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Oracle Exadata Keeps Up with the Demands of Business
Proves the Old Adage that Speed Does Matter
Business is in love with data and demands ever faster, ever greater access to data in order to prosper these days. Online affiliate marketing network LinkShare discovered the virtues of Oracle Exadata in delivering data at both the volume and speed its customers required in designing and executing effective online marketing strategies, according to David A. Kelly in his article "Oracle Exadata at Work" in the September/October 2010 issue of Oracle magazine.
Oracle Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) 3.2
Scalability, Multimedia, Administration Enhancements
Oracle Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) is a complete management, hosting and access solution for virtualized desktops hosted in the data center. Oracle VDI 3.2 is the latest version just released in August. New features include global hot-desking, multi-company capabilities, enhanced video and audio capabilities and administrative enhancements.
Java Technology
Oracle Suing Google
Some Speculation About the Complaint
Oracle's motives in suing Google are, at the moment, anyone's guess, as are the possible outcome of the litigation and its implications for the continued adoption of Java. The latter consequence is the most potentially damaging in the view of Stephen O'Grady, who analyzes the issue in his RedMonk article.
Free and Open Source S/W
Free Administration Guide on GNU/Linux
Described as a Must-read for Serious Linux System Admins
"The GNU/Linux Advance Administration" is a 500+ page free eBook that covers Linux network, server and data administration, Linux kernel, security, clustering, configuration, tuning, optimization, migration, and coexistence with non-Linux systems. Produced by the Free Technology Academy (FTA), the complimentary book explains how to install and configure several computer services, as well as how to optimize and synchronize the resources using GNU/Linux.
VNC Server on Solaris 10
A Couple of Basic Tips on Configuring the Program

Jay Galvin shares a couple of tips on configuring the VNC server on Solaris 10 since it's not completely ready to run straight out of the box. He covers the creation of two additional directories for $PATH, and relays two methods on displaying the standard Gnome desktop - one of which alters the VNC server environment and the other makes the change available to all user VNC server configurations.

Decision-making Time for Sun VARs
Oracle's Channel Continues Outreach
The word from Oracle to Sun VARs is they need to join the Oracle Partner Network (OPN), although some of the specifics remain sketchy. In two separate articles from CRN, the topic on Oracle's outreach to Sun VARs is discussed, and an entry on the VAR Guy blog also asks if Sun partners really need to embrace Oracle solutions. This article highlights these discussions.
MySQL Workbench 5.2.2
Includes New and Updated Functionalities, Numerous Bug Fixes
The first GA release of MySQL Workbench 5.2. (5.2.25) was made available on June 30, 2010. It includes new or changed functionality and numerous bug fixes that have been applied since the release of 5.2.24. MySQL Workbench provides a graphical tool for working with MySQL Servers and databases. It fully supports MySQL Server versions 5.1 and above, and is compatible with MySQL Server 5.0, however, not every feature of 5.0 may be supported.
Oracle Directory Server Enterprise Edition (ODSEE) 11gR1
Rebranded Patch Release of Sun Directory Server Enterprise Edition 7

Oracle Directory Server Enterprise Edition (ODSEE) 11gR1 is a rebranded patch release of Sun Directory Server Enterprise Edition 7. It provides additional stability and security with the inclusion of many fixes that were previously released as patches and hot fixes. This release also aligns the list of supported platforms with most other Oracle Fusion Middleware products, of which ODSEE is now a part.

Sun SPOT Online Store Now Open for Business
Shop for eSerial Boards, Batteries and Add-on Components
The Sun SPOT Store is now open for business, declares David G. Simmons on his On the SPOT blog. Products include eSerial boards, batteries and add-on components. View a few short video snippets demonstrating how the Sun SPOT can be used at the store's main Website, where a list of available products is also accessible.
Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
Vol 150 Issues 1 and 2; Vol 149 Issues 1, 2, 3 and 4; Vol 148 Issues 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:

  • Oracle Systems Strategy Update
  • Hints About the Upcoming Oracle Solaris 10 9/10
  • Larry Ellison Joins Buffet, Gates, et al. in Philanthropic Pledge
  • Illumos Project - An Alternative Set of OpenSolaris Technologies
  • Securing Solaris 10 Using Industry Guidelines
  • Oracle VM VirtualBox 3.2.8
  • Multiple Server Hardware Options Available for Customers
  • The Oracle GlassFish Server Advantage for Small Businesses
  • Scripts to Ease Sun Ray Server Software 5 Use
  • Live Oracle Virtualization Online Forum

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

    x 3.3.0 Beta 1
    Users Invited to Test Out Latest Features, Enhancements
    A new beta release is available for download from as the free office productivity suite moves towards its upcoming 3.3. The downloads include untested full installation sets, language packs, and SDK and source tarballs. Users are invited to test these builds and provide feedback to the OOo team. Keep in mind, betas are not recommended for deployment in a production environment.
    Oracle VM 2.2.1 Takes Advantage of All 64 Cores of Sun Fire X4800
    Even Without Hyperthreading Enabled
    When Oracle released its Sun Fire X4800 a few weeks ago, its documentation described the high-end x86 enterprise system as providing up to 8 sockets of Intel Xeon Processor 7500 series CPUs, huge memory, hot-plug PCI-Express gen 2 IO options, including access to up to 8 x 1GbE and 8 x 10GbE NICs and compute scalability up to 64 cores (128 threads with Intel Hyperthreading enabled). Now with Oracle VM, Wim Coekaerts reports full utilization of all 64 cores can be had even without hyperthreading enabled.
    The Latest Word on Solaris Patch Update Bundles
    It All Comes Down to Two Simple Steps
    From the Patch Corner blog comes yet further updated information by blogger Gerry Haskins on his Oracle Solaris Patch Update. He also includes information on enhancements made in March 2010 to the Solaris Update Patch Bundles, which are now available.
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