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Download OpenOffice.org 2.0 Beta 2
Significant Advancements Ready for Community Testing
OpenOffice.org 2.0 Beta 2 is available for immediate download and evaluation. Windows users are cautioned to be sure to download the file containing the latest date. Designed to resemble and perform as Microsoft Office and Lotus SmartSuite do, OpenOffice.org 2.0 is, by contrast, entirely free.
eWeek Reviews OpenOffice.org 2.0 Beta 2
Improved Interoperability, Stability and Enhanced Features Noted
OpenOffice.org 2.0 Beta 2 caught the eye of Gene J. Koprowski and Sean Gallagher of eWeek, who noted the availability of the free download, which they report supports Windows, GNU/Linux, FreeBSD and the Solaris Operating System (Solaris OS). The writers also observe that the reception for this free Beta will have implications for the reception of StarOffice 8 Office Suite, which builds on the OpenOffice 2.0 code.
Sun Industry Standards Source License (SISSL) Retired
Move Supports OSI Recommendation to Limit License Proliferation

With the retirement on September 2nd of the Sun Industry Standard Source License (SISSL), that licensing scheme will no longer be available to open source projects. Sun's move was made in cooperation with the Open Source Initiative (OSI), which has recently been encouraging a limit to license proliferation.

OSGi Alliance Provides Early Access Peek at Service Platform
Release 4 Core Specification Posted on Alliance Web Site

In a recent post on the OSGi Alliance Web site, Release 4 Core Specification for the forthcoming OSGi Service Platform is available for sneak preview. Release 4 will provide the base for new mobility services for cars, portable devices, mobile phones and other environments, while also adding powerful modularization capabilities to Java technology.

Mozilla Comes of Age, Says Dr. Axel Hecht
Developers Can Expect to Write Their Applications in Mozilla
Edd Dumbill, editor-at-large for O'Reilly Network, gives readers a preview of the comments expected from Dr. Axel Hecht, a member of Mozilla Europe's board of directors, on the prospects for that solution's use as a development platform. Hecht will address O'Reilly's European Open Source Convention in mid-October.
Servers
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SPARC-based Sun Fire V890 with Solaris 10 OS Sets New Mark
TPC Benchmark Shows Sun Outperforming IBM Enterprise Servers
Transaction Processing Performance Council (TPC) subjected the enterprise-class, UltraSPARC IV-based Sun Fire V890 server running the Solaris 10 Operating System (Solaris OS) to the TPC-H benchmark testing process. By every measure, the Sun Fire V890 server outperformed the IBM enterprise-class servers it was pitted against.
Sun Fire Midrange Servers Updated for Firmware Release 5.19.0
Optimizing Availability of Mission-critical Systems

A number of benefits accrue to end users who implement firmware release 5.19.0 for the Sun Fire midrange server line, as Tricia Wittsack points out in her Sun BluePrints OnLine article, "Auto Diagnosis and Recovery Enhancements for Sun Fire Midrange Servers Updated for Firmware Release 5.19.0."

End-of-Life Announced for Certain Sun Fire V210, V240 Configurations
Replacements to Feature Software Upgrades

End-of-life has been announced for the Sun Fire V210 and the Sun Fire V240 1.34 GHz and 1.5 GHz UltraSPARC IIIi processor and the Solaris 9 Operating System (Solaris OS) and Sun Java Enterprise System Release 2 (2004Q2) installed. The replacement products will not feature any hardware changes.

Storage
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Incorporating StorageTek Products, Technologies, Personnel
Mark Canepa Talks About Sun's Strategy Following StorageTek Acquisiton
Mark Canepa, executive vice president of the Network Storage Products Group at Sun will be heading the new Sun/StorageTek division, which is expected to be housed on StorageTek's campus in Louisville, Colo. Recently, Canepa spoke to Lucas Mearian with ComputerWorld about the company's plans on incorporating StorageTek products, technologies and personnel over the coming months.
Sun StorEdge 5310 NAS Gateway System
Enables NAS Functionality to be Added to Existing SAN Infrastructures

The Sun StorEdge 5310 NAS Gateway System offers a cost-effective way of adding NAS functionality to existing SAN infrastructures without burdensome reinvestment or extensive architectural modification. With a converged storage environment, organizations can realize significant enhancements in operational efficiency and resource utilization enabled by this new Sun release.

Sun StorEdge 3510 FC Array 146GB 15Krpm Drive Configurations
Supports up to 1.7TB in a Single Array

Sun is announcing the Sun StorEdge 3510 FC Array configurations using 146GB 15Krpm FC disk drives along with two stand-alone 146GB 15Krpm FC drive parts. These configurations will be generally available and fully regulatory compliant to be sold worldwide by September 13, 2005.

Additional Configurations for the Sun StorEdge 3120 SCSI Array
300GB 10Krpm and 146GB 15Krpm Disk Drives Now Offered

Beginning September 13th, the Sun StorEdge 3120 SCSI Array will offer a 1U high, 300GB 10Krpm and 146GB 15Krpm SCSI disk drive configurations. The 300GB 10Krpm disk drive array will support up to 1.2TB in a single array, while the 146GB 15Krpm disk drive configuration will support up to .5TB.

Sysadmin
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"Why Migrate to Sun Java Studio Enterprise 8?"
New Ant -based Projects System, Enhanced UML Modeling to Name a Few
New features in the Sun Java Studio Enterprise 8 are enticing system administrators to migrate to this new version of Sun's next generation development platform. Its toolset offers complete support for enterprise software development based on the Java Platform, Enterprise Edition (Java EE) 1.4.
"Toward Systemically Secure IT Architectures"
Strong Security in Dynamic and Flexible IT Environments

Learning how to manage risk, cost and complexity without constricting an IT environment's flexibility, agility or efficiency is the challenge addressed by Glen M. Brunette, Jr. and Christoph L. Schuba in a paper entitled "Toward Systemically Secure IT Architectures." This paper identifies common architectural building blocks to achieve stronger security.

Cooperative Competitors: Sun and Microsoft
Adds Value to Today's Heterogeneous Computing Environments

Sun and Microsoft have become cooperative competitors since the two joined in a broad collaboration agreement in April 2004 that aligned them as full and equal partners working to improve interoperability between their products. Data centers and desktops can take advantage of this interoperability immediately with products from both companies.

NetBeans
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NetBeans Developer Collaboration Project Invites You!
Join in Developing Framework for Collaboration-aware Applications
Interest in the Developer Collaboration feature of the NetBeans 4.1 platform has generated a new community project to further advance this technology. The NetBeans Developer Collaboration project is based on components from the Sun Java Studio Enterprise and Sun Java System Instant Messaging software products to provide a framework for developing collaboration-aware applications.
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