Sun Set To Release OpenSolaris

Sun releasing OpenSolaris technologies via open source | InfoWorld | News | 2005-06-13 | By Paul Krill
OpenSolaris will run on Intel (Profile, Products, Articles) x86 and 64-bit AMD Opteron systems as well as on Sun’s Sparc hardware. Sun hopes to leverage the operating system by offering support packages. The company also is hopeful that seeding the market with OpenSolaris will boost demand for its portfolio of other products, Goguen said.

When released, OpenSolaris will be available here.

Microsoft Follows Chinese Censorship

BetaNews | MSN Blocks ‘Forbidden Speech’ in Blogs
Following the lead of competitors Yahoo and Google, Microsoft has blocked the use of words such as “democracy” and “human rights” in some of its services for Chinese users – including its Spaces blogs. The move is likely to appease the Chinese government, which has strongly urged Web sites to self-censor themselves.

OK, I get the part about needing to follow the local laws of a country, but come on. The scary part is that this could set a corporate precedent for bowing to governmental pressure to censor speech on the web even in a America. Suppose our government decides that certain words or phases needn’t be written on the web. Who will stand up to them to demand our rights?

Building a Linux Virtual Server Cluster

NewsForge | Building a Linux virtual server
With the explosive growth of the Internet, the workload on servers providing Web, email, and media services has increased greatly. More and more sites are being challenged to keep up with the growing demands and are employing several techniques to avoid overloading their servers. Building a scalable server on a cluster of computers is one of the solutions that is being effectively put to use. With such a cluster, the increasing requests can be easily managed by simply adding one or more new servers to the existing cluster as required. In this article we will look at setting up one such scalable, network load-balancing server cluster using a virtual server via the Linux Virtual Server Project.