Containers, Now and Then

Posted on July 1, 2016

I'm excited to announce that Cuddletech is now 100% Docker Powered. This is particularly exciting for me because it comes after being hosted on containers for the previous 10 years of its life. To celebrate it seems like a good time to reflect on how containers have evolved over the last decade. For those not familiar with Cuddletech, since 1999 it has been my personal website dedicated to all things Solaris (and Enlightenment, and my ...

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If you've never heard of iPXE, it is the official fork of gPXE, which was the ultimate result of the Etherboot Project of old.  Apparently there was a power struggle that caused the primary contributors to leave Etherboot/gPXE and they renamed gPXE to iPXE to distinguish.  Technically gPXE still exists, but for all intents and purposes its a dead project. If you are completely unfamiliar with both iPXE and gPXE let me summarize.  The ...

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Solaris Family Reunion: TOMORROW!

Posted on October 3, 2011

Sorry for the late notice, but all you folks out here in the Bay Area for OracleWorld won't want to miss out on a very exciting event tomorrow night: What? Solaris Family Reuinion Where? Joyent HQ, 345 California St, 20th Floor When? Tuesday Oct 4th, 6PM till 10PM (and maybe a pub after that!) Why? Beer! Food! Community! Register here: We've all gone off in different directions, but this will be ...

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Using Graphite to Graph DTrace Metrics

Posted on June 21, 2011

If you haven't heard of Graphite you are missing out on a serious operations power tool. Let me make a gross over simplification and slightly inaccurate assertion to get you in the ballpark of understanding what it is: it's RRDtool reimplemented for the web. Let me be more specific for those new to it. Graphite is really made up of 3 components. The first is "Carbon" which is a metrics collection daemon that collects data via a UDP ...

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Smart Cards, OTP, Hardware Tokens like SecurID... 2 factor auth is an old standby and considered mandatory for any high security installation.  But lets face facts, there are a myriad of problems involved.  SecurID is complex and expensive and now has destroyed its credibility following the Lockheed break-in.  Smart Cards are really sweet, especially solutions from ActivIdentity, but again its expensive and you have client hardware requirem...

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In Case You Have Doubts…

Posted on November 16, 2010

I hesitate writing this entry, because no good can come of it. But I want you to grasp the new reality. This is mail that just came across the OpenSolaris Security list: On 11/03/10 20:07, Pete Chan wrote: > Hello. Does any one know if Oracle has any plans in incorporating SSH > HPN in the new release of Solaris? Oracle's plans for features in future releases of Solaris are unlikely to be communicated here. Please contact ...

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Solaris 11 Express Arrives

Posted on November 15, 2010

Its here... Solaris 11 Express. Billed as snv_151a. You can download it immediately. Be careful when you do so, the version most people will want is the LiveCD, which is under the "Other Downloads" section. If you download the "Text Only" version you will not get a desktop environment. Maybe a subtle hint about the return of Solaris as a server centric OS. Lets get the bad news out of the way.... No source. If that's a deal ...

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Oracle Solaris Summit: Today

Posted on November 9, 2010

LISA is happening this week in San Jose and today is the Solaris Summit. Its a free event, so if your in the Silicon Valley come by... if not, the rest of you can watch the live stream. I wouldn't expect much in the way of surprises in the event. If your reading this your already tapped into the OpenSolaris community and thus know whats coming.

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Sorry for the late notice, but SVOSUG is meeting tonight. Myself and several folks from the Joyent crew will be onhand. 6:45pm 274 Castro Street, Suite 204 Mountain View above Meyer Appliance & Kitchens look for the OpenSolaris sign on the door Tonights guest will be Garrett D'Amore presenting Illumos and Anil Gulecha presenting Nexenta. The discussion will really be in essence about the rebirth of OpenSolaris in a ...

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Illumos Shines New Light

Posted on August 7, 2010

As many of you have no doubt heard, this week Illumos opened its doors to the world. What is Illumos? A change to put "OpenSolaris" back on track. When this slay ride started, "OpenSolaris" wasn't a distribution, it was a community. It was users and developers and sysadmins gathering around a great operating systems code, now free to learn from, contribute to, and to innovate on. But that's not how it really went down... is it? ...

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