Solaris to adopt OpenBSD “pf” packet filter

Posted by Bill Bradford on Apr 12, 2015

From this blog post comes the news that Solaris will soon be adopting the OpenBSD “pf” firewall / packet filter in Solaris 11.3, and Oracle hopes to make it the default in Solaris 12. I think this is a good thing, as current IPF in Solaris is ancient, and is what “pf” was designed to replace originally in OpenBSD.

James Gosling grades Oracle’s handling of Sun’s technology

Posted by Bill Bradford on Jan 14, 2014

In this InfoWorld article, Java founder James Gosling rates Oracle’s handling of Sun’s technologies in the four years since the acquisition.

In short, Java gets a passing grade, while the treatment of the Solaris operating system fails miserably.

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.

Sun Fire 280R with 3,737 days of uptime

Posted by Bill Bradford on Mar 14, 2013

This YouTube video documents the final shutdown of a SunFire 280R server with 3,737 (10.24) years of continual uptime.
It beats my personal record of almost two years on a Solaris machine, and more than six years on a Cisco switch. 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 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 modifies Solaris licensing (in a good way)

Posted by Bill Bradford on Sep 9, 2010

Good news – Joerg Mollenkamp writes about changes to the licensing terms for Solaris, Solaris Express, and Solaris Cluster:

“I’m not a licensing lawyer, but:

“Except for any included software package or file that is licensed to you by Oracle under different license terms, we grant you a perpetual (unless terminated as provided in this agreement), nonexclusive, nontransferable, limited License to use the Programs only for the purpose of developing, testing, prototyping and demonstrating your applications, and not for any other purpose.”


“All rights not expressly granted above are hereby reserved. If you want to use the Programs for any purpose other than as permitted under this agreement, including but not limited to distribution of the Programs or any use of the Programs for your internal business purposes (other than developing, testing, prototyping and demonstrating your applications) or for any commercial production purposes, you must obtain a valid license permitting such use.”

sounds like this evaluation period many people were annoyed of is gone for the purposes described in the first snippet from the licensing aggreement.”

Leaked memo: Solaris 11 in 2011, no more OpenSolaris binary distributions

Posted by Bill Bradford on Aug 13, 2010

This link purports to be a leaked internal memo to the Solaris Engineering team detailing Oracle’s plans for the Solaris operating system.

Some highlights:

  • Next release of Solaris will be Solaris 11 in 2011.
  • Solaris 11 Express binary release available later this year; with free Developer RTU and optional support plan
  • No more “OpenSolaris” distribution releases.
  • No more nightly source code drops. New features will be shown to the outside world in full yearly Solaris releases.
  • Source code to Solaris will be released under the CDDL *after* binary releases
  • CDDL will still be used; all new source will be CDDL-licensed
  • Committed to delivery of binary releases, APIs in source or binary form, open source code, technical documentation, and engineering of upstream contributions to common industry technologies
  • “All of Oracle’s efforts on binary distributions of Solaris technology will be focused on Solaris 11. We will not release any other binary distributions, such as nightly or bi-weekly builds of Solaris binaries, or an OpenSolaris 2010.05 or later distribution. We will determine a simple, cost-effective means of getting enterprise users of prior OpenSolaris binary releases to migrate to S11 Express.”

    Personally, I think this is a good thing. It eliminates the confusion that had grown around “OpenSolaris”. Was it a binary operating system distribution? Was it the collected source code bundles that made up Solaris? Was it the source and/or binary blobs that could be installed over an existing Solaris installation to make an “OpenSolaris” install? And so forth.

    Purchasing a Solaris 10 License – Clarified

    Posted by Bill Bradford on Aug 3, 2010

    I received the following note from a contact at Oracle:

    “Oracle Solaris is available with a free development and evaluation license. Production deployment requires a commercial license which comes bundled for free with the purchase of Oracle Sun HW, or you can purchase the new Oracle Premier Solaris Subscription for non-Oracle HW which comes with a license and support. The media pack only includes the development and evaluational use license.”

    Oracle announces Premier Support on HP and Dell systems

    Posted by Bill Bradford on Jul 29, 2010

    Oracle announced today that Dell and HP will certify and resell all Oracle operating systems – Solaris, Oracle Enterprise Linux and Oracle VM – on their x86 server systems.