No, not those online degree spams. But for example on www.studyastronomy.com 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.
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.
Oracle is almost clueless when it comes to hardware sales and development. Try "www.sun.com"... 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. sun.com is being redirected to oracle.com, 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?
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
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: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/UltraSPARC_T2 , http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SPARC64_VII , http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SPARC_Enterprise and sunsolve.
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:
However -exec is slow. Try:
Especially the section explaining the difference between "\;" and "+".