Thursday, November 17, 2005

Deluged by good stuff

Whole load of interesting stuff coming out of Sun at the moment.

It seems that free stuff isn't just for Fridays anymore. We now get free developer tools. This is something I ought to try. I have to confess to being one of the old-school who can't see what on earth is wrong with emacs, but I'm always keen to try new things, and maybe an IDE might help out.

Then we get snippets about the new Niagara chip. Marketing have clearly got in on this one ("CoolThreads", anyone?, and there does seem to be a certain greenness in the positioning, but this looks like some serious technology.

More free stuff - the Studio 11 compilers. Making these free was inevitable, really - Studio has been free to anyone in the OpenSolaris community for some time now, and I've long felt that the excessive pricing for Studio was crippling its uptake. Good one!

Is that enough? No way! Something really big happened this week - ZFS was unleashed on the world. Sure, it got hyped (overhyped) a year ago when Solaris 10 got announced, but ZFS is the real deal - I've been privileged to have been testing it for almost a year and a half, and it does what it says on the tin. So go check out all the blogs.

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