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illumos FAQs
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.

An Introduction to the Z File System (ZFS) for Linux
What is ZFS and Why Should I Use it?
"ZFS is commonly used by data hoarders, NAS lovers, and other geeks who prefer to put their trust in a redundant storage system of their own rather than the cloud. It's a great file system to use for managing multiple disks of data and rivals some of the greatest RAID setups.

What is ZFS and Why Should I Use it?

The Z file system [sic] is a free and open source logical volume manager built by Sun Microsystems for use in their Solaris operating system. Some of its most appealing features include: ..."

DTrace and Oracle Solaris 11
Oracle Home Page for DTrace
"Oracle Solaris DTrace is a comprehensive, advanced tracing tool for troubleshooting systematic problems in real time. Administrators, integrators and developers can use DTrace to dynamically and safely observe live production systems for performance issues, including both applications and the operating system itself. DTrace allows you to explore your system to understand how it works, track down problems across many layers of software, and locate the cause of any aberrant behavior..."
MySQL February Newsletter
Find out the latest news on MySQL products and MySQL Connect 2014
The MySQL February Newsletter is available. Find out the latest news on MySQL products and MySQL Connect 2014, and read the technical tips written by MySQL experts at Oracle and in the community. Below are the highlights in this edition:

  • Start Preparing for MySQL Connect 2014 Call for Papers
  • New GA Release: MySQL for Visual Studio
  • Blog: State of the UNION
  • Blog: New MySQL Web Installer -- Have You Tried It Yet?
  • Blog: MySQL Workbench: Frequent Crashes on Mac OS X? This Might Be The Fix
  • Event: MySQL Seminars Are Coming to a City Near You

You can read it online or subscribe to it to receive the latest updates right in your inbox.

Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel
Release 3 Quarterly Update 1
Michele Casey writes, "We are pleased to announce the availability of Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel Release 3 Quarterly Update 1 (UEK R3U1) for Oracle Linux 6. This is the first quarterly update release for UEK R3 (Version 3.8.13-26) and includes driver updates as well as a consolidation of fixes for bugs and security issues.

Some notable highlights include:

  • Xen improvements to the block and network frontend and backend architecture
  • Support for the crashkernel=auto kernel parameter to simplify Kdump configuration
  • New feature for enabling static probes in kernel modules with DTrace
  • Device driver updates (e.g. storage devices, network cards) from key partners, such as: Broadcom, Cisco, Emulex, HP, Intel, LSI, Mellanox, Qlogic

For more details, please review the release notes.

The source code is available on our public git repository....

10 Books For Linux System Administrators
Books praised by many Linux power users
System administration is one of the most essential task of Linux. You realise the operating system's true power only after you gain command over this aspect. There are some books that are especially useful for this purpose. These 10 books may not be free, but they have been praised by many Linux power users.

  • UNIX and Linux System Administration Handbook, by Evi Nemeth, Garth Snyder, Trent R. Hein, Ben Whaley
  • Essential System Administration, by Æleen Frisch
  • The Practice of System and Network Administration, by Thomas Limoncelli, Christina Hogan, Strata Chalup
  • Pro Linux System Administration, by James Turnbull, Peter Lieverdink, Dennis Matotek
  • Linux System Administration, by Tom Adelstein, Bill Lubanovic
  • Automating System Administration with Perl, by David N. Blank-Edelman
  • The Visible Ops Handbook, by Kevin Behr, Gene Kim, George Spafford
  • Automating Linux and Unix System Administration, by Nathan Campi, Kirk Bauer
  • Python for Unix and Linux System Administration, by Noah Gift, Jeremy Jones
  • Linux Firewalls, by Michael Rash

Read on for details.

OCFS2 Best Practices Guide
27-Page White Paper
OCFS2 is a high performance, high availability, POSIX compliant general-purpose file system for Linux. It is a versatile clustered file system that can be used with applications that are non-cluster aware and cluster aware. OCFS2 is fully integrated into the mainline Linux kernel as of 2006 and is available for most Linux distributions. In addition, OCFS2 is embedded in Oracle VM and can be used with Oracle products such as the Oracle Database and Oracle RAC solutions.

OCFS2 is a useful clustered file system that has many general purpose uses beyond Oracle workloads. Utilizing shared storage, it can be used for many general computing tasks where shared clustered storage is required. Its high performance and clustering capabilities set it apart from many other network based storage technologies. Cluster aware applications can take advantage of cache-coherent parallel I/O from more than one node at a time to provide better performance and scalability. Uses for OCFS2 are virtually unlimited, but some examples are a shared file system for web applications, database data files, and storing virtual machine images for different types of open source hypervisors.

See the white paper for details.

Steps to Fast Track your Database Cloud implementation on Exadata
By Nilesh Agrawal
Nilesh writes, "Oracle Exadata Database Machine is the ideal consolidation platform for Enterprise Database Cloud and Oracle Enterprise Manager provides the most optimized and comprehensive solution to rapidly setup, manage and deliver Enterprise Clouds. Clearly, very significant innovations have been delivered via Exadata X4, Enterprise Manager 12c and Database 12c in Cloud Computing space and customers can start realizing benefits from this combination of most powerful and unique enterprise database cloud solution in industry...

In this blog post, I will walk through the steps aiming to simplify DBaaS Setup on Exadata ..."

SPARC M6-32 Delivers Oracle E-Business and PeopleSoft World Record Benchmarks
Linear Data Warehouse Scaling in a Virtualized Configuration
Brian says that this result demonstrates how the combination of Oracle virtualization technologies for SPARC and Oracle's SPARC M6-32 server allow the deployment and concurrent high performance execution of multiple Oracle applications and databases sized for the Enterprise:

In an 8-chip Dynamic Domain (also known as PDom), the SPARC M6-32 server set a World Record E-Business 12.1.3 X-Large world record with 14,660 online users running five simultaneous E-Business modules.

In a second 8-chip Dynamic Domain, the SPARC M6-32 server set a World Record PeopleSoft HCM 9.1 HR Self-Service online supporting 35,000 users while simultaneously running a batch workload in 29.17 minutes. This was done with a database of 600,480 employees. Two other separate tests were run, one supporting 40,000 online users only and another a batch-only workload that was run in 18.27 min.

In a third Dynamic Domain with 16-chips on the SPARC M6-32 server, a data warehouse test was run that showed near-linear scaling.

Read on for details ....

Run Oracle Database Like a Ferrari, But Save Like a Prius with Oracle Storage
Webcast with Steve Zivanic, VP, Storage Business Group at Oracle
Join Dave Vellante, Co-Founder and chief research officer of Wikibon and Steve Zivanic, VP, Storage Business Group at Oracle to learn how optimizing storage infrastructure and exploiting database services results in significant CAPEX and OPEX savings and lower overall TCO.

Attend the Webcast to learn how the combination of Oracle Database and Oracle storage helps:

  • Reduce your storage footprint by 3x-5x
  • Accelerate database queries by 5x
  • Reduce storage admin tasks by 65%

Register for this Webcast.

Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
Vol 192 Issue 1; Vol 191 Issues 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5; Vol 190 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:

  • SPARC T5-2 server shatters another world record!
  • illumos watch
  • CRN Names Oracle SuperCluster One of 10 Coolest Servers Of 2013
  • 13 Resources To Learn The VI/VIM Text Editor
  • See How Oracle Multitenant Reduced e-DBA's Hardware Spend by 75%
  • Oracle Cloud - The Modern Cloud for Your Modern Business
  • Benchmarking the Cloud
  • Java EE 7 Survey
  • Back Up a Thousand Databases Using Enterprise Manager Cloud Control 12c
  • MySQL Enterprise Monitor 3.0.6

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

    LibreOffice 4.1.5
    Targeted to large deployments in enterprises and public administrations
    The Document Foundation (TDF) has released LibreOffice 4.1.5, for Windows, MacOS X and Linux, the fifth minor release of the LibreOffice 4.1 family targeted to large deployments in enterprises and public administrations.

    Meet the Community

    From March 10 to March 14, The Document Foundation will exhibit at CeBIT in Hannover (Hall 6, Booth H14) to showcase LibreOffice 4.2 and LibreOffice 4.1.5. In addition, Florian Effenberger and Italo Vignoli will speak about LibreOffice at the Open Source Conference, of the project infrastructure and of a reference protocol for large migrations.

    Support The Document Foundation

    LibreOffice users, free software advocates and community members can support The Document Foundation with a donation at Money collected will be used to expand the infrastructure, and support marketing activities to increase the awareness of the project, both at global and local level.

    Download LibreOffice

    LibreOffice 4.1.5 is available for immediate download from this link.

    Extensions for LibreOffice can be obtained from this link.

    The Non-Beginner's Guide to Syncing Data with Rsync
    single solution for data redundancy needs
    How-To-Geek writes, "The rsync protocol can be pretty simple to use for ordinary backup/synchronization jobs, but some of its more advanced features may surprise you. In this article, we're going to show how even the biggest data hoarders and backup enthusiasts can wield rsync as a single solution for all of their data redundancy needs..."
      Oracle Solaris 11 Integrated Load Balancer
      By Isaac Rozenfeld
      Isaac writes, "The Oracle Solaris 11 Networking technologies portfolio provides an in-kernel L3/L4 load balancer, with support for multiple load-balancing algorithms. It has built-in health-check capabilities and is configured and managed using the ilbadm(1M) command. We also provide support for Virtual Router Redundancy Protocol (VRRP), which offers high-availability of routers through redundancy and fail-over -- which can be used with the Integrated Load Balancer (ILB) to provide additional redundancy for it. VRRP is configurable with the vrrpadm(1M) command..."
      Java Technology
      10 Reasons Why You Should Opt For Java As Your Programming Language!
      EFYTimes, February 10th, 2014
      Here are 10 reasons why you should program in Java:

      • Java is fun
      • Java is free
      • Java is dynamic
      • Java has a wealth of free online support
      • Java is backed by Oracle
      • Java has 3rd party support
      • Java is platform independent
      • Java has powerful development tools
      • Java is advanced
      • Java is easy to learn

      Read on for deails.

      New NetBeans Book by Oracle Press
      Create Next-Generation Enterprise Applications
      Geertjan writes, "Build and distribute business web applications that target both desktop and mobile devices. Cowritten by Java EE and NetBeans IDE experts, 'Java EE and HTML5 Enterprise Application Development' fully explains cutting-edge, highly responsive design tools and strategies.

      Find out how to navigate NetBeans IDE, construct HTML5 programs, employ JavaScript APIs, integrate CSS and WebSockets, and handle security.

      This Oracle Press guide also offers practical coverage of SaaS, MVVM, and RESTful concepts..."

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