Illumos-Joyent patch tree – Joyent releases a slab of code for Illumos

April 16th, 2011 by Andre van Eyssen

For those not lurking the mailing lists, Joyent have opened their first real
block of code. New features include:

* ZFS I/O fair-share scheduling for zones
* the Joyent brand, which can be used as a template for other non-SysVR4 or
IPS zone brands
* Reintroduction of sparse zone images
* Crossbow vnics on demand for zones & non-unique vnic naming (unique per
zone, not per system)
* svcs enhancements ( svcs -Z/-z for interrogating zone services, -L for
outputting log files directly (no more ls /var/svc/log | grep… ))
* vfsstat and iostat tweaks and ziostat, iostat(1M) for ZFS I/O
* more per-zone IO kstats
* the zonemon utility for zone kernel state troubleshooting
* DTrace enhancements such as llquantize

You can get digging through the code at:

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Solaris 11 Express AI Notes

December 15th, 2010 by Andre van Eyssen

My Automated Installer notes are available now. You can grab them from:

This was presented at the final MSOSUG meeting for 2010; thanks to everyone for an entertaining year and looking forwarding to kicking off again in January. Look forward to comments and/or corrections.

Update: This document uses my new document base style; please drop a comment on the layout!

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August 3rd, 2010 by Andre van Eyssen

Illumos will be announced publicly at a conference call on Aug 3, 1PM, EDT (That’s 3am, Australian Eastern Standard Time).

To join this call, head over to the below link, and register your mail ID for the call information.

You can join in two ways:
Call in via phone
Call via Voip (mic/speakers)

The access details will be sent in an email once you register.

Original Announcement:

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EU clears Oracle/Sun merger.

January 21st, 2010 by Andre van Eyssen

EU clears Oracle/Sun merger.

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After the conference

July 21st, 2009 by Andre van Eyssen

It’s post-KCA now and there’s still a buzz around and people are talking and enjoying stories and recounting presentations.

All in all, it was an excellent conference and I think James did an excellent job to pull together such a great event with limited resources and time.

These conferences are often the one time we can get together to put face to name – all those people who change from email addresses and IRC nicks to real people (at the pub, no less!).

There are some snapshots of the speakers up at for those who are interested.

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Kernel Conference Australia

May 12th, 2009 by Andre van Eyssen

Registrations are open, and it’s time to get in before the limited seating runs out. The speakers are excellent, the venue is good and you should be there.

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Oracle buys Sun

April 20th, 2009 by Andre van Eyssen

Well, I’m sure you’ve probably already heard, but Oracle has moved to acquire Sun Microsystems at $9.50/share.

Amazing to see the turn-around in El Reg, too – – perhaps they’re scared Larry will be upset if they kept their usual attitude rolling?

I, for one, am hopeful that this announcement will lead to more great servers running a great operating system and a solid database.

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UNIX needs a competitive marketplace

April 10th, 2009 by Andre van Eyssen

There has been a lot of hot air and noise and consternation lately regarding a potential IBM acquisition of Sun.

This would be Bad for everyone. That’s Bad, with a capital B. Even organizations that have no Sun investment would suffer.

The UNIX marketplace requires competition to drive innovation and features. Sun is traditionally a big spender on R&D, and has rolled some great features of late – Zones, ZFS, dtrace and other big-ticket features.

As soon as those features hit the market, other vendors get to work closing the gap. AIX developed WPARs to keep up with zones, Linux coders have been cranking hard on systemtap and others to keep up with dtrace. This is good stuff. Sun had to do some catchup to AIX features in the past – it’s a good situation where the major players try to keep the best possible offering on the table.

Remove the competition and there’s no drive to compete. No massive spending on research and development. No drive from any vendor to deliver a better product.

The active development of UNIX and UNIX-like platforms in the enterprise boil down to Solaris, AIX & Linux. Take away Solaris and you’re taking away IBM’s need to innovate and compete. You’re taking away Red Hat’s need to drive development. You’re taking away jobs for people to sit down and make operating systems better.

So, even those who aren’t inspired by Solaris or don’t like Sun – having them around and active and rolling new product keeps all platforms fresh and exciting.

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KCA 2009

March 31st, 2009 by Andre van Eyssen

Kernel Conference Australia is coming up soon, and shouldn’t be missed.

Excellent speakers already lined up (incl. Bonwick & Moore).

Details at

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Coolstack 1.3 released

July 26th, 2008 by Andre van Eyssen

Don’t forget the highly useful Coolstack packages have now been released in the 1.3 incarnation.

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