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Friday, June 17, 2005

Sun's Solaris is now OpenSolaris!

On June 14, 2005 after a long wait and millions of DTrace downloads, the gates of Solaris were thrown Open!

The OpenSolaris project is an open source operating system, a community development effort and a place for collaboration and conversation about OpenSolaris technology. It is aimed at developers and users who want to develop and improve operating systems. The OpenSolaris technology represents cutting edge operating system design, but the innovation is just getting started!

Sun's Solaris has been a dominant force on the server-side, and open-sourcing it has been long debated.

For those who want to have a look before they download the 45MB of C code, there is an OpenSolaris Source Browser.

You can either download the source code and build it with gcc or install from pre-built archives.
OpenSolaris code can be downloaded and built for both, the SPARC and x86 platform. Infact its the same code, but depending on the platform its built differently!

Whether you are a user or developer and have basic understanding of Unix and C, you should not miss this open-source initiative.

This also makes Sun, the biggest contributor to open-source code. OpenOffice, Solaris, what will be Sun's next move?

Games Bond: CounterStrike on TV

StarOne has launched a Video Games show based on CS, called Games Bond on every Friday at 2030 IST.

Format:
They have about 8 clans and each week, 2 clans face each other.

The game has 2 rounds and 3 battles per round.
Battle 1- Aztec (Bomb The Target)
Battle 2- Dust (Bomb The Target)
Battle 3- Italy (Hostage Rescue)

The team which wins the toss at the start gets to choose CT(Counter-Terrorist) or T (Terrorist) for Round 1 and in the Round 2 there is a role reversal.

Each round starts with 5 memebers on each side, and after every battle the captain of the winning team eliminates one member from each team.

Episode 1: Indian Tigers VS Extremists

Toss: Extremists win and choose CT

Round 1: IndTig(T) vs Ext(CT)
Battle 1 - CT
Battle 2 - T
Battle 3 - T

Round 2: IndTig(CT) vs Ext(T)
Battle 1 - T
Battle 2 - T
Battle 3 - T

Result: Extremists win 4-2


Comments: Extremists were far superior in the role of Terrorists with a flawless victory. But the IndianTigers showed some great skill in the Dust battle of Round 1.

Next week: Jaipur Lords vs Bombay Rockers

Its a nice show, and of course you cant compare it to the thrill of playing the game, but watching India's Top clans fight it out every week is a great concept.