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Why Won't IBM Support Solaris OS for x86 Platforms?
Lack of Customer Demand or Monopolistic Behavior
Is it lack of customer demand or monopolistic behavior behind IBM's refusal to certify its enterprise software applications for the Solaris 10 Operating System (Solaris OS) for x86 platforms? According to Sun insiders this move is characteristic of an "anti-competitive monolith" attempting to lock in customers, while IBM executives say that is patently untrue.
The Future of Sun's High Productivity Computing Systems
Leading Scientist Discusses Latest Technologies

John Gustafson, a senior scientist and a principal investigator for Sun's High Productivity Computing Systems (HPCS) Program recently spoke with Tim Curns, editor of HPCwire on what he views as the most important technologies in the industry today. Proximity Communication, optical interconnect and others made his list, and he explains why.

R&D Core to Sun's Competitive Edge
Sun Setting the Trends for Tomorrow

Sun's unwavering dedication to research and development enables the company to supply technology and pricing models that give businesses a competitive-edge, said Vito Bonafede, Sun's regional manager for sub-Saharan Africa, who advised corporations to take advantage of these innovative technologies now.

Java Technology
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RFID and Mobile Scanner Java APIs
JCP Reviewing Two J2ME Supported APIs

The Java Community Process (JCP) is reviewing two newly proposed specification requests that will advance the Java programming language's support of Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) and remote inventory sectors. In an article by Vance McCarthy with Integration Developer News, the proposed JSR 256 - Mobile Sensor API and JSR 257 - Contactless Communications API are outlined.

Java Development for Wireless Bluetooth Applications
Java, Bluetooth Development Principles Reviewed
A Sys-Con media article by Peter V. Mikhalenko hosted on the Java Community Process(JCP) Web site reviews the principles of Java development for Bluetooth applications on mobile devices. The Java APIs for the Bluetooth wireless technology (JABWT) standard, defined by the JSR 82 specification, supports rapid development of these applications.
Viability of the Mobile Information Device Profile
Article Explores Strengths and Limitations

A standard set of Java 2 Platform, Micro Edition (J2ME) APIs for mobile device development is being widely adopted by mobile telephone service providers. The Mobile Information Device Profile (MIDP) is the core component of the Java Technology for the Wireless Industry (JTWI) specification, and recently was explored for its viability.

Java Masters Competition 2005
Submit Applications Now Through May 15, 2005
Sun and Siemens are reminding innovative Java developers that registration for the Java Masters Competition 2005 is currently underway and is open to students and professionals worldwide, who are challenged to develop wireless Java 2 Platform, Micro Edition (J2ME) applications for the latest Siemens Java-enabled mobile phones CX70, S65 and M65.
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Migrating from Microsoft Windows to the Sun Java Desktop System
Technical White Paper Offers Step-by-step Procedures

System administrators interested in migrating from a Microsoft Windows operating system to the Sun Java Desktop System will want to read this Sun technical white paper that gives step-by-step migration procedures and a description on the interoperability between these two desktop environments. A four-step phased approach is recommended for a smooth transition.

Solaris OS vs. Linux for x86/Opteron Servers
Seal Rock Research White Paper Explores Differences
This month, Seal Rock Research released a white paper that compares the Solaris Operating System (Solaris OS) and the Linux platform for x86/Opteron servers. Author David Burns examines these two UNIX operating systems, exploring the differences in performance and scalability, security, stability, application availability, technical support/cost and hardware support.
"Proactive Patch Management -- A Policy-Based Approach"
Implementing a Strategic Patch Management Plan

To patch or not to patch is a question many system administrators struggle with, particularly in regards to frequency, revision needs, total cost of ownership and risk. To eliminate this patch dilemma, a strategic patch management plan should be implemented to ease the decision-making process with each and every update.

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