Debian Linux dropping SPARC support (for now)

Posted by Bill Bradford on Jul 27, 2015

According to this Debian Devel-Announce mailing list post, support for the SPARC architecture is being dropped from the Debian linux distribution. Debian SPARC has for years been a 64-bit kernel with a 32-bit userland, and there are notes that it may return as fully 64-bit (both kernel and userland) in the future.

Oracle releases updated SPARC processor documentation

Posted by Bill Bradford on Apr 28, 2015

Oracle has released updated documentation covering up to current versions of the SPARC processor.

Berkeley Communications – putting the Value in VAR

Posted by Bill Bradford on Apr 28, 2015

A few months ago I joined the systems administration team at Berkeley Communications (BerkCom), a systems integrator and leading provider of technology solutions.
I really enjoy being part of the team at BerkCom, and can say it is one of the most talented and clueful groups of individuals I have worked with in my 20-year career.

The owner of BerkCom is very supportive of SunHELP and a long-time reader and participant in my “Rescue” mailing list and other related projects.
As a thank-you for his support, I wanted to introduce BerkCom to the SunHELP community.

BerkCom is a value-added reseller of hardware, software, and professional services that goes beyond traditional VARs to provide its customers with unmatched technical talent, quality solutions, and comprehensive support.
We have tremendous expertise with data storage, primarily NetApp, and have sold and supported NetApp systems for over 12 years!

Headquartered in Northern California, BerkCom has offices in Southern California, Massachusetts, New York, Vermont and Arizona. Currently we operate over 500,000 square feet of warehouse, staging and configuration space in multiple locations across the United States. We have one of the largest inventories of refurbished hardware, including NetApp, EMC, Dell, Brocade, HP, and Supermicro.

Check us out at

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.

Employed again!

Posted by Bill Bradford on Feb 26, 2015

Thanks, everyone for the emails, leads, tips, and so forth. I started a new full-time position earlier this week.

Sr. Systems Administrator looking for employment – Houston

Posted by Bill Bradford on Jan 9, 2015

(Update: I started a new position in late February! Thanks everyone.)

I don’t often bring personal matters onto the site, but I was affected by a “Reduction In Force” due to “Changing Market Conditions” and laid off from my employer of the past twelve years this past Wednesday. As a result, I’m looking for employment in the Houston area.

I’m Sun and Red Hat (RHCE) certified, have worked with all major flavors of UNIX and Linux, and am heavily versed in running infrastructure applications – Sendmail/Postfix, BIND/DNS, the LAMP Apache/MySQL software stack, shell scripting, building open source software from source code (or installing packages) and so forth.

I also have heavy experience working with NetApp network storage hardware and software, virtualization environments such as VMWare vSphere/ESXi and Linux KVM.

I “do Windows” as well and have experience with IIS, SQL Server, and Active Directory, in addition to integrating Windows and Linux environments using Samba and other third party tools.

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.

Oracle suing companies providing “illegal” third-party Solaris OS support

Posted by Bill Bradford on Jul 26, 2013

This NetworkWorld article describes how Oracle is going after third-party companies who provide “illegal” Solaris support (patches, updates) to customers who don’t want to go through Oracle.

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.