long weekend in the homelab

I’d been neglecting opportunities to work in my homelab for awhile so that I might take advantage of a bit of a creative streak and shoot some photography. That’s probably been satisfied, for a little while anyway, so I’ve spent much of this long weekend tinkering in the homelab. (more…)


Discovering SmartOS

As I’ve alluded to previously, I’ve been exploring Joyent’s SmartOS lately. I’d like to talk a little bit more about it. It seems to me that a lot of my peers haven’t yet heard about it, or don’t really understand it much at all. The documentation isn’t really there yet, so I think that it is a little hard to get the right first impression if you’re coming into it with no Solaris background.

That’s right, I said Solaris. SmartOS is not Solaris, but it shares a common heritage with Solaris. SmartOS is based on the Illumos kernel, which is based on the OpenSolaris project (which no longer exists). Oracle has since closed the Solaris source, and most of the best engineers have found themselves reuniting under the Illumos banner. Many of them are under the employ of Joyent and Nexenta. (more…)