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Partners
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Sun and Oracle Solidify Cooperative Agreement
Companies Advance Engineering and Marketing Efforts
Sun Chairman and CEO Scott McNealy joined Oracle chief executive Larry Ellison appeared before their companies employees at a joint town hall type meeting this past week to reaffirm their cooperative agreement to develop and market products. Ellison recommitted Oracle to Java technology, including a plan to build all their applications on Java technology.
Sun Sets Goal for Channel Neutral Program
Strategies Behind Sun's Shifting Partner Program
At the end of last year, Greg Stroud, vice president of U.S. partner alliance sales in Sun’s Global Sales organization, spoke with CRN Senior Editor Joseph F. Kovar and Hardware Editor Kristen Kenedy about the strategies behind and future of Sun's partner program.
Replacement Program for SunFund Begins February 1, 2006
SunFund Claims Deadline Set for January 31, 2006

Sun is working on a new campaign to replace its SunFund marketing program that will substitute soft dollars with more targeted funding, free training and reduced-cost demo equipment. The current SunFund Program will end January 31, and partner claims must be received by AAS no later than this date.

PortalPlayer Signs Java Licensing Agreement with Sun
Java ME to be Included in Personal Media Player Platforms
PortalPlayer customers will soon be able to add Java applications such as games and productivity tools to PortalPlayer's personal media player platforms, which are expected to be released in the first half of 2006, since the company recently licensed with Sun to use Java Platform, Micro Edition (Java ME) technologies.
Features
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Is the Java Programming Language Down for the Count?
James Gosling Doesn't Think So

If anyone knows how well the Java programming language stacks up against such scripting languages as PHP and Python, it's James Gosling, who told CNET News.com, "It feels like we're only a third of the way through exploiting into what we can really do with Java. There's a lot of play in this puppy yet."

Keeping Pace with Advances in Multi-core Processor Technology
Some Guidelines for Developers Wanting to Stay Up-to-date

Developers concerned about the need to match their level of skill to the advances in IT technology owe it to themselves to become proficient in writing concurrent, multi-threaded applications contends Don Kretsch, Sun Studio engineering director, who insists programmers need to learn to write applications that take advantage of multi-threading.

Tim O'Reilly Defines Web 2.0
Winners and Losers in the New Age

The nature of "Web 2.0" and what to expect in the next generation of software are the subjects of a long piece entitled "Tim O'Reilly Defines Web 2.0." He suggests that, whatever the other casualties of the dot-com bubble, the web is alive and well and holds great promise for the industry.

The Future of Grid and High Performance Computing at Sun
Bjorn Andersson Shares His Views on the Company's Plans

Bjorn Andersson, director of grid computing and HPC at Sun, shared his views on important developments in his area of responsibility with GRIDtoday editor Derrick Harris. Sun wants to see HPC become more "attainable and practical," Andersson said.

Software
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Rundown on the Latest Features, Enhancements in New Solaris Release
Sun Document Covers Updates in Solaris 10 1/06 OS

The current Solaris 10 1/06 Operating System (Solaris OS) release has multiple new and enhanced features. Sun has released documentation covering these updates for users to easily assess what's new in the Solaris 10 1/06 OS.

Crush Bugs and Bottlenecks with Solaris DTrace
This Sun Expert Exchange Forum Set for January 18th

Sun will be hosting a Sun Expert Exchange Forum on the intricacies of Solaris Dynamic Tracing (DTrace) Wednesday, January 18, at 10 a.m. PST. This Q&A forum will allow attendees to get straight answers directly from Solaris Operating System (Solaris OS) engineers who helped design this innovative tool.

A Quick Comparison Between StarOffice 8 and Microsoft Office
You Decide Which Office Suite is the Best
StarOffice 8 Office Suite is a complete, feature-rich office productivity product that's available for approximately 75 percent less than Microsoft Office 2003 Standard Edition. StarOffice is an affordable competitor to Microsoft Office, and this article offers a quick overview of the features and prices for both of these office suites.
Jini Technology as a Service Oriented Architecture
Article Contends Open Source Architecture an Attractive SOA
Did you know that Jini technology is a service-oriented architecture (SOA) with advanced capabilities? In an article by Alexander Krapf with Network World, Jini's SOA features and capabilities are introduced by the writer, who offers this open software architecture as "an attractive SOA."
Sun Studio Compilers for Linux OS
Technology Preview of Alpha Software Available for Evaluation
Sun Studio Compilers for Linux OS is a technology preview of alpha-quality software that offers early engineering builds of Sun Studio 11 compilers for the Linux community's assessment. The intent in making these early builds available is strictly for evaluation purposes and to gather feedback.
Servers
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eWeek Labs Reviews the Sun Fire T2000 Server
Makes Revolutionary Technological Leap with UltraSPARC T1 Processor
The Sun Fire T2000 Server faced the scrutiny of eWeek Labs who deemed the CoolThreads server excellent in capability and rated the Sun server good for its manageability, expandability and availability. Summarizing eWeek Labs' findings, Anne Chen writes that this Sun server is leaps ahead of the competition.
Multi-threaded Applications Have Nothing on the Sun Fire T2000 Server
Review Finds Server Offers More Services in Less Space, Power, Time
Christopher T. Beers writing for Network Computing had the opportunity to test a Sun Fire T2000 server at Syracuse University's Real-World Labs. He commends the server for addressing the challenge facing data centers today: to fit more services into existing space, without significantly increasing power consumption or cooling requirements.
Anandtech's Look at Sun's UltraSPARC T1
The Next Generation of Server CPUs

Johan De Gelas with AnandTech, a leading IT source for hardware analysis and industry news, recently examined Sun's UltraSPARC T1 processors' concept, architecture and impact on the industry. The UltraSPARC T1 processor provides eight processing cores with 4 threads per core and with up to 32 simultaneous threads in a low-power, low-heat processor.

New RoHS-compliant Netra 240 Servers
To Replace Non-compliant RoHS Netra 240 Servers

New Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS)-compliant Netra 240 servers are scheduled for release January 30, 2006, for customers who will require their systems to meet RoHS standards after June 30, 2006. The Netra 240 Server is a 2RU ruggedized server targeted primarily for network equipment providers and carriers, defense and military and embedded OEM markets.

Java Technology
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Comments Sought on Early Draft Release of Java SE 6.0 (Mustang)
Download Available for Programming Community

The release of a new version of the Java Platform, Standard Edition (Java SE) 6 for early draft review was reported by Sean Michael Kerner for internetnews.com. "Mustang" includes such features as a Java Activation Framework (JAF), Java Architecture for XML Binding (JAXB) 2.0, and Java API for XML Web Services (JAX-WS) 2.0.

Project Looking Glass Set for OpenSolaris Release This Year
Current Open Source and Early Development Versions Available on java.net
Sun is adding Project Looking Glass to its open source releases. As of November 2006, the Project Looking Glass platform and sample desktop will become part of OpenSolaris. The expectation at Sun is that the solution will evolve into one that has the greatest utility and usefulness to users.
Java Tuning White Paper Compiles Best Practices, Procedures
Focuses on Large, Multi-processor Servers; Desktops to be Featured Later

The Sun Developer Network has issued a Java Tuning White Paper that aims to collect in a single publication the latest best practices for optimizing Java technology performance. The authors note that the document itself will evolve as performance features and best practices for the Java HotSpot Client Virtual Machine itself evolve.

Java Technology a Favorite Among Chinese Wireless Developers
Evans Data Survey for Winter 2005 Finds Widespread Java Adoption

Over 80 percent of Chinese wireless developers use the Java programming language at least some of the time, according to the Evans Data Survey for Winter 2005, which concluded that Java dominates Chinese Wireless Development. The findings also found that one-quarter of the wireless developers in China use Java for the majority of their wireless development work.

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