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May may be a great month

It’s been a long time since my last blog entry. I began the blog, and, well, didn’t thought to write my life in it. I’ll try to be a little more productive in the next days.

One of the project of my team has been accepted: I’ll have to set up a server to run an Open Microscopy Environment (OME) service. We got the funds with that projects for:

  • two storage servers;
  • a workstation;
  • a macbook air.

Everything should be there next month — a great month, on work side :-)

I’ve decided to go with Solaris 10 for the servers. The main feature which leaded me to choose Solaris for that project is the ZFS compression — the preliminary testings have shown a compression rate of 2.7 on our data. That’s a very nice increase of available space. Just imagine that a storage pool of 10 TB can actually store 27 TB of data…

I’ve been googling a lot these last months, to learn more on Solaris and Opensolaris, and I must say I’m quite pleased by most of the things I see. As a consequence, and after having checked that my main tools (ITK and WrapITK) are usable, I’ve decided to go with OpenSolaris on the workstation, instead of the Mandriva Linux I was used to use. It doesn’t mean I’ll stop using Mandriva: I still use it at home, and the tools I’m developing are installed on several hosts with that system at work. Also, I know that OpenSolaris is not yet well polished up to now, especially the command line interface. It will surely need a bit of work to make it as user friendly as linux, but I think it’s worth the cost.

I’ll try to blog in the next days on OME, Solaris and OpenSolaris.