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Sun CEO Offers Perspective on Company's Fiscal Third Quarter
Offers Insight on Results, Outlook for the Future
Sun's "disappointing" fiscal third quarter results, which reported it lost $34 million, or 4 cents per share, in the three months ending March 30, spurred Sun President and CEO Jonathan Schwartz to answer a few questions regarding the company's health and status.
OpenSolaris and MySQL Support Now on Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud
Get A Powerful Platform, Database Options on Cloud Computing
Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) will now offer the OpenSolaris Operating System to its customers as well as give users access to MySQL premium technical support. Amazon EC2 is a Web service that provides resizable compute capacity in the cloud, allowing customers to pay only for the infrastructure software services and capacity that they actually use.
Redmonk Analyst Sees Third Quarter As Merely a Glitch for Sun
Relationship with Developer Community Essential
Less is more or better, at least, in the eyes of RedMonk analyst James Governor. The "less" he blogs about is the .5 percent decline in Sun's revenue reported for the company's fiscal third quarter, which ended March 30th. On the other hand, he notes, Microsoft suffered a 24 percent decline in revenue for the quarter.
Just Who Was the 500,000th Sun Certified Professional
Sun Reaches Certification Milestone With a Little Help From India
Over the past couple of months, Sun had been promoting the fact that its was nearing a milestone - certifying a half a million professionals - and wanted to honor the Sun Certified Professional who helped the company reach that mark with gifts. Well, the milestone has been met and the individual awarded.
System News For Sun Users Blog Recap
Recent Blog Entries of Interest to Sun Users
System News posts items of interest for Sun users on a regular basis on the System News For Sun Users blog. A quick recap of posts for the last week includes: Developers Offered Free Hosting on OpenSocial Platform, New Releases Freely Available to Download, OpenSolaris dot Org and dot Com, Sun Third Party System Management Integrations, Does the Solaris OS Really Cost Less Than Linux and Neil Young to Help Open JavaOne Conference.
Free and Open Source S/W
NetBeans Community Releases 6.1 and Early Access for PHP
NetBeans 6.1 Also Offered Bundled with GlassFish and MySQL
The new NetBeans IDE 6.1 supports a wide range of open source scripting technologies, offers improved performance and extends language support beyond Java technology through a rich set of features for C/C++, JavaScript and the Ruby language, including Ruby on Rails. Another new arrival is the NetBeans IDE Early Access for PHP that offers developers intelligent editing features.
Sun and Liferay Collaborating on Next-Generation Web Technologies
Initiative's First Products: Liferay Portal 5 and Sun's Project Web Synergy
Sun and Liferay, Inc. are developing a common, open source, standards-based Web presentation platform under the Sun/Liferay Initiative that will combine technologies from both companies to enhance and maintain web aggregation and presentation technologies. Liferay Portal 5 and Sun's Project Web Synergy are the first version of the new product families resulting from this initiative.
Debunking Open Source Software Myths
Don't Believe Everything You Hear
In his two-part blog debunking myths about OSS, enterprise architect Mike Kavis takes on several common misconceptions about open source software, conceding at the outset that he sees room in the grand scheme of things for proprietary software as well. "The trick is to know when to use the right tool for the right job," he writes.
Open Sourced Sun SPOTS Puts Everything in Developers' Hands
Higher Education Institutions Take Advantage of Technology
Like so much else of Sun's product line, the company is open sourcing the hardware and operating system for its Sun Small Programmable Object Technology (Sun SPOT). In an interview with Arshan Poursohi, staff researcher at the Sun SPOT lab, Mary Grush of Campus Technology explores some of the implications of this further opening of Sun technology. Sun SPOT is a sensor networking product based on Java technology. Grush was particularly interested in how higher education institutions can incorporate Sun SPOTs in research and instruction.
VirtualBox 1.6.0
Now Offers Solaris OS and Mac OS X Host Support
VirtualBox 1.6.0 now offers users Mac OS X and Solaris Operating System (Solaris OS) host platform support, new high performance virtual devices, improved scalability and Web Services. This latest version of the free virtualization framework includes a Web Service API, a SATA hard-disk controller (AHCI) and guest system extensions for Solaris OS.
New Sun Kerberos Features in Solaris 10 OS 05/08
Much More than Just Bug Fixes

The recent release of the Solaris 10 Operating System 5/08 (Solaris OS), with its enhancements to Kerberos, has prompted bloggers and others [19592] to write on the subject. This blog outlines the most significant new Kerberos features. In addition to these new features, listed below, the 05/08 release includes a number of bug fixes as well.

Series of Tutorials on Lesser Known Solaris Features
Covers Administration, Storage, Security and More
Joerg Moellenkamp has created an excellent series of tutorials on the "Less Known Features of Solaris." His most recent set of tutorials covers Point-in-time copy with AVS, which he points out "are a rather unusual feature for small installations, but they are absolutely essential for many enterprise customers. And when you really think about it, there are many usecases even for small installations."
An Independent Review of MySQL
Nothing Proprietary Here, WebChannel Notes
One of the first clarifications Fahmida Y. Rashid provides in the examination written for ChannelWeb of MySQL under the Sun umbrella is that there is nothing proprietary in Sun's acquisition of the database vendor. The decision to differentiate between MySQL Community and MySQL Enterprise, the author writes, came well before the acquisition.
Clearing the Air About Sun Kerberos
Sun Blog Addresses Some Questions With Answers

Sun Blogger Wences Michel uses the Q&A format to provide information on Sun Kerberos, which he describes as a network authentication protocol that uses secret-key cryptography to provide strong authentication for client/server applications.

Sun's Open Storage Does Make Sense
Sun Strategist Admits to a Change of Mind
Taylor Allis of Sun's Market Strategy & Intelligence unit concedes that his initial skepticism about open storage was misplaced. The combination of open source software with industry-standard hardware for the purpose of creating enterprise-class storage systems is a good idea after all, he now says.
Tape Storage in the Data Center? Nine Myths to Reconsider
Alive and Well, Whatever the Disk Adherents May Say
Dianne McAdam of The Clipper Group jousts against the disk proponents who argue that tape is dead, dispelling nine myths on the subject in the course of her argument. Her conclusion? Tape is far from dead and remains a strong contender for space in the data center.
Open Source Gives You the Key to Your Archives Forever
Sun Helps Avoid Vendor Lock-in
Sun has made yet more code available to the open source community. This time it involves Honeycomb, the fixed-content object storage software of the StorageTek 5800, as reported by Leslie T. O'Neill. Developers can download the binary code from and run a complete implementation on their own server or even a laptop.
Top Ten Articles for last Issue
Volume 122 Issues 2, 3, 4 and 5

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 5, were:

  • Comparison Chart of SPARC Processors Architecture, Physical Features [19743]
  • Solaris 9 Containers Software Now Available for Download [19816]
  • Sun SPARC Enterprise T5120/T5220 and T5140/T5240 Servers [19826]
  • Third Quarter Fiscal 2008 Financial Results Miss Expectations [19735]
  • Sun's Open Storage Platform Adds New Developer Tools, Expands Services [19885]
  • Java and the iPhone - Will Ever the Twain Meet? [19878]
  • Sun Operates with Sharp Market Focus [19827]
  • Sun to Demonstrate Java FX at JavaOne 2008 [19853]
  • Former Defense Intelligence Agency CTO Shares His Sun Ray Experience [19667]
  • Fedora 9 and Ubuntu 8.04 Including OpenJDK-based Implementations [19886]
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