HP is making $25 million by supporting the free Debian GNU/Linux distribution in what may ultimately turn out to be a challenge to commercial distributions from Novell and Red Hat.
Archive for March, 2007
ZFS Boot is going to make things a lot to try out with Opensolaris. Snapshot based system upgrades is a very interesting feature.
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I really respect Jonathan Schwartz, he has made Sun and Solaris worth considering again. He seems to combined the best qualities of a visionary big company leader who understands technology. A geek who can explain things to big business. Not an straight-forward combination.
For along time Sun was the heart of Unix, but with the advent of GNU+Linux and building of the open-source community in the late 90s Sun has fallen well behind the innovation cycle. Currently people do not (in general) create and use products like Xen, Zimbra, Alfresco, or Asterisk on Solaris. Companies like Google and Paypal use Linux at the edge to drive deployment and increase their innovation productivity, maybe leaving Solaris to the backend traditional well-structured heavy loads.
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Some follow ups on the disk reliability studies that have been going on recently: Using MTBF and Time Dependent Reliability for disks.
Zfs is moving pretty quickly. milek’s blog: ZFS online replication
Novell parody on the Apple ads. The second one is very clever.
Third one via the youtube site:
“You get into the 25nm regime, and there may need to be a new structure for nonvolatile memory,” said Mike Splinter, CEO of Santa Clara, Calif.-based Applied Materials Inc., the world’s biggest supplier of tools for making microchips. “I’m quite nervous about this, because 25nm is not that far away, and if you have to change a process in a couple generations, then that is really challenging,” Splinter said in a recent interview.
The transition to large solid state Drives might not be so clear cut.