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Second Annual MySQL Connect Conference September 21 - 23, 2013 in San Francisco
Oracle's MySQL Experts and MySQL Community to Gather
Oracle will host the second annual MySQL Connect conference September 21-23 at the Hilton San Francisco Union Square.

This year's three-day event provides a unique opportunity for the MySQL community to gain in-depth knowledge directly from Oracle's MySQL experts.

  • The conference kicks-off on Saturday with a keynote from Edward Screven, Oracle Chief Corporate Architect and Tomas Ulin, vice president, MySQL Engineering - The State of the Dolphin - covering the latest MySQL developments and strategy.
  • MySQL engineer-led sessions include: What's New in MySQL Cluster 7.3, What's New in MySQL 5.7, MySQL Replication Roadmap.

A customer panel keynote with Facebook, Linkedin, PayPal, and Twitter will discuss: Current MySQL Usage Models and Future Developments.

MySQL Connect will be filled with over 80 technical sessions, hands-on labs and Birds of a Feather (BOF) sessions delivered by Oracle's MySQL engineers, community members, partners and renowned customers

MySQL Connector/Net 6.6.6
maintenance release

MySQL Connector/Net 6.6.6, a new version of the all-managed .NET driver for MySQL has been released. This is a maintenance release for 6.6.x.

This release is feature complete. It is recommended for use in production environments.

It is appropriate for use with MySQL server versions 5.0-5.6

It is now available in source and binary form from here and mirror sites (note that not all mirror sites may be up to date at this point-if you can't find this version on some mirror, please try again later or choose another download site.)

The 6.6.6 version of MySQL Connector/Net brings the following fixes:

  • Fix for GetSchema returning MySqlException instead of ArgumentException when passing an invalid collection name (Oracle bug #16271425, MySql bug #67901).

  • Fix for EF 4.3 failing when FK identifiers are too long (MySql bug #67285, Oracle bug #16286397).

  • Fix for race condition on ConnectionStringBuilder when using multiple threads (MySql bug #68217, Oracle bug #16310698).

  • Fix for stored routines being edited from Server explorer appear as ALTER, which may led to syntax errors, which may led to Intellisense to stop working (Oracle bug #16357595).

See the blog for more details.

Oracle Virtual Compute Appliance
The View from Product Management

Adam Hawley writes, "as the head of virtualization product management at Oracle, I thought I'd add some comments.

Our goal, and what we are delivering with the Oracle Virtual Compute Appliance, is to perform all the necessary installation and configuration for the hardware and software to allow you to go from power-on to a running application (or database or middleware) in about an hour. Already, one press headline has declared "Oracle tar ledningen på nyckelfärdiga servrar". Now, just in case your Swedish is a bit rusty, that translates to 'Oracle Takes the Lead in Turnkey Servers' So what's all the fuss about?..."

Oracle VM Server for SPARC 3.1
Delivers significant improvements
Oracle has announced Oracle VM Server for SPARC 3.1. The new release delivers significant virtual networking performance improvements, more flexibility to configure I/O virtualization, and further enhancements for cross-CPU secure live migration to help customers take advantage of the massive thread scale offered by SPARC servers and the Oracle Solaris operating system.

Key features and benefits delivered in Oracle VM Server for SPARC 3.1:

  • Virtual network performance improvements
  • Dynamic Single-Root I/O Virtualization (SR-IOV)
  • Cross-CPU secure live migration enhancements
  • Extends the Direct I/O and SR-IOV features to non-Primary root domains
  • Adds InfiniBand device support to the SR-IOV feature
  • Adds the Fault Management Architecture (FMA) blacklisting feature
  • Adds a recovery mode feature
  • Adds the ldmpower command

For additional resources about Oracle VM Server for SPARC review the Oracle VM Server for SPARC white papers.

Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
Vol 186 Issues 1 and 2; Vol 185 Issues 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5; Vol 184 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:

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

    LibreOffice 4.0.5
    LibreOffice 3.6 series users are strongly encouraged to upgrade
    The Document Foundation (TDF) has announced LibreOffice 4.0.5 for Windows, OS X and Linux, the fifth minor release of the stable LibreOffice 4.0 family. Users of the now-end-of-life LibreOffice 3.6 series are strongly encouraged to upgrade.

    LibreOffice 4.0.5 fixes more than 90 bugs, many of them in the area of interoperability with proprietary document formats and operating systems. Thanks to the work of our QA volunteers, LibreOffice 4.0.5 also solves a number of regressions from earlier releases. Just recently, the QA community has concluded their first triage contest, thereby cutting down the number of untriaged and unreviewed bugs significantly. That has contributed greatly to an even more confident assessment of the LibreOffice quality.

    The new release is available for immediate download.

    Less known Solaris 11.1 features: pfedit
    per-file authorized edit of administrative files

    Joerg Moellenkamp writes, "It's a really nifty feature: Let's assume, you have a config file in your system and you want to allow your junior fellow admin to edit it from time to time, but don't want him to pass any further rights to him, because this machine is too important.

    Solaris 11.1 has an interesting feature to delegate the privilege to edit just a file. The tool enabling this is called pfedit..."

    Open Universities Australia Realizes Valuable Savings and Simplifies IT with Oracle VM
    Deploys Virtualized Oracle Database and Oracle's PeopleSoft Applications to Production
    To address the challenge of ballooning costs, due to ever-increasing data demands requiring ongoing hardware upgrades, Open Universities Australia (OUA) has virtualized the database and application layers of its IT infrastructure. To help ensure it would achieve its desired performance results, OUA put Oracle products to the test. The cost savings and performance results clearly identified significant advantages.

    Open Universities Australia (OUA), an Australian open distance education organization, has converted the database layer of its IT infrastructure into a virtualized environment running Oracle VM, Oracle Linux, Oracle Database, and Oracle Real Application Clusters.

    OVM Server for SPARC 3.1 introduces Dynamic SR-IOV feature
    Create/destroy VFs while a root domain is running

    Raghuram Kothakota writes, "OVM Server for SPARC 3.1 introduces a great enhancement to the PCIe SR-IOV feature. Until now, creating/destroying SR-IOV Virtual Functions(VFs) in a static way, that is it requires a reboot of the root domain and adding and removing VFs requires the Guest domain to be stopped.

    Rebooting root domains can be disruptive as it impacts the I/O domains that depend on it. Stopping Guest domain to add or remove a VF is also disruptive to the applications running in it. OVM Server for SPARC 3.1 enhances the PCIe SR-IOV feature with Dynamic SR-IOV for Ethernet SR-IOV devices that removes these restrictions. That is now we can create/destroy VFs while a root domain is running and we can also add/remove VFs from a Guest domain while it is running without impacting applications..."

    Java Technology
    Java Spotlight Episode 142: Milton Smith on the JavaOne Security Track @spoofzu
    Weekly Podcast
    Roger Brinkley writes about the Feature Interview in this week's podcast, "Milton Smith leads the strategic security program for Java platform products as Sr. Principal Security PM at Oracle. Milton is responsible for defining the security vision for Java and managing working relationships with security organizations, researchers, and the industry at large. Prior to Oracle, Milton led security for Yahoo's User Data Analytics (UDA) property..."
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