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Is Solaris OS Better than Linux?
One Company's Detailed Cost Analysis Offers an Answer
Marc Andreessen, co-founder of Netscape Communications and founder of Ning, decided to conduct a comparative analysis of Linux on Intel versus Solaris Operating System (Solaris OS) to find what implementation would be best for Ning's production environment. What he discovered was that "Solaris is a better Linux than Linux."
Sun Management Center 3.6 Version 2
Adds Support for the New Sun Ultra 45 Workstations

Sun Management Center 3.6 Version 2 adds support for the new Sun Ultra 45 Workstations and includes software for six locales: English, French, Korean, Japanese, simplified Chinese and traditional Chinese. The software is currently available as a free download from the Sun Web site.

Solaris Operating System for x86 Installation Check Tool 1.0
Find Out if Your System Can Run Solaris OS in Just 2 Minutes

The Solaris Operating System (Solaris OS) for x86 Installation Check Tool 1.0 is designed to quickly alert users whether their x86 system will likely be able to run Sun's UNIX platform. This free tool reports whether Solaris drivers are available for the devices in an x86 system and whether the Solaris 10 1/06 OS will run.

Resource Information for Users Running Solaris OS on Laptops
BigAdmin Article Consolidates Latest Resource Sites

Richard Friedman has written an article for the BigAdmin System Administration Portal that lists various resources from Sun and others on running the Solaris Operating System (Solaris OS) on laptop systems. His collection of resources covers installation, booting, configuring and running applications on Solaris OS via a laptop.

Share Your Experience with the Solaris OS
You Could Be One of Two Monthly Winners to Receive an Apple iPod

Sun wants to know why you love, or hate, the Solaris Operating System (Solaris OS) and is offering an incentive to get users to share their stories. By sending in a minimum of four sentences detailing your experience, you will automatically be entered into a monthly drawing to win an Apple iPod.

Free and Open Source S/W
Sun Publishes Technical Drafts for CAS, DRM
Schedules Developers Conference to Solicit Input on Evolving Specs

Sun's recent decision to publish the open-source technical drafts for conditional access specifications (CAS) and digital rights management (DRM) was reported by Laurie Sullivan for This decision comes under the Open Media Commons (OMS) initiative that licenses content to individuals rather than to machines.

OpenSolaris for Xen Promising for x86 Processor-based Computers
Sun Works to Adapt Linux Technology to Its Galaxy Line of Servers

OpenSolaris for Xen is at hand, enabling computers using x86 processors to run multiple operating systems. Though it currently works mainly with Linux, Sun is adopting Xen for its Galaxy line of x86 servers. Already, Sun has managed to use Xen to freeze an operating system and its applications, migrate it to another system, and restart it.

OpenSolaris and VMware for the Novice
A Step-by-step Guide for the Uninitiated

Bill Rushmore has written a helpful guide to "Getting Started with OpenSolaris using VMWare" that is aimed at readers new to both VMWare Workstation 5.5 and OpenSolaris. Running OpenSolaris on VMware, it acts as if it has its own dedicated box when, in fact, it is running as an application on Windows or Linux.

OASIS Members Approve WS-Security v1.1 Standard
Provides Foundation for Integrity, Confidentiality in Messages
OASIS, the international e-business standards consortium, has approved the WS-Security version 1.1 as an OASIS Standard. WS-Security delivers a technical foundation for implementing security functions such as integrity and confidentiality in messages implementing higher-level web services applications.
Mozilla's Minimo 013 Now Available as Free Download
New Version of Open Source Browser for Windows Mobile Devices
In Nancy Gohring's report on the recent release of Minimo 013, a slimmed-down version of the Mozilla open source browser designed for handheld devices, there is evidence that the expectation of being able to access any content on the Internet with a handheld device is drawing ever closer to realization.
Education and Research
Education and Research Institutions Adopting Latest Sun Products
Affordability, Flexibility and Performance Attract Education Customers

Education and research institutions are part of the increase in customer demands for Sun products, which the company reports are resulting from some of its latest technologies that have hit the market in the past few months. USC and UCLA are among customers relying on Sun products to help advance their systems and research ventures.

Sun's 2006 U.S. Education Matching Grant Program
Deadline to Qualify Ends May 31, 2006

Sun helps educational institutions overcome some of their financial barriers in obtaining the computing power required for faculty, researchers and students via its Matching Grant Program. Discounts up to 50 percent are available on Sun products though May 31, 2006, for academic and research computing through Sun's 2006 U.S. Education Matching Grant Program.

    Largest Education Deal for Sun in Latin America Announced
    Over 27,000 Workstations to be Delivered to Mexican Classrooms

    To help bridge the digital divide for Mexican school children, Sun will deliver more than 27,000 Sun Ultra 20 Workstations and five years of Sun services as part of a US$400 million contract with the Mexican Ministry of Education's Enciclomedia project, whose goal is to provide computer technology to fifth- and six-grade classrooms.

    Sun Honored by Foundation for a College Education
    Sun Foundation and Employee Volunteers Recognized for Commitment
    The non-profit organization Foundation for a College Education (FCE) recently honored the Sun Foundation and its employee volunteers for their commitment and history of grant donations. FCE provides support services to students who have been traditionally under represented in higher education and their families.
    Sun HPC Grid to Help UCLA LONI's Brain Research and Database
    Sun's HPC Engineering Expertise, Price/Performance Helps Win Bid
    Sun will be creating a high performance computing (HPC) grid for the University of California Los Angeles's (UCLA) Laboratory of Neuro Imaging (LONI) to help in its research for causes, cures and treatments for ailments of the human brain, such as Alzheimer's disease and schizophrenia, as well as analysis of brain development.
    Two Australian Scientific Hubs Experience Sun Grid System's Power
    Increased Throughput by 20 Percent in About Half the Physical Space
    A two-rack, 66-node Sun Grid System using Sun Fire V20z servers powered by AMD Opteron processor Model 250 is driving research at the University of Queensland Australia's two strategic scientific hubs - The Center for Computational Molecular Science (CCMS) and the Center for Hypersonics.
    Italy's IT Teachers, Students Receive More Access to Java Technology
    Sun and Italian Ministry of Education Announce Agreement

    Italian schools will have the privilege of online access to Java technology training courses with an announced agreement between Sun and the Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research (MIUR), in collaboration with the Java Italian Association (JIA). The agreement provides students and IT teachers with free access to and use of material relevant to Java technology.

    Java Technology
    Java EE 5 SDK, NetBeans Enterprise Pack 5.5 Software
    Now Available as Preview Downloads
    Sun has released preview versions of the Java Platform, Enterprise Edition (Java EE) 5 Software Development Kit (SDK) and the NetBeans Enterprise Pack 5.5 Software, which provide developers with the next generation Java platform and tools for building and deploying web services and Service Oriented Architecture (SOA)-ready applications.
    Sun, Openwave to Bring Standards-based Tools to Mobile Market
    XML-based Browser Environments, Java ME Will Enrich Content

    An announcement made at 3GSM in Barcelona involved the collaboration between Sun and Openwave to integrate Openwave's XML-based MIDAS with the Java Platform, Micro Edition (Java ME) technologies to provide open, standards-based tools to deliver rich content for mobile phones. Directions Magazine's Joe Francica interviewed Eric Chu, Senior Director of Sun's Client Systems Group on the subject.

    Bringing JavaServer Pages 2.1 and JavaServer Faces into Alignment
    Expert Groups Resolve Compatibility Issues

    Pierre Delisle and Jennifer Ball's article "Web Tier to Go With Java EE 5: Summary of New Features in JSP 2.1 Technology" is the first in a series that provide an overview of the new features introduced in version 2.1 of JavaServer Pages (JSP) technology.

    Java Technologies Win One Dozen Reader's Choice Awards
    JDJ, SOA Web Services Journal Give Sun the Nod

    Readers of the Java Developer's Journal (JDJ) and the SOA Web Services Journal chose Sun products and technologies as winners for three categories of the JDJ awards and nine categories of the SOA Web Services awards. The awards ranged from best platform to best training and SOA web site.

    "Java & XML, 3rd Edition" - Rough Cuts Version
    Gives Readers a Hand in Writing the Finished Manuscript
    Brett McLaughlin's "Java & XML, 3rd Edition" is being made available by O'Reilly in an innovative manner, the so-called Rough Cuts versions. Buying "Java and XML" through the Rough Cuts service gives readers access to an evolving manuscript that can be read online, downloaded as a PDF or printed.
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