What a week for Sun fans!
Last week (November 14 - 18) was a fantastic week for Sun advocates, with a major annoncement on nearly every day.
On Monday, Sun introduced the processor previously known as Niagara, the UltraSPARC T1. This first implementation of chip multithreading (CMT) can run up to 32 threads on 8 cores, while consuming less than 70 watts of power. Given how well Solaris scales in a multithreaded enviroment--it eats threads for lunch!--I can't wait to see some benchmarks for this CPU.
On Tuesday, Sun and Oracle announced that Oracle have selected Solaris 10 as their preferred open source 64-bit development platform and deployment platform. This should mean that Oracle on Solaris (both SPARC and x86) will continue to be tier one platforms for Oracle.
Wednesday was the big one for me. First and foremost, Build 27 of OpenSolaris was made available. Build 27 is an important release, because it contains the much-anticipated ZFS file system. Second, Sun released Sun Studio 11--for free. Finally, support for PTC Pro/Engineer was announced for 64-bit Solaris x86.
Continuing the database/application theme for this week, on Thursday Sun announced support for Postgres on Solaris. Postgres is a free, open source database, which is technologically superior to MySQL, which for some reason gets most of the press/attention.
No announcements on Friday, but with NC05Q4 just a couple of weeks away, I think the future is looking very bright. We live in very intersting times...