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Sun, Solaris, MySQL, Nexenta, btrfs

Posted on Januar 19th, 2008 in dovhcajt |

Lots of news buzz around Sun lately due to the deal with MySQL. Sun executives are proudly promoting their action as a step forward for open source. They certainly are giving a lot of effort into open source, but as far as I am aware, Sun still keeps the opensource projects on a quite tight leash. Chasing the dolphins they go.

First reporters were a bit suprised finding out that Sun has bought MySQL and not PostgreSQL, which they have invested previously in, but the reason is quite simple: MySQL is the market leader when it comes to OSS, startups and web apps, not PostgreSQL. That ofcourse does not mean Sun might not invest their time in PostgreSQL.

A rather interesting development has come with Nexenta, the GNU/OpenSolaris distribution, as they have apparently steered into server-only waters, abandoning their desktop user support, for now. Many news sites failed to notice this and have only reported of their mirated website and new release. Users have noted, though. Their policy states the focus change from blindly rebuilding the whole Debian to providing core system and libraries, but not GUI programs. It’s a terrible waste Sun doesn’t want to release OpenSolaris under GPL-compatible license, they might be able to create a true Debian/GNU Solaris then.

First new apps are already rising involving Sun and MySQL (fairly unrelated to the buyout), the one that caught my eye is SnapBack, a MySQL snapshotting tool which utilizes ZFS snapshots. Forget the long hours of waiting for “mysqldump”!

Btrfs, the open source implementation of some parts of functionality ZFS provides, is also gaining some new features. Few days back Btrfs gained ability to resize volumes online and – check this out-an online conversion from Ext3 to Btrfs with rollback support in case you don’t like the converted file system for some strange reason. That reason might as well be the fact, that Btrfs is still highly experimental, with on-disk format changes between releases and obviously not ready for production use. Oh, and if I failed to mention, Btrfs is developed by Oracle.

It’s great to have the VT enabled CPU; combined with KVM makes tinkering with new and experimental technologies really pleasurable… after you figure out latest kvm package in Debian is buggy.

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