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John Fowler Sees Big Things for Sun's Network Systems Group
Opteron Technology Leads the Way for x86 Servers

Sun has a new x86 server division and a new executive VP to lead the group, John Fowler, who recently shared his view of the division's prospects with Timothy Prickett Morgan of Computer Business Review Online.

Sun's John Gage Talks about the Road to N1
The Third Stage of Network Computing
John Gage is the chief researcher and vice president of the Science Office for Sun. He recently spoke out on several different topics including N1 and how Sun plans to continue to evolve the models it uses to design systems. Gage also outlines how Sun benefits from taking a pro-change view of its work in the industry.
Sun's Piper Cole Discusses Stock Option Expensing
VP of Global Public Policy Warns of the Results
Sun's Web site recently posted an interview with its VP of Global Public Policy, Piper Cole. She discusses the issues involved with stock option expensing, focusing on questions about the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) and why the requirement to expense stock options is so significant.
    First State Bank Selects Solaris Operating System for its Compatibility, Savings
    Sun IT Infrastructure Replaces Legacy IBM P390 Mainframe, VSE OS

    For nearly two decades, First State Bank of Waynesboro, Mississippi, had run its core banking applications on an IBM mainframe that ran the VSE operating system. When it became clear that the legacy system had reached capacity, First State Bank opted for a Sun solution.

    Java Technology
    Java Technology Spurring Mobile Data Services Growth
    Sun's Aggregates Global Developer Content

    Sun credits Java technology with driving growth in the mobile data services market. "Java is everywhere," said Juan Dewar, marketing and business strategy, consumer and mobile systems senior director of Sun Microsystems during his presentation at Sun Network 2004.

    Understanding the Java Portlet Specification
    Michael Klaene Explains How JSR 168 Avoids Vendor Lock-in

    Java Specification Request (JSR) 168 effectively puts an end to the vendor lock-in many portlet developers suffered in implementing enterprise portals developed by Java 2 Platform, Enterprise Edition (J2EE) vendors to host internal and external applications.

    "Covert Java: Techniques for Decompiling, Patching, and Reverse Engineering"
    Reviewer Finds Book Useful for Beginning, Intermediate Developers
    Recognizing the possibility that both hackers and non-hackers will find value in the techniques discussed in his book "Covert Java: Techniques for Decompiling, Patching, and Reverse Engineering," Alex Kalinovsky nevertheless made its contents public with this caution: "Any book... can be used for good or ill. This book is for the good guys, and if you are a bad guy please stop reading right now...."
    Free and Open Source S/W
    Mozilla 1.7 for Windows, Linux and Mac Released
    Download Its New Features, Bug Fixes and Performance Enhancements
    Download Mozilla 1.7 for Windows, Linux and Mac and try out its new features and bug fixes in the browser, mail and Chatzilla. Size and performance improvements increase startup by 7 percent, window opening by 8 percent, page loading by 9 percent and decrease binary size by 5 percent when compared to Mozilla 1.6.
    Free Download of the Symbiont Workstation Manager Software
    Rejuvenate Outdated PCs into Updated Diskless Thin Client
    The Symbiont Workstation Manager is a Linux-based thin client management tool that allows network administrators to connect diskless thin clients to a Linux server and to configure and control them while offering the look and feel of a full version of a management suite. and are hosting the free download.
    Technology Previews of Mozilla 1.8 Alpha 1 and Thunderbird 0.7
    Pre-release Versions Not for Mission Critical Tasks
    The Mozilla organization has released two technology previews for users to try and report any bugs they encounter. Mozilla 1.8 Alpha 1 and Thunderbird 0.7 are pre-release products and are reliable enough to performance tasks appropriately in most cases, however they should not be relied upon for mission-critical tasks. Version 1.1.2 Released
    Improved and Expanded Version of the Multi-platform Office Suite 1.1.2 is now available for download. This latest stable release of the open source office suite will initially be available on Windows (98/ME/NT/2000/XP), GNU/Linux (X86 and PowerPC) and Solaris Operating System (Solaris OS) (SPARC Platform Edition) and (x86 Platform Edition). This version introduces the FontOOo Autopilot and other improvements.

    "N1 Grid Architecture Realized: Strategic Flexibility"
    Chapter Explores Architecture's Importance, Concept of Strategic Flexibility

    Understanding N1 architecture and the concept of strategic flexibility is covered in chapter seven of the upcoming Sun BluePrints book "Building N1 Grid Solutions: Preparing, Architecting, and Implementing Service-Centric Data Centers," by authors Jason Carolan, Scott Radeztsky, Paul Strong and Ed Turner.

    SaverBeans Screensaver SDK Produces Multi-platform Screensavers
    Create Screensavers for Windows, Solaris Operating System, Linux Platform

    The SaverBeans Screensaver software development kit (SDK) allows developers to write a set of Java classes, along with an XML description of the screensaver settings, and produce a screensaver with native behavior running on either the Windows, Solaris Operating System (Solaris OS) or Linux platforms.

    Newest and Most Popular Software Downloads
    Offered at Sun's Download Center

    Download Sun's newest and most popular softwares currently listed at the download center. These include the Sun StorEdge 6920 System Host Installation Software for Solaris 1.0 Operating System (Solaris OS), Sun Fire V60x and Sun Fire V65x Hot-Swap Controller (HSC) Update, Sun Java Studio Standard 5 update 1 and Java Communication API 3.0 Early Access.

    Calendar of Events
    Links to Articles on Upcoming Events

    This article is a calendar of upcoming events, with links to the articles about them. Click on the article numbers in the calendar to get more details about the event and how to register.

    NetBeans Software Day at the 2004 JavaOne Conference
    June 29, San Francisco, CA

    This companion event to the 2004 JavaOne Conference will preview the latest NetBeans release and look inside NetBeans technology. Speakers include James Gosling, the father of the Java language and CTO for Sun's Developer Platforms Group, and Steve Wilson, Sun Engineering Director responsible for NetBeans development. Registration for NetBeans Software Day is free.

    Catalyst Conference North America 2004
    July 21-23, San Diego, CA
    This annual educational event hosts an end-user-driven agenda bringing together end users, vendors and Burton Group analysts and consultants in a dynamic forum presenting in-depth information about IT infrastructure. Three conference tracks are available: Application Platform Strategies, Directory and Security Strategies, and Network and Telecom Strategies.
    Meet the Authors -- Java Event
    June 30, San Francisco, CA

    Interested individuals can take the opportunity to Meet the Authors at the upcoming Java technology event on June 30th in San Francisco. Authors Simon Roberts, Bert Bates, Kathy Sierra, Sang Shin and Daniel Brookshire will all be present for a book signing and reception. Several breakout sessions will be offered by the authors, as well.

    Subscription-based Sun Preventive Services Improves Datacenter Health
    Innovative Service Ties Pricing to Performance Improvements

    Sun Preventive Services (SPS) is an innovative subscription-based service from Sun that exposes, mitigates, measures and manages leading risk indicators to improve system availability and drive down operating and support costs. Early deployments of the SPS portfolio have provided customers with dramatic improvements in risk reduction and system availability.

      Solaris 10 Operating System Features Predictive Self-healing Architecture
      Technology Automatically Diagnoses Problem, Initiates Corrective Action

      Among the new features in Solaris 10 Operating System (Solaris OS) is a self-healing architecture that enables Sun systems and services to maximize availability in the face of software and hardware faults. This first set of technologies includes Solaris OS components that implement predictive self-healing for CPU, memory and I/O bus nexus components.

      "Advanced UNIX Programming, 2/E" by Marc J. Rochkind
      A Classic Text Revised and Updated
      Marc J. Rochkind wrote one of the foundation texts in UNIX programming in 1985, "Advanced UNIX Programming." Now in its second edition, the book amounts to an entirely new work. Only 70 or so system calls were included in the first edition; the second edition includes around 300.
      Managing System Resources with Solaris Resource Manager
      Achieve Fair Distribution of Resources Among Sun Ray Appliance Users

      One way to manage system resources for a group of Sun Ray appliance users is with the Solaris Resource Manager software. The author of this Sun BluePrints article, Marcel Guerin, suggests approaches to integrating and using the software to achieve a fair distribution of system resources when users insert and remove smart cards from their Sun Ray appliances.

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