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Solaris On Demand - SaaS Program for ISVs Launched
Allows ISVs to Easily Offer Existing Applications On-Demand
The Solaris On Demand program has been launched, offering the independent software vendor (ISV) community the technology, hosted infrastructure and services needed to offer their software as a service (SaaS).
First Carrier Grade Linux for Sun's CMT Processors Announced
Sun And Wind River Partner to Deliver CGL to UltraSPARC T2 Processors
Wind River Platform for Network Equipment, Linux Edition - a Carrier Grade Linux (CGL) and Workbench development suite - will be the first CGL to be ported to Sun's UltraSPARC T2 chip multithreading (CMT) processor with the Netra Carrier Grade rack servers and ATCA blades as the first CMT systems to run the Wind River solution.
OpenSolaris Becoming Serious Competitor to Linux
Gartner Analysis Says Open Source OSes Equalling Commercial Products
According to the recent Gartner report, "Open-Source Software in the Server OS Market 2008: The State of Linux," OpenSolaris is gaining traction and will be a serious competitor to Linux distributions in the next 12 months.
OpenSolaris Community Gears Up for an Exciting May 2008
OpenSolaris 2008.05 ("Project Indiana") Release, Developer Summit On the Way
Exciting happenings for the OpenSolaris community are coming next month with the anticipated release of OpenSolaris 2008.05 and the second OpenSolaris Developer Summit set for May 3-4 at the University of California in Santa Cruz, Calif.
SDN Webcast: "OpenSolaris - A Sneak Peek"
Sun Chief OS Strategist Ian Murdock on Developer Preview 2
With OpenSolaris 2008.05 nearing its release, it may be of interest to some to take a few minutes and watch a Sun Developer Network Channel Webcast of Sun's Chief OS Strategist Ian Murdock showing off the new package system in OpenSolaris Developer Preview 2.
OpenSolaris Election Poll Results
New Governing Board Seated, Community Priorties Outlined
The new OpenSolaris community has elected its Governance Board, seating John Beck, Alan Coopersmith, Glynn Foster, Jim Grisanzio, Simon Phipps, John Plocher and Stephen Lau to the seven-member board. The community also amended its Constitution and outlined the top five community priorities during recent elections.
Details on the Solaris 10 5/08 Operating System
Specifics on New Features and Enhancements
The official download release of the Solaris 10 5/08 Operating System (Solaris OS) was announced in mid-April, and the physical media kit's general availability set for release April 28. Now, more details on the version's new features and enhancements are available.
New UI Expected with Sun xVM Server, xVM Ops Center Releases
Although Still Under Development, Blog Gives a Brief Preview
Steve Wilson gives a brief update on the xVM Server and its user interface (UI) architecture in a recent blog entry. He notes that many think of the xVM Server only as it relates to the Xen hypervisor at OpenSolaris, and points out that it is much more than an open source project.
Sun Shared Visualization Software Version 1.1 - Free Download
Remotely Access and Share 3D-Accelerated Applications
Sun Shared Visualization v1.1 is a unique visualization middleware that "virtualizes" visualization by treating the graphics hardware resources as a resource pool and dynamically assigning them to either sharing or scaling, or both. Users on a variety of platforms can transparently view and interact with 3D-accelerated applications, which can run on a central resource with very large shared memory, lots of CPUs, many high-performance graphics cards and/or high-performance, high-capacity storage.
Top Ten Articles for last Issue
Volume 122 Issues 1, 2 and 3; Volume 121 Issue 4

During the last quarter (Jan 08, Feb 08. Mar 08), the web site for this newsletter had 140k unique visitors who viewed 312k pages. (For the past 12 months: 416k visitors and 1.0 million page views.)

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 122 Issue 3, were:

  • Features in the Just Released Solaris 10 5/08 [19789]
  • Solaris 8 and 9 Containers Software [19785]
  • UltraSPARC T2 Plus Processor Systems Benchmark Results [19766]
  • Download Available for Logical Domains 1.0.2 [19784]
  • Get the Information You Need on the Sun SPARC Enterprise T5140 and T5240 [19786]
  • A Glance at Sun's Next-Generation CMT Servers [19773]
  • Sun Releases MySQL Workbench [19801]
  • A Guide for Migrating from IPv4 to IPv6 in the Solaris OS [19668]
  • Check Out the Java 6 Update 10 [19772]
  • Get a Quick Introduction to GlassFish [19759]
    Free and Open Source S/W
    The Open-Source Road to Profitability at Sun
    Jonathan Schwartz and Rich Green on Company Strategy
    Eric Lundquist of eWeek characterizes Sun Microsystems as "a company that develops open-source software, uses it as an entrée into enterprises, and then sells hardware and services into those enterprises," calling the company the "largest open-source-based IT infrastructure company in the world." His interview with Jonathan Schwartz and EVP for Software Rich Green examined Sun's approach to leveraging open source to develop enterprise market share.
    Latest Release - Version 2.4
    Several Security Vulnerabilities Repaired, New Features Added
    Version 2.4 of, which is now available for immediate download, fixed a number of security vulnerabilities. Users are advised to upgrade to afford themselves of this additional protection.
    OpenProj Now Included in European StarOffice Boxes
    A Complete Replacement Product of Microsoft Project
    The free, open source project management solution OpenProj is now being included in StarOffice boxes available in Europe. OpenProj is a complete replacement of Microsoft Project, offering equivalent functionality, and available on Linux, Unix, Mac or Windows.
    New Content on BigAdmin
    Added in the last two weeks
    Articles have been posted to BigAdmin in the last couple of weeks include:
    Tutorials on Access Control and Auditing in the Solaris 10 OS
    Covers RBAC, Privileges, Auditing, and Basic Audit Reporting Tool (BART)

    Joerg Moellenkamp has created several tutorials on understanding access control and auditing features in the Solaris 10 OS that were recently highlighted in an SDN article. These tutorials deal specifically with Solaris Role Based Access Control (RBAC) and Privileges; Solaris Auditing; and the Solaris Basic Audit Reporting Tool.

    How to Use Kerberos in the Authentication of a Solaris 10 OS LDAP Client
    Employs Microsoft Active Directory
    Wajih Ahmed and Babak Kenkre have written a BigAdmin feature on "Using Kerberos to Authenticate a Solaris 10 OS LDAP Client With Microsoft Active Directory," which describes how to configure a Solaris OS client to use Microsoft Windows Server 2003 R2 Enterprise Edition (Active Directory) for authentication and naming services. In this treatment, the Solaris client uses per-user authentication (also called self-credentials) for naming service lookups instead of a proxy account, a new functionality available starting with the Solaris 10 08/07 OS.
    Questions Answered About Virtualization on Solaris Containers and Zones
    From the Simple to the Complex
    If you have questions about the nature of virtualization on Solaris Containers and Solaris Zones, then you just might find the answer you are looking for in the 29 FAQ that others have asked and are handily answered in one place.
    Capitalizing on Stored Information Through Sound Archiving Practices
    Don't Just Store Data; Organize and Profit from It
    The Sun white paper "Information Management: Discovering the Business Value of Archived Information" examines the potential business value of information in the more than 30 exabytes of data currently stored in archives. The white paper promotes "intelligent archiving," which means archiving optimized for its business value.
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