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Oracle Database and Oracle Fusion Middleware Certified on Oracle Linux 6
To Be Available on Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 Soon
Oracle Database 11g Release 2 (R2) and Oracle Fusion Middleware 11g Release 1 (R1) are certified on and immediately available on Oracle Linux 6 with the Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel. In 90 days, Oracle Database 11g R2 and Oracle Fusion Middleware 11g R1 will be available on Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 (RHEL6) and Oracle Linux 6 with the Red Hat Compatible Kernel, according to an Oracle press release. Oracle offers direct Linux support to customers running RHEL6, Oracle Linux 6, or a combination of both, and Oracle Linux will continue to maintain compatibility with Red Hat Linux, the company reports.
illumos and the Google Summer of Code
Experienced staff members will mentor student projects
The illumos project has been accepted as a “mentoring organization” for the Google Summer of Code program (GSoC 2012). The illumos project is a community-driven open source operating system development project derived from the former OpenSolaris project.

The GSoC program promotes open source by sponsoring summer internships for students interested in working on open source projects like illumos. Members of the illumos community (including Nexenta and Joyent) support this program by offering experienced staff members willing to mentor student projects.

If you might like to apply for one of these internships, or just want to learn more about our involvement in this program, please see the illumos GSoC page.

Transitioning Existing Oracle Solaris 10 Applications to Oracle Solaris 11
Use the Tools and Procedures Oracle Furnishes
In his post on how to transition existing Oracle Solaris 10 applications to Oracle Solaris 11 using a standard process and tools from Oracle, Stefan Schneider notes that most applications will not cause issues to be reported by the scanning tools such as Oracle Solaris Preflight Applications Checker, and they most likely will not face the issues discussed in the "Oracle Solaris 11 ISV Adoption Guide" or the Oracle Solaris 11 EOF page. While most applications will likely work out of the box on Oracle Solaris 11, some will report problems because they use outdated and deprecated frameworks and APIs.
Solaris 10 Features in Common with Solaris 11 Ease Migration
Users of Solaris 10 will Find Many Familar Features

By way of facilitating customer migrations from Oracle Solaris 10 to Solaris 11 Karoly Vegh has posted a number of features the two versions have in common. Users of Solaris 10 will find the migration less intimidating (and time consuming) when they realize the commonality that Vegh outlines, and the listed features should improve the administration experience. The post recommends Joerg Moellenkamp's PDF "Less Known Solaris Features" and provides a link to the document.

Joerg Moellenkamp's Oracle Solaris 11 Cheatsheet
Author of 'Less known Solaris Features'
Joerg Moellenkamp's Oracle Solaris 11 Cheat Sheet covers a lot of ground. Among the categories for which he provides guidance are:

  • Installation
  • System Configuration
  • Users and Groups
  • Boot Environments
  • Packaging
  • File Systems: Basic ZFS Administration
  • Service Management Facility
  • Oracle Solaris Zones
  • Networking and Manual Administration
  • Networking and Automatic and Advanced Administration

Look out for updates!

dtrace.conf 2012 in San Francisco, Tuesday, April 3rd
All Users of DTrace Are Encouraged to Sign Up
Users of DTrace for whom San Francisco is a convenient destination should reserve Tuesday, April 3, 2012, because that is the date for dtrace.conf, first held in 2008. The program is already filled with luminaries from such companies as Nexenta, Joyent, Oracle, Sony, Juniper Networks, and many others. For those unable to attend in person, the proceedings will be streamed live. The conference venue is the Children's Creativity Museum at 4th and Howard in downtown San Francisco. The entrance is behind the carousel.
Updating Oracle Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel
Installing Release 2 Without Scheduled Downtime
In his post on Oracle Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel Release 2 Lenz Grimmer describes two methods for updating Oracle Linux systems to the latest version of the Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel. With the help of Ksplice, applying future updates can even be performed without having to schedule any downtime or reboots. Switching to the latest Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel, Grimmer asserts, provides the latest innovations in mainline Linux. Switching is easy—applications and the operating system remain unchanged. There is no need to perform a full re-install; only the relevant RPM packages are replaced. The article features code samples and numerous screen shots.
Oracle Exalytics In-Memory Machine Draws Partners' Praise
Unprecedented Analytical Depths of Insight into Corporate Operations
A number of Oracle partners have high praise for the Oracle Exalytics In-Memory Machine, chiefly for the insights into corporate operations that the solution provides. The comments of David Wheeler, VP, Business Intelligence & Performance Management, Apps Associates LLC, are typical: "Our customers will now realize robust, real-time reporting coupled with proactive, forward-looking planning, modeling and predictive analysis. With Oracle Exalytics, complexity and TCO are reduced.”
Download the ZFS Storage Appliance Simulator
A No-risk Introduction to this Powerhouse Solution
If you'd like to have a idea of just how the ZFS Storage Appliance works, Steen Schmidt suggests having a look at Oracle's ZFS Storage Appliance Simulator, and he helpfully provides a link to a download of the simulator. The simulator is said to deliver the following information:

  • A graphical interface that guides your choice of replication profile

  • Oracle's Solaris DTrace analytics

  • Support for various data protocols, including CIFS, NFS, iSCSI

Users can install and manage a virtual storage system on any laptop or desktop and experience the power of NAS Storage.

Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
Vol 169 Issues 1 and 2; Vol 168 Issues 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5; Vol 167 Issue 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:

  • Considering Oracle Solaris 11?
  • Solaris Automated Install and Repository on One Image
  • Sun Storage 7320 Appliance Outperforms NetApp in Midrange Systems on SPECsfs2008 NFS Benchmark
  • Two Dozen Papers and Links for the ZFSSA
  • White Paper An Architect’s Guide to Big Data
  • Compilation of Links to Solaris 11 Resources
  • Java Tutorials Now Available as eBooks
  • Tape vs. Disk: Clipper Group Studies the TCO
  • Create Solaris 10 Branded Zones on Exalogic
  • Mobile Tornado Adopts Oracle Solaris Cluster, ZFS File System, Solaris Zones

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

    Catalog of Proactive Support Presentations from OpenWorld 2011
    Covers Many Oracle Solutions
    Readers will find a comprehensive catalog of hardware and software proactive support presentations and best practices from OpenWorld 2011 compiled in a post by Chris Warticki. Among the titles he lists are best practices for maintaining and upgrading Oracle Solaris, JD Edwards, Oracle Database, Oracle Fusion Middleware and Oracle Exalogic, and Oracle Exadata, as well as many others.
    Release of LibreOffice 3.5.1 Provides Additional Security and Stability
    Developer Community Shows Remarkable Pace of Growth
    The majority of the most-important bugs identified by users have been fixed in the release of LibreOffice 3.5.1 which includes improvements in security and stability. LibreOffice 3.5.1 is available for immediate download. According to Italo Vignoli, member of The Document Foundation Board of Directors, “During the last month, the number of TDF hackers has overtaken the threshold of 400 code developers, with a large majority of independent volunteers and several companies paying full time hackers. In any case, the project is independent, as none of these companies employs more than 7% of the developers."
    How Memory Allocation Affects Performance in Multithreaded Programs
    Sniffing Out Lock Contention with Several Tools
    If your new server has an alarmingly lower transaction rate than you had anticipated, Rickey C. Weisner suggests that you look first at lock contention in the memory allocator. His article demonstrates the use of prstat to determine whether there is lock contention. Demonstrated as well is the use of Professor Emery Berger's MT-hot allocator named Hoard, and of the mtmalloc (both old and new), and the libumem memory allocators. The question of which is best is answered by Weisner's use of a test harness, which appears to give the edge to the new mtmalloc.
    Top 10 Tips to Accelerate Oracle VM Deployments
    On-Demand Webcast Outlines Rapid, Reliable Process for Deployment
    Server virtualization deployments need not be difficult to get up and running quickly, particularly with Oracle VM. The webcast Top 10 Tips to Accelerate Oracle VM Deployments, hosted by Adam Hawley, Senior Director for Oracle Desktop and Server Virtualization Product Management and Greg King, Senior Member of the Technical Staff, Oracle VM Best Practices Engineering, demonstrates how to deploy an Oracle VM server virtualization environment rapidly and reliably to provide an agile infrastructure for making your enterprise applications easier to deploy, easier to manage, and easier to support. Registration and log-in are required.
    Virtualization at the Desktop Level: Webcast
    Using Oracle Virtual Desktop Infrastructure
    On this webcast Chris Martin, Product Manager, Sun ZFS Storage Appliance Use Case Solutions, and Andy Hall, Director Product Management, Oracle Desktop Virtualization, explain how Oracle’s solution -- based on Oracle Virtual Desktop Infrastructure and Oracle's Sun ZFS Storage Appliance -- can radically reduce desktop infrastructure costs while delivering unmatched protection of desktop data. They cover Oracle Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) and the problems it solves; the key role storage plays in a VDI deployment; and how the Sun ZFS Storage Appliance meets the challenge of supporting a virtual desktop infrastructure.
    Java Technology
    GlassFish 3.1.2 Screencasts & Video
    Get the Latest Info on the Most Recent GlassFish Version
    If you have not already done so, download GlassFish 3.1.2 and then enjoy the various screencasts and videos available from the GlassFish Video Channel. These include:

    • "GlassFish Server 3.1.2 Overview" presentation by John Clingan (Product Manager)
    • "GlassFish 3.1.2 Overview by Sathyan Catari", interview by Arun Gupta
    • "Cluster Management with GlassFish 3.1.2 Console (SSH & DCOM)", a screencast by Anissa
    • "Managing Application Scoped Resources from the 3.1.2 Console", a screencast by Anissa
    • "5-minute screencast", screencast by Adam Bien showing Java EE 6 with NetBeans 7.1.1 and GlassFish 3.1.2

    All GlassFish Videos and Screencasts are available from our YouTube channel.

    Java Spotlight Episode 74: Marek Potociar on JAX-RS
    Dalibor Topic and Alexis Moussine-Pouchkine Join Java All Star Developer Panel
    Oracle Principal Software Engineer Marek Potociar discusses JAX-RS with host Roger Brinkley on Episode 74 of the Java Spotlight. Potociar has been involved with web services development for the last eight years. At present, he is a specification lead of Java EE RESTful web services API (JAX-RS) and the development lead of Jersey RESTful web services framework, which also delivers the reference implementation for the upcoming JAX-RS 2.0 API release. Previously Marek was leading development on Metro - The open-source SOAP web services framework for Java. Joining the Java All Star Developer Panel are Dalibor Topic and Alexis Moussine-Pouchkine.
    Java Spotlight Episode 75: Greg Luck on JSR 107 Java Temporary Caching API
    Recorded Live at Jfokus 2012

    Java Spotlight Episode 75 was recorded at Jfokus 2012 and features an interview by host Roger Brinkley with Greg Luck discussing JSR 107, Java Temporary Caching APL. Greg Luck founded Ehcache in 2003 and has also founded and maintains the JPam and Spnego open source projects, which are security focused. Prior to joining Terracotta in 2009, Greg was Chief Architect at where he provided technical leadership as the company went from a single product startup to a billion dollar public company with multiple product lines.

    Video Series Shows How to Build a JavaFX Application Using Netbeans 7.1
    Start-to-finish Instructions -- with Code Samples -- Outline Easy Path
    In her series of videos demonstrating how to build a simple JavaFX application using NetBeans 7.1 Angela Caicedo, Oracle Technology Evangelist for JavaFX, provides easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions. The first video provides an introduction to the application and shows viewers the end result of the exercises that will be demonstrated throughout the series. The second video (Part 1) demonstrates how to get started creating the application from an empty project to build your first JavaFX application in NetBeans 7.1. The third video (Part 2) demonstrates how to handle events and binding in the sample application using JavaFX.
    Survey Results on Use of JavaFX on Mac and Linux Platforms
    Possibility Finds Favor with Clear Majority
    A recent poll on whether developers would turn to JavaFX once it is fully ported to Mac and Linux platforms is interpreted by Nicolas Lorain, Java Client Product Manager at Oracle. His finding is that some 63% are already using JavaFX in this manner or intend to while some 22% register a "maybe" or "don't know" response. Since interpolation was involved in deriving these conclusions, Lorain concedes that the only indisputable conclusion is that less than 10% of developers who have taken this poll plan to stick to another toolkit (presumably Swing or SWT).
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