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Oracle Solaris 11.4: UEFI Secure Boot on Intel HW

UEFI Secure Boot on Oracle Solaris x86 enables you to install and boot Oracle Solaris on platforms where UEFI Secure Boot is enabled. This feature provides more security by maintaining a chain of trust during boot: digital signatures of the firmware and software are verified before executing the next stage. No break occurs in the chain because of unsigned, corrupt, or rogue firmware or software during the boot process. This feature helps assure that the firmware and software used to boot Oracle Solaris on a hardware platform is correct, and has not been modified or corrupted.

https://docs.oracle.com/cd/E72435_01/html/E72445/grijo.html
https://docs.oracle.com/cd/E37838_01/html/E60974/index.html
https://blogs.oracle.com/solaris/oracle-solaris-114-beta-released
https://github.com/oracle/solaris-userland/tree/master/components/shim
https://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=news_item&px=Oracle-Linux-7-Update-4

 

 

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dtrace for linux; Oracle does the right thing

dtrace for linux; Oracle does the right thing
Posted on February 14, 2018, 11:13.

[…]This changeset integrates DTrace module sources into the main kernel source tree under the GPLv2 license. Sources have been moved to appropriate locations in the kernel tree. That is right, dtrace dropped the CDDL and switched to the GPL![…]

https://gnu.wildebeest.org/blog/mjw/2018/02/14/dtrace-for-linux-oracle-does-the-right-thing/

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Oracle kills off SPARC/Solaris

https://www.theregister.co.uk/2017/08/31/oracle_stops_prolonging_inevitable_layoffs/

https://www.thelayoff.com/t/P23GpT5

https://www.thelayoff.com/t/P2twa2w

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Hagfish: UEFI Bootloader for Barrelfish

Barrelfish is a new research operating system being built from scratch and released by ETH Zurich in Switzerland, originally in collaboration with Microsoft Research and now partly supported by HP Enterprise Labs, Huawei, Cisco, Oracle, and VMware. […]

Hagfish is the Barrelfish/ARMv8 UEFI loader prototype: Hagfish (it’s a basal chordate i.e. something like the ancestor of all fishes). Hagfish is a second-stage bootloader for Barrelfish on UEFI platforms, most importantly the ARMv8 server platform. […]

http://www.barrelfish.org/

https://github.com/BarrelfishOS/hagfish

https://github.com/BarrelfishOS/uefi-sdk

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VirtualBox 5.0.14 released

5.0.14 is a maintenance release. The prior release, 5.0.12,  had a fix to their EFI support.

More information:
https://blogs.oracle.com/virtualization/entry/oracle_vm_virtualbox_5_013
https://www.virtualbox.org/
https://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Changelog

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RISC-V/LowRISC update

The recent RISC-V workshop is over, presentations are online, videos are not yet online:

http://riscv.org/workshop-jan2016.html
http://riscv.org/

RISC-V and coreboot:
http://riscv.org/workshop-jan2016/Tues1345%20riscvcoreboot.pdf

RISC-V and UEFI:
http://riscv.org/workshop-jan2016/Tues1415%20RISC-V%20and%20UEFI.pdf

There is some post-workshop coverage here:
https://blog.riscv.org/2016/01/3rd-risc-v-workshop-presentations-breakouts/
http://www.lowrisc.org/blog/2016/01/third-risc-v-workshop-day-one/
http://www.lowrisc.org/blog/2016/01/third-risc-v-workshop-day-two/
http://www.adapteva.com/andreas-blog/why-i-will-be-using-the-risc-v-in-my-next-chip/
http://www.eetimes.com/document.asp?doc_id=1328620&

LowRISC, a related project to RISC-V is also making progress. From the below EE Times article:

“The LowRISC project at the University of Cambridge is attracting interest as the likely first source of real development hardware. The team which includes members of the Raspberry Pi project hopes to have first silicon this year and plans to make development boards available in 2017, likely for $50-100.”

http://www.lowrisc.org/

http://www.eetimes.com/document.asp?doc_id=1328620&

I missed this news, it is interesting to see Google, HP, and Oracle getting involved with RISC-V.

http://www.eetimes.com/document.asp?doc_id=1328561&

 

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