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A smooth way to patch your machines

Daniel K. Gebhart wrote some nice scripts to 'automagically' add patches and keep your systems up to date.

This bundle of scripts called 'patchme' makes sence to use in a network environment with several Solaris machines. One script will compare your currently installed patches with all available patches from SunSolve and build a list of patches you have to install. This list will be copied to the server and optionally also to a client as a fancy web page. Another script has to run on the server and download all the patches you want to install to an NFS-shared directory. Finally the last script installs all the patches on your clients. On Daniel's Solaris page you will also find another script called 'sysup' which enables you to automate the installation on the clients. Have fun!

Posted 2004-03-02, 18:46 GMT by Daniel

Cross-platform packaging facility OpenPKG 2.0 released

The OpenPKG project released version 2.0 of their unique RPM-based cross-platform Unix software packaging facility. OpenPKG 2.0 consists of 473 selected (from a pool of 700) packages which include latest versions of popular Unix software like Apache, Bash, BIND, GCC, INN, MySQL, OpenSSH, Perl, Postfix, PostgreSQL, Samba, Squid, teTeX and Vim - all carefully packaged for easy deployment on 16 different Unix platforms, including FreeBSD 4.9/5.2, Debian GNU/Linux 2.2/3.0/3.1, Red Hat Linux 9, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3, Fedora Core 1, SuSE Linux 8.2/9.0, and Sun Solaris 2.6/8/9/10. Highlights in OpenPKG 2.0 are the upgrade to RPM 4.2.1, custom RPM extensions for more complete packaging, new platform product and technology identification, usage of UUIDs, etc.

More: The OpenPKG Project

Posted 2004-02-25, 16:44 GMT by Ralf S. Engelschall

Solaris 10 heads for launch pad

Sun Microsystems says advanced partitioning on x86 processors will be one of the compelling features in the next version of its flagship operating system

Sun Microsystems has given a sneak peek into the next version of its Unix operating system, Solaris 10, which will include a partitioning technology that the company says is a big improvement over the logical partitions used on mainframes.

More: ZDNet

Posted 2004-02-19, 18:24 GMT by Mariusz Zynel

Sad news on Carl Erhorn

I am sorry to inform you that Carl Erhorn passed away on Thursday 2/12/2004. Arrangements are being made for a memorial service in his hometown of Patterson, NY. Those interested in contacting the family to extend their sympathies can contact Craig Erhorn (brother) at cerhorn@yahoo.com.

Posted 2004-02-14, 07:22 GMT by Craig Erhorn

Sun to buy Opteron server maker, reclaim co-founder

Sun Microsystems has agreed to acquire Kealia, a start-up that designs servers with Advanced Micro Devices' Opteron processor and that employs Sun co-founder Andy Bechtolsheim.

"We have been working on a bunch of next-generation Opteron servers that seem like a really good fit for Sun," Bechtolsheim said at an analyst conference here Tuesday.

More: News.com

Posted 2004-02-13, 19:48 GMT by Mariusz Zynel

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