Solar Wind

Posted on May 23, 2006, under general, niagara, photography.

So, this time last week I was in San Francisco, courtesy of Sun, which was brilliant. Originally the plan was that I would be receiving a T2000 on-stage from Jonathan Schwartz during the JaveOne keynote. There were a lot of last-minute changes though, and in the end I managed to evade that, though I did get my access-all-areas badge for the general session – and managed to catch Jonathan Schwartz during the pre-keynote practice.

Union Square

SUN’s Global Communications team did arrange for a few press interviews, to cover the try and buy program. It was a curious experience, although I’ve done more than a few media interviews at this point, it’s always been on political issues, never with “analysts”, who ask very different sorts of questions. Still it was very pressure free, I could do them or not, and there was no line to tow or anything like that, which was good.

I didn’t quite get to meat everyone on my trip, but I did bump into fellow Apache committer Wendy Smoak through pure coincidence, and Tim Bray, who I got to thank for helping me get the T2000, and who put me in his Video blog! Mark was also kind enough to give me a great walking tour of San Francisco.

By far the best thing from the conference, from my point of view at least, was Mark Shuttleworth appearing and giving us some news about Ubuntu. It looks like 6.06 (Dapper) is going to have Sparc as an official distro, which is excellent sign of Fabio‘s great work. Niagara is fully supported the kernel that ships, but alas the T1000 doesn’t quite work yet due to some issues with the Broadcom driver which are currently being blogged about.

Speaking of analysts, the discredited (at least if you follow GrokLaw) analyst Laura DiDio has weighed in on Ubuntu, so now I can confidently predict it will be a roaring success. Actually, over on, we’re getting ready for what could be an interesting week when 6.06 is actually released.

Goldengate Bridge

Yet more reviews of the T2000 boxes are appearing, including one which is on Linux aswell as Solaris, which gets some interesting results. It’s a bit worrying that only 24 CPUs showed up. There are probably still some T1 Linux kernel issues to be found.

The guys in SUN QA (based in Dublin) are doing some excellent profiling work too, and their Solaris numbers are surpassing mine at this point, so when I get the T1000 online (in a week or two hopefully) I’ll see if I can contribute any more useful feedback.

One Reply to "Solar Wind"


Jeff Waugh  on June 2, 2006

Hi Colm — So… How did fare through the 6.06 LTS release? :-)

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