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Oracle Demos New SPARC T4 Processor

lanc Re:Single thread performance (127 comments)

Well, it is still 64 threads per socket, or 256 threads per box that that run parallelly. Is that not vast enough? With the 5x signlethread performance compared to the T3?

more than 2 years ago

How Do You Keep Up With Science Developments?

lanc you don't need a PhD to get a BSc (337 comments)

I recommend online studies.
No, not those online degree spams. But for example on I found that being able to choose the courses I'm really interested in (mostly cosmology/astronomy) while taking just a single course a year instead of four if I want to, puts the fun right back into studying the subject I'm interested in.
Just my 2 EUR cents.

more than 3 years ago

German Company To Install Linux On 10,000 PCs

lanc Re:Adaption... (328 comments)

So, how many of the companytools are webbased? How is it relevant on what OS your firefox runs on? Linux may not win the desktop war - but windows still can lose it. By fading out into a browser-running-firmware. And then why pay for windows?
The new era is the one of the cloud. Bring on the vaporware jokes.
On the serverside it is very similar. ZFS needs some more features, taking over the role of the servicerunning OS, like browsers do on the client side ;)
Sadly the OS will fade into being a firmware, not more.

more than 3 years ago

Oracle To Halve Core Count In Next Sparc Processor

lanc Re:and? (200 comments)

Oracle is almost clueless when it comes to hardware sales and development. Try ""... you get a redirect to the Oracle home page and then you have to search for a link to the server product lineup. It's almost as if they are hiding the fact that they have a hardware product to sell. I don't think the Oracle brain trust knows what to do with Sun h/w and the Solaris o/s.

I beg to differ. is being redirected to, but there right on the front page there is a complete section called 'Server and Storage Systems'.
Also, their pre-Sun HW product, the Exadata, is being updated with new Sun HW and Solaris. Solaris 11, the first major release released under the Oracle regime.

And last but not least have a look at their T-CPU roadmap - they have released the T3, and are working on the T4 to eliminate the single-thread performance weakness of the series. That is, doubling the efforts in the release cycle, in comparison to Sun's T1 and T2 releases (not to mention the Rock).

Please reconsider your views. Would Oracle have named their new product "SPARC Solaris Sunrise Supercluster" if they'd plan to invest in both Sparc and Solaris?

more than 3 years ago

Oracle To Halve Core Count In Next Sparc Processor

lanc Re:and? (200 comments)

first of all, you can put 8 quadcore CPUs at 2.66GHz in an M5000.
You can even create two domains on the box that act like two separate machines, if you need electrical separation or want to build HA in-a-box. You can replace HW on-the-fly in the M5000. You can put more than 256GB RAM into it, if you want to. You can set up RAM mirroring in case you needed it. We are talking here real enterprise features, not just raw mips.

Anyways, we are comparing here apples to oranges, sparc to x86. If your platform decision goes towards x86, then go for it. In this case, however I would definitely consider the SF X4470 or the X4800 servers if you need raw power. Or an Exadata if you need pretuned, preconfigured RAC on X86 - there you will find the X4800s as well :)

more than 3 years ago

The Best, Worst, and Ugliest OSes of the Decade

lanc Re:Solaris? Give me a break. (378 comments)

you sure are a funny troll :) don't let the facts get in the way, this is slashdot.

more than 4 years ago

The Best, Worst, and Ugliest OSes of the Decade

lanc Re:IMHO solaris has a really bad userland (378 comments)

8 CPU M3k? what are you talking about? That is a single CPU box. Yeah, quadcore, and each core can run two threads. And wtf is an UltraSparc IV 64? Nonsense detected. And "for the purpose you use them for". Exactly. You should re-think your CPU architecture if it doesn't suite your needs. rule 80/20. The plannning/ranting ratio.

more than 4 years ago

The Best, Worst, and Ugliest OSes of the Decade

lanc Re:IMHO solaris has a really bad userland (378 comments)

You, Sir, are a troll.

instead of looking for tools you are used of on other platforms (top, killall), pls rtfm, and look for the functionalities delivered with the OS (prstat, pkill). Nonstandards switches? Which standard are you talking about?
Instead of using old USIIIi boxes, have at last a look at the Sparc64 (Mx000 series) and the CMT processor based servers (T5xx0 Series).

and so on.

The rest is just useless rant. Go check your facts, or at least read wikipedia: , , and sunsolve.

more than 4 years ago

OpenSolaris Or FreeBSD?

lanc Re:Go the whole hog... (405 comments)

Really? And what kind of hardware does Solaris run on? What kind of hardware does HPUX run on? What kind of hardware does AIX run on?

You are right with HPUX/AIX - but as for Solaris there's much more than you'd think:

more than 4 years ago

Will Oracle Keep Funding Sun's Pet Java Projects?

lanc Re:Glassfish is a Must-Have for Oracle (234 comments)

sparc servers as a not growing market, huh? You, Sir, seriously need to have a look at the T2+ and the Sparc64 based servers. Sure it took them a while to get those to the market - but see them rock (;)) now.

more than 5 years ago

Work Progresses On 10,000 Year Clock

lanc Re:10,000 years (307 comments)

He wasn't. All he did was looking out of the window, thinking '42 will do', or similar. No mythical hocuspocus, no hidden message. Yes, I wish that there was one too though. Yes, I like 42 just the same since then. Go see the fscking web for details.

more than 5 years ago

IBM About To Buy Sun For $7 Billion

lanc Re:"commercial UNIX" (699 comments)

Don't you love slashdot? There might go a significant Unix, an at-last-innovative-again company, and the most important topic here is macos being unix or not.

more than 5 years ago

AIX On the Desktop Is Getting the Boot

lanc Re:Oblig. lame joke (366 comments)

space aliens? are there earth-aliens too? I mean besides RMS. And time-aliens? I mean besides RMS :) (with serious apologies to RMS. thanks for emacs, gcc, the recursive acronyme-mania, and so on)

more than 5 years ago

Shuttleworth On Redefining File Systems

lanc Re:This would be easy (414 comments)

I've read the entire apt-get man page several times, and I still don't know how to get a concise list of files that were just added to my system after "apt-get install awesome-widget"

ever thought of "dpkg -L awesome-widget" ?

more than 5 years ago

User Not Found, Email Drops Silently

lanc Re:Remote images? (292 comments)

Ahh, you geeks and your distorted visions of unreal worlds... what will be next you hallucinate about? Other operating systems?
Really, kids today...

more than 6 years ago



lanc lanc writes  |  more than 7 years ago

lanc writes "Bill Joy, co-founder of Sun, contributor to BSD Unix, the UltraSparc technology, NFS and even Java, tells the story in an article at TheRegister about how he wrote vi and what the motives were. In the interview he says:

"It was really hard to do because you've got to remember that I was trying to make it usable over a 300 baud modem. That's also the reason you have all these funny commands. It just barely worked to use a screen editor over a modem. It was just barely fast enough. A 1200 baud modem was an upgrade. 1200 baud now is pretty slow."

...and so my son begun The Holy Editor War."


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