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Just Who Is That Guy with the Ponytail?
As Intimate a Portrait as We're Likely to Get of Jonathan Schwartz
Peter Burrows begins his two-part profile of Jonathan Schwartz "That's One Way to Reinvent a Company" and "The Warrior Within Jonathan Schwartz" with what must have seemed to many to be corporate heresy: the decision to give away copies of the Solaris Operating System (Solaris OS).
SPOTWorld and Emulated Sun SPOTs - Latest Developments in Project Sun SPOT
Manage Wirless Networks Without Any Physical Sun SPOTs
SPOTWorld is a new development from Project Sun SPOT (Sun; Small Programmable Object Technology) that helps users manage wireless networks. Within SPOTWorld, users can develop, build and run applications without any actual physical Sun SPOTs. Learn more about these latest developments from Sun Labs Roger Meike.
Software
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Latest Version of Sun ODF Plugin for Microsoft Office Released
Get Additional Language Support; Import/Export Feature Improved
Sun ODF Plugin for Microsoft Office allows users of Microsoft Office to read, edit and save to the ISO-standard Open Document Format (ODF). Recently updated Sun ODF Plugin 1.1 adds support for 17 different languages, improves the import/export of ODF files into Microsoft Office and also includes installation fixes and filter improvements.
Handy Guide to Sun's Software Portfolio
Info for Business Leaders, Developers, IT Professionals and General Users
A useful and convenient guide to Sun's software portfolio is "Hit The Accelerator with Sun Software," which summarizes Sun software solutions into nine categories and acts as a handy reference for any software user.
Setting Up Memcached on Solaris Zones
Tech Tip Demonstrates How to Start and Store Memcached on Zones

Memcached is a general-purpose distributed memory caching system often used to speed up dynamic database-driven websites by caching data and objects in memory to reduce the amount the database needs to be read. A recent blog shows how to set up memcached daemons on Solaris Zones.

Workstation
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Laptop Security Breaches Highlight Benefits of Sun Ray Thin Clients
Offers a Better Way to Access, Protect and Secure Critical Data
Security breaches in the form of lost and stolen laptops makes the point that critical data needs to be secured in innovative ways for continued business safety and productivity. The Sun Ray thin client solves this issue and offers even more for organizations whose security and performance are of vital importance, says Bill Vass, president and COO of Sun Microsystems Federal.
Sun Ray Thin Clients, Solaris 10 OS Upgrade Teaching at Dublin Institute of Technology
Faculty Can Teach on Windows, Linux and Solaris from One Lab
When the Dublin Institute of Technology School of Computing installed its thin client computer lab, the school provided benefits of the new laboratory for students and staff, including low cost, no maintenance devices, energy savings, session mobility and proficiency in Unix and Windows systems.
Pentland Brands, Engineering DataXpress Offer Customer Snapshots
Reductions in IT Infrastructure TCO; Improvements for Developers
Customer snapshots provided by Pentland Brands and Engineering DataXpress give readers insight into the issues involving the reduction of TCO as a result of replacing a desktop PC environment with Sun Ray ultra-thin clients and those surrounding adapting proprietary solutions to newly evolved operating systems, respectively.
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Top Ten Articles for last Issue
Volume 115 Issues 2, 3 and 4; Volume 116 Issue 1

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 116 Issue 1, were:

  • Run Windows and Windows Apps on Solaris OS with Win4Solaris [18691]
  • Download Now Available for Solaris Performance Tools CD 3.0 [18654]
  • OpenSolaris Build 75 Supports xVM Platform on x86 and x64 Systems [18675]
  • Ian Murdock Tantalizes Recent Forum with Project Indiana Tidbits [18677]
  • Cheat Sheets Available for Sun Certified System Administrator Exam [18649]
  • OpenSolaris Zone Manager Project Aims to Simplify its Creation and Management [18670]
  • Sun Merges Storage and Server Groups into New Systems Team [18724]
  • Solaris 10 for Opteron Supported for Symantec Veritas NetBackup 6.5 [18716]
  • Sun Completes Acquistion of Cluster File Systems [18744]
  • Sun Offering ClearSpeed's Advance Accelerator Boards [18704]
    Free and Open Source S/W
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    The OpenDS Project - Not Just a Directory Server
    Building a Free and Comprehensive Next Generation Directory Service.
    The two-year-old OpenDS project is a directory service offering a full-stack roadmap, intuitiveness, platform portability and a large, experienced, full-time community. Written entirely in the Java programming language and fully compliant with Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP) version 3, the project is set to bring a production-ready directory server for a wide range of deployments soon.
    The Ins and Outs of OpenOffice.org's Base
    Basics on Creating Databases with This Open Source Application
    With OpenOffice.org's Base, users can build quite powerful and complex databases if they know how. No Thick Manuals has posted an introduction to Base, covering the basic steps needed in creating Base databases with ease.
    Benchmarks, Clustering, HA Features of GlassFish V2
    All Addressed in Recent "Ask the Experts" Session
    The Sun Java System Application Server 9.1 or GlassFish V2 truly is 10 percent faster than the BEA WebLogic 9.x when tested on the same hardware configuration, said John Clingan, who backed up this data in an "Ask the Experts" session focused on the updated application server.
    Security
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    Privacy and the CIO: Part of the Territory?
    Sun's Chief Privacy Officer Michelle Dennedy Has Some Answers

    Michelle Dennedy, chief privacy officer at Sun, says the biggest challenge of her job is keeping on top of Sun's systems and the information they contain on both employees and customers. She shared a bit of insight on her position at Sun with InformationWeek's John Soat.

    X Font Server Vulnerabilities Detected in Solaris OS
    Disable XFS Until Patch Released

    Versions of the Solaris Operating System (Solaris OS) are susceptible to X font server vulnerabilities by default, explains Alan Coopersmith, a member of the X Window System engineering team at Sun. Solaris 10 6/06 OS and older run xfs by default from inetd listening to the network, while the Solaris 10 11/06 OS and later ask for direction. Solaris Nevada/Express closes network services by default.

    Mutiple Security Fixes Issued for the Java SE Platform
    Two New Security Response Features to be Added to Platform

    Multiple security vulnerabilities in the Java Platform, Standard Edition (Java SE) have been patched within the last couple of weeks, and Sun plans on strengthening the platform even more with two new security response features: synchronized security fixes for all supported operating systems and advance notification of security updates.

    Sun Java System Identity Manager 7.0 Streamlines Administration, Auditing Tasks
    Solution Garners Information Security's 'Hot Picks' Award

    The Sun Java System Identity Manager 7.0 is a useful tool to help users "Prevent costly security breaches and regulatory violations with Sun's award winning identity management solution," as Chip Brookshaw writes in his report. He contends that, in addition, the solution streamlines provisioning tasks by offering flexible and unique management tools and auditing capabilities.

    Embedded Lights Out Manager Vulnerable to Unauthorized Access
    ELOM in Sun Fire X2100 M2 and X2200 M2 Susceptible

    A workaround has been issued to ensure remote unprivileged users cannot access the Embedded Lights Out Manager (ELOM) for the Sun Fire X2100 M2 and Sun Fire X2200 M2 servers. A vulnerability in the ELOM software could allow users to initiate unauthorized network traffic from the embedded service processor (SP), which could serve as a proxy to send unsolicited bulk e-mail (spam). This issue has also been resolved in SP/BMC firmware version 3.09.

    Two Vulnerabilities in Solaris 8, 9 and 10 OS Fixed
    One in Solaris Named Pipes (pipe(2)); Other with Thread Contexts in Solaris Kernel

    Two vulnerabilities affecting the Solaris 8, 9 and 10 Operating Systems (Solaris OS) have been fixed. The first is a vulnerability in the Solaris Named Pipes (pipe(2)) that could allow access to unauthorized memory locations, while the second involves the handling of thread contexts in the Solaris kernel that could result in a denial of service (DoS).

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