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Interoperability? Sun Is Already There
The Sun/Microsoft Agreement -- Part II

While one of the results of the Sun/Microsoft agreement will surely be a growing variety of interoperable solutions, customers needn't wait for those fruits to ripen if interoperability figures prominently in their IT planning. Sun is already in the business and has available an impressive list of market-ready interoperable solutions.

Sun Ray Users Group to Facilitate Technological Collaboration
Bringing Together Resources Common to Sun Ray Users
The Sun Ray Users Group (SRUG) is an environment for collaborative and best practices assistance with Sun Ray technology. Created by Sun in response to customer demand, this collaborative Web site is hosted by the Santa Clara County Office of Education at
Sun Laboratories Distinguished Engineer Wins Inventor of the Year
SVIPLA Awarded Dr. Radia Perlman with this Year's Honor
Dr. Radia Perlman, distinguished engineer with Sun Laboratories, was named Inventor of the Year by SVIPLA for her contributions to the technical arts. Selected by a vote from her peers, Perlman was acknowledged for her work on network security and routing technologies that has had a profound impact on the Internet.
Top Articles from Last Issue, Current and Last Volumes
Vol 76 Issue 3, Vol 76, Vol 75

Each week, we determine which articles have been most frequently referenced by logged in subscribers to provide you with the most popular articles of the current and last volumes. The Web version of this article has the top 10 articles. The top article last week was "Clearing the Air on the Sun/Microsoft Agreement" [13227]. The top article for this volume is still "Sun Confirms Plans to Open Source Solaris Operating System" [13199].

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.

    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.

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