Congrats to the OpenSolaris team for 2009.06

Although I'm not working actively on OpenSolaris any more, I was happy to see the launch today of OpenSolaris 2009.06. See Glenn's announcement email here.

The download of the LiveCD distro went down without a hitch, and was surprisingly fast for the day of launch. Kudos to whomever set up the web infrastructure for day-of-launch. (I think Intel could learn something from you guys...)

PowerTOP: Dave enters a video game

Always wanted to see Dave Stewart fragged, as in "killed in a video game" ?

Yes, I knew you did. Ah, yet another analogy goes haywire.

This is another in a series of digital shorts about work Intel is doing in OpenSolaris. (Have I really done 15 of these things). This one is about PowerTOP, and how you can use it to "green" your software applications and drivers. I also talk about our use of DTrace to collect the information. And too, the video production guys have fun with a few special effects as well. Enjoy.

Sun + Intel + OpenSolaris + 2 Years = The Year of Core

Today is the second anniversary of the Sun and Intel joint agreement to optimize the Solaris operating system for Intel Xeon processors. Like last year, when I wrote this summary of our work, I decided to recap where we are to date.

Like last year’s edition, this is pretty much off the top of my head.

OpenSolaris and Nehalem - a digital short

Another in the series of 5-minute videos on OpenSolaris and Xeon Processors.

This one is about the details in our work on the Intel Core i7 processor, previously known as the codename "Nehalem". The community has been busting hump all year with a laser focus on optimizing OpenSolaris and Solaris for Nehalem. And why not? The architecture has some truly new and exciting advancements for Intel.

Hope you like it - appreciate your comments.

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Does "popular" mean "better" in open source?

Here in the West, having a hit is considered the mark of success.

If you do something that is really insanely great, it should become incredibly popular, no matter what the critics or the bloggers say. There are plenty of movies and books that are considered a "critical success" because the experts love the art. But being a critical success is considered a back-handed complement, since "success" equals "popular" in our mindset.

Tech experts - worldwide innovation

I have just finished the week in China, and I am again astonished at the caliber of technology talent here.

A work acquaintance from a US-based technology company told me that he is mentoring up-and-coming technologists in Beijing. The way he put it was like this: "The smartest 1% of Chinese people is a really large number of people - like 140,000 people. Compared with the smartest 1% of the United States, you simply have a lot of really smart people."

My favorite OpenSolaris 2008.11 features

The next OpenSolaris binary release is due to launch any time now. It's turning into a pretty slick and sexy desktop release. Here are some of my favorite features:

As I previously wrote here, I am trying out one of the latest builds on my Intel Centrino 2 processor based laptop, a Sony VAIO VGN-Z540. ie, the latest and greatest.
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