Saturday, June 23, 2007

Solaris? Linux? Sun vs. FOSS? Sun with FOSS? OpenSolaris?

Confused yet?

Anyways, I put that there as a culminating topic name. What is the deal with Solaris? What about OpenSolaris?

Well, Solaris is what SVR4/SVR5 implementation of Unix by Sun Microsystems. SunOS, which was its predecessor, was more towards BSD. So, Sun Microsystems does have some background in the OSS community. Solaris is what Sun calls the most advanced OS on the planet. Well, I cannot agree or dispute the claim because I STILL HAVE NOT GOTTEN MY SOLARIS DISCS!!! I ordered them about two or three weeks ago and I still have not gotten them!!! I want to do some work on Solaris especially with QA work of the Enano CMS Project, which I am the QA Manager for that project. I saw a lot of ads for Solaris about their new advanced process isolation systems, and I figured that it would be important enough to test for. Well, I thought, maybe OpenSolaris. The problem is that OpenSolaris is just a bunch source packages…. No binary ISOs to download, though I don’t have the space for Solaris downloading. On top of that, I only download Linux ISOs, but I am being tempted greatly to re-order those DVDs.

The CEO of Sun Microsystems requested some time ago that Linus and himself have dinner at his place to discuss the Linux and Solaris debate and the Openness of Sun. Linus should go there and see, and since I posted so late, it may have already happened, but so far, no results.

ZFS on Linux is already possible thanks to ZFS-FUSE. So, the one thing Linus says that he wants from Solaris is already available, but I think he still wants ZFS in kernel space instead of Userspace. Oh well, to each his own.

I like to keep myself open-minded about the UNIX world, and Solaris is something that piqued my interest. But I am getting mad about that order not going through.


Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Update on RGW-Net main site restructuring!

I had previously posted about my stupid error in updating the software and the updated software was really messed up. Unfortunately the database restore software would not accept my insanely large SQL file and kept generating ridiculous errors. So, I had set up phpBB3 as an interim install.

Well, I tried out Drupal as a replacement interim, and I have never been more frustrated on working on a CMS than I had been with Drupal. It really doesn’t have a good organization of administration and the system itself is somewhat illogical in my opinion. I mean, why would you make it hard to find permissions stuff and then have forum creation automatically not permissible to most users?! So I said, “Screw this!” and pretty much left alone the current interim phpBB3 site.

It has been a very long time since I last talked about Linux technologies itself (my rpm stuff doesn’t count :P ) And I will talk about something about that…

Tuesday, June 05, 2007

RPM.RGW-NET.COM launched! OggConvert package built, signed, and released!

Well, last night, I worked myself to like 4am in the morning setting up a new site, the RGW RPM Repository. I spent quite a bit of time wikifying all the licenses, categorizing them, and having proper legal disclaimers on the bottom of the site. The content on the site by default is dual licensed GFDL and CC-BY-SA 3.0. The RPM packages and specs are by default licensed GNU GPL. In certain conditions, the RPM packaging files and specfiles are licensed under the GNU LGPL. The first package I set up there is OggConvert.

OggConvert is a tiny little pyGTK application that can convert videos and music from any format GStreamer supports to Theora/Vorbis formats. This application is available here and even the author of the actual application, Tristan Brindle, has linked to it on his site! Doesn’t helping out the FOSS community give you a warm, fuzzy feeling inside?