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Java Technology
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Java SE 6 Update 2 Includes JRE
Develop Applets and Applications
Java Development Kit (JDK) 6, update 2 (also called Java SE 6 Update 2 and also referred to as JDK 6u2) is now available. It includes Java Runtime Environment (JRE), command-line development tools that are useful for developing applets and applications, the new look and feel for the JDK installer, as well as number of fixes designed to ensure the reliability, availability, and scalability of the platform.
Audio Transcript: Sun Java Real-Time System Meets Wall Street
How Java Technology Protect Threads from System Interruptions and Processes Trades

There is a new audio transcript from the 2007 JavaOne Conference technical session TS-1205, "The Sun Java Real-Time System Meets Wall Street." Presenters Jim Clark and Jim Conners of Sun discuss how Sun's implementation of the Real-Time Specification for Java enables real-time processing through techniques that protect important threads from garbage collection and other system interrupts.

Learning JavaFX: A How-to Article on Starting an IDE Project
Using NetBeans IDE and the JavaFX Plug-in

A how-to online walks you through a project to learn JavaFX. JavaFX is a new scripting language that Sun introduced an alpha version of in May 2007. The how-to article is "Learning JavaFX : Starting an IDE Project, Compiling and Building a Small Example".

Servers
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Benchmark Result: 1.4 GHz UltraSPARC T1 Chip Ten Percent Faster than IBM POWER6 Chip
BM Seer Blog Reports
The BM Seer blog asserts the "1.4 GHz UltraSPARC T1 chip is 10 percent faster than the IBM POWER6 chip." The table on the blog compares the Sun Blade T6300 with IBM's p570, Dell's PowerEdge 840 and 860, and Fujitsu's TX150 and RX100. See the processors and the performance side by side.
Download Available -- Sun Blade X6250 Server Module 1.0
Support for BIOS version 17 and ELOM version 4.0.30

Download the distribution that offers firmware and software supporting the Sun Blade X6250 server module. This release includes support for Solaris 10 11/06 Operating System (Solaris OS), Red Hat 4 U4, Red Hat 5, SUSE 10 and 9 SP3, VMWare ESX Server 3.0.1, and Windows Server 2003 operating systems.

Sun Advanced Lights Out Manager 1.6.5
For Entry-level Servers

Sun Advanced Lights Out Manager (ALOM) is the standard System Controller (SC) for remote out-of-band management for entry-level servers. Version 1.6.5 can be installed on the Sun Fire V125, V210, V215, V240, V245, V250, V440, V445 and Netra 210, 240 and 440 servers. It contains two bug fixes.

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Top Ten Articles for this Issue
Volume 113 Issues 2

Top Ten Articles for Vol 113 Issue 2

  • Benchmark Result: 1.4 GHz UltraSPARC T1 Chip Ten Percent Faster than IBM POWER6 Chip [18308]
  • Managing NFS Performance with Solaris ZFS [18342]
  • Key Security Features Excluded from RHEL 5 and IBM Common Criteria Evaluation [18346]
  • Elements that Make a Secure Server with Solaris 10 OS [18352]
  • Project Indiana: A New Distribution of OpenSolaris for GNU/Linux Users [18366]
  • Solaris: Often Imitated, Seldom Bettered [18344]
  • Beautiful Code - New O'Reilly Book Features Case Studies [18338]
  • Sun Advanced Lights Out Manager 1.6.5 [18350]
  • Benchmark Result on Open Source GlassFish with Solaris OS [18354]
  • Four Solaris OS Vulnerabilities [18334]
    Developer
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    Tutorial on Building a Java Desktop Database Application
    With the NetBeans IDE 6.0 Preview (Milestone 9) Build
    To learn how to create a desktop Java application through which you can access and update a database, see the tutorial on the NetBeans IDE site titled "Building a Java Desktop Database Application."
    A New Flash Demo: Extending OpenOffice.org With NetBeans IDE
    Four-Minute Demo from Roumen's Blog
    A new Flash demo is posted on Roumen's Blog, "Extending OpenOffice.org With NetBeans IDE" (July 3, 2007 entry), that explains how to create a new function for the Calc spreadsheet software using NetBeans IDE.
    Beautiful Code - New O'Reilly Book Features Case Studies
    Computer Scientists Show How They Work to Solve Real-World Problems
    In the book, "Beautiful Code: Leading Programmers Explain How They Think," each chapter is written by a different computer scientist who explains how they worked on certain designs and solved problems, sometimes by breaking the rules.
    Sysadmin
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    Managing NFS Performance with Solaris ZFS
    Fixing the Loading of Shares
    Two NFS developers from Sun, Tom Haynes and Doug McCallum, present a solution they and the NFS team came up with to deal with the impact that scaling has on Network File System (NFS) performance and how to manage it.
    Multithreading Defined and Which Sun Products and Technologies Have it
    Learn How to Get Increased Performance, Throughput and Efficiency
    What are the advantages of multithreading? Which products from Sun make use of these advantages? Answers to these questions and more about Sun's multithreaded strategies and products can be found gathered together in one place: on the Sun Developer Network (SDN) site in a technical article by Nagendra Nagarajayya.
    Solaris: Often Imitated, Seldom Bettered
    Presentation Slides: A Brief History of Solaris OS
    Phil Harman posted his slides from his talk about the history of the Solaris Operating System (Solaris OS) at the Sun HPC Consortium in Dresden despite the fact that his slides are "pretty minimalist" by his own admission. Another Sun blogger, Josh Simons, described the talk Harman gave.
    Elements that Make a Secure Server with Solaris 10 OS
    RBAC, BART and ipfilter
    There are many options within the Solaris 10 Operating System (Solaris OS) that can be used to build a secure server. Author Kristy Westphal explains some of the elements such as containers, RBAC, BART and ipfilter.
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    Key Security Features Excluded from RHEL 5 and IBM Common Criteria Evaluation
    Comparison with Solaris OS with Trusted Extensions Shows Not All Results Are Equal
    Did you know that the "Security Target" part of the Common Criteria EAL4+ CC evaluation that IBM and Red Hat are getting tested will not test key features and will reduce the functions available to the user? That assertion comes from Jim Laurent on his blog (June 25, 2007), who lists the features and compares them to what the Solaris 10 Operating System (Solaris OS) with Trusted Extensions will be tested for.
    Four Solaris OS Vulnerabilities
    TCP Loopback/Fusion Code; Solaris libsldap Library Vulnerability

    Four vulnerabilities in the Solaris Operating System (Solaris OS) were posted by the SANS Institute July 2, 2007: TCP Loopback/Fusion Code Vulnerability; Vulnerability in dtsession(1X) CDE Session Manager; KSSL Kernel Module; and Solaris libsldap Library.

    Solaris Trusted Extensions FAQ
    Get the Latest Information on the Most Common Questions
    See the list of FAQs about Solaris Trusted Extensions, multilevel systems (MLS) from Sun for the most common questions. Solaris Trusted Extensions implements labels to protect your data and applications based on their sensitivity level.
    Podcasts on Various Security Topics
    Systemic Security, ECC, Solaris OS
    Tune in for some podcasts on security topics such as systemic security, Elliptic Curve Cryptography (ECC) and Solaris Trusted Extensions.
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