* Posts by ptribble

11 posts • joined 28 Jan 2011

Remember those holy tech wars we used to have? Heh, good times

ptribble

I don't think the divergence has gone away, but I do see the emergence of Cults (the Cult of Cloud, the Cult of Containers, lots of Cargo Cults) where people live in an echo chamber and largely interact with other cult members who share the same views, and who believe that there isn't a world outside the cult. Which mirrors trends in society overall.

OpenStack Foundation backs 'virtualized containers', for security's sake

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Moneymaking all the way down

Keep adding layers until there as many layers as vendors, and then everyone's happy!

Apart from actual users, who keep having exponentially increasing complexity foisted on them.

Take Kubernetes, and bish bash bosh, you've got Container Runtime

ptribble

Not manageable yet?

So, if we have a new project that "aims to make containers manageable", is that an admission that they currently aren't?

SPARC will fly: Your cheat sheet for cocktail banter at Oracle's upcoming shindig

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Re: Solaris - Is this another OpenOffice?

Opening up the Solaris source (again) would make life very ... interesting ... for illumos.

We've diverged quite a bit, and have enough changes of our own, to the point that pulling in changes would actually be quite difficult. Hardware support for current SPARC models would be good, but I'm not sure there's all that much else.

MongoDB quits Solaris, wants to work on an OS people actually use

ptribble

Not terribly significant, of itself.

There are people using MongoDB on Solaris/illumos; they're likely using their distro packages or building it themselves. And by the sounds of it, not paying a support contract. So those users become invisible.

A bigger problem is the relentless "everyone's abandoning Solaris" message being spread, which will tend to be self-fulfilling.

Rowhammer RAM attack adapted to hit flash storage

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Just verify

It's 2017, why do people still use filesystems that don't cryptographically verify the validity of the data read from disk?

Oracle's systems boss bails amid deafening silence over Solaris fate

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Not the repo you're looking for

You can't read anything into the activity of the solaris-userland repo - that's just the holder for the external open-source projects they ship as part of the product. Activity there is largely driven by CVEs and releases of those external projects, and it may not be what they're using as the primary internal repo in any case.

But yes, Oracle's stewardship of a flagship product has hardly been encouraging. You want that stuff, there's always the illumos project.

Solaris, Java have vulns that let users run riot

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It seems a little odd to call the CDE calendar server problem a Big Red boo-boo. That code comes from *way* back.

Besides, nobody competent would actually have that running. Although I suppose that leaves a fairly big opportunity.

The Java scores look scary, but the list and scores aren't terribly helpful. Apart from telling you not to run Java in the browser, which is a message people should have gotten many many times already.

Open-source world resurrects Oracle-free Solaris project OmniOS

ptribble

There isn't a SPARC version of OmniOS specifically, but v9os is similar, and both DilOS and Tribblix have SPARC versions of their illumos distros, with some people trying to get OpenIndiana on SPARC working as well.

Dark times for OmniOS – an Oracle-free open-source Solaris project

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Re: I never knew it existed.

There are a number of illumos distributions, of a range of styles and potential uses.

If you're all nostalgic, I maintain Tribblix, which has a rather retro feel to it.

Guru: Oracle's storage strategy is 'screwy'

ptribble

They have a strategy? Really?

Oracle's storage offerings are even more limited than the article suggests - as far as I'm aware the 2500 series is no longer offered.

Equally damaging is the removal of the X4500/X4540 line, which didn't really have much competition. There's no direct attach storage either. This is particularly odd given how well such storage plays with ZFS.

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