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What's a Linux Guy Doing at Sun?
Ian Murdock of Debian Linux Fame Explains
What is Ian Murdock, half of the team that developed Debian Linux, doing at Sun? Robert Mullins ferrets out the answer in his IDG News Service interview.
David Yen's Microelectronics Group and Sun's Processor Plans
Expanding Beyond Sun Hardware Use of Chips
We present a few details about the recently formed Microelectronics group at Sun and David Yen's role. Sun hopes their microprocessors can be used on more than Sun hardware.
Illumos
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ZFS Boot Support for the x86 Platform
Manual and Netinstall Set Up Instructions

An announcement from the OpenSolaris website states that there is ZFS boot support for the x86 platform. The previously announced ZFS Mountroot support in build 36 will no longer work.

OpenSolaris Observability Community Website
Observe and Fix Problems in Processes, Systems, Network and Hardware
A community on the OpenSolaris web site has been formed to focus on issues of observability in Solaris OS. They claim "if you cannot see a problem, you cannot fix it". This community will serve to explore existing Solaris tools and features as well as plan the next generation of OpenSolaris observability tools.
Check Out the OpenSolaris Community: Storage Site
This Is Home Base for the Burgeoning World of Storage in OpenSolaris
Anyone interested in the storage possibilities inherent in OpenSolaris needs to log on to the OpenSolaris Community: Storage, where blogs, discussions, information on endorsed projects (and an opportunity to join these), presentations and details about related storage communities can be found.
Sun Java System
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Major Release of Sun Java Communications Suite 5 Includes Many New Features
Compliance and Content Management for SEC, Sarbanes-Oxley and More

The new version of the Sun Java Communications Suite, version 5, has new features for compliance and content management. It also offers enhanced message filtering support, improved customization in Communications Express client, and more. The suite includes:

Create Communities with Sun Java System Portal Server 7.1 Update 1
New Admin Console and Admin Portlets, Create Wikis
Sun Java System Portal Server 7.1 Update 1 includes a new feature that allows portal users to create communities with controlled access. This version also has a new administration framework that includes a new Admin Console and Admin Portlets, support for multiple portals, Struts/JSF Support, Interportlet Communication, System Monitoring and UBT.
Updated Sun Java Web Console 2.2.6 Available
Update Any Previous 2.x Version
The Sun Java Web Console is a web application that provides a single point on entry for many of Sun's systems management applications. Updated version 2.2.6 is available for download online.
Servers
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Sun SPARC Enterprise M4000 Server: Up to 128 GB Memory and 2 Dynamic Domains
Mid-range Server with New SPARC64 VI Processor for Increased Performance
The Sun SPARC Enterprise M4000 server is part of a new generation of mid-range data center-class systems. This server from Sun and Fujitsu brings together the power of new SPARC64 VI processors and the Solaris 10 Operating System (Solaris OS). This is one of a group of new and fast Solaris OS/SPARC servers that bring mainframe-class availability and partitioning to the open systems market.
New Sun Blade X8420 Server Module with AMD Opteron 8218 HE (High Efficiency) Processors
Consume Less CPU Power
Sun is introducing new low power server modules for the Sun Blade 8000 and Sun Blade 8000P Modular Systems. These modules are now available with AMD Opteron 8218 HE (High Efficiency) 2.6GHz, 68 Watt Processors.
Sun Blade 8000 Modular System Installation, Administration and Troubleshooting Package
Sun Bundles Three Courses in One Package

Sun is offering a three-part training package on the Sun Blade 8000 Modular System. The components include the (1) WET-4993 Sun Blade 8000 Modular System - System Overview, Features and Architecture; (2) ES-4993 Sun Blade 8000 Modular System Installation, Administration and Troubleshooting; and (3) WGS-PREX-4993 Sun Blade 8000 Modular System - System Overview, Features and Architecture Assessment.

Storage
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Low-Cost Storage: Sun StorageTek 2500 Arrays
Enterprise-Class RAID Functionality
Get primary (or secondary) storage at a low cost with Sun StorageTek 2500 arrays. These arrays feature enterprise-class RAID functionality and support for Fibre Channel, SAS and iSCSI.
Brocade Silkworm 5000 32-port Fibre Channel Switch Now Available
Deploys with Existing Brocade, McDATA Management Tools
The new Brocade Silkworm 5000 32-port auto-sensing 1, 2, or 4 Gbit/sec Fibre Channel switch is the first common switch platform capable of providing native E_Port switch interoperability for Brocade and McDATA SANs. Existing Brocade or McDATA management tools can be used to manage the Brocade 5000, simplifying deployment within today's customer environments and reducing the need to train end users on new tools.
Sun Reprices Sun StorageTek 9985 and 9990 Systems
Applies to Hardware Only; Software Prices Remain Unchanged
Sun is repricing the Sun StorageTek 9985 and Sun StorageTek 9990 systems. Accordingly, the average hardware configuration will be reduced by approximately four percent on the Sun StorageTek 9990 and seven percent on the Sun StorageTek 9985. These lower prices enable the Sun StorageTek 9985 and 9990 to maintain their competitive positions in the market. Sun StorageTek 9900 series software is not impacted by this pricing action.
Top10
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Top Ten Articles for last Issue
Volume 110 Issues 1 and 2; Volume 109 Issues 3, and 4

Each week, we determine which articles have been most frequently referenced by logged-in subscribers to provide you with a list of the most popular articles for the last 4 issues. The top 10 articles for last week, Vol 110 Issue 2, were:

  • The 16-core Rock Chip [17951]
  • "Sun Virtual Desktop Access Kit for VMware" Sun BluePrints Document [17820]
  • Setting Up a Demo Based on the Sun Virtual Desktop Access Kit for VMware [17910]
  • How Views are Shifting Concerning Solaris OS [17936]
  • Sun Contributes Storage Software Code to OpenSolaris Project [17945]
  • Upgrade Wisely: Get the Solaris 10 Evaluation Service [17919]
  • Get Your Sun SPOT Development Kit [17932]
  • Announcing Sun StorageTek QFS and Sun StorageTek Storage Archive Manager New Version 4.6 [17923]
  • Sun Fire E2900 Servers with 1.95GHz UltraSPARC IV+ Processors [17918]
  • In the News Archive [17966]
    Developer
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    Product Download: Solaris Express, Developer Edition Appliance for the Parallels Virtual Machine 1.0
    Includes Inetmenu 2.3.4, a GUI Tool to Configure Network
    Solaris Express, Developer Edition Appliance for the Parallels Virtual Machine 1.0 is available for download. Included is an pre-installed and pre-configured Solaris Express Developer Edition, an open source network driver ni, and Inetmenu 2.3.4, a GUI tool to configure network.
    Ask the Experts Session on WSIT and Project Tango
    Post Questions Starting April 30, 2007 - Session Ends May 4, 2007
    Arun Gupta, technology evangelist for Web Services and Next Generation Web Applications, Sun Microsystems, and Sun's engineering lead for enterprise web services interoperability, Harold Carr will answer your questions on Web Services Interoperability Technology (WSIT) and Project Tango on an Ask the Experts Session from April 30 through May 2, 2007.
    More Information on the Sun Web Developer Pack
    How-to's, Forums, Blogs
    There are now three additional sources of information on the Sun Web Developer Pack (SWDP), a solution that helps users leverage emerging web technologies and techniques to create interactive and dynamic web applications for the enterprise. The SWDP toolkit is a collection of technologies for AJAX, Scripting and REST-based services development supported by a NetBeans IDE plug-in that simplifies the design and development of Rich Internet Applications.
    ZFS Incorporated to the FreeBSD Code Base
    Bonus Video of Making a "Thumper" Server with ZFS
    The ZFS file system has been incorporated to the FreeBSD code base. FreeBSD is an advanced operating system for x86 compatible, AMD64 compatible IA-64, PC-98 and ARM architectures.
    Three SOA Related Sun Net Talks
    Benefits of Sun Java Composite Application Platform Suite (Java CAPS) and NetBeans IDE

    Three Sun Net Talks on-demand feature the topic of Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA). Specialists discuss what the benefits of an SOA could be for your business and what role the NetBeans IDE could take.

    Sysadmin
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    Logical Domains (LDoms) Resources and New Forum
    How-to Articles on Installation; Get Examples and More
    Resources abound for those working with Sun Microsystems' Logical Domains (LDoms) technology. There is a new forum where you can ask questions, a new Hub on the BigAdmin site, and more.
    SVAA Administration for OS/ 390 Course
    Shared Virtual Array Installation, Configuration and Storage Management

    Systems administrators, operators and data center managers who need to work with Shared Virtual Array (SVA) have a new course available: the "SVAA Administration for OS/390" course.

    Using kstat From Within a Program in the Solaris OS
    libkstat APIs VS. the system() call

    A quick guide offers examples of the libkstat APIs to do performance analysis and extract operating system metrics. Weisner recommends using the libkstat API instead of the system() call.

    Security
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    Solaris TCP/IP Kernel Memory Corruption Denial of Service on Computers Running CMT Processors
    Issue Arises When Handling Large Volumes of TCP/IP Traffic

    A recent Sun alert notifies sys admins of the Solaris 10 Operating System (Solaris OS) that systems may experience a race condition that results in Kernel memory corruption followed by a system panic.

    Solaris IP Implementation Remote Denial of Service
    Increased CPU Usage is Another Symptom

    A security vulnerability in the Solaris 8 and 9 Operating System (Solaris OS) IP implementation may allow a remote unprivileged user to degrade the performance of a networked Solaris system by sending specially crafted IP packets. This could result in a mild Denial of Service (DoS) against network services provided by the system and/or local services, due to increased CPU usage.

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