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EPL, Inc. Moves to Sun and Oracle, Kisses Microsoft Goodbye
TCO, Productivity, Maintenance and Administration Improve with Shift

EPL Inc. provides software and services to run the core business of credit unions. EPL used Microsoft Exchange and a variety of third-party applications, all running on Wintel until they determined that the solutions were too costly and problem prone. Management shifted to Oracle Collaboration Suite running on the Solaris Operating System (SPARC Platform Edition).

Nation's Largest Classified Advertising Firm Chooses Sun
Alliances, Reputation and Expertise Sway Corporation's Decision

A single Sun Fire 6800 server running the Solaris 8 Operating System along with a Sun StorEdge 3910 system helped lower operating costs for the nation's largest classified advertising firm. Trader Publishing Company's portal,, choose Sun to migrate its Oracle 9i database from two Sun servers to one.

Dynamically Resizing the SGA in Oracle 9i
How to Configure the SGA to Use DISM

The Sun BluePrints OnLine article by Erik Vanden Meersch and Kristien Hens of Global Sales Organization explains how Oracle 9i can operate in combination with Sun's dynamic reconfiguration (DR). It provides a brief overview of DR, intimate shared memory (ISM), dynamic intimate shared memory (DISM) and dynamically resizable system global area (SGA) and explains how these technologies fit together.

Khronos Group Ratifies OpenGL ES 1.0 Adopter's Package
Gives Graphics Market Tool for Rapid Evaluation, Deployment of OpenGL API

Members of the Khronos Group have ratified the OpenGL ES 1.0 Adopter's Package and Conformance Testing Program, making it available to users who require rapid evaluation, deployment and acceptance of the OpenGL ES API in embedded markets that employ state-of-the-art 3-D graphics.

Auto-ID Technology Basics
The Components and Infrastructure

Auto-ID technology is a product identification system based on low-cost smart tags and readers and a unique object identification scheme. Auto-ID can give enterprises a real-time view of their assets and inventories throughout the supply chain.

    Sun EPC Initiative Provides Services, Software and Hardware
    Complete Package Provides Operational Efficiencies and Brand Protection

    The Sun Electronic Product Code (EPC) Initiative offers services, software and hardware -- a complete package -- that distinguish it from other solutions for EPC applications and for the EPC Network. The package includes Savant software, a federated service architecture that enables dynamic provisioning of software components at run time; the Sun ONE Integration Server, which acts as middleware between Savant and other applications requiring Savant data; and, of course, the Solaris Operating System (Solaris OS), along with the Linux OS.

    Sun Labs Offers the Brazil Project
    Using Existing Standards and Protocol to Link People Securely to Web Content

    The Brazil Project is a Web-based infrastructure that links people securely to information, computers and other devices leveraging existing standards and protocols.

    Sun Java System
    Sun Java System Delivery Server 3.6.1 on the Market
    Recent Release Includes Sun Branding

    The Sun ONE Content Delivery Server has been rebranded as the Sun Java System Content Delivery Server. Version 3.6 is being discontinued and replaced with version 3.6.1.

    Preview Sun Java Studio Standard 5 Update 1
    Offers Enterprise Class Application, Web Services Development
    Download Sun Java Studio Standard 5 update 1 to experience its comprehensive and optimized development environment for enterprise class application and Web Services development. Available as an unsupported technology preview on the Java Desktop System, this download requires that Java SDK, Standard Edition 1.4.1_02 be installed.
    Free License to Sun Java System Identity Synchronization for Windows 1.0
    Promotion Ends March 31, 2004
    Sun is offering a free license to Sun Java System Identity Synchronization for Windows 1.0. Users of Sun ONE Identity Synchronization for Windows 1.0., Netscape Directory 4.16sp1 and iPlanet Directory 5.0 and Directory 5.1 are eligible with a valid support contract as of June 2003.
    Three Sun Net Talks
    Focus on Sun Java Enterprise System, Sun Java Desktop System and Java Technology

    Three online events from Sun are coming up: On January 28, join in a discussion on deploying the Sun Java Enterprise System, on February 5 attend a talk on business integration with Java technology and on February 3 join a special discussion on the Sun Java Desktop System.

    11th Annual Network and Distributed System Security Symposium
    February 5-6, San Diego, CA
    The 11th Annual Network and Distributed System Security Symposium (NDSS'04) will be held February 5-6, 2004, in San Diego, CA. Topics include network security protocols, biometrics, IPsec and more.
    UK Sun Tech Days Developer Conference
    February 17-18, London

    The Sun Tech Days Developer Conference in London will showcase solutions and insights into the latest technology like mobile computing, security, Web Services, developer, productivity and open source technology at no cost. The two-day event will present two educational tracks and multiple exhibitions with innovative ideas and new approaches.

    Software Development Conference and Expo West 2004
    March 15-19, Santa Clara, CA

    The Software Development Conference and Expo West 2004 (SD 2004) promises to answer developer questions from the everyday to the latest trends within the industry. Topics to be covered range from Java technology , C++, to Web Services, XML development and more. A series of networking events is also planned.

    Seventh Jini Community Meeting
    March 23-25, 2004, Cambridge, MA
    Call for Presentations for the Seventh Jini Community Meeting will be open through February 17, 2004. The Seventh Jini Community Meeting will be held in Cambridge, Massachusetts from March 23-25, 2004.
      Gartner Symposium/ITxpo
      March 28-April 1, 2004, San Diego, CA

      Market trends, cutting edge innovations and technological breakthroughs will highlight the upcoming Gartner Symposium/ITxpo to be held March 28-April 1, 2004, in San Diego. The four-day event focuses on the business needs of senior IT executives and offers 200 sessions and more than 300 "test drives" of the latest technological products.

      Entry Level Servers
      Sun Fire V210 and Sun Fire V240 Server Maintenance & Troubleshooting Course
      Server Architectures, Hardware Components and Software Requirements

      A new course is designed to offer students the necessary information to describe the Sun Fire V210 and Sun Fire V240 server architectures, identify hardware components and software requirements and troubleshoot system faults with Sun's diagnostic tools and utilities.

      EOL of 1.05 GHz Sun Fire V880 Server Systems
      Product Replaced with Newer 1.2 GHz Systems
      Sun is retiring its Sun Fire V880 servers at 1.05 GHz as a result of the introduction of newer 1.2 GHz systems. Sun decided to offer a version of the highly successful server with enhanced processing capabilities and thus provide customers with a workgroup server capable of managing an extended range of demanding applications and supporting a larger number of simultaneous users.
      EOL: Sun Fire V480 Server with Four 1.05 GHz UltraSPARC III and 16 GB of Memory
      Last Order Date is April 16, 2004

      The Sun Fire V480 server with four 1.05 GHz UltraSPARC III processors and 16 GB of memory configuration is being replaced with a four 1.2 GHZ UltraSPARC III processor x 16 GB of memory configuration.

      73 GB FCAL Disk Drive for Sun Fire 280R Servers
      Customers Should Benefit from Shorter Lead Times

      Sun is releasing a new 73 GB FCAL disk drive with a dual Solaris 8 Operating System (Solaris OS) and Solaris 9 OS pre-installed that can be configured with ATO (Assemble to Order) Sun Fire 280R server systems.

      Fundamentals of Storage Area Networks Bundle Course
      Learn Architecture, Components, Technological Underpinnings of SAN
      Storage professionals responsible for designing, implementing or managing storage in a Storage Area Network (SAN) environment will be interested in examining The Fundamentals of Storage Area Networks bundle course (WEB-2030-365). This course provides information on learning the architecture and components of a SAN and the technological underpinnings that make SANs work.
      VERITAS NetBackup 4.5 Feature Pack 6 (FP6)
      New Open File Backup Method for Windows, Netware

      Increasing NetBackup capabilities is the primary function of the VERITAS NetBackup 4.5 Feature Pack 6 (FP6), which is a media refresh replacing the VERITAS NetBackup 4.5 Feature Pack 3. Replacement of the open file backup method for Windows and NetWare allows more accessibility providing easier configuration backup methods.

      Sun StorEdge 6000 Family Host Installation Software Version 2.2
      User Interface Improvements, Simplifies Large System Configurations

      Sun StorEdge 6000 Family Host Installation Software version 2.2 comes with new user interface improvements and simplifies the management of large system configurations. With new device management software and Sun StorEdge Configuration Service version 2.2 for the StorEdge 6000 family, this new software is ideal for current and interested consumers of the Sun StorEdge 6000 family storage systems.

      Free and Open Source S/W
      Not-so-open Open Source Software
      Article Warns of the Potential Risks of Using Open Source Software

      The Web site recently published an article by Steve Henry and Liza Vertinsky discussing the potential hidden costs in open source biotech software. While open source code offers great potential to the biotech sector, users should be aware of possible third-party copyright issues and other license terms.

      Israel Aims for an Open Source Future
      Government will Suspend the Purchase of New Microsoft Software

      Mercury News recently reported on Israel's adoption of the open source movement in software, commenting on its recent decision to suspend purchases of Microsoft's productivity software in favor of cheaper open source alternatives. Open source advocates are hailing the move as a significant move towards open source.

      Wget Software Package Available
      Retrieve Files Using HTTP, HTTPS and FTP

      The free software package Wget is used for retrieving files using HTTP, HTTPS and FTP, the most widely-used Internet protocols. It is a non-interactive commandline tool, so it may easily be called from scripts, cron jobs, terminals without Xsupport, etc. The latest stable version is 1.8, but 1.9.1 is also available.

      Sun Announces Australian Linux Community Winners
      Nine Winners will Attend the Regional Delegate Program 2004

      The nine winners of the 2004 Regional Delegates program have been announced. These individuals are recognized and rewarded for their outstanding contributions to the Linux and Open Source developer community.

      Education and Research
      Sun Java Desktop System for Education
      Economic Alternative That's Interoperable, User-Friendly

      Sun Java Desktop System for Education delivers a fully integrated desktop software system that integrates open source components and standards while lessening the complexities of desktop management. In addition, this enterprise desktop solution is affordable with a desktop package offered at a single price and designed with cost advantages for future software acquisition.

      Sun Fire V480 Servers, Sun Blade 150 Workstation Targets Education
      Promotion Especially Appealing for Education, Research Institutes
      Educational and research institutions are ideal candidates for the Sun Fire V480 servers and the Sun Blade 150 workstation, particularly with the promotional pricing Sun is currently offering. Both products feature economic feasibility yet meet the demanding educational and research needs through reliable performance and increased capabilities.
      The Sun Java Enterprise System for Schools Provides Secure Portal
      Solution Features Single License, Single Price, Single Sign-on

      The Sun Java Enterprise System provides a secure portal infrastructure with a single license at a single price that opens the school door to the right person at the right time for the right reason. This enterprise software, based on open architecture, enables customized development, testing and delivery.

      "Design, Features and Applicability of Solaris File Systems" -- A Sun BluePrints Document
      A Taxonomy of File Systems for Sys Admins and Architects

      A recent Sun BluePrints article, "Design, Features and Applicability of Solaris File Systems," offers a taxonomy of file systems as a means of classifying a host of different offerings. The article aims to offer critical and often overlooked information for system administrators and architects.

      "Solaris Operating System Availability Features" from Sun BluePrints OnLine
      Updates Feature Processor Offlining, Page Retirement

      Thomas Chalfant's Sun BluePrints OnLine paper "Solaris Operating System Availability Features" discusses the enhanced availability made possible by the release of Solaris 8 OS Kernel Update patch 108528-20 and Solaris 9 OS Kernel Update patch 112233-06. Both contain an enhanced L2 Cache error-handling technique called Processor Offlining, and the Solaris 8 OS Update features an enhanced memory DIMM error-handling technique called Page Retirement as well.

      Common UNIX Printing System
      Portable Printing Layer
      The Common UNIX Printing System (CUPS) provides a portable printing layer for UNIX-based operating systems. It has been developed by Easy Software Products to promote a standard printing solution for all UNIX vendors and users.
      Patchdiag Tool 1.04
      Compare Your Patches With Sun's Latest

      This tool enables system administrators to examine a profile of the patches installed on their Solaris Operating System (Solaris OS) against the most current profiles available from Sun.

      Covering the Basics: "Absolute Java"
      Defining Classes, Exception Handling and More
      For an introduction to the Java programming language, the book "Absolute Java" by programmer Walter Savitch provides information on the Java library, flow of control, inheritance, exception handling and more.
      "The Definitive Guide to GCC"
      A Complete Tutorial and Guide to Using the Latest Version of GCC
      "The Definitive Guide to GCC" is written as a complete tutorial and guide to using the latest version of GCC, also known as the Gnue Compiler Collection. The book tries to go beyond command line invocations in order to teach the reader how to use GCC to improve code quality and how to integrate other GNU development tools into GCC-based development projects.
      sendmail Cookbook
      Recipes Provide Quick Solution for sendmail Configuration Problems
      Solving sendmail configuration problems is complex and unfamiliar territory for many system administrators. This book provides "recipes" in a step-by-step formula so these problems can be dealt with quickly and efficiently. This 408-paged book is a must-have for system administrators who rarely deal with sendmail configuration languages and need a reference guide
      "RELAX NG"
      Introduction to the Regular Language Description for XML Core -- New Generation
      The new book by Eric van der Vlist, "RELAX NG," aims to introduce readers to the Regular Language Description for XML Core--New Generation of the same name. The book provides an introduction to the language and teaches readers a no-frills method for constructing XML schemas.
        Java Technology
        How to Implement a Resource Adapter that is Compliant with Message Inflow and Transaction Inflow Contracts of the J2EE Connector 1.5
        Technical Details

        Sun engineer Jennifer Rodoni Glore has written a technical article for Enterprise Information System (EIS) vendors, messaging providers and developers who want to learn more about the Message Inflow and Transaction Inflow contracts that were introduced in the latest version of the J2EE Connector Architecture.

        Students Compete at Second Wireless Java Jam
        Developers of the Best Applications for Wireless Mobile Devices

        The second Wireless Java Jam hosted more than 200 students from 13 tertiary institutions, all competing with their peers for recognition as developers of the best applications for wireless mobile devices. The Java Wireless Competency Centre (JWCC) and Sun, along with the Java Smart Services Lab (JSSL) and Elchemi all helped to organize the event.

        Java 2 Platform, Enterprise Edition 1.4 SDK
        What's New

        The new Connectors v1.5 are in the Java 2 Platform, Enterprise Edition (J2EE) 1.4 SDK. Also included in the SDK are extra features to help developers learn about what's new and improved in the specification. The SDK is available for a free download.

        JavaServer Faces 1.0 Beta Now Available
        Simplify the Construction of Interfaces for JavaServer Technology Applications

        The beta for JavaServer Faces 1.0 technology is currently available to users. The technology is used to simplify the construction of interfaces for JavaServer technology applications.

        Verisign Class 3 and Class 2 PCA Root Certificate Expiration May Cause Problems
        SunSolve Web Site Offers Three Solutions

        Sun Alert 57436 warns users of the possible consequences of the expiration on January 7, 2004 of the class 3 and class 2 Verisign PCA root certificate that was included in various releases of the software development kit and runtime environment.

        Sun Fire B10p SSL Proxy Blade
        Increased SSL Processing Benefits Performance, Availability

        Economical high-performance and increased availability of secure applications is what makes the Sun Fire B10p SSL Proxy Blade ideal for organizations handling moderate to high levels of secure transactions. Whether online commerce or financial transactions, the Sun Fire B10p SSL Proxy Blade processes SSL transactions faster than CPU-based SSL processing.

        Precise Biometrics AB now Supports Solaris Operating System with Its Smart Card
        Precise Match-on-Card Uses Fingerprint and Java Technology
        Precise Biometrics AB of Sweden has developed its smart card technology, Precise Match-on-Card, to support the Solaris Operating System (Solaris OS). Precise Biometrics combines fingerprint and smart card technology in its solution, which is now integrated into a Java technology-based smart card.
        New Service Pack Eliminates Vulnerability in Sun ONE Web Server, HP-UX
        Corrects Possible Denial of Service Problem

        Sun Alert 57464 reports a possible vulnerability in the Sun ONE Web Server (i.e. Sun Java System) buffer overflow that may result in "Denial of Service" (DoS) for users of the Sun ONE/iPlanet Web Server 6.0 Service Pack 5 and earlier on the HP-UX platform.

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