News about Oracle's Solaris and Sun Hardware
System News
Nov 21st, 2005 — Nov 27th, 2005 Generate the Custom HTML Email for this Issue
System News System News for Sun Users
Volume 93, Issue 4 << Previous Issue | Next Issue >>
Sections in this issue:
click to jump to section

Free and Open Source S/W
Sun Contributes New Technologies to OpenSolaris
Makes Solaris 10 OS More Attractive to Larger Numbers of Users

Sun Microsystems has taken a number of steps recently in promoting the Solaris 10 Operating System (Solaris OS). These include support for the open source Postgres database and plans to integrate Solaris Containers for Linux Applications. Sun also showed results of its involvement with the Xen open source project, which enables provisioning and managing of Solaris OS to a virtualized server environment.

Sun Releases Solaris Zettabyte File System (ZFS) in OpenSolaris
Provides a Solution to Many Traditional Data Storage Problems

Got problems with storage capacity? Sun may have just the solution you've been waiting for: the Solaris Zettabyte File System (ZFS), a radically new approach to data management. What distinguishes Solaris ZFS from other storage solutions is that it eliminates the volumes, partitions, provisioning, wasted bandwidth and stranded storage associated with its predecessors.

IBM, Sun to Host Meeting for Promoting OpenDocument
Microsoft Seeks ISO Adoption of Open XML

IBM and Sun executives will host a meeting devoted to promoting the use of OpenDocument as an inducement for adoption of software that would compete with Microsoft Office. ComputerWorld's Elizabeth Montalbano reports that the ideas behind the gathering include the notion that vendors supporting OpenDocument could create a reference implementation that companies will be able to use in testing their software for compatibility.

Open Source Development Labs' Patent Library Reduces Litigation
Gives Users Access to More Than 500 Patents

The Open Source Development Labs (OSDL)has launched its online patent commons reference library, which will catalogue existing patent commitments from companies and individuals who wish to retain ownership of their patents, and will provide information about different types of pledges and covenants and how they work.

Sun, Echoworx , Lucent Technologies Offer Email Security as a Service
Sun Secure Mail Allows Users to Encrypt Email at Desktops

Sun Secure Mail has been launched as part of a joint effort between Sun, Echoworx and Lucent Technologies to bring increased security and privacy protection to email subscribers in their email communications. This fully-hosted managed service will be administered by Sun and Lucent Technologies, and powered by the email encryption software technology of Echoworx.

Solaris 10 OS Preferred by Oracle
Named as Its Preferred Development and Deployment Platform
The Solaris 10 Operating System (Solaris OS) has been named Oracle's preferred development and deployment platform for most x64 architectures, including x64 (x86, 64-bit) AMD Opteron and Intel Xeon processor-based systems and Sun's UltraSPARC-based systems. Oracle also plans on using this Sun platform throughout its development organization and to ship all its 64-bit products on the Solaris OS.
Sun and GlobalPlatform Fueling Next Generation Java Card Technology
New GlobalPlatform Card and Java Card Specs Focus on Contactless Technology
Sun and GlobalPlatform have strengthened their alliance by creating complementary technical specifications to help augment the next generation of Java Card development. Contactless applications are the common focus between these companies' specifications, which they expect to be a significant area of market growth for smart cards.
World's First 40 Gbit/s DWDM CMOS Optical Link Demonstrated
Sun Working with Luxtera to Create Next Generation of Supercomputers
Fabless semiconductor company Luxtera Inc. has been selected as a Sun technology partner to develop high bandwidth, low latency dense wavelength-division-multiplexed (DWDM) optical interconnects that will form the building blocks for future terabit links in Hero, Sun's High Performance Computing Solution (HPCS) program for the United States' Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).
Sun and Pacific Internet to Support China Gaming Firm SeaSky NetJoy
Dream-i Casual Games to Deploy Under the Games Market Access Program

China gaming firm SeaSky NetJoy has gained support from Sun and Pacific Internet in launching a first cross-channel, multi-player game platform called Dream-i. One of the first commercially available platforms in Asia, Dream-i houses a suite of casual game contents that can be played simultaneously on both the mobile phone and desktops online.

Free Download of Sun Studio 11 Software
Compilers and Tools for the C, C++ and Fortran Developer
Sun Studio 11 software, the latest release of Sun's optimizing compilers and tools for the C, C++ and Fortran developer, is now available and can be downloaded free from the Sun Web site. Currently, this release is offered as an English-only download. Its multilanguage version is expected to be available for download on December 19, 2005.
New Solaris 10 Patch Policy to Begin November 29th
Access to Software Updates Restricted Without Service Plan

Access to Solaris 10 Operating System (Solaris OS) patches will now be distributed via software updates, which will be restricted depending on the level of service subscribed to by users. Security fixes and hardware driver updates will continue to be freely available, but access to all other patches will require a Sun Service Plan.

Solaris 10 OS on x64 Platforms to Support PTC Pro/ENGINEER
General Availability Expected in First Half of 2006
The Solaris 10 Operating System (Solaris OS) will be supporting PTC Pro/ENGINEER running on the AMD Opteron processor-based platform. This 3D product design solution enables companies to develop detailed, intuitive and realistic digital product representations. General availability for the Solaris 10 OS with Pro/ENGINEER Wildfire 3.0 is expected sometime during the first half of 2006.
PortWise 4.0 and the Solaris 10 OS on Sun Fire Servers
Pre-packaged Security Bundle Delivering High Value

Secure application access specialist PortWise is making its security application available along with the Solaris 10 Operating System (Solaris OS) and Sun Fire AMD Operton-based servers to provide a pre-packaged security appliance to enterprise customers, reported the Sarbanes-Oxley Compliance Journal.

Choosing the Best Server Virtualization and Containment Technology
A Guide for Examining the Issues

Harry J. Foxwell and Isaac Rozenfeld have written a Sun BluePrints article "Slicing and Dicing Servers: A Guide to Virtualization and Containment Technologies," that provides considerable insight into the sorts of decisions that govern cost effectiveness in getting more out of existing server configurations.

Job Prioritization in the N1 Grid Engine 6 System
Making the Most of Scheduler Policies
The most efficient use of grid computing results from efficient resource management of the sort that the Sun N1 Grid Engine 6 software can provide. Charu Chaubal has written the Sun BluePrints online paper "Scheduler Policies for Job Prioritization in the N1 Grid Engine 6 System" that describes the tools and techniques available in the solution.
Expert Exchange on Sun Java System Identity Management
Panel Fields Wide Variety of Questions on the Solution

A recent "Expert Exchange" on the subject of the Sun Java System Identity Management solution featured three Sun Java System managers who fielded a variety of questions on the the software. Typical questions suggest the range of issues discussed.

Trending in
Vol 234, Issue 3
Trending IT Articles