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Features
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Larry Ellison Joins Buffet, Gates, et al. in Philanthropic Pledge
Billionaires Ante Up for Charity
Oracle CEO Larry Ellison has joined Warren Buffet, Bill Gates and more than three dozen other wealthy individuals in the pledge to donate at least half of their fortunes to charitable causes. In announcing his decision Ellison wrote, "Many years ago, I put virtually all of my assets into a trust with the intent of giving away at least 95% of my wealth to charitable causes. I have already given hundreds of millions of dollars to medical research and education, and I will give billions more over time."
Virtualization
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Oracle VM VirtualBox 3.2.8
Maintenance Release Offers Multiple Bug Fixes
On Aug. 6, VirtualBox 3.2.8 was released as a maintenance update. Multiple bugs have been resolved including fixes for VMM, GUI, 3D support, PXE, OVF, USB, PageFusion, memory ballooning, bridge networking, hostonly networking, hard disks, BusLogic, LsiLogic, sharing disks, shared folders, Solaris installer, guest properties API, guest properties, RDP video, settings, VBoxManage, Web service, and X11 additions. The Changelog provides the details and the download is accessible from the VirtualBox or Oracle Websites.
Java Technology
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The Oracle GlassFish Server Advantage for Small Businesses
Start with Open Source; Shift to Commercially Supported Release as Business Grows
Oracle GlassFish Server, a premier Java EE application server based on GlassFish Server Open Source Edition, offers small businesses an open source application server with true interoperability that delivers rich features enabling superior documentation, administration, and configuration. The Oracle white paper "The Oracle GlassFish Server Advantage for Small Businesses" outlines the features of this solution that the small to medium business will find useful.
Software
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Former Sun Grid Engine Alive and Well
Grid Engine Product Manager States Road Map in Place
The Oracle Grid Engine product has an exciting roadmap, writes Dan Templeton, who has been working with the Grid Engine team for almost 10 years. His new role as Grid Engine Product Manager makes him privy to Oracle's future plans for the distributed resource management (DRM) system, and he relates that it is a solid one. In a brief blog entry, Templeton doesn't reveal the specifics of the road map, but he does explain where this former Sun technology has landed under the Oracle enterprise and alludes to some possibilities with the cloud.
Events
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Live Oracle Virtualization Online Forum
Register Now for the August 19 Event
Oracle's Chief Corporate Architect Edward Screven and System Executive Vice President John Fowler will explain how Oracle's virtualization delivers more value than VMware in a live online forum scheduled for Aug. 19. The event will begin at 9 a.m. PST/12 noon EST/16:00 GMT and promises to offer live chat time with Oracle experts for attendees' toughest virtualization questions. Registration is going on now.
Servers
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Multiple Server Hardware Options Available for Customers
Oracle Solaris Hardware Compatibility List Tells Which Systems are Certified

The announcement of Dell and HP readying to resell Oracle's Solaris and Enterprise Linux operating systems, as well as its Oracle VM implementation of the Xen hypervisor on their respective PowerEdge and ProLiant servers, has prompted a couple of bloggers to remind customers that these systems are just two of a multitude of systems available to them as options.

Storage
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Introduction to the Concept of Tiered Storage
White Paper Takes a Look at Oracle's Approach
Promoting a holistic approach to addressing tiered storage needs, Oracle sets out to show how its solutions portfolio can align the right type of storage flash, disk, and tape - with customers' unique environment needs for the best optimization for their data center in the white paper "Optimizing Information with a Tiered Storage Architecture". Readers will get an introduction to the concept of tiered storage, the business needs that drive it, and the value of implementing a tiered storage strategy from an Oracle perspective.
Top10
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Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
Vol 150 Issue 1; Vol 149 Issues 1, 2, 3 and 4; Vol 148 Issues 3, 4 and 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 148 Issue 1, the top 10 articles were:

  • Rival Hardware Vendors Get OK to Resell Three Oracle Operating Systems
  • Ready for Business: Oracle GlassFish Server
  • Synchronous Writes and ZIL Explained
  • Eclipse RCP vs. NetBeans Platform
  • Oracle VM Manager
  • Oracle Encourages Its VARs to Work Their Way Up the Stack
  • Tape Technology Leaps Forward in The 3rd Era
  • New Location for Java Tutorials
  • PC/SC-Lite 1.3 Released for Sun Ray Server Software
  • Key Rights Outlined to Govern Cloud Computing

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

    Developer
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    "Learning Oracle GlassFish Server for Tomcat Users": Oracle White Paper
    GlassFish: More than Just a Web Container
    Developers currently working in Apache Tomcat could profit from reading the Oracle white paper "Learning Oracle GlassFish Server for Tomcat Users," which highlights the GlassFish features such as support for clustering, persistence, and messaging that, along with still others, are not available in Tomcat. Further, the white paper contends that, while comparable performance, the Web container features of Oracle GlassFish Server are far more extensible, modular, easy to use, and adaptable than those of Tomcat.
    Sysadmin
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    Hints About the Upcoming Oracle Solaris 10 9/10
    ossadm Command-line Interface Expected

    References to the release of Solaris 10 9/10 have been evident since Spring. From blogs to technical articles, information naming the release has been documented. And now, Oracle Executive Vice President for Server and Storage Systems John Fowler mentioned on Aug. 10 that updates are expected for the OS ahead of the Solaris 11 release expected sometime next year. This article focuses on the ossadm command-line interface (CLI) system administrators will be able to use to manage diskless clients on both the SPARC and x86 platforms in the upcoming OS.

    NetBeans
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    NetBeans IDE 6.9.1 Now Available for Download
    Minor Update Adds JavaFX 1.3.1 Support, Performance Improvements
    NetBeans IDE 6.9.1 is a minor update. It adds support for the recently released JavaFX 1.3.1 with enhancements to the JavaFX Debugger. It also integrates the June 2010 and July 2010 patches and offers users performance improvements.
    Security
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    Oracle to Provide the CVE Numbers to Individual Patch Mapping
    At Least for July 2010 Critical Patch Update
    Due to customer feedback, Oracle has decided to provide the CVE numbers to individual patch mapping for the July 2010 Critical Patch Update, reports the Sun Security Community Security Blog. This policy is currently under evaluation and the security team wants to hear from customers regarding their need for the CVE and patch mapping disclosures before the October 2010 Critical Patch Update.
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