Archive for June, 2004


Just got back from the Solaris BOF here at USENIX ’04 — it was great to see so many people there! Hopefully it was useful to you; at the very least, you learned about a beautiful piece of Solaris documentation — not to mention how I feel about compiler folks. You shouldn’t have any trouble [...]

Posted on June 30, 2004 at 10:26 pm by bmc · Permalink · 5 Comments
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The de-commoditization of the OS

So the DTrace team is currently at USENIX ’04, where yesterday we presented our paper on DTrace. The presentation went quite well — though it’s a bit difficult to jam so much content in 25 minutes! The reception to the work was very positive, and even the questions largely praised DTrace. The only wrinkle in [...]

Posted on June 29, 2004 at 6:30 am by bmc · Permalink · 25 Comments
In: Solaris

Whining pays off?

It normally doesn’t — and it probably shouldn’t. But Chris Preimesberger, the author of the story on Solaris 10 that I mentioned on Friday, has apparently read (and commented on) my blog entry — and he corrected the story! The details of the paragraph are now correct, and I’m certainly happier. This whole episode has [...]

Posted on June 20, 2004 at 12:00 pm by bmc · Permalink · 3 Comments
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Be careful what you ask for…

Earlier, I lamented the fact that a press roundtable on three key technology areas in Solaris 10 (DTrace, Zones and ZFS) had yielded only stories about open source — a topic which we explicitly didn’t talk about. Fortunately, there is now a new story by one of attendees of the roundtable that focuses on the [...]

Posted on June 18, 2004 at 2:40 pm by bmc · Permalink · 9 Comments
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The Early Adopters

Several years ago, had a contest for the motto for Silicon Valley. Maurice Herlihy1 won with the slogan “Quality is Job 1.1.” Maurice’s slogan is certainly clever (and disconcertingly accurate at times), but one of the honorable mentions actually struck me as being truer to Silicon Valley: Eli Neiburger’s “God bless the early adopters.” [...]

Posted on June 17, 2004 at 10:38 pm by bmc · Permalink · 3 Comments
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More DTrace blogging

DTrace developer Adam Leventhal has joined the Sun blogging mayhem. Now if we can only convince Mike to start a blog (a feat that can only be compared to getting B.A. Baracus to fly), Team DTrace will be at maximal blogging power…

Posted on June 17, 2004 at 9:51 am by bmc · Permalink · Comments Closed
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Open source, again!

So another article showed up covering the same press meeting that I discussed earlier. Again, despite the fact that it was less than one tenth of one percent of the content of the rountable, the headline is open source. On the one hand, I feel slightly vindicated in that this one at least quoted me [...]

Posted on June 16, 2004 at 7:15 pm by bmc · Permalink · 2 Comments
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I’ll take a “y”, Pat…

Thanks to those of you who joined us for the Expert Exchange this morning. Adam and I were typing furiously trying to keep up with all of your questions! In fact, we were typing so furiously that about a third of the way into the session, the “y” key on my laptop stopped working. No [...]

Posted on June 16, 2004 at 1:49 pm by bmc · Permalink · Comments Closed
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Open source! (P.S. DTrace, Zones, ZFS, etc.)

So several of us spoke with analysts and members of the press yesterday on Solaris 10. The idea was that it would be a deep-dive on three of the major technology areas in Solaris 10: DTrace, Zones, and ZFS (a.k.a. the “Dynamic File System”). Of course, at the outset, the press was really only interested [...]

Posted on June 16, 2004 at 9:43 am by bmc · Permalink · One Comment
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DTrace chat tomorrow

Adam Leventhal, Mike Shapiro and I will be on-line tomorrow (Wednesday) at 10a Pacific for an Expert Exchange on DTrace. This is your opportunity to have your questions answered on-line by the people who wrote the code. (Which is to say, us.) Hope to see you (virtually) tomorrow!

Posted on June 15, 2004 at 5:47 pm by bmc · Permalink · One Comment
In: Solaris