Sun's Acquisition of Nauticus Networks Furthers Convergence Goals
Nauticus Staff Will Bolster Development Efforts on N1 Provisioning System
In an interview available on sun.com, Neil Knox, Sun's executive VP of
Volume System Products, called the convergence of computing and
networking a natural, inevitable process that was set in motion when
servers were first networked. He characterized the technological
progression as a natural one for Sun as a result of its long-term focus
on entire system solutions, which would be strengthened by the acquisition
of Nauticus Networks.
Ever-changing sun.com Web Site Turns 10
Once Directed to Engineers, Site Now Addresses Customers
It was the tenth birthday of sun.com during the last week of January
2004. Started on a single-processor SPARCstation used to post a
single page of type, sun.com has grown to a federation of Web sites
served from four data centers that house two million pages and serve
more than one million visitors daily.
Ford Infotronics Project Implements Jini Technology & Java Technology
Sun Proves to be Best Vendor for Integration of Home, Office, Auto
K. Venkatesh Prasad, Infotronics Project Leader at the Ford Scientific
Research Laboratory, envisions a future when it will be possible to
drive to work while, using Sun solutions from the car, being able to
check your day's calendar, activate your home security system, listen
to the latest MP3 tunes and receive a reminder to pick up milk -- all
while keeping your eyes on the road and hands on the steering wheel.
SoftwareMag.com Survey -- The Software 500
Sun Continues Its Revenue Rise, Ranks 14th
Sun continues getting better according to a SoftwareMag.com survey.
This year's Software 500 survey ranked Sun at number 14 with $4 billion
in software sales, moving from its number 15 spot in 2003. The
Software 500 survey bases its results on revenue earned from both
software license sales and services.
Formidable Contender -- StarOffice 7 Office Suite
Sun's Economical, User-friendly Software Takes on Competitors
Economical and efficient, StarOffice 7 may be Sun's most formidable
competitor to Microsoft Office. With an HTML editor, Draw graphics
program, Writer word processor, Calc spreadsheet, Impress presentation
program and a database component accessed from within the other
components, this software can be characterized as a real contender.
Project JXTA Increases Technological Advances, Developers' Interest
Surge in Downloads Spurs on More JXTA Enabled Products
Sun's commercial software products will soon have more offerings from
Project JXTA. Servers and desktop product lines are targeted for the
Project JXTA tools in order to increase their collaborative abilities. The
recent surge in downloads of the free Project JXTA code has encouraged Sun to
direct Project JXTA toward more commercial applications.
Web Download of StarOffice 7 Office Suite Available for x86
Download and Try the Speed, Power and Simplicity
StarOffice 7 Office Suite for the Solaris Operating System
(Solaris OS) (x86 Platform Edition) is now available as a Web
O'Reilly Emerging Technology Conference
February 9-12, San Diego, CA
Registration is still open for the O'Reilly Emerging Technology
Conference which opens February 9, 2004, in San Diego. The event
features the ETech Conference, a Digital Democracy Teach-In and
Linux Asia 2004
February 11-13, New Delhi, India
The Linux Asia Conference and Expo in New Delhi, India, will present
the latest technology developments in open source and Linux. Scheduled
speakers include Bhaskar Pramanik, CEO of Sun, India, and Danese
Cooper, Chief Open Source Evangelist, Sun.
Free and Open Source S/W
Mozilla Gains Momentum
Oracle, IBM and Sun All Support the Open Source Browser
Support for the open source Web browser Mozilla is increasing,
specifically from Sun, Oracle and IBM, according to an article on
newsfactor.com by Jason Lopez. The article points out that while many
consider Mozilla a technically superior browser to Microsoft Explorer,
distribution of Mozilla remains a challenge.
Nukes on JBoss Application Server
Ports, Integrates PHP BB Under Java Platform, JBoss Architecture
Nukes is an open source content management system (CMS) entirely based
on Java technology. Nukes is available on the JBoss application server.
One of the key functionalities in the Nukes on JBoss is the porting and
integration of PHP BB (the source.org forum) under a new Java platform
and JBoss architecture.
Build Grids with Globus Toolkit 3.0
The Globus Toolkit is an open source software toolkit used for building
grids. It is being developed by the Globus Alliance and others.
Globus Toolkit 3.0 (GT3) is a stable release.
How to Install a Thawte Digital Certificate on an Apache Web Server
Best Practices White Paper
The white paper, "Securing Your Apache Web Server with a Thawte Digital
Certificate" covers how to test, purchase, install and use a Thawte
Digital Certificate on an Apache Web server. Best practices for set-up
are highlighted to help ensure efficient ongoing management of
encryption keys and digital certificates.
"The Object-Oriented Thought Process"
by Matt Weisfeld
The second edition of Matt Weisfeld's book, "The Object-Oriented Thought
Process," is now in print. In it Weisfeld lays the foundation in
object-oriented concepts and then explains how various object
technologies are used.
"Jakarta Pitfalls: Time-Saving Solutions for Struts, Ant, JUnit, and Cactus"
by Bill Dudney and Jonathan Lehr
"Jakarta Pitfalls: Time-Saving Solutions for Struts, Ant, JUnit, and
Cactus" documents the common programming mistakes that can occur when
working with Java technology Open Source tools. Authors Bill Dudney
and Jonathan Lehr describe some of the most common pitfalls in detail,
explain how developers have walked into the trap, and discuss the
common symptoms and consequences, providing refactored solutions for
each pitfall, complete with code.
"Wicked Cool Shell Scripts"
by Dave Taylor
Dave Taylor's latest book, "Wicked Cool Shell Scripts: 101 Scripts for
Linux, Mac OS X and UNIX Systems," (No Starch Press) gives Linux,
UNIX system, and Mac OS X power users 101 customizable shell scripts
they can use to solve common problems, personalize their computing
environment and soup-up Web and Internet productivity.
"Tapestry in Action"
by Howard Lewis Ship
Howard Lewis Ship has written "Tapestry in Action" as an introduction
to Tapestry and a guide to the world of Tapestry development. It shows
you how you can create complex applications by combining HTML with the
framework's components, and connect them to small amounts of
application-specific logic. It illustrates the practical benefits of
Tapestry's built-in management of state and its clean separation of
presentation logic from business logic.
Tokyo Mitsubishi International Sticks with Sun
Upgrade Continues High-performance, Scalability Characteristics
Several years ago, TMI signed a deal with Coexis as part of its push
into the equity brokerage business. Already largely based on Sun
equipment, TMI needed to convert Syn~ code to the Java programming
language. TMI believed the Java programming language would have a
long-term future. More recently, TMI continued its reliance on Sun by
upgrading its entire server infrastructure to Sun systems.
First State Bank Converts to UNIX Platform
Sun Provides Smooth Deployment, Compute Power
First State Bank, in Waynesboro, Mississippi, recently made the
decision to convert to a UNIX platform, to better offer its range of
personal and business account services including online and telephone
banking. Within months, Sun helped the company achieve its goals with a
complete and successful deployment.
Bank Chooses Syntellect's Vista Technology
Solution Capitalizes on Open, Standards-based, Java Technology
A major regional bank has chosen Syntellect Inc.'s Vista technology to
power customer self-service solutions for its two call centers. The
bank is attempting to incorporate open standards technology as well as
take advantage of its current staff of Java technology developers.
Vista offers open, standards-based Java technology, as well as VoiceXML
Cable & Wireless Real Time Nostro
Real-time Financial Data Powered by Sun
Cable & Wireless Real Time Nostro solution is a way to share real-time
data in the currency community. The service is run on Sun Enterprise
class servers and enabled by an application from Gresham Computing.
New Product Marketplace
Nuance Releases Two Speech Recognition Programs
Nuance 8.5 and Nuance Verifier 3.5
The speech recognition software supplier, Nuance, is introducing the
latest version of its speech recognition engine, Nuance 8.5. The
company is also releasing its latest voice authentication software,
Nuance Verifier 3.5, which includes new features that increase
performance in an array of communications environments, including
wireless, hands-free and landline phones.
Sanctum's AppShield 4.5
Bulletproof Defense for Large Application Deployments
AppShield 4.5, an application security firewall, is currently available
from Sanctum Inc. The solution provides bulletproof defense for large
application deployments by dealing with critical operational
requirements and role-based administration and distributed management
capabilities. This helps to insure security best practices throughout
Tecplot RS (Reservoir Simulation) Version 4.0
An Integrated Plotting Environment for Oil Reservoir Modeling
The data visualization software developer, Tecplot Inc. is releasing
the Tecplot RS (Reservoir Simulation) Version 4.0. The integrated
plotting environment is designed for oil reservoir modeling and came as
the result of a collaboration between ChevronTexaco and Tecplot. The
solution allows data from different sources to be loaded and displayed
in plots. Data from multiple simulators and observed data -- such as
production rates and formation rates -- can be easily managed. Tecplot
is available on Windows or UNIX systems.
Ricoh Releases Codehost's BrightQ Next Generation Solution
For Users of Linux and UNIX Operating Systems
BrightQ is a printing solution designed by Codehost Inc. and released
by Ricoh Corp. The solution aims to provide IT system
administrators and printer support personnel with an easy-to-use,
graphically rich X Window System and UNIX Shell-based printing
environment. The solution is developed to give users of UNIX and Linux
operating systems the ability to access all of the finishing features
of the Ricoh Aficio and other support Ricoh devices. BrightQ is
supported by a variety of systems, including the Solaris Operating
System (Solaris OS) (x86 Platform Edition and SPARC Platform