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Project Blackbox Wins Applause from Reviewer
Jeremy Reimer Came, Saw and Got Conquered
Jeremy Reimer accepted an invitation to have a look at Sun's Project Blackbox and liked what he saw. Project Blackbox, he reminds readers, is the code name for Sun's new mobile datacenter, a computing facility that fits in a standard 20 foot shipping container whose surrounding infrastructure is hooked up to a semi trailer.

Project BlackBox will be on show in Orlando, FL May 22,23,24. Tour Details

Paul Graham Asserts Microsoft's Monopoly has Ended
How the Desktop has Changed and the Role Google Played
Programmer and writer Paul Graham asserts the "Microsoft is dead" because no one fears them any longer. He identifies four factors that he believes "killed" Microsoft, staring with Google.
Java Technology
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Virtual Flying Dukes Programming Competition
Contest Opens May 7th, 2007
Listen up, programmers. The Virtual Flying Dukes competition is on the horizon. The contest opens May 7, 2007. Winners will create and animate a 3D avatar that catches a t-shirt launched from a virtual stage using jMonkeyEngine (jME) Prizes will be awarded to the first 50 contestants who correctly solve the problem, with larger prizes for the most creative, humorous, and realistic solutions.
JAX-WS 2.1 Nightly Builds Available
WS-Addressing WSDL Binding Spec is Dead

Vivek Pandey explains on his blog what happened to the download link for Java API for XML Web Services (JAX-WS) 2.1 Reference Implementation (RI). The link problem has been fixed.

Free and Open Source S/W
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Open Source Sessions at the 2007 JavaOne Conference
Panels and Technical Sessions on the Technology and Business Aspects of Open Source
The 2007 JavaOne Conference will feature many sessions related to open source technologies and issues. One of the sessions will be held during the Java Technology Business Day and will as questions such as: How will Sun's decision to open source its Java technology implementations drive adoption, innovation, and open new markets? What else might change in the Java ecosystem?
OpenOffice.org Releases Version 2.2
Enhances Software Components and Functionality with Vista and Mac
The availability of OpenOffice.org 2.2 not only offers users protection from newly discovered vulnerabilities and significant enhancements to its word processor, spreadsheet, presentations and database software, it also improves its functionality with Microsoft's Windows Vista and Apple Mac.
Using GUIs to Enhance OpenOffice.org Macro Programming
Improve Your Programs and Save on Writing Time
Advance your OpenOffice.org macro programming skills and save on writing time by creating graphical user interfaces for your macros in just a few easy steps. Dmitri Popov demonstrates this process by creating an advanced macro in his recent article "OOoBasic crash course: Adding GUI goodness" hosted by linux.com.
Software
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StarOffice 8 Software On Sale Until May 7
Save Hundreds of Dollars Per User - Volume Business Discounts Available
Take advantage of Sun's Anniversary sale prices and get StarOffice 8 software for less, from now until May 7, 2007. Download the software from the Sun website for only $34.95 (U.S.).
Sun bites back at Novell
Solaris manager Larry Wake offers robust rebuttal of Novell's claims
Larry Wake, the Solaris group manager, talked to TechWorld.com about some assertions made by Novell's Adrian Keward (who used to be at Sun) and explained that while Sun's roots are in hardware, it is becoming more of a software company.
Sun Management Center 3.6.1 Update Supports New SPARC Servers
Sun Download Manager 2.0 Also Available

The 3.6.1 release of Sun Management Center (Version 2 Add-On) Software provides support for the new Sun SPARC Enterprise M4000, M5000, M8000 and M9000 servers

Servers
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Sun SPARC Enterprise M8000 server
Technical Details
The Sun SPARC Enterprise M8000 server is one of the new servers Sun introduced last week (article [17987]) that bring mainframe features to you for less than a mainframe. This high-end server can have up to 16 high performance dual core SPARC64 VI processors and up to 512 GB memory.
IDC White Paper Rates SunFire X4500 Against Demands of Web 2.0
Examines High Speed Data Archiving and Storage Capabilities
The IDC white paper "The SunFire X4500: Addressing New Workloads with a New Blender of Server and Storage" by Matthew Eastwood and Jean S. Bozman assesses this server designed for the demands of Web 2.0
Deploying JBoss Application Server on Sun Fire T2000 Servers
Provides tuning recommendations specific to JBoss AS on the Sun Fire T2000 server
Learn how to deploy and tune the JBoss Application Server (JBoss AS) on Sun Fire T2000 server systems in a BigAdmin feature article written by Viet Pham of Sun Microsystems and Phillip Thurmond of JBoss.
Excellent LOM Features: Sun Fire X2200 M2 Server Review
Server Helps Photo Sharing Website Keep Customers Happy
A recent review of the Sun Fire X2200 M2 server by Don MacAskill, CEO of an online photo sharing site called SmugMug.com applauds the server's lights-out management (LOM) capabilities and the design of the server.
Benchmark Results: for Sun SPARC Enterprise M9000 Server and Sun Fire E25K Server
Sun on SPECompL2001 Benchmark - Beat IBM, and SAS ELT
The Sun SPARC Enterprise M9000 (2.4GHz SPARC64 VI) set a World Record on the SPECompL2001 benchmark with a score of 1230446 and on the SPECompLbase2001 benchmark with a score of 1148235.
Storage
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Updating Fibre Channel Drivers to Use Sun StorEdge SAN Foundation Software
The Leadville FC stack is fully integrated into the Solaris OS for high performance
A recent Sun Developer Network article illustrates why upgrading to Sun StorEdge SAN Foundation Software, codenamed Leadville Fibre Channel (FC) stack, offers significant advantages over the traditional SCSI emulation drivers while providing critical new capabilities for customers linking their servers running the Solaris Operating System (Solaris OS) to SANs.
Sun StorageTek 2540 FC Array and 2501 SAS Expansion Array with Integrated Services
A low cost, storage solution with simple management, small footprint, strong performance and reliable data protection
Sun introduced a new series of storage arrays that are based on a new low-cost SAS/SATA disk subsystem, providing consolidated RAID to FC, and SAS host interfaces. The new ST2500 series includes the Sun StorageTek 2540 FC array, 2530 SAS array and 2501 SAS Expansion array with Integrated Services (Sun System Packs).
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Top Ten Articles for last Issue
Volume 110 Issues 1, 2 and 3; Volume 109 Issue 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 3, were:

  • Fujitsu And Sun Microsystems Announce New Servers with SPARC Processors [17987]
  • New World-Record Setting Modular Disk Low-Cost Array: Sun StorageTek ST2500 [17988]
  • Sun SPARC Enterprise M4000 Server: Up to 128 GB Memory and 2 Dynamic Domains [17993]
  • Low-Cost Storage: Sun StorageTek 2500 Arrays [17985]
  • What's a Linux Guy Doing at Sun? [17975]
  • ZFS Boot Support for the x86 Platform [17937]
  • Logical Domains (LDoms) Resources and New Forum [17946]
  • Solaris TCP/IP Kernel Memory Corruption Denial of Service on Computers Running CMT Processors [17949]
  • Solaris IP Implementation Remote Denial of Service [17986]
  • David Yen's Microelectronics Group and Sun's Processor Plans [17968]
    Developer
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    Sun Java Wireless Toolkit 2.5.1 for CLDC, Early Access Release Download
    Now Available for Linux

    Version 2.5.1 of the Sun Java Wireless Toolkit (formerly known as J2ME Wireless Toolkit) has improved API implementations and bug fixes. The primary feature of this release is that the Sun Java Wireless Toolkit will also supply a release on the Linux operating system.

    NetBeans Sample Catalog Offers Variety of Applications
    Download Current Top Five Samples
    Browse the all new NetBeans Sample Catalog for a comprehensive collection of NetBeans sample applications spanning the latest enterprise, web, mobile, and desktop technologies. Among the attractions: a how-to on developing a weblog in less than 10 minutes using Ruby; creating a mobile-to-Web service application using Java ME; and producing UML class diagrams from existing Java technology code.
    An Example of an AJAX-Mashup Application on Sun Java System Web Server 7.0
    Instructions and Video

    Sun software developer Tamil Vengan provides a tech tip with an example of a mashup with AJAX to illustrate how to compile it and deploy it on Sun Java System Web Server 7.0.

    Sysadmin
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    Porting to the Solaris OS -- A guide for Linux developers
    Guidelines to help the reader to resolve issues faced during the migration of a Linux-based application to the Solaris
    Even with POSIX functionality in common between the Solaris Operating System (Solaris OS) and Linux, and compliance of Linux to the Linux Standard Base (LSB) 2.0, there can still be challenges when porting applications from Linux to the Solaris OS. A porting guide from Sun outlines issues and presents tools to assist with migration.
    BigAdmin Tech Tip Shows How to Find Device Drivers for Solaris OS
    Provides Information on Third-party Drivers as Well

    A tech tip from the Sun BigAdmin site explains how to add device support to the Solaris Operating System by attaching an existing Solaris driver to a new device.

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