[oi-dev] Support OI and illumos for GSoC 2012

Milan Jurik milan.jurik at xylab.cz
Sat Mar 17 22:05:50 UTC 2012


I have one small comment here, based on my experience as leader of few
bachelor and diploma theses around Opensolaris in recent years. Student
willing to work on Illumos should learn how to use the platform he wants
to develop for. I see point in providing some vbox/kvm images in
general, for testing by new users. But students working on Illumos GSoC
topics should start from beginning - how to create own CBE setup. If
they are unable to pass even such simple task (either by finding good HW
if needed, or install it in own preferred virtualization environment),
it is hard to expect good output from them. As mentor I am always open
to help them with such task if necessary, of course.

Best regards,


Bayard Bell píše v so 17. 03. 2012 v 13:04 +0000:
> Folks,
> First off, if you haven't already heard, illumos has been accepted to
> participate in GSoC 2012:
> http://www.google-melange.com/gsoc/org/google/gsoc2012/illumos
> OpenIndiana is participating under the illumos umbrella. If you are a
> graduate or undergraduate student interested in operating system
> development and related topics (networking, virtualization, storage,
> instrumentation), I'd encourage you to get involved and consider
> applying.
> One thing that we need to help expose students to OI and illumos is
> virtual appliances. VirtualBox has proven to be effectively unusable
> (building from source takes days instead of hours, and debug kernels
> suffer awful performance and lockups). A lot of the students we've
> seen are running on laptops without an immediate option to run off
> bare metal and not enough internet access to use hosted solutions, so
> we need to provide simple ways for them to run virtualized. There are
> two obvious options: one is running under Linux KVM, and the other is
> providing VMWare appliances with a fresh install of 151 prestable.
> If you've got some experience with KVM, it would be much appreciated
> if people could provide blog posts and mail links to for aggregation
> and/or work on a common page on the illumos or OI wiki documenting
> what's known to work. Both of these can subsequently be turned into
> formal documentation--what we need right now is a bit more sharing and
> circulation of what people are already doing.
> If you have a copy of VMWare, it would be much appreciated if you
> could contact me directly and/or join the oi-dev mailing list and work
> with us to provide an appliance distribution. The latter's not
> difficult, but the development team has so much else on at the moment
> that we really need someone to step up for this.
> Cheers,
> Bayard

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