Oracle releases updated SPARC processor documentation

Posted by Bill Bradford on Apr 28, 2015

Oracle has released updated documentation covering up to current versions of the SPARC processor.

More Sparc M7 CPU information

Posted by jkemp on Oct 14, 2014

The latest iteration of the tech, the Sparc M7, is due to launch sometime next year – although exact dates remain vague – and to hear Ellison tell it, it’s “the most important thing we’ve done in silicon, maybe ever.”

Ellison pins Oracle’s hopes on cloud… and Sparc

Ellison: Sparc M7 is Oracle’s most important silicon EVER

Oracle reveals 32-core, 10 BEEELLION-transistor SPARC M7

Oracle suing companies providing “illegal” third-party Solaris OS support

Posted by Bill Bradford on Jul 26, 2013

This NetworkWorld article describes how Oracle is going after third-party companies who provide “illegal” Solaris support (patches, updates) to customers who don’t want to go through Oracle.

Oracle halting development of Sun Ray technologies

Posted by jkemp on Jul 15, 2013

Oracle will soon be announcing that it’s discontinuing development of its Virtual Desktop Infrastructure, Sun Ray software and hardware, and Oracle Virtual Desktop Client product lines.

TechTarget article about Oracle and the “hobbyist” community

Posted by Bill Bradford on Apr 3, 2013

I’m quoted in this TechTarget article about Oracle’s attitude toward the “hobbyist” community. shutting down 24 March 2013

Posted by jkemp on Feb 13, 2013 shutting down 24 March 2013

If you need anything from, now is the time to download and archive it.

Solaris 10 update 11 available now

Posted by jkemp on Feb 13, 2013

Solaris 10 update 11 is available now.

Get it here:

Solaris 11 Source Code Leaked – and Oracle doesn’t seem to care

Posted by Bill Bradford on Dec 21, 2011

Ars Technica has an article up about how the source code to Solaris 11 has been leaked to various file-sharing networks and services, but there has yet to be any sort of official reaction from Oracle. This has led some people to believe that the “leak” may not have been accidental.

Solaris 11 GA released

Posted by jkemp on Nov 9, 2011

Solaris 11 GA released

Today marks the release of Oracle Solaris 11, the first cloud OS.

Oracle Solaris 11 delivers ground-breaking features for secure and agile deployment of services in large scale cloud environments and enterprise data centers. With over 4,000 different new features, Oracle Solaris 11 raises the bar on enterprise operating systems. Oracle Solaris 11 is 7 years in the making and a whole new set of capabilities, from advanced network virtualization to high performance cryptography and virtualization, dependency aware software packing and installation technologies.


Release Notes:


Oracle Solaris 11 Drops Support for Legacy Sun Hardware

Posted by Bill Bradford on Jun 17, 2011

According to the End-of-Feature Notices, Solaris 11 is dropping support for older “legacy” SPARC hardware:

Support for legacy systems that have included the UltraSPARC I, II, IIe, III, IIIi, III+, IV and IV+ processor architectures (as reported by the Solaris ‘psrinfo -pv’ command) has been removed. All Oracle SPARC Enterprise M-Series Servers and Oracle SPARC T-Series Servers will continue to be supported.

Note: Oracle Solaris 10 will continue to be a supported operating system for these affected platforms as per the current Oracle lifetime support policy.

Oracle proposes donating OpenOffice.Org to the ASF

Posted by Bill Bradford on Jun 1, 2011

According to this article, Oracle is proposing to give the OpenOffice.Org code to the Apache Software Foundation incubator for further development.

Sun server business growing under Oracle

Posted by Bill Bradford on May 25, 2011

This ITWorld article describes how “Oracle logged $773 million in server sales during the quarter, up from $681 million the year before”, apparently the first time an increase in Sun hardware has been reported since the third quarter of 2007.

Oracle to make OpenOffice a community project

Posted by Bill Bradford on Apr 26, 2011

After its recent fork as the LibreOffice project, according to this Register article, Oracle is turning the OpenOffice effort into a purely community-driven project and no longer plans to offer a commercial “StarOffice” version.

A Year After: People and Projects

Posted by Bill Bradford on Jan 19, 2011

I thought it would be fitting to have SunHELP’s first post of the new year (and the new server, now that everything has settled in and appears to be working nicely) be a link to Eduardo Pelegri-Llopart’s personal blog. Eduardo was a Distinguished Engineer at Sun.

He has a couple of great posts up about the results of Oracle’s acquisition of Sun, a year later.

A Year After: The People

It’s been (almost) a year since Oracle’s Acquisition of Sun. Some of the ex-Sun folks stayed at Oracle but others moved to other companies, small and large, public, private or still in stealth mode. This Diaspora will contribute talent, expertise and experience to many companies, and, I hope, also some of the culture at Sun that I’ve enjoyed for so many years. Below is a list of companies where some of my ex-Sun friends have gone. I’ve listed explicitly the people that left Sun/Oracle after January 2010, but I’ve also included a few other ex-Sun folks that are in the company – as you can see, Sunnites like to work together

A Year After: The Open-Source Projects

Below is a summary of the status of the main Open Source projects that had been sponsored by Sun, as of a year after Oracle’s Acquisition of Sun. Like A Year After: The People, all information here is public.

Oracle increasing MySQL Support Costs

Posted by Bill Bradford on Oct 8, 2010

According to this Register article, Oracle will be eliminating the Basic and Silver support options for MySQL (unless customers lock themselves into a 3-year contract now) and increasing prices on the remaining options.

This blog post has more thoughts on the matter from someone involved with the Postgresql side of things.

Personally, I think this is turning into a textbook example of how to buy a company, and then shoot yourself in the foot and drive away customers. Oracle’s “We’re the phone company, we don’t have to care”-type attitude may work with its Oracle database, but it certainly won’t work with smaller markets like MySQL (which has a perfectly free competitor in Postgresql) or the Solaris OS.