(updated) Looking for a sysadmin job in Houston (or working remote)

Posted by Bill Bradford on Sep 9, 2015

UPDATE: I started a great position at a local software company here in Houston, back in November of 2015.

I’ve had a great seven months at Omni Ventures, unfortunately the company ran into difficulty and I was laid off effective today along with a number of others.

As a result, I’m looking for a systems administration job in the Houston area, or am open to remote/telecommuting opportunities.


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.

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

Solaris 11.2 GA available now for download

Posted by jkemp on Aug 18, 2014

Solaris 11.2 GA has been released, and is available for download in the standard spot.

Download Oracle Solaris 11.2

Lots of good Oracle Solaris 11.2 howto’s here:

Solaris 11.2 getting started items

Sparc M7 chip has 32 cores

Posted by jkemp on Aug 18, 2014

Oracle Cranks Up The Cores To 32 With Sparc M7 Chip

Say what you will about Oracle co-founder and CEO Larry Ellison, but when the software giant bought Sun Microsystems more than four years ago, for $7.4 billion, he said that he had seen the light and wanted Oracle to control its own hardware and created specialized machinery tuned up to run Oracle’s software stack. Despite falling sales in the early years, which have now stabilized and are now growing, Oracle has continued to invest in hardware.

When the Sun sets, the stories come out.

Posted by Bill Bradford on May 30, 2014

This IEEE Spectrum article tells about the Sun employee reunion that happened last Saturday evening at Sun’s first corporate headquarters building in Mountain View.

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.

Adobe supports ColdFusion on Solaris 10/11 (SPARC)

Posted by jkemp on Jul 15, 2013

Adobe supports ColdFusion on Solaris 10/11 (SPARC)

Adobe supports ColdFusion 10 on Solaris 11 (SPARC). The Adobe “Tech Specs” document discusses the details of the supported configurations.



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.

OpenSolaris.org shutting down 24 March 2013

Posted by jkemp on Feb 13, 2013

OpenSolaris.org shutting down 24 March 2013


If you need anything from OpenSolaris.org, 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:


Oracle renames all Sun x86 Server Products

Posted by Bill Bradford on Jul 16, 2012

Sun is renaming its x86-based server products to get rid of the “Fire” moniker.
Systems will be known as “Sun Server”, “Netra Server”, or “Sun Blade”.
You can see a table here.

Oracle Solaris 11 Cheatsheet

Posted by jkemp on Mar 15, 2012

Oracle has made available a Solaris 11 “Cheat sheet” which is available for download here. Adobe PDF format.


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.


Download: http://oracle.com/technetwork/server-storage/solaris11/downloads/index.htm

Release Notes: http://download.oracle.com/docs/cd/E19963-01/index.html#release-info

Documentation: http://oracle.com/technetwork/server-storage/solaris11/documentation/index.html