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Sun, Google and Microsoft to Support Internet Research Laboratory
UC-Berkeley Lab to Work on Delivering Free Web-based Software Services

Sun, Google and Microsoft have joined in supporting a US$7.5 million Internet research laboratory at the University of California, Berkeley. The Reliable, Adaptive and Distributed Systems, or RAD, lab was scheduled to open December 15, and is aimed at helping entrepreneurs introduce more groundbreaking ideas to a mass audience, reported the Associated Press (AP).

Storage Performance Council SPC-2 Benchmark to Become Next Standard
More Support Received with Seagate's Backing of Latest Benchmark
The Storage Performance Council (SPC) SPC-2 benchmark specification has gained new support with Seagate Technology announcing its backing of this benchmark specification designed to measure and report sequential I/O (bandwidth) performance data. SPC-2 is expected to become the industry-standard for measuring storage products in sequential I/O environments.
Sun Helping Build Disaster Warning Systems for Countries Worldwide
Joins in Collaborative Agreement with Pacific Disaster Center
Sun will be working with the Hawaii-based Pacific Disaster Center (PDC) to develop and deploy Disaster Warning Systems for countries around the globe. Sun technologies and engineering services will help support PDC's vision of fostering disaster-resistant communities through information, science and technology.
Sun Microsystems Malaysia Expects Continued Industry Growth
Cites Telecoms, SMBs, Partners for Prosperity

Managing Director for Sun Microsystems Malaysia Cheam Tat Inn says he expects the company's growth to continue its upward climb and anticipates beating the industry's growth numbers during this fiscal year ending June 30, 2006, similar to last year, which grew over two-and-a-half times more than the standard industry rate.

    Sun Fire x64 Servers Contest
    Tell Sun Why You Love These Servers and Win an iPod Apple Nano

    If you love Sun Fire x64 servers, let Sun know why and you may be eligible to win a free Apple iPod. Four themes have been outlined and Sun will pick the top five entries within each for a total of 20 winners, who will be awarded an Apple iPod Nano.

    Top Ten Articles for Last 3 Issues
    Vol 93 Issues 4 and 5, Vol 94 Issue 1

    Each week, we determine which articles have been most frequently referenced by logged-in subscribers to provide you with a list of the most popular articles for each of the last three issues. The Web version of this article lists the top 10 articles for each of the last three issues. The top articles for the three most recent issues were:

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    McNealy Upbeat as Ever on Sun's Prospects
    "Sun Is Back" He Tells BusinessWeek
    Eventually everyone gets a chance to ask Scott McNealy about how Sun plans to make money giving away software. Peter Burrows of BusinessWeek just quizzed the Sun CEO and chairman, who responded that more was involved than the old "we'll make it up on volume" argument.
    Sun Offers the Moon (and the Kitchen Sink as well)
    Timothy Prickett Morgan Analyzes the Open Source Effort

    Timothy Prickett Morgan's cogent, thought-provoking analysis of Sun's Solaris Enterprise System and what it may owe to IBM's experience with the AS/400 is well worth a reader's time. The article, written for IT Jungle, suggests IBM should be more than a little nervous about the possible success Sun may enjoy with its current open-source marketing strategy.

    Loiacono Explains Sun's Open-source Marketing Strategy
    Open Source is Not Just for Developers, But Architects and SysAdmins as Well
    It's not just developers that Sun is targeting in its open-source initiative, John Loiacono told Computerworld's Patrick Thibodeau. The Sun executive vice president for software products explained that Sun is also seeking the involvement of architects and systems administrators as well.
    The Future of Java Programming Language an Unknown
    It's in the Hands of the Community Says James Gosling

    Speaking recently at the Sun Tech Days Worldwide Developer Conference in Toronto, James Gosling, CTO of the Java Enterprise and Development Group at Sun, urged the audience to involve themselves with the Java Community Process (JCP), which he believes is at the heart of the future for the Java programming language.

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    Solaris Source Code Release Called Smart Move
    OpenSolaris Rolls Grow, Derivative Distributions Surface

    One clear measure of the success Sun hoped for in its release of Solaris Operating System (Solaris OS) source code is the registration of 10,000 people at the OpenSolaris Web site and the creation of more than 24 OpenSolaris user groups since the release in June 2005. This and other evidence suggest that Sun's decision was astute.

    The Secret of Open Source Projects
    Why Silence Often Seems the Better Approach

    Prompted perhaps by the comments of Sun's Erwin Tenhumberg and the Mozilla Foundation's Tristan Nitot at last month's OASIS conference in London, Ingrid Marson studied the question of why open source projects get so little publicity. Her two-part article for ZDNet UK also considers why not publicizing a migration to open source might just be a good idea.

    To Open-Source or Not to Open-Source
    TCO Is Not the Only Question

    Forrester Research conducted a survey on open-source software use among 128 large North American organizations in early 2005 that produced some interesting results in terms of the reasons for adopting, or not adopting, open-source software. Mark Long comments on these results in NewsFactor Magazine Online.

    Looking at Mozilla's Firefox 1.5: A Review
    Some Improvements but Not a Major New Release
    The recently released Mozilla Firefox 1.5 draws qualified praise from Jim Rapoza, who reports on the tests conducted on the solution in the labs of eWeek. Rapoza characterizes the version, not as a "major new release," but rather as an improvement over the earlier version.
    "Producing Open Source Software"
    A Guide to Managing FOSS Software Projects
    Those developers whose view of free and open source software has been jaundiced by the failure of some past FOSS projects will be heartened by Karl Fogel's new book, "How to Run a Successful Free Software Project," new from O'Reilly, which details the various aspects of software projects with an aim to ensuring their success.
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    Sun Announces Upcoming Solaris 10 1/06 Operating System
    Also Reveals Reduced Pricing for New Solaris Media Kits
    The next update for the Solaris 10 Operating System (Solaris OS) has a revenue release date for its download set for December 21, 2005, with general availability and its media kits scheduled for release January 23, 2006, Sun announced December 6.
    Sun Java System Portal Server 7
    Delivers Collaborative, Identity-based Content Through Web-based Apps

    A new version of the Sun Java System Portal Server will provide developers and customers with a secure method of delivering collaborative and identity-based content through web-based applications. The Java System Portal Server 7 is available for download at no cost within the Sun Java Enterprise System, Solaris Enterprise System and Sun Java Application Platform Suite.

    Sun Management Center 3.6
    New Release Adds Key Requests for Enhancements
    The Sun Management Center 3.6 released December 8, enhances application availability, optimizes performance and scalability and simplifies the monitoring and management of SPARC and x86-based systems running the Solaris Operating System, Linux systems and applications. With the Sun Management Center, system administrators are able to control the Sun infrastructure from virtually anywhere on the network or on the web.
    Sun N1 System Manager 1.2
    Adds Support for Sun's Latest Sun Fire Servers
    During Sun Network Computing 2005 Q4, Sun announced the release of the N1 System Manager version 1.2 software that supports the company's newest Sun Fire servers, including the Sun Fire X2100, Sun Fire T1000 and Sun Fire T2000. N1 System Manager is designed to help manage each step of the infrastructure lifecycle.
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