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John Loiacono Explains Sun's Position on Open-sourcing Solaris Operating System
Decision on Pricing Model to be made by Year's End
Sun's Executive VP for Software John Loiacono shared his insights on the imminent open-sourcing of the Solaris Operating System (Solaris OS) with COMPUTERWORLD's Carol Sliwa.
Secure Computing Environments Are a Sure Thing, in Time
Whitfield Diffie Remains Ever Optimistic about Solving the Problems
Whitfield Diffie has been a contender in the field of secure computing environments at least since 1975, when his book "Privacy on the Line: The Politics of Wiretapping and Encryption" was published. That's a long time to have been dealing with the legions of hackers who have come and gone without losing a fundamental optimism about solving the problems of computing security.
Government, the DoD and the Challenges to IT Security
Vic Winkler Sees Big Role for Government, DoD in Architectures
Vic Winkler, chairman of Sun Security Ambassadors, identified three primary challenges that confront government and the military for the online edition of Military Information Technology.
Events
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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.

What's Happening in the JCP?; Fast Track to Solaris 10 OS Adoption
Two Sun Chats: August 17, August 18

"What's Happening in the Java Community Process?" -- Tuesday, August 17 at 11:00 a.m. PDT (6:00 p.m. GMT) and "Fast Track to Solaris 10 Adoption: Predictive Self Healing" -- Wednesday, August 18 at 10:00 a.m. PDT (1:00 p.m. EDT).

JavaZone 2004
September 15, Oslo, Norway
javaBin, the Java Users Group in Norway, is arranging the third annual JavaZone, a conference on Java technology. The JavaZone is probably best described as a miniature JavaOne Conference. JavaZone 2004 offers a combination of technical talks and exhibitors in an intimate atmosphere with 500-700 participants expected. JavaZone 2004 is scheduled for September 15, in Oslo, Norway.
OpenOffice.org Conference (OOoCon 2004)
September 22-24, Berlin, Germany
OpenOffice.org, now used by millions throughout the world, has a conference of its own, OOoCon 2004, where you can meet the community of developers, users, and businesses that are contributing to this invaluable open source solution. The conference is set for September 22-24, 2004 at Humboldt University in Berlin, Germany.
Entry Level Servers
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New Configurations for the Sun Fire V210 and Sun Fire V240 Servers
73 GB, with Pre-installed Sun Java Enterprise System and Solaris 9 Operating System

New configurations are available for the Sun Fire V210 server and Sun Fire V240 server that offer double the disk capacity and come pre-installed with the Sun Java Enterprise System software and Solaris Operating System (Solaris OS). The new configurations now come with 73GB hard disk drives.

Sun Fire B1600 Blade Platform System's Overall Rating: "Very Good"
Review Cites Performance and Scalability as Excellent

The Sun Fire B1600 Blade Platform recently received a "very good" rating from InfoWorld's Alan Zeichick, who rated the blade platform's performance, scalability, availability and serviceability above average. The one fault he found was its manageability, which he identified as a "command-line oriented management system that relies primarily upon terminal and Telnet-based administration."

Technical White Paper: "Sun Fire V20z Server Architecture"
Details Specifics on Sun's First AMD Operton Processor-based Server
If interested in learning specifics about the Sun Fire V20z server architecture, then this Sun technical white paper is worth reading. It covers all aspects of the server beginning with a basic architectural overview to its CPU specifications, I/O subsystem, service processor and Motherboard layout.
Free and Open Source S/W
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Mozilla Patches Vulnerability
A Quick Fix is Available at the Mozilla Web Site

According to TechWeb News, a recently discovered vulnerability in the Windows version of the Mozilla browser and email client family has been quickly patched, with the fix currently available on Mozilla's Web site. The vulnerability was originally brought to light on the public security mailing list Full Disclosure.

Software Companies Examine Open Source Licensing Models
Sun One of Several Companies Considering a Change

In the recent article, "The Ins and Outs of Open-Source Licensing," Matthew Broersma, writing for eWEEK, details how several companies, such as Sun, are increasingly looking at open source software license models and the benefits they offer. The open source business model, recently proven successful by companies such as Mozilla and Red Hat, is now becoming attractive to larger enterprises.

Mozilla Foundation Marks One-year anniversary
Foundation Releases Mozilla 1.8 Alpha 2
The Mozilla Foundation is celebrating its one year anniversary with the release of Mozilla 1.8 Alpha 2. Over the past year the foundation has achieved great reviews for its products and it continues to enjoy strong consumer and enterprise interest in its products.
AbiWord Open Source Word Processor
Solution Offers Full Features and Interoperability
AbiWord is an open source word processor becoming more and more popular as a result of its useful features designed for daily work, personal needs or just basic typing. The application is compatible with Windows, Linux, QNX, FreeBSD or the Solaris Operating System (Solaris OS), and is capable of seamless integration with all of these operating systems.
Developer
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Using Translation Technology at Sun Microsystems
White Paper Discusses Role of Technology in GNOME Translation Project

Given a volume of some 40 million words per year that need translating in Sun's product localization efforts, the use of technology is vital in that endeavor since not even employing one translator per language would be sufficient to meet demand. Tim Foster, a member of the Software Globalization team at Sun, explains how it all happens.

    Creating a Debugging and Profiling Agent with JVMTI
    Lets Developers Monitor and Control Java Technology Applications

    The Java Virtual Machine Tool Interface (JVMTI), a replacement for the Java Virtual Machine Profiling Interface (JVMPI), provides a programming interface that allows developers to create a debugging and profiling tool (also called a software agent) that can monitor and control Java programming language applications.

    "Multithreaded Programs And dbx" -- Debugging Tech Tip by Ann Rice
    How Multithreading can Result in Improved Performance and Unwelcome Bugs

    Ann Rice's Tech Tips article on "Multithreaded Programs and dbx" demonstrates the advantages of multithreading and shows how to avoid, or detect and remove, the bugs that sometimes creep into operations using the dbx command-line debugger.

      Sysadmin
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      "Identity Anarchy" Rampant Throughout Business Enterprises
      Sun Business White Paper Explores Solution

      A Sun business white paper discusses a new solution called Federated Identity Management that deals with a frequent problem plaguing many enterprises -- no central data store of identity information and no single authoritative source of user access privilege and profile information that the paper labels as "Identity Anarchy."

      "An Overview of the Sam CMT Simulator Kit"
      White Paper Covers Research Project That Extends Simics Machine Simulator Toolkit

      Sun Labs staffers Daniel Nussbaum and Christopher Small teamed up with Harvard University doctoral candidate Alexandra Fedorova in researching and developing a toolkit that exploits chip multithreading (CMT) capabilities. The three identify this product as the Sam CMT simulator toolkit and have written a white paper describing its features and benefits.

      Sun Course: N1 Grid Service Provisioning System Software Administration for UNIX
      Advanced Course Tailored for Highly Experienced Engineers

      Sun is offering an instructor-led course on the N1 Grid Service Provisioning System Software Administration for UNIX. Designed for highly experienced system administrators, technical and system support engineers, field service engineers, Sun Professional Services engineers and others administering or supporting this product, the curriculum is a combination of lectures and labs.

      Java Technology
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      Gosling Vaunts the Strengths of NetBeans Software
      Developer Products CTO Expresses Optimism about Sun in the Tools Business

      James Gosling is pinning his hopes for Sun's success in the tools business on the adoption of what he described to Carol Sliwa of COMPUTERWORLD as the much improved NetBeans 3.6 software and the even better NetBeans 4.0, which he said will be released within the year.

      Download Java 2 Platform, Standard Edition 5.0 Beta 2
      J2SE 5 Beta 3 "Snapshot" also Available for the Adventuresome Type

      Developers can download Java 2 Platform, Standard Edition (J2SE) 5 Beta 2 for a chance to try the features new to J2SE 5 (formerly known as J2SE Version 1.5 -- Tiger). The adventuresome developer might also like to have a look at the Beta 3 release, which is available in "snapshot" form. Sun advises only the most experienced developers to download Beta 3, however.

      Comparing Web Services Performance of the Java 2 Platform, Enterprise Edition and .NET Framework
      JAX-RPC Outperforms .NET in All Web Services Calls Tested

      The authors of this paper on Web Services performance compare the two leading middleware platforms, Java 2 Platform, Enterprise Edition (J2EE) and .NET, both of which offer similar features for creating and using Web Services. The comparison treats a basic Web service method called with different types and sizes of arguments in both platforms. Findings show the J2EE platform outperforms .NET in all types of calls.

      New Product Marketplace
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      Free RFID Middleware Solution from epcSolutions, Inc.
      ThingsNet Middleware a Fully Integrated, Reliable and Manageable RFID Solution
      A provider of EPC/RFID middleware, epcSolutions, is releasing its ThingsNet middleware, which is designed to be a fully integrated, reliable and manageable RFID solution that meets or exceeds the latest mandates of Wal-Mart, Tesco, Albertson's and DoD. The solution can be downloaded for free at the company's Web site.
      Virtuozzo 2.6 Server Virtualization Software
      Solaris Operating System Version Available in the Fall
      Virtuozzo 2.6 offers enterprises and hosting providers a wealth of new features including server consolidation, utility computing and more. The new solution, from SWsoft, offers more than 50 features designed to address a wide range of enterprise scenarios. Virtuozzo is currently available for Linux/UNIX, and will be available for Windows and the Solaris Operating System (Solaris OS) in the fall.
      Unitrends Releases New Data Protection Units
      Offers Small and Medium-sized Businesses a Range of Integrated Data Protection
      A new line of Data Protection Units (DPUs) are available from the developer of data protection products and services, Unitrends Software Corp. The new solution is designed to offer small and medium-sized businesses a wide range of fully integrated data protection. The DPUs are offered in both desktop and rackmount configurations.
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