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Desktop Java Client Technologies Prepping for Mustang
Engineering Team Shares List of Possible Features for J2SE 6.0

The Java 2 Platform, Standard Edition (J2SE) 6.0 is in mid-development, and the Desktop Java engineering team has published an article highlighting a few client technologies and their related features that may be in this platform's next release. These include Swing, Java 2D, internationalization, AWT and deployment.

Uncommon API Features of J2SE 5.0
Java Author Cites Top Five Lesser Known But Compelling Features

Author of "Java in a Nutshell" David Flanagan has chosen his five favorite API features of the Java 2 Platform, Standard Edition (J2SE) 5.0 in an article hosted on O'Reilly's ONJava.com Web site. He explains, with examples and methods, why these APIs -- which may be less well-known -- are beneficial to J2SE programmers.

Become a Certified Web Component Developer for the J2EE
Take the Next Step in the Java Technology Certification Learning Path
Sun Certified Programmers for the Java platform, who specialize in the application of JavaServer Pages (JSP)* and servlet technologies used to present web services and dynamic web content using the Java 2 Platform, Enterprise Edition (J2EE) may be interested in becoming certified in web components for the J2EE platform.
"Killer Game Programming in Java"
Create Cool, Adrenaline-fueled Games with Java
Author Andrew Davison has written a comprehensive new book entitled, "Killer Game Programming in Java" debunking the myth that the Java programming language isn't designed for game development. This comprehensive guide is a practical introduction to the latest Java graphics and game programming technologies and techniques.
Software
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N1 Grid Service Provisioning System 5.0, Update 1
Sun is Offering a Free Software Trial
The recently released N1 Service Provisioning System 5.0 Update 1 software has three new features designed for businesses requiring rapid deployment and access to heterogeneous application services. This updated software is ideal for customers who need to provision applications to a heterogeneous environment with ease and flexibility.
N1 Grid Engine 6 Update 4
Adds Execute Nodes for Microsoft Windows
Update 4 of the N1 Grid Engine 6 has new optimized binaries for the Solaris 10 Operating System (Solaris OS) x64 platform and the ability to connect Microsoft Windows desktops as execute hosts. Additionally, a new module interoperates with Sun Control Station 2.2.1 to administrate a grid from a single graphical user interface.
Solaris Security Toolkit 4.1
Automates the Process of Securing Solaris Operating Systems

The Solaris Security Toolkit 4.1 release is available now with full support of the Solaris Software Support Service Plans or the SunSpectrum Service Plan contract. Formerly known as the JumpStart Architecture and Security Scripts (JASS) toolkit, the new Solaris Security Toolkit provides a flexible and extensible mechanism to harden and audit Solaris Operating Systems.

Download USB Security Script
Enables USB Device Access Control

Sun has released a USB security script to ease concerns regarding unauthorized access to USB devices. The usbsecure.pl script allows users to implement USB device access control, enabling the disablement of all USB devices or only those devices that are currently connected to the system.

Servers
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Sun Fire E20K Beats IBM P5-590 in Manugistics Benchmark
Demonstrates Sun's Chip Multithreading Technology Innovation
A new Manugistics Fulfillment v7.1 benchmark world record has been set by the Sun Fire E20K server running the Solaris 10 Operating System (Solaris OS). This Sun Enterprise class UltraSPARC IV-based server demonstrated leading performance by beating IBM's newest 32-way POWER5 server, the IBM P5-590, by 23 percent.
IDC Reports Continued Growth in Worldwide Server Market
IT Spending Remains Strong in First Quarter of 2005
The first quarter of 2005 recorded year-over-year volume server revenue growth of 15.6 percent in the worldwide server market, representing the primary growth area for the overall server market, reported IDC's Worldwide Quarterly Server Tracker. Factory revenue grew 5.3 percent during this period, amounting to USD$12.1 billion.
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