Solaris 10 Review

I have a new review up on LinuxToday about my experiences of using Solaris 10 over the last few months. As the article says at the start, I’ve been using Solaris since the original SunOS was redeveloped and rebranded as Solaris in the early 90s, and I’m still using it happily now. Solaris 10 adds a load of new features, including Dynamic Tracing (DTrace) and Solaris Containers (zones). The article also covers the other new features, desktop impressions, the issue of licensing of the new OpenSolaris and whether this could be a potential Linux killer, now that Solaris is available free. Please read the full article to find out if you should be trying Solaris 10.

What is the semantic grid?

Whether you call it the Semantic Web or Web 2.0, it is obvious that in the web as we know it is changing. We have moved on from static web pages and simply links and will be moving towards more dynamic content, more intelligent links and better ways of integrating and collating information from different sources. My new article, What is the semantic grid? looks at the semantic grid – an extension of the principles of the semantic web and how they will be applied to grid technology to make the interoperation of grids and the information and services they provide. Here’s the official intro:

The semantic grid uses metadata to describe information in the grid. Turning information into something more than just a collection of data means understanding the context, format, and significance of the data. The semantic Web follows this model by providing additional metadata that helps describe the information being viewed on a Web page, thereby allowing browsers, applications, and users to make better decisions about how to deal with the data. The semantic grid applies similar principles to the information used in a grid environment. In this article, we take a closer look at what the semantic grid is, how to use it, and what this will mean to your future grid applications.

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Free IRC Clients

I have a new article up at Free Software Magazine on free, terminal (i.e. non-GUI) based IRC clients. Here’s the extract:

In this article I’m going to look at a staple application of many user’s lives. No, not a web browser, but an IRC client. Internet Relay Chat (IRC) is a simple, but effective, way for multiple users to communicate with each other in an environment that most likely equates to your local bar.

Read on for the full article.

You’ve got grid!

One of the problems with gaining a wider usage of the grid and extracting more potential CPU cycles and resources out of machines is to make use of those machines that are not permanently connected to your network. For example, laptops and notebooks may only connect to your network when the user wishes to exchange email with the rest of the staff.Distribution of work in this environment is more difficult because we do not have direct access to the machines in question and therefore cannot directly submit work to these machines as they are unlikely to be connected when work is submitted.I’ve got an article over at developerWorks which covers the details on how to develop a proxy service to your grid by using email as the transport medium.