Facebook

On my sun/oracle blog, I noted my first use of Facebook. The main interest at the time I wrote this post is historic. I review the apps installed, and today, we can note that most have gone as Facebook have colonised the platform and made redundant the apps that helped popularise their network. The original article also notes that Facebook, i.e. the network is an end-point in terms of content distribution. …

The duty to publish bites

I have been talking to some customers about Sun’s policy to publish Solaris as CDDL, and found that some of their staff are ‘balls out’ fans of the GPL; this places a duty to publish your source code if you have used GPL code and publish your binary. This is a very serious duty, and I am not sure these fans are getting management or their legal departments approval. The register reports that British Telecom have decided to publish their home appliance code because they feel that otherwise they may be in violation of the GPL since their home hub appliance uses Linux which is published under the GPL.

They are being hunted by http://gpl-violations.org/, whose page states

The ultimate goal is to make vendors of GPL licensed software understand that GPL is not public domain, and that there are license conditions that are to be fulfilled.

ooOOOoo

Originally posted on my sun/oracle blog, republished here in June 2016. …

Designing Data Centre automation solutions

Today was planned as a look at Sun’s system management solutions and the day was started by Sohrab Modi, the V/P for the group. We really have a problem with our branding, but we’re sticking with N1, managing maNy systems as 1. Sohrab’s presentation called “Simplify, Integrate, Automate”, hit two key points for me. The first is that its a solution, the second that there are two dimensions to virtualisation.  …

Sun’s Products and Solutions

Today’s gone very quickly, but this morning my highlights were John Fowler and Mark Canepa. As previously their slides are at the Sun Analyst Summit site. These guys were preceded by John Lociano, (VP Software) who has recently visited the UK, he introduced us to his CTO, Juan Carlo Soto. Juan Carlo went through a couple of things but his emphasis on the Predictive Self Healing features of Solaris 10 was interesting but it’s hard to sell and understand features (such as availability) that customers take for granted. …