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Interview with Bill Vass of Sun Federal
Talking About Sun's Three Chip Strategy
Bill Vass, President and COO of Sun Microsystems Federal, talked with Joab Jackson of about Sun's three-chip strategy, the benefits of using the right server for the right job and of the Solaris Operating System (Solaris OS).
Sun's Project Blackbox Tested in Earthquake Lab
Where is the Box Now?
See a video of Project Blackbox's shipping container getting shaken in a earthquake testing center. The box's tour continues, visiting as many cities as a rock band, and is currently in Europe. See photos online.
Free and Open Source S/W
Debating the Move to GPLv3
Reasons for the Changes in the License
Jonathan Bennett of ZDNet UK lists a quick Q&A of what is new in GNU General Public License 3 (GPLv3) and why it is being changed from version 2. The debate on GPLv3 also includes Jonathan Schwartz and Linus Torvalds.
OpenSPARC T1 1.4 Final Release Available for Download
Get Chip Source Code, Architectural Tools and Software
OpenSPARC T1 1.4 final release is available now to download free in two pieces. The first is the chip source code for the hardware engineering community with experience in chip design and verification. The second is the architectural tools and software for software engineers and architects.
Project GlassFish - V3 Technology Preview Available
Small Kernel, Modular Architecture, Quick Start-up Time
GlassFish v3 was presented at the JavaOne 2007 Conference and drew quite a bit of interest. Its architecture is modular by default, its kernel is extremely small and its startup time is under a second. Get the preview release to test and experiment with.
Digital Signature Services Approved as OASIS Standard
For Web Services and Other Apps
The newly approved OASIS standard Digital Signature Services (DSS) version 1.0 allows documents to be efficiently and effectively secured without complex client software and configuration. Approved this past April by OASIS members, DSS defines an XML interface to process digital signatures for web services and other applications.
Sun ODF Plug-in for Microsoft Office Download Free of Charge
Sun Software Support Services Also Available
Sun is offering a plug-in for Microsoft Office that allows users of Microsoft Office 2000/XP/2003 to read, edit and save to the OpenDocument Format (ODF). The add-on (extension) is called the Sun ODF Plug-in for Microsoft Office. The plug-in allows users the ability to seamlessly convert Microsoft Office documents to and from ODF.
New Language Extensions in the Sun Studio 12 C Compiler
SDN Article Provides Overview of C-language Extensions

Sun's Dmitry Mikhailichenko introduces Sun Studio 12 C compiler's C-language extensions: "typeof" keyword, statement expressions and block-scope label names in a recent Sun Developer Network article, which also demonstrates using the new C compiler features for creating generic macros on example of linked-list manipulation-routines.

Financial Benchmark Testing Shows Sun Fire x4600 Server Very Fast Processing Speeds
359,000 Messages Per Second
The Sun Fire x4600 server reached a benchmark in the Securities Technology Analysis Center (STAC) benchmark test that showed fast processing speeds of 359,000 messages per second. The test ran Wombat Financial software on the Solaris 10 Operating System (Solaris OS) 11/06.
New Downloads for Sun Servers Integration Tools
For BMC PATROL Enterprise Manager and for CA Unicenter Network & Systems Management
Two integration tool downloads are available from the Sun Download Center: Sun Servers Integration 1.0 for BMC PATROL Enterprise Manager and Sun Fire Servers Integration 2.0 for CA Unicenter Network and Systems Management.
Documentation for the Sun Blade 6000 Modular System
Site Planning, Installation, Service, ILOM and More
Documentation for the Sun Blade 6000 Modular System includes a Site Planning Guide, Getting Started Guide, Installation Guide, Service Manual, Integrated Lights Out Manager (ILOM) Administration Guide, Safety and Compliance Manual and product notes.
Top Ten Articles for last Issue
Volume 111 Issues 4 and 5; Volume 112 Issues 1 and 2

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 112 Issue 2, were:

  • ZFS Rated as "Far Superior" [18234]
  • Solaris 10 ZFS Administration Course [18235]
  • Get a Single View of Software, Systems and Storage Assets with New Sun Connection Inventory Channel [18226]
  • How to Format USB Disks in Solaris Operating System [18229]
  • Stretched Clusters: Eliminating the Need for Disaster Recovery [17930]
  • Create Better Applications Faster with the New Solaris Express Developer Edition [18242]
  • Solaris Container Manager 3.6.1 Enhancements [18183]
  • Versatile Sun Blade 6000 Modular System Runs on AMD, Intel or SPARC Processors [18210]
  • Demonstration of Sun's Systems Management Technologies [18185]
  • Sun Shared Visualization 1.0.1 Software Download Available [18231]
    Many New Features in the NetBeans IDE 6.0 Preview (M9)
    Simpler Installation, A Smarter and Faster Editor, Runy on Rails Support and More
    NetBeans IDE Milestone 9 (M9) has so many new features of NetBeans 6.0 that it is being promoted as the NetBeans 6 Preview release. Improvements include a smarter and faster editor, an improved Highlights feature, Ruby on Rails support and simplified installation.
    The Community Feature of Sun Java System Portal Server
    Creating Collaborative Applications
    Learn more about the Community feature of the Sun Java System Portal Server 7.1 Update 1 and its latest capabilities - flexible access control and community management - in a Sun Developer Network article by Jeff Blattman, who explains the simplicity of creating a community service, how to add it to a community template and the importance of collaborative services.
    Using the Sun Studio Performance Analyzer
    Three Demos Available
    Performance Analyzer lead engineer, Marty Itzkowitz, for Sun Studio software demonstrates the basics of application performance analysis, Java profiling and hardware counter profiling using Sun Studio 12 tools in three new demos
    New bash Cookbook from O'Reilly
    Teaches Shell Scripting Proficiency
    If you want to be a more proficient user of shell scripting, pick up O'Reilly's "bash Cookbook" that offers recipes and tricks along with examples that explain how to create better, more automated scripts.
      Real-time Capabilities of the Solaris Operating System
      Past Features and Present Enhancements
      A recent Sun blog titled "The Foundations of Solaris Realtime" posted by James Litchfield of Sun goes back into the past to highlight the real-time capabilities of the Solaris Operating System (Solaris OS) and what enhancements have been made that have added functionality to make its "time-critical processing capabilities more compelling".
      Implementing Tearlines With Solaris Trusted Extensions
      Blog Touches on Use and Importance for Security

      Did you know that John Weeks with Sun has created an application using Java for Solaris Trusted Extensions that implements "tearlines" which allow a single document to reveal differing types of information to users depending on their classification within a system?

      PTC's Windchill on the Solaris Operating System
      Get Answers to Frequently Asked Questions
      If you ever wanted to know more about Windchill on the Solaris Operating System (Solaris OS), then see Jeff Taylor's Sun Weblog where he answers frequently asked questions about hardware configuration, Solaris kernel settings for Windchill, patch levels, SAR, monitoring CPU activity, processors, run queue, disk activity and more.
      Solaris Operating System for x86 Installation Check Tool 1.2
      New Version Has Updated Drivers and Loads Solaris 10 11/06 kernel

      Phoronix tested the Solaris Operating System for x86 Installation Check Tool 1.2 and found it "is a quick and very easy way to figure out if your hardware stands a chance with Solaris". Version 1.2 loads the Solaris 10 11/06 kernel instead of the Solaris 10 6/06 kernel and has an updated driver database.

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