SUN.COM website NOT going away after June 1 (updated)

Posted by Bill Bradford on Mar 12, 2011

In what I think is a really stupid decision on Oracle’s part, the SUN.COM website is going away after June 1, 2011.

(March 30th Update: Thanks to Jerry Kemp for pointing out an update where it is clarified that SUN.COM will not be going away, and 1:1 redirects will be in place)

New server coming along nicely

Posted by Bill Bradford on Nov 21, 2010

Thanks to donations from supporters and people whose websites I host, the hardware for the new server is in place and the Comcast Business Class line with static IPs was installed yesterday. The current server will remain in-place until the end of the year, giving me plenty of time to migrate content without having to rush. I will also be hosting two “machines” (converted to VMs) for a friend on this system; he has paid for a good part of the hardware and is paying for the Comcast installation fee in exchange.

Antec Sonata Proto case, Corsair VX450 power supply, Gigabyte motherboard, AMD Athlon II x4 640 CPU, 8GB RAM, and pairs of WD Caviar Blue 250G and Caviar Green 1TB drives each mirrored in a RAID-1 configuration.

Oracle announces new UltraSPARC T3 Systems

Posted by Bill Bradford on Sep 20, 2010

Oracle has announced new Sun SPARC Enterprise-T systems at Oracle Openworld in San Francisco.

Highlights of the new systems:

  • SPARC T3-1B: single-socket 16-core CPU @ 1.65Ghz, blade, up to 128G RAM
  • SPARC T3-1: Single-socket 16-core CPU @ 1.65Ghz, 2RU form factor, up to 128G RAM, eight or sixteen 300G 2.5″ SAS drives
  • SPARC T3-2: Dual-socket 16-core CPUs @ 1.65Ghz, 3RU form factor, up to 256G RAM, up to six 300G 2.5″ SAS drives
  • SPARC T3-4: Quad-socket 16-core CPUs @ 1.65Ghz, 5RU form factor, up to 512G RAM, up to eight 300G 2.5″ SAS drives

Oracle & NetApp Settle ZFS Patent Lawsuit

Posted by Bill Bradford on Sep 10, 2010

According to this article, Oracle and NetApp have agreed to settle their patent dispute regarding ZFS.

“Announced this morning via NetApp’s website, the companies have agreed to dismiss their pending patent litigation, which began when NetApp sued Sun Microsystems in September of 2007 and became Oracle’s problem when it acquired Sun last year. NetApp and Oracle are tight-lipped about the matter only stating that they both “seek to have the lawsuits dismissed without prejudice” and that the terms of the agreement are confidential.”

IBM no longer selling Solaris 10 on x64 Hardware

Posted by Bill Bradford on Jul 25, 2010

According to this Register article, IBM is ceasing sales of Solaris 10 on its x86-64 hardware as of August 27th. It is not clear at this time whether Oracle has pulled IBM’s OEM license (as it did with HP), or if IBM is making this change on its own. Dell is now the only remaining third-party vendor of Solaris on x86 hardware.

Oracle Updates Solaris Roadmap

Posted by Bill Bradford on Jun 12, 2010

Oracle has released an updated Solaris Roadmap with details on the future of Solaris and OpenSolaris.

Some excerpts:

  • Oracle will continue to make OpenSolaris available as open source and Oracle will continue to actively support and participate in the OpenSolaris community
  • Oracle is investing more in Solaris than Sun did prior to the acquisition, and will continue to contribute innovative technologies to OpenSolaris, as Oracle already does for many other open source projects
  • Solaris 10 Next update CY2010 (“Update 9”)
  • OpenSolaris Next update 1st half CY2010
  • Bordeaux for OpenSolaris: for running MS programs without full Windows OS
  • Fluendo DVD Player for OpenSolaris
  • Server Upgrade Completed

    Posted by Bill Bradford on Apr 8, 2010

    The way-long-overdue SUNHELP.ORG server upgrade is completed. Last night I migrated everything from the old Sun E420R (4x450Mhz US-II, 4G RAM, dual 18G disks) to the new T1000 (8-core 1Ghz UltraSPARC T1, 8G RAM, 1T SATA disk). Everything appears to be running fine so far.

    Thanks to everyone for their patience. I intended to do this last June/July, but the death of my wife threw things for a loop and it fell to the back of my priorities list for a while.

    Oracle / Sun Strategy Webcast, EU approves takeover purchase

    Posted by Bill Bradford on Jan 21, 2010

    Oracle will be holding a webcast detailing its plans for Sun on Wednesday, January 27 starting at 9am PT.

    “Oracle CEO Larry Ellison, along with executives from Oracle and Sun, will outline the strategy for the combined companies, product roadmaps, and how customers will benefit from having all components – hardware, operating system, database, middleware, and applications – engineered to work together.”

    In related news, the European Commission has unconditionally approved Oracle’s purchase of Sun.

    Sun stockholders approve Oracle merger

    Posted by Bill Bradford on Jul 16, 2009

    Sun’s stockholders have voted to approve the agreement where Oracle will acquire Sun common stock for $9.50 per share in cash.

    DoJ Denied Fast Track Approval for Oracle-Sun Deal

    Posted by Mike on Jul 2, 2009

    According to this article from, the Department of Justice will not fast track approve the Oracle-Sun merger due to concerns over Java. However, Oracle’s legal counsel ensures compliance with all of the DoJ concerns.

    NYT: Sun cancels “Rock” CPU

    Posted by Bill Bradford on Jun 16, 2009

    According to this article in the New York Times, Sun may have stopped development of the “Rock” CPU ahead of its acquisition by Oracle. However, some of the comments indicate otherwise.

    Sun announces stockholder meeting for Oracle acquisition vote

    Posted by Bill Bradford on Jun 8, 2009

    Sun has announced that a special stockholder meeting will be held on July 16, 2009.

    This meeting is for a vote on the adoption of the merger agreement entered into by and among Sun, Oracle Corporation and a wholly-owned subsidiary of Oracle, providing for the proposed acquisition of Sun by Oracle.

    HP was a potential suitor

    Posted by Mike on May 13, 2009

    This NY Times’ blog indicates Hewlett-Packard (HP) was a potential suitor to purchase Sun. However, with the purchase of EDS last year, HP was looking at a delay time table to pursuit Sun, which gave Oracle an opportunity to advance.

    Oracle buys Virtual Iron

    Posted by Bill Bradford on May 13, 2009

    Oracle has acquired virtualization software provider VirtualIron.

    Sun may have broken anti-bribery laws

    Posted by Mike on May 11, 2009

    According to this USA Today’s article, Sun may have broken anti-bribery laws. Sun has notified the proper government agencies. In addition, Oracle is aware of the incident before proceeding with the acquisition of Sun Microsystems.