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Solaris
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Video: Oracle Solaris 11 for ISVs
Why Port to Solaris 11?
Why certify your application on Oracle Solaris 11? John Shell, Sr. Director of Partner Enablement, invites Mike Mulkey, Sr. Manager of Solaris Partner Adoption, to understand the value to ISVs of certifying their applications on Oracle Solaris 11.
ZFS
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Microsoft ReFS and Oracle ZFS
How They Compare
Jasmine McTigue writes in Network Computing, "Storage pros generally regard hardware-driven, RAID-based file systems as being highly reliable. The truth is, significant potential for error still exists, especially as systems scale for cloud architectures and big data applications. This potential for error is compounded by a lack of operating system or hypervisor awareness of low-level data error, as abstracted storage resources are passed up the stack and trust in the integrity of data is assumed.

It's also true that simple RAID parity schemes are inadequate to accommodate volumes in the thousands of disks... To stay current, storage delivery engines need to get smarter and more transparent to the rest of the stack, and that means better file systems capable of detecting and remedying errors in real time for volumes that cannot simply be brought offline regularly for something as routine as error detection. Two options include Oracle's ZFS and Microsoft's ReFS. I'll compare both..."

MySQL
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MySQL Connect
September 21 - 23 in San Francisco, California
Wei-Chen Chiu writes, "The Early Bird rate for MySQL Connect has been extended for two weeks. Register by August 2 to save US$500 over the onsite price!

MySQL Connect will be held on September 21 - 23 in San Francisco, California. The conference will start on Saturday with "The State of The Dolphin" keynote presented by Oracle's Chief Corporate Architect, Edward Screven, and Vice President of MySQL Engineering, Tomas Ulin, followed by a panel to discuss "Current MySQL Usage Models and Future Developments", with panelists from renowned web properties including Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Paypal..."

Cloud Computing
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SettleOurEstate.com Deploys Estate Asset Distribution Application on Oracle Cloud Platform Services
scalability, security and reliability - all at a lower price point
Security and credibility are extremely important in an industry like asset distribution and management where organizations need to ensure the privacy of estate-related data. Using Oracle Database Cloud Service, SettleOurEstate.com has been able to quickly and cost-effectively launch its online estate asset management application and establish a scalable, reliable, and secure foundation for its business.

"In a sensitive area like asset and wealth distribution, we wanted to provide the best possible customer experience - one that estate planners and executors could have confidence in," said Ron Hardman, Founder, SettleOurEstate.com. "We considered other clouds, but Oracle Database Cloud Service was the only one backed by Oracle's world-class technology - delivering scalability, security and reliability - all at a lower price point."

Events
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Online Solaris Forum - including live Q&A throughout
Wednesday, 7th August 2013
Larry Wake writes,"We're back with the next installment of our very popular Oracle Solaris web forum series. It's our way to check in with everyone and let you know what we've been doing lately, and it's also the a way for you to interact with Oracle Solaris engineers and get your most interesting questions answered in our live Q&A session that takes place throughout the forum.

This one takes place on Wednesday August 7th, at 9 AM PT, and features Markus Flierl, VP of Oracle Solaris Core Engineering. Michael Palmeter, Senior Director of Oracle Solaris Product Management, Duncan Hardie, Principal Product Manager in Oracle Solaris, and Rob Ludeman, Principal Product Manager in Oracle Systems.

Markus will bring us all up to date on the latest news about Oracle Solaris 11, followed by Michael, Duncan and Rob, who will discuss the payoffs of the last few years of co-engineering among our OS, software and hardware teams..."

SPARC
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25 Years of SPARC Innovation
Get exclusive content and online resources
"For 25 years, SPARC technology has been at the heart of enterprise IT. It has transformed data centers worldwide with industry-leading performance and continuous innovation. And helped organizations like yours build a sustainable competitive advantage.

Join us online to celebrate a quarter-century of innovation. Watch leading SPARC contributors discuss the challenges and rewards of consistently redefining the limits of enterprise IT. And see the featured video of the SPARC 25th Anniversary Celebration Event held at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California.

You can also access exclusive content and resources. Get unique insights from the people behind 25 years of SPARC technology, and see case studies, webcasts, e-books, infographics, and more. Discover:

  • How SPARC technology has transformed the IT industry
  • The challenges faced throughout the revolutionary history of SPARC
  • The reality of pushing the boundaries of enterprise IT performance for 25 years
  • The current state of the market and the changes the future will bring
  • What the latest SPARC advancements-including the forthcoming SPARC T5 processor-could do for your organization

Don't miss this opportunity to learn more about SPARC-the past, present, and future..."

Top10
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Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
Vol 185 Issues 1, 2 and 3; Vol 184 Issues 1, 2, 3, 4; Vol 183 Issue 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, the top 10 articles were:

  • New feature development for SunRay Software and Hardware, VDI, OVDC Ended
  • The Case for Running Oracle Database 12c on Oracle Solaris
  • ZFS Storage Appliance Compression vs Netapp, EMC and IBM
  • Availability Best Practices - Example configuring a T5-8
  • IBM AIX to Oracle Solaris Technology Mapping Guide
  • Oracle Switch ES1-24
  • Oracle Exalytics In-Memory Machine X3-4
  • July 2013 Critical Patch Update Released
  • Strata Health Helps Customers Speed Patient Care with Oracle Database Appliance
  • Read about the Cloud and the Oracle user experience

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

    LibreOffice
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    Apache OpenOffice 4.0
    Features an innovative new Sidebar user interface
    Apache OpenOffice 4.0 is now available for download from the official download page. Building upon the great success of the OpenOffice 3.4 release, which has seen over 57 million downloads, this major update brings exciting new features, enhancements and bug fixes.

    OpenOffice 4.0 features an innovative new Sidebar user interface, additional language support for 22 languages (including 3 new languages), 500 bug fixes, improvements in Microsoft Office interoperability, enhancements to drawing/graphics, performance improvements, etc. You can read the details of these later in the Release Notes.

    LibreOffice 4.1: A Landmark For Interoperability
    Improvements bring compatibility with proprietary and legacy file formats to the next level
    The Document Foundation announces LibreOffice 4.1, not only the best but also the most interoperable free office suite ever. LibreOffice 4.1 features a large number of improvements in the area of document compatibility, which increases the opportunities of sharing knowledge with users of proprietary software while retaining the original layout and contents.

    Interoperability is a key asset for LibreOffice, which is the de facto standard for migrations to free office suites since early 2012. Numerous improvements have been made to Microsoft OOXML import and export filters, as well as to legacy Microsoft Office and RTF file filters. Most of these improvements derive from the fundamental activity of certified developers backing migration projects, based on a professional support agreement.

    Instrumental for interoperability are also new features such as font embedding in Writer, Calc, Impress and Draw - which helps in retaining the visual aspect when fonts used to produce the document are not installed on the target PC - and import and export functions new in Excel 2013 for ODF OpenFormula compatibility.

    Developer
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    Just How Messed Up Is My Code?
    Enter NetBeans code metrics
    Geertjan writes, "More often than not, you know your code is pretty messed up. The excuse you have is that you inherited it from someone else. That, of course, doesn't change the fact that your code is messed up. It changes how responsible you feel about it but, as you'll soon be reminded by someone, the fact that you now own the code means that it's your responsibility now. The fact that your code works doesn't mean that you understand it and that's because the code is messed up in numerous different and interesting ways. The fact that you don't understand how it works means that it's hard to maintain it...

    Enter NetBeans code metrics, introduced in NetBeans IDE 7.4 which, at the time of writing, is in its Beta phase..."

    Publications
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    Oracle Solaris 11 System Administration
    By Bill Calkins
    "This book covers all of the topics necessary to effectively install and administer a Solaris 11 system. When used as a study guide, this book will save you a great deal of time and effort searching for information you will need to administer Solaris 11 on SPARC and x86 based systems. This book covers each topic in enough detail for inexperienced administrators to learn about Solaris 11 and apply the knowledge to real-life scenarios.

    Experienced readers will find the material complete and concise, making it a valuable reference for everyday tasks. Drawing from my years of experience as a senior Solaris administrator and consultant, you'll find new ideas and see some different approaches to system administration that probably were not covered in your Solaris administration training courses..."

    NetBeans
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    Official Support for PhoneGap in NetBeans IDE
    Create cross-platform mobile applications
    Geertjan writes, "PhoneGap is a free and open source framework that allows you to create cross-platform mobile applications with standards-based Web technologies, such as HTML, JavaScript, and CSS.

    NetBeans IDE 7.4, with its Beta released a few days ago, supports PhoneGap. For free. Without the need to install plugins. Because the NetBeans IDE free PhoneGap support is provided out of the box when you install the Java EE or All distributions of NetBeans IDE 7.4..."

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