This offering is being offered as an easy way for all developers to get access to Ubuntu and Power. There's even a free two-week trial period. Costs on a per day basis start at $3 day.
(Update: See Day Two experiences in the next article)
Interesting.. I wonder how easy this really is. Let's try.
- Quiet disclaimer: while I am generally well-wired into many things around the Linux on Power platform in IBM, in this case, I'm approaching this from my own world, my personal gmail account, my own personal credit card, and poking at things like I want to. I'll provide screen shots.. tests.. observations. It's a good way to catch up on some technical work anyway.
How hard is this to get a system?
Starting from siteox.com.
I "Registered" myself as a new account. Normal email validation. There's of course a variety of T's and C's to agree to. I generally don't pay much attention, but they seemed reasonable. No production work. Don't put confidential or personal information here. They're not liable for anything. Blah blah blah.
I selected a new service order. I wanted an Ubuntu guest. The default account is 1 processor, 2 GB memory, 20GB storage. Their terminology is "Linux on Power VM". The two week trial was good for $27 ($3 a day). I selected 4 processors. That added $3 to the two week period. I left the 2GB memory and 20GB storage as the default.
Various screen sequences to enter my credit card and confirm the order. Completed the order at 7:30am my time. Quickly received numerous confirmation type emails. Around 7:40am, I got the email that said my system was ready. Login information provided.
I ssh'ed to the server. Checked the processors. Power7 and four CPUs.
- Quick observation here. Ubuntu was built to run on both POWER7 systems and POWER8. Ubuntu will be *supported* on POWER8, it is optimized for POWER8, and it exploits the capabilities of POWER8 processors. Ubuntu will not be officially supported on POWER7. Since POWER8 servers are not yet shipping (coming in June), that means a POWER8 system cannot be used for this open hosting setup. Thus, Power7.
I've added a couple of screen shots below.
Logged in. Check.
What processors? What SMT mode? What frequency? Oops. Need to be root. Yep, root access provided. Check.
That's enough to start the day. More later... Next I have to try copying files to that guest image, building, compiling, running, etc.
I'm a little disappointed that the Advance Toolchain (recently enabled for Ubuntu) isn't already preloaded on the image. Will need to check on that. 'Course, that just came out last week.