demolition after March 24th 2013

Yup that’s right. There’s a heading in all RED stating this on

If there’s anything you want to read or see you better do it soon. I’ll probably spend some time before the expiration date re-reviewing the site and copying what I think is worth saving for both historical purposes and because I’m sure there’s information I may need to reference or re-read at a later time.

This is like destroying something historical. I’ll do everything I can to preserve what’s left, what I mean by that is Oracle has significantly & very slowly & progressively destroyed the domain since they acquired Sun Microsystems. I have witnessed this for quite some time with every pass through the site. Little by little they’ve pidgin holed it, now pretty much to death. There really isn’t much you can get access to anymore either because links on the site reference you to an Oracle page with 404 errors denying existence of said page or Google Chrome simply says it can’t find the page.

The complete existence of OpenSolaris is slowly being erased. I refuse to let it die! I will hang onto it as much and as long as I can. I didn’t name my server Infinity for nothing when I first constructed it. There was meaning behind giving it such a name. I picked it carefully. It came to me after I realized everything I wanted to do with a single system was indeed possible but only at the time through OpenSolaris. The only OS I could realize my full potential because I wasn’t roadblocked by the OS at some point with a “Oh you can’t do that!” mentality. I chose “Infinity” as the hostname because I really thought at the time this would ultimately be the system I would use for the rest of my life. I didn’t bank on Sun selling out to Oracle along with a death certificate to OpenSolaris.

OpenSolaris solved two problems no other OS was able to accomplish.
1. Run the XEN Hypervisor w/o Crashing after a day or 3.
2. Provide a robust filesystem that had the added feature of being able to go back in time if I made a mistake by accidental file deletion (I lost half of my movie collection this way in 2008 with a simple accidental UNIX command on my FreeBSD server, after discovering Sun’s ZFS project I was sold on OpenSolaris, xVM was an added bonus now providing me with two features I desperately wanted plus my love of Solaris but the other added bonus they made it a lot easier to install and manage and maintain than previous versions) or needing to roll back a virtual machine due to a freak update or a mistake I made while in a test VM environment.

I liked OpenSolaris was able to give me both of these (ZFS & XEN) at the same time on the same hardware plus being able share a sub folder on the same vdev my VM’s are running on out to the LAN hosting all my movies, tv shows, music, games & personal data. I like with XEN you have to have a partition of RAM to house your Dom0 along with ZFS ARC. I like the segregation because it presents everything in an orderly way. I don’t have to worry about possible oversubscription of RAM for VM’s starving the Dom0 / ZFS ARC & the opposite Dom0 / ZFS ARC ballooning over the already scheduled RAM for the VM’s. If someone reads this and through experience knows this last part isn’t possible then lets say this: Dom0 runs out of ram and begins to starve in performance and hinders the system unmanipulative (basically crawls or hangs).

I’m extremely disappointed with OpenIndiana’s decision to drop xVM (XEN) from the distribution all together in favor of exclusive KVM support. I thought this was going to be my next move when I reached the edge of hardware last supported by OpenSolaris. What I mean by this is how far I can maintain upgrades of the hardware before the OS is rendered useless because it won’t be able to support oh say current hard drive controller chips anymore. I felt lucky last year when I upgraded the server to Intel i5 and the on-board controller along with the SATAIII is operational but the OS doesn’t support SATAIII so those two ports are running at legacy SATAII. Also USB3 is completely nonoperational, it also kinda sucks it doesn’t support Blu-ray. My external ASUS Blu-ray burner works fine except it cannot burn to Blu-ray discs and cannot mount them. It can see the discs but it’s like it doesn’t know what to do with them. Except for these caveat’s all is well. Runs great on the two OCZ Agility 3 SSD’s mirrored for rpool and housing the zil mirror and the ARC stripe. The OS boots and mounts my RAID-Z in about 3 seconds even with the SSD’s only @ SATAII speeds. No complaints whatsoever.

xVM even though the last update was 3 years ago this month has no issues running current OS’s either. It doesn’t have support for FreeBSD 8 or 9 in the Virtual Machine Creation Wizard but I’ve had no issues with either setting it for the legacy 7 configuration. I also have had no problem with Windows 7, 8 or Server 2012 any version.



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