Another quickie update, nothing fun to report anyway. Been busy fighting WebSphere lately, trying to get decent performance on a Sun T2000 server. Out of the box performance was horrible. Websphere 5.1 is still far from satisfactory, I'm putting my hope on Websphere 6.0 now.
Updated Sun boxes:
Sun finally decided to update the classic vXX0 range. Just a simple face lift to be honest, they still run the same range processors. The v440 has been replaced by the new v445, the v240 with the v245 and the 1U v210 is replaced by the v215.
The main two updates are the use of SAS drives and the addition of PCIe. Same basic features as the Galaxy and Niagra servers. They updated the chassi to Andys design.
My favorite new feature is the fact that you can have twice as many drives in the v445. 8 SAS drives instead of the old 4 SCSI. Might even be usable as a Oracle server without external storage. Oh, one last thing. No Solaris 8 support, bad bad. Who uses Solaris 9 anyway?!
Oracle patch release:
Patch release 18.104.22.168 is out, not much new. Bug fixes and a patch for the dreaded select-view-permission-hack security hole. I have tried applying it to both 22.214.171.124 and 126.96.36.199 machines without any hickups. 4547809 in Metalink (now if Oracle would just make these patches available for anyone to download *sigh*).
Btw, I've switched to KDE at work as well.