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Open Source and Profit, Put in Plain and Simple Terms
Jonathan Schwartz Explains Sun's Giveaway Approach to Business
If anyone could explain the economic virtues of open source to the business and finance leaders of the U.S., writes Chris Preimesberger for eWeek, that person is Jonathan Schwartz, who did exactly that before the audience at the recent Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research summit. Preimesberger reports that Schwartz used the experience of an African banker to explain why giving away product is the pathway to profit.
Sun Federal's Bill Vass Talks Status Quo, Trends and Future
President and COO Working to Reintroduce an Evolutionized Sun to the Marketplace
As one of the fastest growing business units at Sun, Sun Federal has about 800 employees and has a president and COO with 28 years of experience in the federal government and commercial industry. Bill Vass recently spoke to Lisa Singh with ExecutiveBiz and touched on some of the latest goings-on in this division.
Sun and Blu-ray Technology
Chief Digital Media Officer Briefly Touches on Sun's Role
The Blu-ray vs. HD DVD format battle officially ended February 19 when Toshiba declared it would no longer make or market HD DVD players and recorders. Sun's Chief Digital Media Officer for the Client Software Group Bill Sheppard says the win was not only about vendor support, where the majority of the consumer electronics and movie industries were backing Blu-ray, but also technical capabilities.
Customer Relationship Management at the Right Price
SugarCRM and OpenOffice.org
Looking for an affordable customer relationship management (CRM) solution? Kat Rollin recommends SugarCRM and OpenOffice.org as an attractive option that can easily adapt to existing environments and that lends itself to customization for an implementation that is typically faster and less costly than proprietary solutions that do the same thing.
Illumos
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Cheat Sheet for Picking the Right Solaris OS Installation for You
There Are Eight Varieties to Choose From
Did you know that there are eight different styles, or flavors as Sun's Sidsel Jensen likes to refer to the variety of Solaris Operating System (Solaris OS) available? The particular purpose of one's installation could influence which of these OS options is the right one.
Open HA Cluster Community Releases HA xVM Agent
Download Accessible from Its OpenSolaris Project Site
The OpenSolaris Project Cluster Agent: OpenSolaris xVM community has released the HA xVM Agent along with its webrev and a cheat sheet.
Software
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Step-by-Step How-to for Optimizing MySQL Server on Sun x64 Servers and Storage
Benchmarking Using sysbench Demonstrate Results
Luojia Chen writes about optimizing MySQL Server on Sun x64 servers in this Sun BluePrints Online paper, which also provides an overview of the integrated Sun platform and describes benchmark results for solutions running on Sun Fire X4100 servers.
A Better (Automatic) Way to Configure Tape Drives
Tape Drive Self-Identification and the Solaris OS

Tape drive self-identification is a new, standards-based mechanism that can automate tape drive configuration in the Solaris OS. Larry Liu and Grant Zhang provide a how-to guide to the process that shows how the Solaris SCSI tape driver can be made to dynamically retrieve the information required to configure the tape drive. The authors specify the SCSI command interface between the tape drive and the st(7D) driver as part of their article.

Solaris Express Developer Edition Aids Development on the Solaris OS
Janice J. Heiss Outlines the Possibilities of SXDE
Janice J. Heiss asks "Why Develop on the Solaris OS?" and offers the capabilities of the Solaris Express Developer Edition as evidence for a strong affirmative response. The Solaris Express Developer Edition (SXDE), Heiss points out, is a free quarterly release of the next generation Solaris OS that contains many enhancements not yet available in the Solaris 10 OS. Created for the x86 platform, SXDE contains the tools, technologies and platforms required for creating applications for the Solaris OS, Java application platforms, and Web 2.0.
Workstation
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Building a VDI Demo With Sun Virtual Desktop Connector 1.0
Cookbook Article Explains How to Compose a Self-Contained Demo
The recently released Sun Virtual Desktop Connector 1.0, a central management tool, simplifies installation and configuration of the Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) stack. Dirk Grobler has written a cookbook explaining how to compose a self-contained demo based on Sun VDI Software.
Quick Tips on Setting Up the Sun Virtual Desktop Infrastructure 2.0
Sun Blog Offers Augmentable Guide to Official Install and Admin Doc
With the Sun Virtual Desktop Infrastructure 2.0 released earlier this month, the excited masses are looking for quick tips on installing and setting it up. One Sun blog has put together a concise guide that covers preparation, installing an XP image, necessities for the virtual center, the SRSS/SGD server and testing for those eager and ready.
The New Sun XVR-300 x8 Graphics Frame Buffer
Entry-level, Low TCO Accelerator for Various Sun Servers, Workstations
Sun is offering new graphics options for the Ultra 25, the Ultra 45, the Sun Fire T2000 SPARC Servers, Sun SPARC Enterprise T5120 and T5220 Servers and Sun SPARC Enterprise M5000 Server. The low-cost Sun XVR-300x8 Graphics Accelerator is powered by ATI's FireMV technology and delivers 2D, 24-bit support for resolutions up to 1920 x 1200.
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Top Ten Articles for last Issue
Volume 121 Issues 1, 2 and 3 ; Volume 120 4

During the last quarter (Dec 07, Jan 08, Feb 08), the web site for this newsletter had 130k unique visitors who viewed 281k pages.

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 121 Issue 3, were:

  • Sun Virtual Desktop Infrastructure Software 2.0 [19631]
  • Installing VirtualBox on Solaris 10 OS [19649]
  • Announcing the Sun Ray Unified IP Client from Mitel [19672]
  • Free Sun Management Center 4.0 Version 3 Download [19662]
  • SAM-QFS Code is Now Open Sourced [19678]
  • Getting Your Feet Wet with DTrace [19595]
  • Sun Launches New Initiative for SMBs [19675]
  • Filebench 1.1.1 Released [19580]
  • Solaris and AMP - a New Recipe for Success [19589]
  • OpenOffice.org 3.0 Moving to LGPLv3 [19625]
    Free and Open Source S/W
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    Learn to Create Web Apps Using MySQL Database in 30 Minutes
    NetBeans Tutorial Covers Basic Web Development
    New MySQL adopters, and maybe even more seasoned users, should visit the NetBeans Website, which is hosting a tutorial on creating a simple web application that connects to a MySQL database server. The tutorial, which is expected to take users about 30 minutes, also covers some basic ideas and technologies in web development, such as JavaServer Pages (JSP), JavaServer Pages Standard Tag Library (JSTL), the Java Database Connectivity (JDBC) API and two-tier, client-server architecture.
    Open Source Virtualization and Project Indiana
    There Is a Connection, Says Tim Marsland
    Tim Marsland identified the usually overlooked connection between Open Source Virtualization and Project Indiana in his talk at Australian Sun Tech Days as residing in the distro builder, the technology that translates the recipe for a particular distribution, along with its functions and capabilities, into a set of interdependent packages able to perform those functions.
    Project Darkstar's Roadmap
    Core Development Team Seeking Community Feedback
    Project Darkstar has published a roadmap covering the next year or so to summarize the work currently being done for the next release, and the core technology development team wants to hear what the community at large thinks about its projected development path.
    White Papers Examine Sun Technology Contributed to Open Media Commons
    Project DReaM, DReaM-MMI Profile, DReaM CAS, DReam MMI
    Digital Rights Management (DRM) is the basis of Sun's technology DReaM that has been contributed to the Open Media Commons initiative. Project DReaM is an initiative to develop an open DRM solution and reference architecture for multiple domains (media, documents, enterprise, personal, etc.). Four white papers have recently been released detailing the project's goal, licensing and specification, among other aspects.
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    The Ins and Outs of Desktop Virtualization
    Article Series to Focus on Improvments, Simplications of Desktop Virtualization

    Dirk Grobler will be hosting an article series on his blog that focuses on improvements and simplifications achieved through desktop virtualization. Part 1 and Part 2 have already been published and cover the deployment of a virtual desktop in comparison to a real one and the idea of automatic deployment of a virtual desktop, respectively.

    Resource Management with the Solaris OS
    Looking at a Little Known Feature

    Joerg Moellenkamp delves into the less known Solaris features to discuss Resource Management. His examination stems from two preliminary questions: How to limit the consumption of the resources of a single application being run with others in a single instance of the OS; and how to prevent a single program from hogging all the resources available.

    Two Script Articles by Victor Feng for Solaris OS
    Check for Used Space and Automate System Checks

    BigAdmin contributor Victor Feng has submitted two community tech tips that offer sys admins a script to check for used space in Solaris Operating System (Solaris OS) file systems and one that automates system checks. The latter has been updated this year from a previous posting done in 2007.

    To Spin Down or Not: Power Savings in Disk Management
    Guidelines for Assessment and Implementation

    IT managers interested in improving their bottom line will find a useful economy in the BigAdmin article on "Managing the Power Used by Idle Disks in Servers Running the Solaris 8 OS or Above," which notes that idle spinning SAS disks can consume several watts and that managing multiple disks can result in substantial power cost reductions. Some considerations that govern the decision to spin-down or not are reviewed.

    Organizing and Managing Data Volumes in Solaris Zones
    BigAdmin Community Tech Tip Addresses Volume Management

    Learn how to organize and manage data volumes in Solaris Zones on systems that run the Solaris 10 Operating System (Solaris OS) from a BigAdmin community tech tip submitted by Mike Thomasson, who has tested this information only with Veritas Volume Manager but suspects it will work with other volume management tools.

    Defending Against Spam with Symantec Brightmail AntiSpam
    Perfect Match for UltraSPARC T1 and T2 Processors
    If spam is a problem for your IT organization, one possible solution that Alan Yoshida, and Ramin Moazeni (both of Sun) recommend is using Symantec Brightmail AntiSpam (SBAS) on servers powered with UltraAPARC T1 and T2 processors. Given the ability of the UltraSPARC processors to handle highly threaded network throughput-oriented applications and the fact that SBAS is just such a solution, the combination almost recommends itself in the view of the authors.
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