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Top 5 Oracle Database Tech Releases of 2014
By Laura Ramsey
"It was a great year for Oracle Technology ... with so many great new features and products for Oracle DBAs, Data Scientists and Developers. Here's the Top 5 new technologies that we rolled out, with the resources you need to get started...from your friends here at the OTN Watercooler..."
Your Favorite Posts from 2014
By Jeff Smith
Jeff Smith, Product Manager at Oracle for Oracle SQL Developer, writes, "We've had another great year. Multiple product updates, 127 posts, and LOTS of questions asked and answered. Since it's that time of year, here's your, 'lazy writer, popular posts' update :)

Based on overall site traffic in 2014, your favorite posts from this year are:.."

  • Introducing the Oracle Database 12c VirtualBox OTN Image
  • Migrating SQL Developer Connections with Passwords
  • Creating Schema DDL Scripts to Multiple Files
  • Exporting Multiple Blobs
  • Connecting to Oracle on VirtualBox from SQL Developer on your Windows Host
  • Ask a Question
  • SQL Developer and TNSNames
  • How to Start the Debugger
  • How to Open the Modeler in SQL Developer
  • SQL Developer and the Oracle Client

Read on for details.

FLUX Meeting @ NSU - Red Hat Update - Thursday January 15th
South Florida Linux Users Group (FLUX)
Many thanks to the outgoing FLUX president, Adam Glass, who has run FLUX since it was established in September 1997. We appreciate your many years of great work!

We have a new NSU sponsor and a new meeting location:

  • NSU's Graduate School of Computer and Information Sciences (GSCIS)
  • Carl DeSantis Building (specific room will be sign-posted and announced closer to the 15th)
  • 3301 College Avenue Fort Lauderdale, FL 33314
  • Google Map

The speaker for our January meeting will be Jim Wildman of Red Hat. Jim is a Field Engineer and a true FOSS evangelist. He was our guest speaker at the 2013 ITPalooza event where he gave an amazing talk. Please RSVP

See you on Thursday January 15th!

2015: Year Of The Enterprise Selfie And 9 Other Predictions For Business Technology
By Michael Hickins
Michael writes, "The annual ritual of predicting the future of technology is as humbling as it is fun.

Technology is intimately tied to global events, and anyone who doubts this need only look to the recent hacking into Sony's systems, allegedly in retaliation for a movie depicting a plot to assassinate North Korea's leader. The world has a nasty habit of intruding into Silicon Valley's ivory tower of limitless progress.

As we look to the year ahead, we have yet to digest the impact of new climate change treaties, the precipitous tumble in oil prices, and the possibility of rising interest rates on global business. That said, the maturation of certain technologies, coupled with imperatives already imposed by outside forces, could lead to some interesting developments in the world of technology:.."

    The Diversity Cure: How Startups Are The Key
    By Reggie Bradford and Horace Williams
    Reggie Bradford, senior vice president, product development, and Horace Williams, director, user experience design at Oracle, write, "It's clear that diversity in the workplace is more important than ever - crucial, perhaps. Workplace diversity reinforces how people from different backgrounds can communicate and cooperate, with common purpose and good will.

    We wanted to craft a column, based on personal experience, about an effective way to create a diverse workplace. In particular, we'd like to show how startups benefit from a proactive strategy to enlist a wide variety of talent and experience..."

    Cloud Computing
    Oracle Data Enrichment Cloud Service (ODECS)
    Coming Soon
    Sandrine Riley writes, "What are your plans around Big Data and Cloud?

    If your organization has already begun to explore these topics, you might be interested a new offering from Oracle that will dramatically simplify how you use your data in Hadoop and the Cloud:

    There is a perception that most of the time spent in Big Data projects is dedicated to harvesting value. The reality is that 90% of the time in Big Data projects is really spent on data preparation..."

    CloudSigma Public Cloud built on Oracle Solaris
    Native Solaris-based Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) offering
    Mike Mulkey writes, "On September 30, 2014 CloudSigma issued a press release announcing a native Oracle Solaris-based Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) offering for the enterprise. And following on that press release, Robert Jenkins, CEO of CloudSigma, demonstrated how CloudSigma is deploying instances of Oracle Solaris in their public cloud in two separate presentations at Oracle OpenWorld 2014:

    - Oracle Solaris Strategy, Engineering Insights, and Roadmap [GEN7808] - Kernel Zones: Next-Generation Cloud Platform [CON7842]

    This is a significant strategic move by CloudSigma, leveraging Oracle Solaris features to meet their business objective of building high availability cloud servers and cloud hosting in both Europe and the US, and demonstrates Oracle Solaris and SPARC traction and value in the public cloud space..."

    6 game-changing Linux stories of 2014
    Swapnil Bhartiya in ITWorld
    Swapnil Bhartiya writes in ITWorld, "2014 may not have been the 'Year of Linux' as Jim Zemlin, the Executive Director of the Linux Foundation, would have wanted. But it was certainly was one of the most important years for Linux. Here are the top six Linux stories from the year 2014.

    • systemd
    • Debian forked
    • Buyout of SUSE/Novell
    • Red Hat changing focus
    • Netflix on Linux
    • Microsoft loves Linux

    Read on for details.

    vBeers @ Broward - Funky Buddha - Wed January, 14th
    6pm - 9pm
    Please join us for the next vBeers @ Broward. We meet on the 2nd Wednesday of each month in Broward County, Florida, USA.

    The next Broward meeting will be at the Funky Buddha Brewery, which is located in Oakland Park, just a few minutes East of I-95.

    This event will be sponsored by Volico Hosting (beer) and Nexenta Systems (pizza).

    Bring your sense of humor and get ready for some great IT and virtualization conversations with some of the best people in South Florida's IT community. Please encourage to IT friends and colleagues to attend!

    • Funky Buddha Brewery
    • 1201 NE 38th St
    • Oakland Park, FL 33334

    Please RSVP at the vBeers South Florida page for this meetup.

    Join us for one of the three South Florida vBeers events. The South Florida vBeers events happen three times a month, once per county:

    Top 10 Systems Articles of 2014
    By Rick Ramsey
    Ricky writes, "Glynn Foster was on fire in 2014. Not only did he create several hands-on labs for OTN's Virtual Tech Summit, but he wrote three of OTN's top 10 articles for the year. Thank you Glynn, and Thank You to all the other writers who did the hard work of filling OTN with excellent Systems content...."

    • How I Simplified Oracle Database 12c and 11g Installations on Oracle Linux 6
    • How to Configure the Linux Out-of-Memory Killer
    • How to Create a Local Unbreakable Linux Network Mirror
    • Taking Your First Steps with Oracle Solaris 11
    • How to Get Started Configuring Your Network in Oracle Solaris 11
    • Introducing the Basics of Service Management Facility (SMF) on Oracle Solaris 11
    • Mixing C and C++ Code in the Same Program
    • How to Update Oracle Solaris 11 Systems From Oracle Support Repositories
    • How to Get Started Creating Oracle Solaris Zones in Oracle Solaris 11
    • How to Use Oracle VM VirtualBox Templates

    Read on for details.

    Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
    Vol 202 Issues 1, 2, 3 and 4; Vol 201 Issues 1, 2, 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:

    • Run your Java Applications faster
    • Oracle Buys Datalogix
    • Linux and open source 2014: It was the best of years, it was the worst of years
    • Hurd Around The World: Five Things You Need To Know About Your Business
    • New features in ksplice uptrack
    • Oracle Social Cloud
    • Solaris Studio : C/C++ Dynamic Analysis
    • How Linux containers can solve a problem for defense virtualization
    • What Does Complete Look Like for Oracle?
    • Running E-Business Suite on Exalogic and Exadata

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

      Free and Open Source S/W
      Top 20 open source stories in 2014
      By Jason Hibbets of Red Hat
      Jason writes, "What an outstanding year for open source and the community! We shared more than 800 stories on how the open source way is changing our world and pushing innovation to new limits. While there were a number of hot topics, the most noise seemed to gravitate around OpenStack, open hardware, and Linux containers, specifically Docker.

      The staff, in partnership with our Community Moderators and members of various open source communities, collected inspiring stories, conducted interveiws, highlighted new projects, and discovered how the open source philosophy is making the world a better place....

      And now, the top 20 posts from in 2014..."

      Use both LDoms and Solaris Zones combined
      By Marcel Hofstetter
      "On current SPARC Systems you can choose to use LDoms and/or Zones:

      Using LDoms you are able to run independent Solaris Versions on the same SPARC Server. Dedicated Memory and CPUs makes LDom very efficient (Zero Overhead). LDoms can be live migrated to other SPARC Servers.

      Solaris Zones are Application Environments running on a Solaris OS. Using Solaris Zones you run your Applications in different Versions and different configurations on the same Solaris OS..."

      Oracle VM Highlights of 2014
      By Honglin Su
      Honglin writes, "As 2014 is coming to a close, it's time to have a brief recap and highlight the areas with Oracle VM that can help you achieve further efficiency, flexibility and cost savings in your virtualization journey.

      Oracle VM application-driven virtualization is built for enterprise workloads. Designed and continuously tested with Oracle Database, applications, middleware, systems and third party applications, Oracle VM is proven in both Oracle production as well as customer's environments to deliver the massive scale and availability required. It's worthwhile to spend a few minutes to watch a short video clip here. If you missed some of the webcasts, you can register to view one of the webcasts on-demand..."

      Java Technology
      Java Auto-Update Upgrades JRE 7 to 8 in January 2015
      By Steven Chan
      Steven writes, "If your users are running JRE 7 with auto-update enabled, they will be automatically upgraded to JRE 8 with the January 2015 CPU release on January 20, 2015. This affects Windows and Mac desktops.

      If you do not have Auto-Update enabled on your end-users' desktops, you don't need to do anything..."

      5 Reasons Why NetBeans Should be in Every Developer's Toolkit
      YouTube Video By Mark Stephens
      Mark Stephens has been working with Java since 1997. He is an Entrepreneur and software developer who setup IDRsolutions in 1999. IDRsolutions have a Java PDF library and a PDF to HTML5/SVG converter which are used by clients worldwide. He has an MSC degree in Computer Science and an MA in Mediaeval History and has a detailed knowledge of Byzantine and Ottoman History. So DevFest is his dream conference as he gets to combine both coding and mediaeval castles/cathedral and cisterns.

      He writes, "If you have never heard of NetBeans, think that NetBeans is just a Java IDE, want to write better code, want to play with cool new technologies, or just want a better way to develop desktop applications quickly, this talk is for you.... I will give you a whistle stop tool of the multiple languages NetBeans supports, show you the built in examples and tools inside NetBeans for developing, testing and improving code, automating functions with netBeans, introduce you to the platform and show you how easy NetBeans makes it to build applications with very little code..."

      Video on YouTube

      NetBeans Top 5 Highlights of 2014
      By Geertjan Wielenga
      Geertjan writes, "It's been a great NetBeans year in 2014 and here are the highlights as I see them!

      • Release of NetBeans IDE 8.0, 8.0.1, and 8.0.2
      • Continually growing commitment and innovation around HTML5
      • Very successful JavaOne 2014 and more NetBeans Days
      • NetBeans Dream Team expansion
      • Books

      Read on for details ...

      Multiple vulnerabilities in NTP
      resolved as of ntp-4.2.8

      NTF's NTP Project has been notified of a number of vulnerabilities from Neel Mehta and Stephen Roettger of Google's Security Team.

      The two most serious of these issues and four less serious issues have been resolved as of ntp-4.2.8, which was released on 18 December 2014. Latest version of NTP shipped with Solaris 10 and Solaris 11.2 is not impacted by CVE-2014-9293 and CVE-2014-9294.

      Please upgrade to Solaris 11.2 SRU 4.4 or Solaris 11.1 SRU 13.6 to install the Solaris 11.x IDRs.

      workaround instructions

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