The thumb could be the key to a whole new world of features and convenience if Apple does indeed include the rumored fingerprint reader in its next iPhone.

My latest column has been published in ;login:. I have attached it for your convenience. Dec 2008 ;login: column.

Just posted at http://ctistrategy.com/, an overview of Sun 7000 Analytics, including a walk-through showing its powerful features and links to more information and a downloadable full-featured virtual 7000.

The LISA (large installation systems administration) conference of USENIX has released its 2008 call for papers. I have a vested interest in spreading the word because I’m on the program committee and wants lots of (good) papers to read and select from.  LISA is a high-quality, refereed paper conference. The theme for LISA ’08 is “Real World System Administration.”

Have a look at the CFP and as appropriate please consider submitting a paper.

(For those interested in the NorthEast (US) Open Solaris Uses Group…)
Hi NEOSUG’ers!

Sorry for the lateness of this update, but now the holidays are over and it’s back to work.

Our November NEOSUG meeting featured two great talks:

Jeff Victor talked about the Solaris 8 Migration Assistant, which is a software technology that enables a Solaris 10 Container to behave like a Solaris 8 system. The slides from the talk are available here: http://www.opensolaris.org/os/project/ne-osug/files/S8MA-Customer.pdf

In its first public demonstrration (!), Dave Miner showed off Project Indiana, which is a new project to create an OpenSolaris binary distribution. Dave also handed out CDs containing this first preview distribution (version .75). Quite a few folks at the meeting used this liveCD to boot and test Indiana, while others (like me) installed it as a VMware guest to play with. Dave’s slide are available here: http://blogs.sun.com/dminer/entry/slides_from_indiana_at_neosug

Finally, this user group is actually for y’all, the users. Please take a minute to fill out this survey to tell us about logistics and topics for future NEOSUG meetings: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=KEoVVsviYk1cJD56XeWeaw_3d_3d

Also, if you have an interesting topic to talk about, and want to talk about it, please get in touch and we’ll try to include that in a future meeting.

Based on your surveys and feedback, we’ll start planning the next NEOSUG meeting.

As always, questions and comments are welcome.

Update – the participation of Usenix at SANs conferences was postponed so I won’t me making this conference.


I’ll be teaching my Solaris 10 Administration Workshop and Solaris 10 Security Workshop at the SANSFIRE conference – the major SANS event. It’s in Washington D.C. this year. USENIX and SANS are working together to provide more training on varying topics at their conferences and my classes are part of that cross-polination. I’ll be there July 28th through 30th (at least).