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Free and Open Source S/W
Sun Reaffirms Stand on GPL 2.0
Questions Remain on Solaris OS, Linux Code Swapping Under GPL 3.0

Peter Galli reports in eWeek that Sun will not reconsider its decision not to license the Solaris Operating System (Solaris OS) under GPL 2.0. At the time GPL 2.0 was issued, Sun opted instead for its own Community Development and Distribution License (CDDL). Sun found GPL 2.0 too restrictive for its purposes.

GPL 3.0 Draft Released; Comments Sought
Addresses Patents, Digital Rights Management, Version Compatibility

Release of a draft of GNU GPL version 3.0 is the subject of Sean Michael Kerner's report for He notes that the draft is now available for comment and discussion, and that the draft attempts to address certain issues that have been points of contention in previous versions of the license: digital rights management, patents and license compatibility.

New OpenSolaris Communities Announced
Storage Software, Games Available for OpenSolaris Users

OpenSolaris now has the benefit of storage software intended to provide storage management, fibre channel transport, iSCSI transport, interfaces for fibre channel HBA drivers and hardware, and device-specific needs for Sun storage products. Simultaneously, OpenSolaris announced the launch of the OpenSolaris Games Community.

OpenSSL Receives OK for Encryption of Unclassified Information
Validation Will Provide Substantial Savings to User Communities

Open SSL, an open source library for providing cryptographic functionality to such applications as secure web servers, has successfully completed a three-year process that has resulted in its receiving Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS) 140-2 validation from the Cryptographic Module Validation Program (CMVP). Developer Article Contest
Series of Monthly Competitions to Run Six Months at Least has launched the first in a series of Developer Contests designed to solicit more developer documentation, such as articles on porting, add-on and filter development, bug fixing, and whatever is of interest and helpful to the developer community. Deadline for the initial competition is set for February 28.
Migration Services to Assist Customers' Transition to Solaris 10
New Business Services from Sun and Global System Integrator Partners

Customers interested in migrating their proprietary data center environments to the free and open Solaris 10 Operating System (Solaris OS) can now do so more easily with new business services from Sun and its Global System Integrator partners Satyam Computer Services Ltd., Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) and Wipro Limited.

Solaris 10 Operating System - One Year Later
More Than 4 Million Registered Licenses, 57 Records Set

Exactly one year after its initial release, the Solaris 10 Operating System (Solaris OS) has registered more than four million licenses and set 57 performance and price/performance world records, announced Sun, who has been receiving reports from customers complimenting the "tremendous application performance improvements" from the company's flagship platform.

Simplifying the Deployment of Solaris OS
Sun to Add Tools to Ease Deployment and Appeal to Smaller Enterprises

Tom Goguen, vice president of Software Marketing for Sun, said the company is looking to add tools to the Solaris Operating System (Solaris OS) that will help with the setup and management of its UNIX platform. The goal is to ease deployment for solution providers who serve smaller enterprises.

"Solaris OS Networking -- The Magic Revealed"
Paper Offers Both a Historical Perspective and a Look Ahead

The advances in networking inherent in the Solaris 10 Operating System (Solaris OS) are the subject of Sunay Tripathi's BigAdmin feature "Solaris OS Networking -- The Magic Revealed" which also considers the evolution of networking features in previous versions of the Solaris OS. Topics include TCP, UDP, IP, the device driver framework and tuning for performance.

End-of-Software Support Statements for the Solaris 10 OS
Effective with January 2006 Release of Sun's UNIX Platform

Sun has issued an end-of-software support announcement for the Solaris 10 Operating System (Solaris OS) following the release of Solaris 10 1/06 OS. Forty-six features have been removed and another 29 are being considered for removal.

Java Web Services Developer Pack 2.0 Now Available
Release Delivers Several New Capabilities

The new Java Web Services Developer Pack (Java WSDP) 2.0, a free integrated toolkit that enables users to build, test and deploy XML applications, web services and web applications is now available. This new release contains the JAX-WS 2.0 EA, JAXB 2.0 EA, and SAAJ 1.3 EA implementations - the "integrated stack" for web services.

GRUB and the Solaris 10 1/06 OS
The New Open Source Bootloader and Its Benefits

Shudong Zhou and Jan Setje-Eiler discuss the open source GRand Unified Bootloader (GRUB) as a bootloader for the Solaris 10 1/06 Operating System (Solaris OS) for x86 Platforms in their BigAdmin feature "GRUB and the Solaris 10 1/06 OS: The New Bootloader for x86 Platforms."

"Managing and Monitoring Sun Java System Application Server 8.1"
A Look at the Management Tools and Associated APIs
In their Sun Developer Network article "Managing and Monitoring Sun Java System Application Server 8.1" authors Hans Hrasna, Harsha R. Ashwath and Marina Sum discuss both the management tools included in the solution as well as the associated APIs, showing users how they can be used to monitor system attributes.
"Character Conversions from Browser to Database"
Mastering the Encoding Tasks That Keep Data Squeaky Clean
Transporting character data from browser to database (and back again) is the subject of John O'Conner's Sun Developer Network article that covers such issues as browser display and form submission, along with web and database settings. The article includes numerous examples of code.
NetBeans IDE 5.0 and Mobility Pack 5 Released
Includes Matisse GUI Builder, Plug-in Development Support and More
NetBeans Integrated Development Environment (IDE) 5.0 has been released and is available to be downloaded free from This latest version of the Java technology-based open source software tool provides comprehensive support for building Java Platform, Standard Edition (Java SE), Java Platform, Enterprise Edition (Java EE) and Java Platform, Micro Edition (Java ME) applications.
Free NetBeans worldTour CD
Get NetBeans 5.0, Mobility Pack, Profiler and Sun Java App Server
Get a free NetBeans worldTour CD that includes the NetBeans IDE 5.0, NetBeans Mobility Pack 5.0, NetBeans Profiler 5.0 and Sun Java System Application Server 8.2 Platform Edition by simply filling out a registration form on the NetBeans Web site.
New Technical Support for NetBeans 5.0
Sun's Expert Assistance for Developers Available Free for Limited Time

For the first time, technical support for NetBeans 5.0 will now be available through the Expert Assistance for Developers - a new Sun Developer Network Program currently in beta mode. Through this program, a developer can get assistance for Sun developer tools, the Java Platform, Standard Edition (Java SE) and the NetBeans IDE.

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