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A 25-Year Collaboration Between Oracle and HP Becomes Casualty of Executive Suite Musical Chairs
InformationWeek's Bob Evans Surveys the Wreckage
For a few weeks, it was on again, off again as to whether the 25-year history of collaboration between Oracle and HP would survive. Seems like the answer is a resounding "no" at this point. HP's suit against Oracle and Mark Hurd caused a rift that was apparently though briefly mended. That is, until HP named SAP's former CEO Leo Apotheker as its new CEO. Then it turned into all out war as Larry Ellison took to the headlines to denounce Apotheker's executive practices at SAP. Bob Evans writes a detailed chronicle of this corporate rupture in InformationWeek.
Gartner Positions Oracle as a Leader in Data Integration Tools
Citing Oracle Fusion Middleware Components
Gartner, Inc. has named Oracle as a leader in its "2010 Magic Quadrant for Data Integration Tools", citing Oracle GoldenGate 11g and Oracle Data Integrator Enterprise Edition 11g as " ... the industry’s most complete, open and fully-integrated, enterprise-class, real-time data integration solution." Gartner's criteria for inclusion in the quadrant are companies that " ... are front runners in the convergence of single-purpose tools into an offering that supports a range of data delivery styles."
VBoxHeadless - Running Virtual Machines With VirtualBox 4.0
On A Headless Ubuntu 10.10 Server
"VBoxHeadless: Running Virtual Machines with VirtualBox 4.0 on a Headless Ubuntu 10.10 Server" by Falko Timme explains how to use the VirtualBox tool VBoxHeadless to to the virtual machines over a remote desktop connection, eliminating the need for the VirtualBox GUI. The post includes all the necessary code, as well as the caveat, "I do not issue any guarantee that this will work for you!"
Oracle Virtual Desktop Client on a Minimac with USB Smart Card Reader
Works Out of the Box, Wim Coekaerts Blogs
Wim Coekaerts blogs about his satisfactory experience of installing Oracle Virtual Desktop Client (OVDC) on his minimac at home and using the external usb card reader feature to re-connect with the sessions on the Sun Ray 3i at work. He used the SCM SCR 3500 Smartfold to read his smart card in the re-connect. It worked out of the box, he reports.
Free and Open Source S/W
Turns Out Oracle Did Not Become the Proprietary Villain Certain Segments of the Press Predicted
The Perspective from Buenos Aires
Turns out Oracle is not the villain some segments of the IT press suggested it would become once Sun was safely within its fold. Fernando Cassia, for one, disputes those alarmist headlines so common during the acquisition negotiations (Oracle Might Kill OpenOffice; Oracle Will Kill MySQL) in Most of the open source projects that came through Oracle's door with Sun are still vital and ongoing, Cassia writes, noting the apparent exception of OpenSolaris.
Solaris 11 Express Addresses Forced Privileges Issue
Gives Admins Better Control of setuid Binaries
With the release of Solaris 11 Express, users will find a new implementation of the forced privileges mechanism. In addition to being system agnostic, it does not store additional information on disk with the binary as did the version from Trusted Solaris 8 and earlier. Darren Moffat comments on this feature in "When setuid root no longer means setuid root (Forced Privileges,)" where he explains that now, when the kernel is processing an exec(2), it treats setuid to root differently (setuid to any other uid or setgid is as in Solaris 10). In the new implementation the kernel looks for an entry in the Forced Privilege RBAC profile in exec_attr(4) to determine which privileges the program should run with. It will now run with only the current uid and just those additional privileges the Forced Privilege RBAC execution profile assigned to that pathname, he adds. This means that Solaris 11 Express has 15 fewer "true" setuid binaries, although this may change with future software updates.
NDMP Implementation Guide for the Sun ZFS Storage Appliance
A 31-page Oracle White Paper - December 2010
"NDMP Implementation Guide for the Sun ZFS Storage Appliance," an Oracle white paper, describes the implementation and configuration details for Network Data Management Protocol (NDMP) backups on the Sun ZFS Storage Appliance, using such industry-leading backup applications as Oracle Secure Backup, Symantec NetBackup 7.0, and EMC Legato Networker 7.6.
Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
Vol 155 Issue 1; Vol 154 Issues 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5; Vol 153 Issues 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, the top 10 articles were:

  • Larry Ellison's 10-Point Plan For World Domination
  • Gartner's Top 10 for '11
  • 50 UNIX / Linux Sysadmin Tutorials
  • The Underground Oracle VM Manual by Roddy Rodstein
  • Sun Founders Panel 2006
  • Solaris LDAP client
  • Application Performance and Scale on M-Series Servers
  • SPECint results for the SPARC64 VII+
  • Oracle Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel and Silent Data Corruption
  • SPARC T3-1B Blade Server, Dual-node Sun Blade X6275 M2 Server Modules

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

    Demand for Network Flexibility, Cost Reductions Spotlights Network Virtualization
    Project Crossbow Matures into the NV Features Now Available in Solaris 11 Express
    With the imperative to increase network flexibility while minimizing the cost of that initiative, IT staffers are looking to network virtualization (NV), hoping to exploit its potential to reduce cost while increasing network flexibility. Jeff Victor provides some basic information on NV in his blog. He notes that among the benefits of network virtualization are increased architectural flexibility, better bandwidth and latency characteristics, the ability to prioritize network traffic to meet desired performance goals, and lower cost from fewer devices, reduced total power consumption.
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