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ORCL in the Eyes of Wall Street
Dow Theory Forecast: 'A Long Term Buy'
Although Oracle has acquired other companies in the past, Sun Microsystems -- its most recent acquisition -- has genuinely changed the complexion and character of the company, which can now present itself as a one-stop shop for buyers of software and the hardware to run it on. Steven Halpern comments on the acquisition in "Oracle (ORCL): Harnessing the Sun."
Who are you?
Results of a recent survey of the System News audience
System News, Inc. (SNI), an independent publisher, has been publishing "System News for Sun Users" since 1998. The current 45k+ subscribers include 37k end-users who work at 8,000+ accounts, 5k+ people who work for Oracle/Sun and 3k+ people who work for Partners.

We recently engaged Crowd Science to conduct a survey of the audience. Here are some highlights:

  • 98% 30+ years old
  • 71% work for firms with 500 or more employees
  • 79% in age range 34-54
  • 86% have some or significant input into making decisions
  • 72.2% have College degree, 40.1% also have graduate degree
  • 82.8% make more than $100k/year
  • 45.2% work in IT
  • 61.4% are Mid to Senior Level Staff
  • 96.2% say that other people ask them for advice on technology
  • 72.0% say that other people ask them for names and specs when buying technology products
  • 85% are involved with their firm's technology decision-making process

SNI's news portal,, serves about a 1.5 million page views to about 600,000 visitors each year.

Resources for the Latest on Oracle Tuxedo
Data Sheets, Demonstration, White Papers
Anyone interested in the recent release of Oracle Tuxedo 11g can gather more technical information in the forms of data sheets, a demo, and white papers - all of which shed more light on the advances made to this key component of Oracle Fusion Middleware and Application Grid.
Latest Releases from NetBeans and JavaFX Recognized by Java Founder
James Gosling Praises Improvements and Performance Boosts
The latest releases from NetBeans and JavaFX prompted Java founder James Gosling to blog a bit about them. He praises the improvements in the NetBeans platform and updates to performance in JavaFX. The NetBeans IDE is an integrated development environment available for Windows, Mac, Linux, and Solaris. JavaFX provides a unified development and deployment model for building rich client applications that integrate rich immersive media such as audio and video, graphics, rich text and web services.
Oracle VM VirtualBox Tips
Covers Cloning a VirtualBox Disk and Opening a .VDI Virtual Machine
If learning how to clone a VirtualBox disk or open a virtual machine with a .VDI extension grabs your attention, then two of Federman Hoyos' blog entries listed in his April 2010 archive have hit the mark. Hoyos offers straightforward actions for readers to take to quickly accomplish these two tasks.
VirtualBox 3.1.8 Released
Maintenance Update Fixes/Adds 33 Items
Oracle released VirtualBox 3.1.8, a maintenance release of VirtualBox 3.1 that improves stability and fixes regressions. It also supports new platforms like Ubuntu 10.04 (Lucid Lynx). Presently, VirtualBox runs on Windows, Linux, Macintosh and OpenSolaris hosts and supports a large number of guest operating systems, including but not limited to Windows (NT 4.0, 2000, XP, Server 2003, Vista, Windows 7), DOS/Windows 3.x, Linux (2.4 and 2.6), Solaris and OpenSolaris, and OpenBSD. See the Changelog for details on the updates. The download is available from the VirtualBox or Oracle Web sites.
Free and Open Source S/W
OpenDS 2.3.0-build002 Now Available
Free LDAPv3 Compliant Directory Server Written Entirely in Java
The OpenDS Directory Server offers a fully featured LDAPv3 compliant directory server with multi-master replication, advance command line interface, graphical user interface and much more. Just this month, the open source project released OpenDS 2.3.0-build002. Visit the promoted build page and the Changelog for the latest on this release. More general information on OpenDS is available from its home and wiki pages.
How SunSolve Entitlement Works
Oracle Wikis Page Explains the Process
Merging two major players in the IT industry takes time and patience. Unfortunately for many Sun product users who rely on their former Sun solutions to maintain their daily data center tasks, the consolidation process can be quite frustrating. One area where some former Sun customers are perplexed deals with entitlements. An Oracle Wikis page may have the answers needed to make the transition, at least in this area, a smoother one.
Get Free Software Packages for Solaris at
More than 60 Gigabytes of Packages for Solaris 2.5 through 10 is an archive of pre-compiled free software for Solaris 2.5, 2.6, 7, 8, 9, and 10 operating systems for both SPARC and Intel architectures. In operation since 1994, this freeware project just requires users pick their architecture to access the list programs available. Then, decide on the selected programs and download.
Looking at Performance Improvements Stemming from ZFS Appliance 2010/Q1
50% Improved OLTP Performance, 70% Reduced Variability, 200% Improvement on MS Exchange

In his blog post "Doubling Exchange Performance" Roch "Mars" Bourbonnais lavishes praise on the performance improvements that have resulted from release of the ZFS Appliance 2010/Q1 update. Changes to the ZFS metaslab code now make it possible for 50% improved OLTP performance and 70% reduced variability from run to run, Bouronnais writes. He also notes a 200% improvement on MS Exchange performance from these changes.

Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
Vol 147 Issue 1; Vol 146 Issues 1, 2, 3, 4; Vol 145 Issues 2, 3, 4, 5
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 147 Issue 1, the top 10 articles were:

  • New OPN Specializations and Training Resources for Sun and Oracle Technologies
  • Oracle VM VirtualBox
  • Flash Archive Recovery Image
  • Oracle's Integrated Identity Management Stack
  • Oracle's Triple-threat Data Backup Architecture
  • Recent GlassFish/Sun Java System Application Server Patch Releases
  • VirtualBox 3.2.0 Beta 1 Released
  • Oracle Sun Accelerator F20 PCIe Card Can Improve Performance Over HDD Solutions
  • Load Balancing with Sun Java System Web Proxy Server Using Reverse Proxy
  • Oracle 11g on an OpenSolaris Zone

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

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    "Parallel Programming with Oracle Developer Tools," an Oracle White Paper, addresses the audience of developers interested in learning about parallel programming. The white paper explains that OpenMP provides for parallelization of applications running within a single multicore-based system, while MPI provides for parallelization of applications running across many such systems, often referred to as a compute cluster.
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