Google Code – Open-Source Project Hosting

Posted by Bill Bradford on Jul 27, 2006

Google Code is now offering free Project Hosting to members of the Free/Open-Source Software Community.

NewsForge has an interview with Chris DeBona, Google’s Open Source Program Manager, about the project.

System Administrator Appreciation Day

Posted by Bill Bradford on Jul 27, 2006

Don’t forget – tomorrow, Friday July 28th, is SysAdmin Day. Give your favorite admin a gift certificate to Fry’s Electronics or take them out to a nice lunch.

Sun’s ZFS compared to NetApp’s WAFL

Posted by Bill Bradford on Jul 27, 2006

James Dickens has a good comparison of ZFS and WAFL on his UNIX Admin Corner weblog.

Sun Studio 11 Compilers for Linux

Posted by Bill Bradford on Jul 26, 2006

Sun has made a Technology Preview version of its Sun Studio Compilers for Linux available in addition to the company’s other offerings for Linux.

Sun Reports Results for FY2006 Fourth Quarter

Posted by Bill Bradford on Jul 25, 2006

Sun reported results today for the fiscal fourth quarter ending June 30, 2006:

Revenues for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2006 were $3.828 billion, an increase of 29 percent as compared with $2.974 billion for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2005. Year over year revenue increase resulted from both acquisitions and increasing acceptance of the Solaris 10 Operating System, as well as recently introduced products. Computer Systems Products revenues increased 15% year over year, the second consecutive quarter of year over year revenue increase.

Net loss for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2006 on a GAAP basis was $301 million or a net loss of ($0.09) per share, as compared with net income of $50 million, or net income per share of $0.01, for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2005.

GAAP net loss for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2006 included: $86 million principally related to intangible asset amortization associated with recent acquisitions, $63 million of stock-based compensation charges relating to the adoption of SFAS 123R, $228 million of restructuring charges and an $8 million benefit for related tax effects, $70 million in impairment of acquisition-related intangible assets, $54 million in settlement income, and a $4 million loss on equity investments. In addition, we incurred a $58 million tax charge and $14 million reduction in other income due to a repatriation of foreign earnings. The net impact of these nine items was approximately ($0.13) per share.

Cash generated from operations for the fourth quarter was $410 million and cash and marketable debt securities balance at the end of the quarter was $4.848 billion.

Jonathan Schwartz a “Mover and Shaker”

Posted by Bill Bradford on Jul 20, 2006

Computer Business Review Online has picked Jonathan Schwartz as its #1 “Mover and Shaker” for the past twelve months.

Sun boots Solaris on Niagara II

Posted by Bill Bradford on Jul 17, 2006

According to this NEWS.COM article, Sun has successfully booted Solaris on a prototype of the upcoming successor to the UltraSPARC T1, code-named “Niagara II”. The new chip has eight threads per core (compared to the UST1’s four), multiple floating-point units, and support for 10-Gigabit Ethernet.

Sun releases new X64 Server Systems

Posted by Bill Bradford on Jul 11, 2006

Sun has released a trio of new X64-based server systems today.

The Sun Fire X4600 is the industry’s first 4U 16-way (up to 8 dual-core AMD Opteron 800-series processors) system. It holds up to 128GB of RAM, four hot-swappable 2.5″ SAS disks, and has four Gigabit Ethernet (copper) ports.

The Sun Fire X4500, code-name “Thumper”, is being called a “Hybrid Data Server”. It offers two (dual core) AMD Opteron 285 processors, 16GB of RAM, and up to 48 hot-pluggable 3.5″ SATA-II hard drives for a maximum of 24 terabytes of raw storage capacity. Network connectivity is provided via onboard quad Gigabit Ethernet ports or interfaces occupying one of two low-profile 64-bit PCI-X slots.

Sun is re-entering the blade server market with the Sun Blade 8000 Modular System. It can hold up to 20 eight-way Sun Blade X8400 server modules, each containing four dual-core AMD Opteron 800 series CPUs and up to 64GB RAM.

Correction: The Blade 8000 can hold up to 10 eight-way X8400 modules, and two Blade 8000s can fit in a rack, for up to 20 X8400 modules per rack.

New SunHELP Discussion Forum

Posted by Bill Bradford on Jul 1, 2006

After having repeated bad experiences with other types of bulletin board and forum software over the past few years, I’ve now brought back the SunHELP Discussion Forum and am using Lussumo’s Vanilla software. It’s simple, and it works.