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Differentiating Sun Products from the Competition
Sun's Development Teams Focus on Solaris, SPARC, Opteron
Sun's Executive Vice President of its Software Group John Loiacono says although the company has added Linux to its software portfolio, it is still focused on driving its own intellectual property, specifically the development of the Solaris Operating System (Solaris OS), SPARC and AMD Opteron systems.
Java Technology Employed to Support U2's Bono
Sun Assists in Granting TED Receipient's Wish
Sun has joined in the ONE Campaign to help resolve the global AIDS issue and the struggle against poverty in Africa by electronically enlisting (elist) Americans to support this effort. The ONE Campaign is a non-profit initiative actualized from U2 singer and social activist Bono's wish as a TED recipient.
Java Technology
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Developers Invited to Contribute to Imaging Technology
Java Advanced Imaging and JAI Image I/O Tools
Java Advanced Imaging (JAI) and JAI Image I/O Tools are two new projects Sun has posted on java.net, inviting developers to contribute directly to these projects' code design in an open environment. The goal of JAI is to simplify the creation of imaging applications that support a broad range of systems.
New Embedded Java Community
Designed for Java Developers, Vendors and Users
Expert and novice developers interested in leveraging or learning more about embedded Java technology now have a Web site dedicated just for those pursuits. The Embedded Java Web site is aimed at providing a central meeting place where developers, vendors and users can collaborate on advancing this technology.
JBoss Signs Multi-year Agreement with Sun
Solidifies Commitment to J2EE Platform, Standards
JBoss has signed a multi-year agreement with Sun in support of the Java 2 Platform, Enterprise Edition (J2EE), extending the collaborative efforts between the two companies to solidify standards. Under this agreement, JBoss will continue to license Sun's Test Compatibility Kit (TCK) to assure JBoss Application Server updates are J2EE compatible.
"Spring in Action"
Hands-on Exploration of the Framework
Manning Publications has published a book for developers interested in quickly learning how to utilize the Spring framework. Authors Craig Walls and Ryan Breidenbach introduce this lightweight Java 2 Platform, Enterprise Edition (J2EE) framework by first explaining the concept behind Spring, and then taking readers through hands-on experimentation.
Caucho Technology Latest J2EE Licensee
Ensures Compatibility, Write Once, Run Anywhere

Caucho Technology is now a Java 2 Platform, Enterprise Edition (J2EE ) licensee, ensuring their application server Resin will adhere to the standards set by this Java-technology platform. Over 3,500 corporate, education and government clients use Resin to deliver efficient and stable performance when dealing with heavy load situations.

Free and Open Source S/W
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Download OpenOffice.org 2.0 Beta Version
Software Architect Reveals Changes, Challenges
OpenOffice.org is set to release the next version of its open source office suite software that reportedly will have major feature changes to its installation, interface, general functionality and applications. Colm Smyth, an architect of StarOffice of which OpenOffice.org is based, recently spoke to Aditya Nag with News Forge regarding this upcoming release.
Independent Analyst Envisions Bright Future for OpenSolaris
Sun's OS Fills Gap in the Linux Marketplace
The OpenSolaris program appeals to the IT marketplace due to its performance capabilities, economics, operating system's maturity level and availability on AMD Opteron systems, says Stacey Quandt, senior business analyst and open source practice leader with the Robert Frances Group, who noted that it fills a gap within the Linux environment.
OpenSolaris Opens Up Windows of Opportunity
Advantages for Developers, ISVs and Partners, says Sun VP
Promoting the belief that it is always better to be open than closed, Stephen Borcich, Sun vice president of Partner and Industry Markets, says that OpenSolaris will empower developers to impact the future of the Solaris Operating System (Solaris OS) in a way no other development community has ever experienced.
Web Services Framework Specifications 2.0
Liberty Alliance Project's New Release Supports SAML 2.0
The Liberty Alliance Project has released a public draft of ID-WSF 2.0, a second-generation framework for identity-based Web Services, that extends this framework to include support for SAML 2.0. With this release, the SAML 2.0 assertions are defined and can be used to communicate identity information among identity-based Web Services.
Software
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New Trusted Solaris OS Expected This Year
To Incorporate Latest Features of the Solaris 10 OS
Sun plans on releasing a new version of its Trusted Solaris Operating System (Solaris OS) that will be based on the current build of the Solaris 10 OS. The Trusted Solaris OS is designed for military-grade networks and Sun executives expect to release this version later in the year.
Registration Open for Solaris 10 OS Beta Exams
For Experienced System and Network Administrators

Sun is offering beta exams for the Solaris 10 Operating System (Solaris OS) targeting experienced Solaris OS system and network administrators. As betas, these exams are free of charge and will count toward official Solaris certification. They are designed to allow for comments and technical feedback from early participants.

StarOffice 8 Beta Software Available for Free Download
Enhancements to Usability Features, Microsoft Office Compatibility

The beta version of the StarOffice 8 software is available to download for interested users wanting to try out this software's updated features before its official release, which is expected in mid-2005. Improvements in this new version include enhanced interoperability with Microsoft Office along with a new look and feel.

Provia Software and Sun Collaborate on RFID Solutions
To Offer Industry Solution Architecture for Manufacturers
Sun will be featuring Provia Software's ViaWare Warehouse Management System (WMS) in its latest Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) Industry Solution Architecture (ISA) for Manufacturing. With WMS implemented within Sun's RFID ISA, automated processing of advance ship notifications and alerts of a product's status will enhance the tracking capabilities for manufacturers.
Sun RFID Industry Solution Architecture for Retail
SeeBeyond Working with Sun on Joint Solution
Sun and SeeBeyond are jointly developing a Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) Industry Solution Architecture (ISA) for Retail to improve business processes by offering detailed information on goods via data collected by RFID technologies. This development project couples the Sun Java System RFID Software with the SeeBeyond RFID Composite Application Network solution.
Developer
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The DTrace Approach to Debugging
Article Provides Practical Model to Profile, Debug C++ Programs
Developers wanting to utilize DTrace to profile and debug C++ programs should read a Sun Developer Network Site article that outlines how to effectively apply this tool to debug these types of applications. Through the use of practical examples, author Jay Danielsen demonstrates the DTrace approach to interactive process debugging.
Running Web Applications Within a Portal Application
Article Offers How-Tos with Latest Java Technologies

Learn how the Sun Java System Application Server 8.1 can extend the framework of the JavaServer Faces 1.1 to run Web applications within a portal application. Utilizing this technology, developers will find improved integration with the Sun Java System Portal Server 6 2005Q1 that remains compliant with the Java Specification Request (JSR) 168: Portlet Specification.

Sun Developer Documentation Roadmap
Access Links to Sun's Current Software Product Information

With the continual changes and updates within Sun's software product lines, the Sun Developer Network Site is hosting an article that is meant to serve as a general roadmap to developer documentation for various Sun products. Developers will find links to manuals, specifications and documentation Web pages as well as other sources of information.

Sysadmin
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Hardware Certification Test Suite Version 2.4
Certifiy Hardware for Solaris OS for x86 Platforms
A new certification program for the Solaris Operating System (Solaris OS) is available that tests the compatibility of controllers and systems with x86 platforms. The Hardware Certification Test Suite (HCTS) Version 2.4 is an application and set of test suites used to verify hardware compatibility with the Solaris OS on x86 Platforms.
The Sun Java System RFID - Technical White Paper
Outlines Architecture for Enabling the EPCglobal Network

A newly published Sun technical white paper describes the Sun Java System RFID software architecture that enables the EPCglobal Network, which assists in tracking and tracing items automatically throughout the supply chain. With the EPCglobal Network and Sun Java System RFID solution, businesses are better equipped to address security issues and regulatory compliance requirements.

"Automating the Installation of an FC-Fabric SAN-Booted System"
Sun BigAdmin Article Presents a Case Study

A SunBig Admin feature article takes readers through automating the installation of an FC-fabric SAN-booted system by presenting a case study on one customer's experience. Written by Tim Read, this article presents the system components involved along with the challenges faced and implemented solutions to achieve a successful implementation.

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