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Java Technology
Big Plans Set for JavaFX
Roadmap Includes a July Early Access Desktop Release
JavaFX took center stage during the JavaOne Conference with Sun putting forth this technology as one for the next generation of consumer-oriented, Web applications and as an option to technologies like Microsoft's Silverlight and Adobe's Flash platform.
GlassFish Community Delivers Two New Servers, Partner Initiative Program
Also Renames Application Server and Offers Enterprises Unlimited Use Pricing
Sun announced it has renamed the GlassFish AppServer from "Sun Java System Application Server" to "Sun GlassFish Enterprise Server," which now has a milestone release available under Version 3 Technology Preview 2 and new pricing for enterprises. A new GlassFish Partner Initiative has been launched and a Sun GlassFish Communications Server based on Project SailFin is on the horizon.
2008 Duke's Choice Award Winners
The Year's Most Influential and Innovative Java Technology Applications
The year's most influential Java technology-based applications have been identified and rewarded with a Duke's Choice. The sixth annual awards program, which is a significant part of the JavaOne Conference, is headed by Vice President and Sun Fellow James Gosling, who, along with a panel of Java technology experts at Sun, select the winning companies and their applications.
Blue-ray and Java Technologies Bring Music Legend Neil Young To JavaOne
Cutting-Edge Technologies Lead to Unique Multimedia Anthology
Music legend and pioneer Neil Young joined Sun executives on stage at the opening of the JavaOne Conference to announce his plans on delivering a multimedia interactive project chronicling his career in the music industry that has become a reality because of Java and Blu-ray Disc technologies.
On2 Technologies to Add Video Capabilities to JavaFX Family
First Availability Expected This Fall
Coming this fall, On2 Technologies TrueMotion video codecs for JavaFX software products are expected to be available, which will add comprehensive video capabilities to the JavaFX product line. On2's TrueMotion video codecs are deployed on more than two billion desktops worldwide and more than 200+ million in mobile devices.
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.
Ultra- Fast Data Warehouse, Powered by Sun and ParAccel
The new definition of fast
  • Fast -- Delivers extreme speed over existing data warehouse solutions as proven by joint Sun and ParAccel TPC-H benchmarks
  • Eco-friendly -- Greatly reduces costs and requirements for space, power, cooling, maintenance, and complex hardware administration
  • Manageable --Provides superior performance without the additional tuning usually associated with business intelligence
  • Easy to administer -- Simplifies configuration and management with a GUI administrative console
  • Flexible -- Accommodates all types of analytic schemas for quick implementation and future extensibility
  • Scalable -- Supports configurations from 100 gigabytes to 100 terabytes with one database engine
Maximizing IT resource utilization
Sun and Racemi
  • Utilize idle disaster recovery assets for daily workload
  • Eliminate the need for costly, massively redundant hardware
  • Scale IT resources up or down based on administrator defined policies — manually or automatically
  • Meet unexpected user demands by rapidly repurposing non-production servers
  • Simplify server consolidation and data center moves with a single deployment process
  • Use any Sun server platform to analyze and deploy server assets
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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