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Latest Release of Oracle Berkeley DB
11g Release 2 Provides Interface for SQL Developers and Support for Android
Oracle Berkeley DB is an open source embedded database, providing developers with a database offering SQL, Key/value, or Java interface. Oracle Berkeley DB 11g Release 2 introduces a new SQL API, based on SQLite, and support for JDBC and ODBC connections as well as support for the Android platform.
Oracle's Sun VirtualBox 3.1.6
Maintenance Release Includes 40 Different Updates
Oracle's high performance, cross-platform virtualization software Sun VirtualBox has a new release as of March 25. VirtualBox 3.1.6 is a maintenance release with over 40 fixes included in this freely downloadable update. VirtualBox is open source software and hugely popular: surpassing 20 million downloads worldwide since October 2007, with in excess of 40,000 downloads a day. The VirtualBox software is compact - a 50 megabyte download - and installs in just a few minutes.
Free and Open Source S/W
Project Kenai Update
Migration of to Kenai Infrastructure Continues

Work is on-going for migrating the domain over to the Kenai infrastructure, so notes the Project Kenai Team. The overall plan is to move the existing projects over to the domain and make the hosted development community. "This means that any project currently hosted on will be able to continue as you are on," wrote Oracle's Ted Farrell. This change came as part of Oracle Corporation's restructuring of Sun.

DTrace GUI Plugin for NetBeans and Oracle Solaris Studio (formerly Sun Studio)
Enables Running of D Scripts and Their Vizualization with Chime

DTrace, the comprehensive dynamic tracing framework for the Solaris OS, features a NetBeans GUI Plugin that can be installed into the Oracle Solaris Studio (formerly Sun Studio) IDE and the NetBeans IDE (versions 6.0 and later) that enables the running of D scripts from the GUI, including not only those embedded in shell scripts but those that are packaged in the DTrace Toolkit as well. Vijay Tatkar blogs on the plugin. The blog explains DTrace and provides a link to Chime which enables users to visualize DTrace aggregations, in particular the display of data over time.

Oracle's Hardware and Systems Support Policies
Translating These Policies for HW, Solaris, OpenSolaris Without All the FUD
On March 16, Oracle published its hardware and systems support policies statement, which covers its newly acquired Sun hardware and software. Speculation on the effect Oracle's policies will have on Solaris and OpenSolaris licensing has caused FUD (fear, uncertainty, doubt)-driven rumors to arise. This article will take excerpts highlighting what is actually stated in the policies document and present a couple of interpretations.
Storage Domains
How to Figure Out Just How Many You Need
Andress Ness answers a common question asked by many customers - how many storage domains are needed for specific configurations? Although there is not one definitive answer for every data center, Ness explains how to determine what number is the best one.
Sun Storage 7000 2010.Q1 Shows Marked Improvement in OLTP
Both Throughput and Variability Rates Improved
Among the improvements in Sun Storage 7000 2010.Q1 is one that involves configurations using shares or LUNs with small record sizes. Blogger David Lutz writes that the two most likely configurations to benefit from this change are OLTP databases, which typically configure the record size of a share to match the block size of the database, and iSCSI LUNs, which have a default block size of 8KB.
Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
Vol 145 Issue 1, 2, 3, 4, 5; Vol 144 Issues 1, 2, 3, and 4
We track how frequently each article is viewed on the web site to determine which the readers consider the most important. For last week, Vol 145 Issue 5, the top 10 articles were:

  • OpenSolaris ZFS Deduplication
  • Monitoring and Graphing Performance of Solaris Zones, Containers, and LDOMs
  • Sun Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) 3.1.1 Released
  • Is Raised-Floor Design Still Appropriate for Data Center Applications?
  • Oracle Partner Network and Sun Partners
  • Implications of the Single-stack Approach for BI and DW
  • Oracle Database 11g vs. Microsoft SQL Server 2008
  • Recognizing the Need for Multiple ZFS Storage Pools Per Host in 2010.Q1
  • Microelectronics Innovation Just Got a Lot Bigger at Oracle
  • The New Replication Framework in Sun Storage 7000 2010.Q1
  • Online Training Services Information for Recently Acquired Oracle Employees
  • Suits and Their Countersuits

The longer version of this article has list of top ten articles for the last 8 weeks.

    Java Champion Offers Developers Expert Perspective on Java EE
    'Just Write the Code that Makes Sense'
    In yet another installment of her series on Java Champions, Janice J. Heiss interviews Yakov Fain, long-term toiler in the enterprise technology vineyards and Managing Director at Farata Systems, which sells consulting services specializing in the development of enterprise rich Internet applications that utilize Adobe Flex on the client and Java EE on the server side. At Farata, Fain's duties include offering sales support without sales, which he does by producing technical materials, writing blogs, speaking at technical conferences, conducting trainings, mentoring client teams, managing offshore developers, and participating in development and promotion of open-source products.
    Web Services Security Using NetBeans and GlassFish
    Implementing Customer Validators with the Latest Versions of These FOSS
    Seventeen short steps are outlined, with screenshots and written instructions, to help users follow through on how to implement plain text username/password validators for their web services security using NetBeans 6.8 and GlassFish Version 3. Sreekanth Manga's March 18 blog entry covers the details.
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