Archive for June, 2007

My favorite ones from last week…

June 30, 2007
Selected Sun product conversations in blogosphere last week:

1. Reacting to Real Security Threats – ZDNet, 6/27
    A Consequence of Convergence? – ZDNet, 6/22
In a post about electrical power and PCs, Paul Murphy notes that the Sun Ray uses 4 Watts, whereas a PC uses 80 to 90. In a separate blog, he discusses reacting to security threats, saying “Solaris on SPARC has better than a 6:1 cost/performance advantage over zOS on the mainframe and the overall change will let you reduce manpower needs on affected applications by 80% or more relative to data center operations.” Additionally, he suggests giving users Sun Rays to gain lower costs, freedom from daily upgrade and attack panics.

2. There’s More to Open Source than Linux – Z Trek, 6/25
In discussing Linux’s role in the open source software movement, Alan Zeichick comments that he doesn’t use Linux (mentioning that Solaris is one of his preferred options) and goes on to mention OpenOffice and NetBeans as other platforms and projects beyond Linux.

3. Populating /dev/sg When Leadville Drivers are in Use – Blog O’Matty, 6/27
    Preparing for the Sun Cluster 3.2 Certification – Blog O’Matty, 6/26
    Using the Emulex Storage Tools to Manage Leadville Controlled Emulex Adapters – Blog O’Matty, 6/25
This first blog entry outlines how users can get their Solaris 10 servers to properly populate /dev/rmt/* and /dev/sg/* with tape devices. Matty also shares his thoughts on preparing for the Sun Certified System Administrator for Sun Cluster 3.2 exam, which he recently passed. Finally, in a discussion about using storage tools with Solaris, he notes that, with Solaris 10, users don’t need to download and install a SFS stack or third party drivers, and the native Solaris tools can be used to manage specific aspects of storage management.

4. JBoss Takes Exadel Tools to Eclipse Open Source – FASTForward Blog, 6/27
In an entry on JBoss.org and RedHat, Dana Gardner mentions that developers can now download the plug-ins from JBoss Tools to compile a powerful IDE with rich tooling for Java EE and Ajax developments.

6. JBoss Seam + NetBeans 6.0 M9 Update – The JJ Blogger, 6/23
Josh Juneau talks about how he’s been trying to make the Seam plug-in work with NetBeans 6.0 and claims that “it does [so] quite nicely.”

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Solaris reviews in Phoronix

June 29, 2007

Michael Larabel of Phoronix posted two detailed Solaris reviews this week.

In the first review, he talks about his Solaris Express Community Edition Build 66 installation experience and the fact that it’s easier to install than Solaris 10 and offers improved x86/x64 hardware support.

In a second review, Michael describes a graphics comparison between Linux and Solaris using NVIDIA proprietary drivers concluding, “the Solaris driver code is very similar to the Linux, Windows, and FreeBSD drivers with the exception of the OS-specific bits, and this advantage is definitely able to shine through when talking about the performance benefits for alternative operating systems.”

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Multi-Threaded Development Made Easy

June 27, 2007
Check out this video of Kuldip interviewing Don Kretsch, Senior Director of Developer Tools at Sun. They discuss how the new Sun Studio 12 tools make multi-threaded development much easier…

Multi-Threaded Development Made Easier

InfoWorld podcast on Sun blades and virtualization

June 25, 2007
Couple of months ago, InfoWorld was impressed with the Sun Blade 8000 Modular System offerings. Last week, they posted a follow-up podcast on our new Sun Blade 6000 Modular System offerings and how they are playing an important role in virtualization. Check out the review and the podcast.

My favorite ones from last week…

June 23, 2007
Selected Sun product conversations in blogosphere last week:

1. Solaris Metacluster Sizes – The Trouble With Tribbles, 6/18
Peter examines the sizes of various Solaris clusters of packages to determine if a single OpenSolaris distribution can be trimmed to fit a CD.

2. Deploying Highly Available Oracle Databases With Sun Cluster 3.2 – Blog O’Matty, 6/20
Having worked thoroughly with Sun Cluster 3.2, Matty discusses his favorite data service, the Oracle HA data service, “which allows Sun cluster to monitor and failover databases in response to system and application failures.”

3. Sun Certification: To Dig, Or Not To Dig? (Part 1 Of 2) – Solaris Jedi, 6/17
Working on his upgrade exam for his Sun certifications, Christopher discusses Solaris 10 and the training involved in certification.

4. Sun Announces The SunSpectrum Service Plan – Dedicated Sun Person On Demand – BladeWatch, 6/19
    Interviewing Sun Microsystems About Network.com – BladeWatch, 6/17
Martin discusses Sun’s enhanced customer service and notes how the SunSpectrum Service Plan “helps Sun align one person to the customers business to understand their needs, and hopefully build a relationship to add value.” This blogger also posts a Q&A with Sun on Grid computing.

Sun Fire X4600 server review in ServerWatch

June 22, 2007
ServerWatch posted a very positive evaluation of the Sun Fire X4600 server. The reviewer, Charlie Schluting, looked at the design, product features and performance of the machine — and praised each of these areas individually.

  • Design: Charlie highlights the changes in the internal design citing better airflow and cooling capabilities. He also praises the flexibility of operating system support and the ease of installation.
  • Product Features: The review provides a list of the product features and components highlighting the benefit of each of these for use in determining hardware compatibility. Charlie highlights how the features included are strong, but are also based on industry standards making compatibility very easy.
  • Performance: The evaluation looked specifically at speed of the server. Charlie ran four processes of Folding@Home and stated: “Performance, if you need any convincing at all, is sublime. Everything we threw at this server ran faster than we’d ever seen on other Opteron servers.”

Charlie briefly highlights how to consolidate servers onto the X4600, stating that two of these machines could run the critical apps in a modest sized infrastructure. He wraps up his review stating: “Saying this server is “fast” doesn’t really do it justice. Speed isn’t nearly as important as good design, redundancy, and close attention to detail from a seasoned server manufacturer. Combine that with extreme flexibility and speed, and you have the X4600.

very positive openoffice.org review in eWEEK

June 21, 2007

In a positive eWEEK review of OpenOffice.org 2.2 titled, “OpenOffice Sports All-Around Improvements,” Tiffany Maleshefski says the latest version has across-the-board improvements for all the productivity applications, and comments that the brightest aspects of OpenOffice.org 2.2 is the free price and the impressive broad platform support that it can run on. Download OpenOffice.org

In particular, she notes the improvements in Calc’s matching of Microsoft’s Excel pivot table feature and Writer’s better overall appearance of fonts as well as PDF export functions. Lab testing was conducted on various systems, including Windows XP, Mac OS X Tiger, and Debian GNU/Linux 4.0, and performed similarly on all systems.

She says, “IT managers looking for alternatives to Microsoft Office — particularly those unwilling to make the leap to Office 2007 — will find OpenOffice.org 2.2 well worth evaluating because, as the suite offers a good solution for cutting software costs while expanding platform options and minimizing compatibility issues.” She also notes that it is not realistic to expect 100 percent compatibility between OpenOffice.org and Microsoft Office if you must deal back and forth with complex documents.

Overall, this is a very positive review for OpenOffice.org! 🙂

My favorite ones from last week…

June 16, 2007
Selected Sun product conversations in blogosphere last week:

1. All Solaris Core Files Are Not Created Equally! – Blog O’Matty, 6/9
    Quieting The Shell During Login Sessions – Blog O’Matty, 6/9
Matty discusses the behavior of Solaris process.max-core-size resource control and a provides a tip on reducing the amount of “chatter” in login sessions.

2. The Magic Of Automounting User Home directories On Solaris – Cypro’s Telephony, 6/10
Cypro discusses automounting home on a standalone box, to all boxes on a network and automounting global zone home to zones.

3. Solaris Live Upgrade On Sun Fire T1000/T2000 Servers – Martello, 6/11
Giving an overview of installing and configuring Live Upgrade on Solaris, James discusses the setup process, what did not work well and how he worked through issues.

5. More Information On Sun’s New Blades – BladeWatch, 6/7
    Apple To Support ZFS? – BladeWatch, 6/7
    Sun Blades Greener? – BladeWatch, 6/7
Martin discusses several Sun-related topics including Sun’s new blade range that “look fantastic,” Apple’s inclusion of ZFS in Mac OS 10 and the environmentally friendly aspects of Sun’s blades.

6. New Blade Enclosure From Sun – Halis Way, 6/10
Hampus highlights the features of Sun’s 6000 series servers saying “the cool thing about the 6000 enclosure is that it is not a Blade enclosure in the classic sense, it’s not “stripped down computers in a box.”

“Move Over Eclipse. NetBeans 6 Rocks!”

June 15, 2007

In a JavaLobby review of NetBeans 6.0, Michael Urban starts off his post stating, “after working with NetBeans 6 over the last week, I have to say I am very impressed. This is not simply a minor upgrade, as is so common in IDEs these days… Quite the contrary, NetBeans 6 is a major new release, and a major improvement over NetBeans 5.5. Download NetBeans IDE

Michael then dives into describing his favorite improvements in 6.0, including the UI Gestures Collector, which he likes because it offers advice to help tailor users’ NetBeans experience as well provides data used to develop future improvements in the UI. He also mentions the overall look and feel of 6.0 is very similar to native applications, even more so than Eclipse. He then highlights the speed and performance of 6.0, stating: “A warm start takes 7 seconds, including loading my project.” He rounds out his observations commenting that many bugs encountered with 5.5 are now gone, improving subversion support and code completion.

To conclude, Michael ends his post with: “Overall, I am very impressed with NetBeans 6 so far. Congratulations to the NetBeans team for their excellent work on this release. I would encourage you to check it out.

A very positive review for NetBeans 6.0 and the NetBeans team!

“Computing Which?” magazine reviews StarOffice and OpenOffice.org

June 14, 2007
Computing Which? magazine posted a comparative review of seven different office suites. The testers rate ease of use, performance and versatility for StarOffice 8, OpenOffice.org V2.2, Microsoft Office 2007 (Home and Student), Microsoft Works 2006, Corel WorldPerfect Office X3, 602 PC Suite and Tesco Complete Office.

The reviewer, Abigail Smith ranked Office 2007 first, with StarOffice and OpenOffice.org as the closest rivals. She says StarOffice is a good package and has a top-notch range of templates. Her testing team rated StarOffice with 4 to 5 stars for every category. They also called out OpenOffice.org as a highlighted product they’ve labelled “Worth Considering” for it’s functionality and free price.

Abigail ends the article stating that Computing Which? liked OpenOffice because “it’s free, easy to use and looks good. This is a well designed office suite with lots of functions. Almost any task could be tackled with this suite.

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