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GNU/Linux OS to Replace Windows in France's Assemblee Nationale
MPs Join Ministry of Culture, Gendarmerie in Move to Open Source
French members of parliament have decided that, as of June 2007, to replace Windows on their office PCs with a Linux operating system and open source productivity software. The MPs join the gendarmerie and the French Ministry of Culture in making the switch, as reported by Christophe Guillemin in the article "French MPs dump Windows for Linux," written for ZDNet France.
O3Spaces Releases Its Document Collaboration and Management Environment
Ready for Seamless Integration with and StarOffice Software
O3Spaces, a document collaboration and management environment that has been developed for use with, is now available. O3Spaces can handle both Sun's StarOffice Office Suite documents and Microsoft Office documents equally well.
Joomla! Wins 2006 Open Source Content Management System (CMS) Award from Packt
Winner Beats Rival Drupal by a Single Vote
Joomla! has been declared the winner in the Packt Open Source Content Management System Award competition on the basis of its ease of installation and use and because of the active development and community that supports the project.
Solaris Tunable Parameters Reference Manual
Covers NFS Tunable Parameters, TCP/IP Tunables, and More

The "Solaris Tunable Parameters Reference Manual" provides reference information about Solaris Operating System (Solaris OS) kernel and network tunable parameters. The manual contains information for both SPARC based and x86 based systems. The manual is intended for experienced Solaris system administrators who might need to change kernel tunable parameters in certain situations.

Performance and Scalability Improvements Made in the J2SE 5.0 Release
Auto Default Selection of GC, Heap and Runtime Compiler
There is a white paper available online focusing on performance engineering for the Java platform. It covers new features and performance enhancements in the Java 2 Platform, Standard Edition (J2SE) 5.0 release, ergonomics in the 5.0 Java Virtual Machine (JVM), and more.
Guide to Upgrading and Patching with Solaris Live Upgrade
Planning Issues Covered, Examples Illustrate Upgrades
The "How To Guide" on "Upgrading and Patching with Solaris Live Upgrade" demonstrates the use of Solaris Live Upgrade, a powerful tool for managing change, risk and system availability on Solaris Operating Systems (Solaris OS).
Podcast: Solaris ZFS Update, A Conversation with Bill Moore, Senior Staff Engineer
New Kind of File System Discussed
A link is available online for a podcast with Bill Moore, Senior Staff Engineer, who discusses the Solaris ZFS.
Download Ross Anderson's 'Security Engineering'
Author Gives Away a Classic
Ross Anderson's book "Security Engineering" is now available, not only in bookstores and online from such sources as but as a free download from the publisher, Wiley. Anderson figures that anyone who finds the book truly useful will ultimately buy his or her own copy and trade an unwieldy manuscript in a three-ring binder for the convenience of a bound, printed copy.
Solaris Security for Developers Guide
Manual Documents APIs and SPIs for Solaris OS Security Features

The "Solaris Security for Developers Guide" documents the public application programming interfaces (APIs) and service provider interfaces (SPIs) for the security features in the Solaris Operating System (Solaris OS). Topics include developing privileged applications, GSS-API, and SASL.

Security Presentations from the OpenSolaris Community
Solaris 10 OS Security Features, RBAC, DTrace
The OpenSolaris web site lists presentations that focus on security for OpenSolaris and Solaris 10 Operating System (Solaris OS). Recent submissions from the OpenSolaris community include a presentation by Glenn Brunette (October 2006) given at the NSA Red Team/Blue Team Symposium that focuses on security controls from the viewpoint of someone attacking a Solaris 10 system.
Solaris10 OS Security Administration Learning Path Courses
Topics Include Intrusion Detection, Incident Response Policies, Forensic Analysis, Kerberos
A number of courses are now available that cover topics related to security on the Solaris 10 Operating System (Solaris OS) and the Solaris 9 OS. Topics include intrusion detection, incident response policies, forensic analysis, Kerberos, how to conduct an audit of file systems to determine attacker modifications and preparation for working with a legal investigation.
Interview with Sun Security Engineer Glenn Brunette
Discussion of Sun's Built-in Security Features, Customer Wins
Sun security engineer Glenn Brunette discusses Sun's holistic approach to security and compliance, specifically how Sun has built in security to all its products, not added it as an afterthought. He lists government and private company customer wins where Sun has helped with security and regulatory compliance needs.
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