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Oracle Talks Up Btrfs Rather Than ZFS For Their Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel 6

While Red Hat Enterprise Linux deprecated Btrfs and no longer supports it on RHEL8, Oracle does continue supporting this Linux file-system on their RHEL-based Oracle Linux when using the company's "Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel" alternative to their Red Hat Compatible Kernel. An Oracle engineer put out a lengthy post outlining the highlights of Btrfs in their new Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel 6.

21 May 2020 - Oracle + Btrfs + UEK6 - 85 Comments
OpenJDK 15 To Have Better Out-Of-The-Box Performance

It turns out our recent OpenJDK 8 through OpenJDK 14 benchmarks caught some on Oracle's Java team by surprise. But they were able to replicate the outcome and as a result OpenJDK 15 will be seeing better out-of-the-box performance.

16 April 2020 - OpenJDK 15 Performance - 36 Comments
Oracle Punts Its Twentieth Update To Solaris 11.4

With no sign of Solaris.Next either as Solaris 11.5 or Solaris 12, nor is it really expected to happen following Oracle's actions in recent years from layoffs to dismissing Solaris 12 when it was on their road-map at one point for 2017, Solaris 11.4 continues just being SRU'ed.

15 April 2020 - Oracle Solaris 11.4 - 8 Comments
Oracle Solaris 11.4 SRU15 Has A Number Of Package Updates

While there is no sign of Solaris 11.5 or Solaris.Next (last year was a road-map pointing to Solaris 11.Next in H2'19 or H1'20 that has since been removed), Oracle does continue putting out more updates to the Solaris 11.4 series.

20 November 2019 - Oracle Solaris 11.4 SRU15 - 7 Comments
Oracle Solaris 11.4 SRU12 Released - Adds GCC 9.1 Compiler & Python 3.7

While we haven't heard anything yet about Oracle's plans for Solaris post-11.4 whether that means Solaris 11.4 or the reportedly killed Solaris 12, Oracle today did release Solaris 11.4 Stable Release Update 12 as their newest installment for their supported Solaris operating system release.

20 August 2019 - Solaris 11.4 SRU12 - 2 Comments
Oracle Continues Working On eBPF Support For GCC 10

Back in May we wrote about Oracle's initial plans for introducing an eBPF back-end to GCC 10 to allow this GNU compiler to target this general purpose in-kernel virtual machine. Up to this point LLVM Clang has been the focused compiler for eBPF but those days are numbered with Oracle on Friday pushing out the newest GCC patches.

17 August 2019 - eBPF Back-End - 2 Comments
Oracle Is Working To Upstream More Of DTrace To The Linux Kernel & eBPF Implementation

While DTrace prospects for the Linux kernel are no longer viewed as magical or groundbreaking as they once were more than a decade ago, Oracle continues to work on its DTrace port to Linux and extending its reach beyond just their "Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel" for their RHEL-cloned Oracle Linux. Oracle now says they are working towards upstreaming more work as well as getting an eBPF-based implementation for the kernel.

15 August 2019 - Oracle + DTrace + Linux + eBPF - 1 Comment
Oracle Linux 8.0 Released

In early May right before the release of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8.0 we saw the public beta of Oracle Linux 8 while today Oracle Linux 8.0 has been promoted to stable and production ready.

18 July 2019 - Oracle Linux 8 - 13 Comments
Oracle Is Aiming To Contribute An eBPF Backend To The GCC 10 Compiler

While Oracle has control of DTrace following their acquisition of Sun Microsystems, it turns out Oracle developers are quite interested in adding eBPF support to the GNU toolchain with GCC support as an alternative to the LLVM-focused path currently relied upon for targeting this in-kernel Linux virtual machine.

30 May 2019 - GCC 10 + eBPF - 7 Comments
Oracle's Ksplice Live Kernel Patching Picks Up Known Exploit Detection

One of the areas of Oracle Linux and its "Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel" that the company continues investing in and differentiating it from upstream RHEL and alternatives is around Ksplice as their means of live kernel patching while Red Hat continues with Kpatch and SUSE with kGraft.

21 April 2019 - Ksplice Known Exploit Detection - 34 Comments

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