So I think I may have been in mourning last week. A little, at least. I'm going to miss Sun Microsystems.
I wrote a big post full of doom and gloom for the Oracle acquisition. I speculated that this was the end of all that was good with Sun, all the extremely positive open source work it's done, the end of its fantastic R&D efforts. I predicted the death of MySQL. I wrote all that, but I didn't file it. Maybe I thought that if I didn't, it wouldn't come true. I truly hope it doesn't. Time will tell.
Instead, I've decided to post some memories of Sun over the years, since working with (and occasionally swearing at) Sun hardware and software was a large part of my formative years in IT.
I started waaaay back with the first iterations of FreeBSD and (later) BSDi, the Internet SuperServer. I became well versed in the BSD way of doing things, and when I chanced to work on some SunOS systems, there was little learning curve. Then came Solaris. Logging into my first Solaris system was like taking a walk in bizarro world. ps auxww had no meaning here. Bash wasn't an option. I quickly found sunfreeware.com and later blastwave.org. To this day, I still modify my Solaris systems to be more BSDish and less SysVish. It's all in the foundation, I suppose.
I recall my first day working as a consultant at a major financial company, sitting down at my new workstation, which was a Sun Ultra 2 with 256MB of RAM (!!) and three 21-inch CRT monitors running Solaris 2.4 and CDE. I was blown away.