Sun Microsystems: A Look Back at a Tech Company Ahead of its Time
Sun Microsystems is a Silicon Valley legend. Ten years after it was acquired by Oracle, the company’s past employees still have fond feelings for their former home — and a historic reunion happened two weeks ago at the Hyatt Regency by the San Francisco airport. Over 1,000 former Sun employees reunited for an evening to re-connect and to reminisce.
A long two months
That afternoon, work chat started talking about a Tumblr post by pythonsweetness about an Intel hardware security bug. At the time I definitely did not suspect that this was going to occupy most of my working life for the next (almost) two months.
A fantastic dive into systems and kernels and page tables.
A Brief History of Solaris (SunOS) Ports
Including the trials and tribulations of PowerPC.
Solaris to Linux Migration 2017
Differentish but closeish.
This is a tale of linkers and code optimization and perhaps the most elegant ELF loader magic I’ve ever seen.
Selecting CPU feature optimized functions via linking.
Vulnerability Spotlight: Joyent SmartOS
Talos is disclosing a series of vulnerabilities in Joyent SmartOS, specifically in the Hyprlofs filesystem. SmartOS is an open source hypervisor that is based on a branch of Opensolaris. Hyperlofs is a SmartOS in-memory filesystem that allows users to map files from various different locations under a single namespace.