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This week's issue covers the latest updates on the SolarisTM Operating
System (Solaris OS):
- Highlights of Solaris 9 OS sixth revision release 
- The x86 platforms new distributor Rackable Systems 
- Solarpack Project offering pre-compiled packages of free software 
- Sun BluePrintsTM OnLine article details performance enhancements by
configuring multiple page sizes 
- IBM releases seven free developer tools based on JavaTM technology, XML and UNIXR .
Industry Sections this Week
- Financial Services: Thin-client technology impacts Financial Industry by
lowering TCO .
- FOSS: New features in NetBeansTM IDE 3.6  and GNOME 2.6 .
- Retail: RFID technology thriving in retail market: Sun new
RFID testing center , ProdexNet Inc. utilizing Sun's RFID Infrastructure Software .
Sun Storage Products Pass SNIA Tests
Meeting Standards and Ensuring Interoperability
The Sun StorEdge 3510 Fibre Channel array and the Sun StorEdge
9900 family of products have passed the Storage Networking Industry
Association Conformance Testing Program (SNIA-CTP).
John Loiacono Steps in to Executive VP for Software Role at Sun
Succeeds Jonathan Schwartz, Newly Named President, COO
Sun has named John Loiacono executive vice president of software,
succeeding Jonathan Schwartz, recently promoted to president and chief
Solaris Operating System to be Distributed by Rackable Systems
Extending the Solaris OS to Third-party x86 Systems
Rackable Systems will distribute the Solaris Operating System
(Solaris OS) for x86 platforms on their industry-first, thermally
efficient servers, including AMD Opteron and Intel Xeon processor-based
systems. Sun also stated it has expanded the number of third-party products
available on its HCL.
JBoss Joins Enterprise JavaBeans Expert Group
Works to Make EJB Components Easier to Use
JBoss Inc., provider of the industry's fastest growing Java
technology-based application server, has decided to lend its expertise
to the Enterprise JavaBeans (EJB) Expert Group of the Java
Community Process (JCP).
Revision 6 to Solaris Operating System (SPARC) and (x86 Platform Editions)
Delivers Next-generation Functionality in Sun Software Express for Solaris OS
The sixth revision to Solaris 9 Operating System (Solaris OS)
(SPARC Platform Edition) and (x86 Platform Edition) offers
improvements to Solaris Volume Manager, along with performance
enhancements and additional platform support for the new Sun AMD
Opteron processor and UltraSPARC IV processor-based systems.
German Cell Phone Provider, E-Plus, to Use Sun Java Enterprise System
Cutting Costs and Delivering New Services
A German cell phone provider, E-Plus, is replacing its current
infrastructure with the Sun Java Enterprise System to reduce costs
and reduce the time it takes to introduce new services. They will use the
messaging server, the application server, the directory server and cluster
and portal functionalities of the Sun Java System.
Procom Signs Technology Agreement with Sun
Sun to License NAS Technologies
Procom Technology, a provider of network attached storage solutions for
the enterprise, has signed a multi-year agreement with Sun to allow Sun
to license certain Procom technologies. Procom will also provide
engineering and support services to Sun.
Dallas RFID Center Grand Opening
May 5, Dallas, TX
Sun will open its RFID test center in Dallas, Texas, on May 5th. Sun
experts and industry representatives will discuss RFID innovations that
enable real-time business, your roadmap to ROI on RFID implementations
and supply chain software solutions.
UK Government IT Summit
May 10-11, London, UK
Confirmed speakers for the Government IT Summit in London on May 10 include
Richard Barrington, Head of Government Sector, Sun;
Richard Granger, Director General, NHS IT, and others.
Momentum '04 Lisbon
May 10-13, Lisbon, Portugal
Documentum's European user conference on May 10-13, 2004 in Lisbon,
Portugal, will feature educational and training sessions on the latest
advancements in enterprise content management and collaboration. New
this year are Documentum Fundamentals workshops. There will be a
special closing keynote address on Thursday at 12 p.m. from the founder
"Java Testing and Design: From Unit Testing to Automated Web Tests"
Building Web-enabled Applications Efficiently
Learn how to build production-worthy, scalable and high performance
Web-enabled applications with this newly released book by Frank Cohen.
With the presentation of various techniques, methodology and tools, Cohen
explains how developers, QA technicians and IT managers can effectively
work together to achieve unprecedented productivity in development and
"Expert One-on-One J2EE Development without EJB"
Alternative Approaches to Building Java 2 Platform, Enterprise Edition Applications
A practical and code-intensive guide that demonstrates how to build
Java 2 Platform, Enterprise Edition (J2EE platform) without
Enterprise JavaBeans (EJB) technology. Authors Rod Johnson and Juergen Hoeller write best practices
on implementing simple and effective methods and tools, such as
JavaServer Pages (JSP) technology, servlets and lightweight
"Linux Pocket Guide"
Find Answers to Linux Questions Quick
Short, sweet and essential -- that's how Daniel Barrett describes his
book, "Linux Pocket Guide." This reference book is for
new and experienced Linux users needing an efficient way to look up
Linux commands, and it is a useful alternative to the operating system's
"JavaServer Faces" O'Reilly Book
A "How-to" for Back-end Development
Learn how to use JavaServer Faces technology to build
real-world Web applications with a book from Hans Bergsten. The
624-page book titled "JavaServer Faces" deals with the HTML on the
front and writing a back end that is friendly to the JSF interface.
Pegasystems Releases Solutions for Dispute Resolution, Exceptions Operations
Java Technology and XML-based Platforms Improve Resolution Times, Costs
With the release of its two new business process management (BPM)
software solutions, Pegasystems Inc. can now provide its customers with
extensive new functionality in automated card dispute and chargeback
operations with PegaCARD Smart Dispute and in automated enterprise
exceptions and disputes contexts with its PegaPAYMENT Smart Adjust.
Tai Fook Securities Group Moves Online, Increases Business 35 Percent Annually
Migrates Windows Applications to Sun IT Infrastructure
A leading Hong Kong brokerage house, Tai Fook Securities Group Ltd.,
implemented Sun Microsystems IT infrastructure in its bid to move in to
the online trading sector.
TransAct 2004: Manageability -- Latest Buzzword in Banking, Financial Circles
Thin-client Technology Helps Reduce TCO
Among the things that came to light at the recently concluded
TransAct2004 conference was the priority of manageability among CTOs
and CIOs. Chief among their demands on IT technology providers is a
single console from which an entire network system can be managed.
Real-time Market Data Distribution and Middleware
A Case Study from GigaSpaces and Merrill Lynch
Nati Shalom, CTO of GigaSpaces, explains what Gigaspaces has to offer
to deal with problems of middleware such as overprovisioning in his
presentation made at the Jini Technology Community Meeting, March