Developers can Use MySQL
On the latest episode of the Meet The MySQL Experts podcast focuses on MySQL & PHP and features Andrey Hristov and Johannes Schlüter from the MySQL Connectors Team talk who discuss the various ways PHP developers can use MySQL, and also how they can leverage the MySQL Query Analyzer to optimize queries.
Control Groups as a Tool in Oracle Linux 6 for Managing System Resources
Gives Sys Admins Fine Grained Control Over Resource Allocation
How well the cgroups (or control groups) in Oracle Linux 6 with the Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel (UEK) work toward resource allocation is the subject of the article by Ginny Henningsen and Lenz Grimmer, who contend that the new features in Oracle Linux 6, cgroups in particular, give administrators fine-grained control over resource allocations, making sure that applications get what they need to deliver consistent response times and adequate performance. On large systems, they write, kernel resource controllers—known as control groups (or cgroups)—can be especially useful to help strategic applications get the resources they need while limiting resources for other applications.
vBeers  South Florida: MurphyÂs@Hard Rock, Hollywood: 6pm-9pm
Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012; Cloud Security Alliance Meeting Starts at 5pm
Join us for the next South Florida vBeers!

Meet with local Virtualization enthusiasts and talk about technology, theory, politics of the industry or whatever else gets your propeller spinning.

NO marketing blather, NO Sponsors, and NO PowerPoint but you do have to buy your own drinks!

This is a great opportunity to meet with other virtualization enthusiasts and professionals and enjoy discussing all things virtualization, and in fact anything else that comes up in conversation ..

Location: Murphy’s Law Irish Bar

Address: 1 Seminole Way, Hollywood, FL 33314 USA

There will be in informal meeting from 5pm to 6pm, also at Murphy's, of a group of people who are organizing a local chapter of the Cloud Security Alliance (CSA). If you are interesting organizing or joining CSA South Florida, please come a little early.

Upgrade Your Skills To Oracle Solaris 11
Training and Certification Opportunities
Getting the most of an implementation of Oracle Solaris 11 requires, not surprisingly, an upgrade in administrative skills. Markus Weber writes a post that provides links to the variety of training materials and opportunities for users of Oracle Solaris 11. There are links to documentation, marketing and technical assets (webcast, podcasts, whitepapers, etc.), and training and certifications. In addition, the post includes a link to the podcast "Oracle Solaris 11: Upgrade Your Skills."
Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
Vol 168 Issues 1 and 2; Vol 167 Issues 1,2,3 and 4; Vol 166 Issues 3 and 4
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:

  • Support Coverage for Hardware and Operating Systems
  • Oracle Server Finder: New Tool for Sys Admins
  • illumos at the Beginning and Now at Nearly Two
  • Procedure for Installing and Configuring Oracle Solaris Cluster 4.0 in a Two-Node Cluster
  • Sun System Software Stacks
  • Advice on Which Exadata Storage Drive to Choose
  • Oracle Virtual Desktop Infrastructure: A Design Proposal for Hosted Virtual Desktops
  • Quick Start Guide for the VirtualBox Template for Oracle VM Manager
  • Oracle's SPARC T4-1B Server Module
  • Java EE 6 Samples in the SDK

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

    LibreOffice 3.5
    the best free office suite ever
    The Document Foundation announces LibreOffice 3.5, the third major release of "the best free office suite ever", which shows to end users the improvements derived from the development strategy adopted since September 2010. LibreOffice 3.5 derives from the combined effort of full time hackers - the largest group of experienced OOo code developers - and volunteer hackers, coordinated by the Engineering Steering Committee.
    Making Use of NFS v4 and LDAP for Shared Authentication
    Solves Problems with Earlier Protocols in Maintaining File Consistency
    Among the capabilities of the stateful NFS v4 protocol are that, unlike its stateless predecessor, NFS v3, it does not require the use of the Network Lock Manager to maintain file consistency. A further advantage of NFS v4 is that it can make use of LDAP to provide appropriate access to any directory or file. Blogger Donald has posted an explanation of how to install and get a very basic LDAP server operational and configure the Linux compute nodes and ZFS storage appliance of an Exalogic to use LDAP to access the users, passwords and hosts from the directory.
    A Primer on InfiniBand
    Leaves Ethernet in the Dust
    Neeraj Gupta posts a primer on InfiniBand which he compares with Ethernet, noting how InfiniBand exceeds Ethernet in both bandwidth and latency, allowing InfiniBand to eliminate bottlenecks with its superior ability to enable computers to exchange data. Gupta assures his readers that, despite requiring specialized components such as Host Channel Adapters and InfiniBand Switches and special cables using InfiniBand does not require a re-write of applications since InfiniBand observes the same Open Systems Interconnect as Ethernet, enabling hardware to view InfiniBand in very much the same light as it sees Ethernet. Ergo, no re-writes necessary.
    How to Script Oracle Solaris 11 Zones Creation for a Network-In-a-Box Configuration
    Virtualize Entire Network Topologies of Servers, Routers, Switches, and Firewalls
    Oracle Solaris 11 provides new networking features for network virtualization, writes Jeff McMeekin in his post on network virtualization, showing how to take server virtualization to the next level by providing the ability to virtualize entire network topologies of servers, routers, switches, and firewalls all running on a single platform and requiring no additional investment in networking hardware. According to McMeekin network virtualization can be used for a variety of purposes, from prototyping, to developing and testing, to service deployment. The author focuses on scripting the creation of Oracle Solaris Zones with an emphasis on network configuration.
    A Look at the Switches Inside Oracle's Engineered Systems
    Both InfiniBand and Ethernet
    The switches typically inside Oracle integrated engineered systems are the subject of a post by Neeraj Gupta, who provides a detailed look at both the InfiniBand switches (Sun Oracle 36-port InfiniBand Switch and Sun Oracle InfiniBand Gateway Switch) and the Cisco Catalyst 4948 Switch. He further discusses the varieties of InfiniBand switches -- spine and leaf switches -- noting the applications each can be put to. Gupta next considers the build out of InfiniBand connectivity and topology and concludes with a brief consideration of overall network design.
    Oracle VM Server 3.0.3 SDK Released
    How-to Build Third-party Device Drivers
    Because the Oracle VM dom0 (management domain) contains only a minimum set of packages, none of which provides the additional development packages required for building modules, Oracle has released the Oracle VM Server 3.0.3 SDK (delivered as Oracle VM Templates), which provides an environment for third party drivers to be built for the Oracle VM Server for x86. A post by Honglin Su asserts that it is easy to build a device driver for Oracle VM Server 3.0.3 with Oracle VM Server SDK and then proceeds to outline a five-step process to accomplish that end.
    Brian Madden Group Explores Oracle VDI
    From Setup through Provisioning to the User Experience
    Assisted by John Renko of Oracle, the Brian Madden group developed a day-long exploration of Oracle's VDI Solution that begins with a video in which Renko summarizes the components necessary for the solution and then describes the connection workflow. Preparing and provisioning desktops comes next. The actual user experience was limited to a LAN scenario, which prompted the comment from Knuth that, because of the way the system handles acceleration, the "feel" was not as comfortable as in some competitive protocols.
    Solaris and VirtualBox with No Heads
    Using the CLI to Display the Virtual Console on a Local System
    Running Solaris in a virtualized environment on a laptop has some definite limitations, and running it remotely from a server onto a laptop entails some performance degradation. One solution posted on involves using the VirtualBox CLI, which allows one to work in a terminal window on the server and display the virtual console on a local system, bypassing the GUI. Only two commands are involved: VBoxManage and VBoxHeadless. The post presents details on how to automate the creation of a Solaris virtual machine.
    Java Technology
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    Articles of Interest for a Wide Range of Java Fans
    The current Java Magazine features several articles sure to be of interest to Java fans, including:

    • An interview with Cameron Purdy on why Java EE is ideally suited for the cloud.
    • A "Lightweight PubSub (with Java EE 6) article by Adam Bien.
    • Julien Ponge's first part to a series of GlassFish-related articles: "clustering and HA made simple with GlassFish".
    • Devoxx 2011 Java EE 7 coverage.
    • An interview with Mollom's Dries Buytaert on "Winning the War Against Spam with Java" (a follow-up to this GlassFish story).
    • Part 2 of Max' Introduction to RESTful Web Services.
    Java Spotlight Episode 68: Patrick Curran on the JCP and JSR 355
    Sun and Oracle Veteran with Extensive Experience in Conformance Testing
    Episode 68 of the Java Spotlight features an interview with Patrick Curran, JCP Chair, who shares his views on the JCP and the recently filed JSR 355. Sitting on the Java All Star Developer Panel are Dalibor Topic, Java Free and Open Source Software Ambassador, and Alexis Moussine-Pouchkine, Java EE Developer Advocate. Curran has a long-standing record in conformance testing, and before joining the JCP he led the Java Conformance Engineering team in Sun's Client Software Group. He was also chair of Sun's Conformance Council, which was responsible for defining Sun's policies and strategies around Java conformance and compatibility.
    Java Still Clearly Alive and Kicking
    Polyglot Projects Help Keep the Language Vital
    "Is Java Dead?" Darryl K. Taft asks in his article, and his answer is a resounding No!, citing as evidence of Java's continued viability the polyglot programming strategy RedHat has adopted about which JBoss President Mark Little writes, " ... it shows our continued commitment to Java and the JVM because all of these approaches to polyglot leverage our Java projects and platforms." Oracle, Taft writes, is persuading users of the JVM to use other languages than Java, recognizing that one way to keep Java in play is to encourage its use along with other languages on the JVM.
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