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OpenSolaris Advisory Board Member Talks About Initiative
Board's Responsibility Includes Protecting Transparency, Inclusiveness
As a member of the recently formed OpenSolaris Community Advisory Board (CAB), Simon Phipps sees the group's initial role as one designed "to bootstrap governance of the OpenSolaris community," and his personal role to authentically represent Sun's wider vision of open source.
Sun Technologies Competing in Formula One Racing
McLauren Mercedes Team Partners with Sun
Sun technology is helping the top-performing West McLaren Mercedes team maintain its well-earned reputation in the racing world. As the winner of more Grand Prix races than any other Constructor since it began competing in 1966, the McLaren Mercedes team relies on innovative technology to keep its cutting-edge and has chosen Sun as its technology partner.
    Java Technology
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    Java Technology Turns Ten
    History and Influence of this Revolutionary Programming Language
    When the Java programming language was released in 1995, no one foresaw the USD$100 billion business it would be driving annually or the more than 4.5 million software developers dedicated to this technology, the 100 carrier deployments and 579 million phones supported by Java platforms. Recently, John Loiacono reflected on Java's ten-year history.
    New JCP Program Marks One Year Anniversary
    Participants Enjoy Openness, Efficiency of JCP 2.6

    It has been one year since the Java Community Process (JCP) instituted new rules under version 2.6 that has shifted the group toward a more open and efficient process. According to JCP article by Susan Mitchell, 90 percent of members and nearly 60 percent of non-members are reporting increased satisfaction with the JCP program.

    Brazilian Java Users Society Joins JCP
    SouJava is First User Group to Become a Member
    The Brazilian Java Users Society known as SouJava has joined the Java Community Process (JCP) program, making them the first Java Users Group (JUG) to join the group. SouJava consists of Java users and Java evangelists from Brazil whose objectives are to strengthen, expand and professionalize the use of Java technology in the country.
    Creating a Highly Scalable JVM
    Sun Labs Project Working Toward a Multi-tasking Virtual Machine

    Sun Labs is supporting the Barcelona Project, which is investigating virtual machine architectures to improve the scalability, reliability and availability of the Java platform. A recent article by Janice J. Heiss examines a prototype of the Java Virtual Machine (JVM) called the Multi-tasking Virtual Machine (MVM) developed by this project.

    Free and Open Source S/W
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    Schwartz Says GPL Forces a Socialist Model
    Requirement to Publish All Code is "Unfair and Predatory"
    In a keynote address at the Open Source Business Conference held April 5-6, 2005, in San Francisco, Sun President and COO Jonathan Schwartz discussed open source licensing and Sun's decision not to open the source code of the Solaris 10 Operating System (Solaris OS) under the General Public License (GPL).
    CDDL Framework Being Considered for Standard Open Source License
    Vendors Discussing Creating Common License for Future Projects

    A common commercial open source license is being taken under consideration by some software vendors who find the proliferation of open source licenses confusing for both end users and developers. Tom Sanders with vnunet.com interviewed Computer Associates Senior Vice President Sam Greenblatt regarding this issue at the Open Source Business Conference in San Francisco.

    OpenSolaris Readies for Source Code Release
    Sun VP Shares Current Progress, Plans
    The OpenSolaris and Linux communities are not adversaries, but can learn from each other's experiences, says Tom Goguen, vice president of Sun's Operating Platforms Group. In an exclusive interview with Jennifer LeClaire of the LinuxInsider.com, Goguen discussed the OpenSolaris community, opportunities and future.
    O'Reilly Launches CodeZoo
    Reusable Java Components Site
    O'Reilly recently launched CodeZoo,a website that offers free, resuable components to developers. Focusing solely on code that is pre-packaged for reuse, CodeZoo gives developers access to writing that is ready to be plugged into their applications. O'Reilly also is promoting community involvement to keep the site actively productive.
    Software
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    Solaris OS End-of-Software Support Announcements
    Forty-three Features Removed, 23 More Under Consideration

    The Sun BigAdmin System Administration Portal has listed end-of-software support for a number of features that have been removed from the Solaris 10 Operating System (Solaris OS) and some that are under consideration for removal.

    "ISV Adoption Strategy for the Solaris 10 Operating System"
    Article Offers Compelling Advantages with Sun's Latest OS

    An article on the Sun BigAdmin Web site offers ISVs strategies in adopting the Solaris 10 Operating System (Solaris OS). It provides an overview of the important new features of Sun's flagship OS, focusing on the differences that make it important to ISVs and their applications.

    Sun Assists Busan National University in New RFID Test Center
    To Support Korea in Becoming Leading Supplier in Northeast Asia
    Sun has joined up with Busan National University in Korea to establish a Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) test center that is expected to be about 130 percent larger than the Sun RFID Test Center in Dallas. According to UsingRFID.com, Sun has contributed the Sun Java System RFID Software and Sun personnel to assist.
    Servers
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    "Predictive Fault Monitoring in Sun Fire Servers"
    Increase Overall System Availability, Reliability with These Tools
    Predictive Fault Monitoring features are designed to warn system operators of an incipient system failure. A new Sun BluePrints OnLine article describes the various tools of Predictive Fault Monitoring implemented within Sun Fire servers that can be used to increase overall system availability and possibly circumvent system failure.
    Sun Fire E25K Capacity-On-Demand (COD) System Promotion
    Get Up to 50 Percent Off the List Price
    Sun is offering a 36-way Sun Fire E25K Capacity-On-Demand (COD) system with nine 1.05 GHz UltraSPARC IV COD Uniboards at up to 50 percent off its list price. The Sun Fire E25K server is a large-scale shared memory system that offers twice the performance of previous generation Sun servers in the same footprint.
    Storage
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    Brocade SilkWorm 4100 4Gb/s SAN Switch
    Enterprise-class Features in a Midrange Switch

    The Brocade SilkWorm 4100 four GB per second (4Gb/s) SAN switch has been added to Sun's portfolio of storage area network (SAN) solutions and is certified for use with the Sun StorEdge family of products. This switch is available in configurations of 16, 24 and 32 Fibre Channel ports.

    Sun StorEdge 9990 System with Embedded NAS Blade
    Enables NAS and SAN Functionality in Same Storage Pool
    The Sun StorEdge 9990 System now offers an embedded network attached storage (NAS) blade. With this addition, customers can have both NAS and storage area network (SAN) functionality in the same storage pool under common management. With the addition of this embedded NAS blade, a tiered storage environment can be created for file-based data with this Sun system.
    Sun StorEdge 6920 to be Released with Enhanced Features
    Multi-vendor Virtualization and More
    Sun plans on releasing an updated version of its Sun StorEdge 6920 System that will be capable of virtualizing its own drive arrays as well as EMC CX (CLariion) and HP EVA arrays. Its enhanced feature set includes storage pooling, data replication, mirroring, snapshoting and ILM-type date migration across storage tiers and across multi-vendor arrays.
    Sun StorEdge 9910 and 9960 Components to be Discontinued
    Next Generation of Sun StorEdge 9900 Products Set as Replacements

    Components of the Sun StorEdge 9960 and 9910 systems are being discontinued and Sun is recommending customers forecast their demand for these components and place their orders promptly. Hard disk drives (HDDS), disk array frame unit, disk adapters, cache memory, shared memory and assorted power options are being migrated off the Sun price list.

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