An Exit Strategy

2010-03-31 08:24:35 by jdixon

News broke recently that Oracle would begin enforcing old-school licensing policies on Solaris. The future of OpenSolaris has been in question for some time now. The writing is on the wall, in this geek's opinion. Oracle is a revenue-generating monster with blinders towards open source. The product manager in me appreciates the directness of it. The hacker in me despises them for raping Sun Microsystems and pulling the rug out under from the rest of us.

This will almost certainly renew interest in BSD distributions. Sure, Linux will get plenty of (re-)adopters migrating off Solaris. But keep in mind that many Solaris users left Linux for greener (read: more stable) pastures. They've tasted the delicacies of ZFS, Dtrace, project Crossbow and zones. Linux is a big bitter pill to swallow after you've tried those.

Fortunately, users have a choice. Although I'm not a big user of FreeBSD myself, I appreciate the work they've put into porting ZFS and Dtrace. They have OpenBSD's PF packet filter and experimental support for Valgrind. There are plenty of reasons to love FreeBSD right now. Suffice it to say that I'll be testing my alternatives and looking for an exit strategy from Oracle.

Announcing Blogsum-1.0

2009-11-14 12:56:56 by jdixon

I'm happy to announce the release of Blogsum-1.0. This release includes a number of bugfixes and a couple enhancements over 0.9:

  • Fixed preview mode
    Preview content is now encoded so markup will always get recreated properly in your browser.
  • Tag Cloud
    Thanks to Jim Razmus who submitted this new feature. Make sure you add the new $max_tags_in_cloud setting to your local Blogsum.pm.
  • Update date when (re-)publishing
    The published timestamp updates when you publish or republish an article.
  • Fix timezones in db
    Fixed a bug where article or comment timestamps were always set to GMT instead of localtime.
  • Fix pagination
    Removed pagination view from all non-default views. That is to say, we shouldn't paginate when viewing by year/month or tag filters.
  • Minor aesthetic improvements
    Lots of whitespace fixes, a redesigned footer and the addition of a meta generator tag for Blogsum.
  • Example httpd.conf for Apache-2.x
    Thanks to Dan Colish for testing Blogsum with Apache-2.x and submitting his configuration example. This has been added to the examples directory as httpd2-blogsum.conf.

I'd like to also thank Johan Huldtgren for submitting Blogsum to the FreeBSD ports tree for inclusion. It has been accepted and will likely bring many new Blogsum users, which will inevitably cause me to struggle even harder against the onslaught of feature requests. ;)

Just kidding, I'm glad to see Blogsum gaining interest in the community. I've also updated the OpenBSD port, if you happen to be using that instead of following svn. Enjoy!