Archive for July, 2007

Very positive eWEEK review of Sun ODF plug-in for Microsoft Office

July 30, 2007
Tiffany Maleshefski of eWEEK has posted a very positive review of Sun’s ODF plug-in. According to her, our ODF Plug-in for Microsoft Office it is the best option currently available for adding Open Document Format support to Office’s massive installed base. She discusses the fact that Microsoft’s Open XML/ODF Translator project is still in development, while “Sun’s freely-downloadable ODF Plug-in is a bona fide shipping product β€” complete with optional paid support from Sun.

While Tiffany’s overall experience was quite positive, she also notes some areas of improvement. She ran into some slight formatting issues and couple of other problems. She concludes her review by stating that anyone working with partners or customers running or another ODF-based office application will find this plug-in a worthwhile download.

So check it out


My favorite ones from last week…

July 28, 2007
1. Trying to clarify the Sun Ray difference – ZDNet, 7/17
Paul discusses the differences between the Sun Ray, PC and X-terminal. He writes, “What makes the Sun Ray different (than an X-terminal) is that it interfaces a remote user to an application, including graphics display, running on a server.” In contrast to the PC, he feels Sun Ray allows users to share resources and information independently of IT, instead of putting rackmounts of PC cards under IT’s direct control and needing virtualization to minimize hardware. He goes on to detail seven advantages, including portability, reliability, flexibility, security, processing power, cost and user freedom.

2. Logging su attempts and failed logins – Blog O’ Matty, 7/22
Matty explains as a conscientious Solaris administrator, he make every attempt possible to protect his servers from malicious users, including configuring system auditing and system logging. He illustrates how when he configures system logging, he configures the syslogd daemon to log everything to a centralized location.

3. Configuring MySQL Database Replication using Solaris and ZFS – Martello, 7/19
James highlights his notes taken during an exercise to configure MySQL database replication across two SunFire T2000 servers running Solaris 10, each of which also has a single ZFS file system mounted in /storage/xxxx.

4. Sun’s Project Indiana: turning OpenSolaris into a practical platform – ars technica, 7/17
Ryan discusses the forwarding of OpenSolaris and the challenges that the nascent community will face along the way.

Bloggers feedback on JavaFX project updates

July 27, 2007
This week, several NetBeans and Java bloggers wrote on the release of the JavaFX NetBeans plugin and the launch of the JavaFX compiler project. Below are some of the prominent ones.

— Jacques Surveyer blogged about both the JavaFX compiler and the JavaFX NetBeans plugin. He frames his post by saying that “GUI integration continues to heat up” and states that the compiler means JavaFX can run on more platforms, and that JavaFXPad is intended to “simplify and enhance the GUI building process.”

— The release of the JavaFX NetBeans plugin gave blogger Mathias Lux the “impulse” he needed to look more closely at it. He describes the plugin as “essential” and appreciates how the IDE does all of the important work in terms of building and running JavaFX files. He feels this is important for developers that are more familiar with other scripting languages.

— Fabrizio Guidici digs into the profiler improvements in NetBeans 6 M10. He guides readers through some installation steps then highlights how the integrated profiler allows him to start profiling a Tomcat server in just a few mouse clicks.

In additional blog posts concerning NetBeans 6 M10, Matt Mawson offers his perspective on NetBeans from the perspective of an IDEA developer, saying it is catching up.

In other news, InfoWorld Strategic Developer blog had a recap of the IDE shootout at the recent JUG Cologne event.

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InfoWorld special report on desktop virtualization

July 24, 2007

In a special report, Paul Venezia of InfoWorld takes a look at the VDI (Virtual Desktop Infrastructure) market and discusses how vendors, such as Sun Microsystems, are offering real world thin client solutions that are helping companies save on high rising energy costs, among other things like application compatibility. Mason Uyeda, Sun Microsystems marketing manager for desktop virtualization is quoted at the beginning of the report, “We’re seeing customers who really want to move away from terminal services for application incompatibility issues, among other things, and this is a clear alternative. VDI is like putting gasoline on the virtualization fire.

Paul writes in detail about the differences between traditional thin client systems and VDI, and how VDI changes the way sessions are delivered to the clients. Sun Ray-based broker was included in the report, and his conclusion is that VDI is still in its infancy “but the future definitely looks bright” with vendors like Sun leading the way.

My favorite ones from last week…

July 22, 2007
Selected Sun product conversations in blogosphere during last week:

1. Solaris Express – Kaiwai’s Blog, 7/13
Kaiwai recently installed Solaris Express Community Edition and hopes VMWare will be ported to Solaris x86 in the near future.

2. Solaris on Intel is Telecoms’ Grade – BladeWatch, 7/17
Martin highlights the recent availability of Solaris on Intel-based rack and blade servers and says it is “great news, and brings more choice for the telecommunications market to choose which platforms they use for their Solaris based systems.”

3. Energy Efficient Computer Labs and How IT Can Work to Remove Roadblocks – Mikael Gueck’s Little Island of Excitement, 7/13
Mikael discussed the idea of creating a more energy efficient computer lab and identified Sun Ray Client technology as a key solution. He mentioned Sun Ray as an alternative to off-the-shelf computers that “are becoming much more powerful than necessary.” Mikael went on to say, “The Sun Ray client connects to your monitor, mouse, USB and Ethernet, and lets you run 10 lab desktop sessions on one computer.13 It’s stateless, all the processing happens on the other end. If the Sun Ray desktop client breaks, you just replace it, and you’re back up and running where you were before the break.”

4. Sun LDOMs on CoolThreads Servers – Outside the Asylum, 7/12
Daniel recently setup LDOMs on a T2000 and advises following the release notes.

NetBeans review in Dr. Dobb’s Journal

July 19, 2007
Eric Bruno of Dr. Dobb’s Journal recently published a “quick take” on NetBeans 6.0 Milestone 10. In addition to summarizing the key enhancements to the latest milestone release, he focuses on the fact that code highlights act like “automated searches”, describing the concept and stating that it is “simple, but cool.” He also highlights the UML support in NetBeans 6, describing how developers can create more “visually appealing” UML diagrams, as well as how code is generated from the diagrams based upon built-in templates.

Awards, Awards and MORE Awards!!!

July 18, 2007
We have won several awards recently…

On July 3rd, SYS-CON Media announced 2007 SOA World Reader’s Choice Awards. The awards recognize the best tools, solutions, and education offerings in a total of 20 categories. Winners were selected through reader-submitted nominations, followed by online voting at SOAWorld. Sun software was among the winners in 11 categories:

— Best App Server: Java System Application Server, Sun Microsystems
— Best Framework: Java Web Services Developer Pack, Sun Microsystems
— Best IDE:  NetBeans 5.0
— Best Portal Platform: Java System Portal Server, Sun Microsystems
— Best Security Solution: XML and Web Services Security (XWS-Security) 2.0, Sun Microsystems
— Best SOA/Web Services Platform: Java EE, Sun Microsystems
— Best Tool/Platform: NetBeans 5.0
— Best Web Services or XML Site: Sun Developer Network, Sun Microsystems
— Best Web Services or XML Training: XML and Web Services Security (XWS-Security) 2.0, Sun Microsystems
— Best Web Services Utility: Java API for XML Processing (JAXP) 1.3 Sun Microsystems
— Best XML Parser: Java API for XML Processing (JAXP) 1.3, Sun Microsystem

In other news, Sun Microsystems was named one of the winners in Manufacturing Automation’s 2007 Progressive Manufacturing  Awards.

Finally, Sun reclaims the second-place position behind Hitachi Data Systems in the Diogenes Labs-Storage magazine Quality Awards for enterprise arrays. According to the piece, β€œSun rebounded nicely in the 2007 survey, rising from 2006’s last-place finish to second this year. Sun’s systems had scored well in 2005 (second), but Sun was the apparent victim of organizational upheaval following the StorageTek acquisition in 2006 … Sun’s 1.18 was the biggest one-year jump [in scores].”

My favorite ones from last two weeks…

July 14, 2007
Selected Sun product conversations in blogosphere during the last two weeks:

1. Cloning a Solaris Zone – Martello, 7/11
Having recently cloned on a Solaris Zone, James says “it was a breeze, so much easier (and far, far quicker) than creating another zone from scratch.” He goes on to describe how to setup the system to clone Zones.

2. ZFS Replication – Digital Badger, 7/11
Mark walks through his notes on utilizing the ZFS send and receive commands and highlights that “the real coolness starts with the incremental transfers,” which “drastically reduce bandwidth and the time taken to replicate data.”

3. Using More of ZFS’ Power – Unix Admin Corner, 7/8
Discussing the migration of directories to ZFS, Jim mentions how “one of the nicest reasons for doing this [migrating] is that you can just export your zfs pool before you do an upgrade or reinstall of Solaris and import pool later.” This blogger also links to a Sun blog post for creating automated snapshots.

4. ZFS Test Suite & More Released – Phoronix, 6/26
Michael highlights the release of the ZFS Test Suite and Solaris Test Framework to

5. IDE Shootout: Roundup – JUGCologne, 7/6
Michael discusses a recent IDE Shootout with representatives of JetBrains, Oracle, Eclipse and NetBeans, with the NetBeans discussion “one of the best of the evening.”

6.Seam 2.0 and NetBeans 6.0 M10 – JJ Blogger, 7/6
   Saw It, Got It, Using It – JJ Blogger, 7/2
   JBoss Seam + NetBeans Update 2 – JJ Blogger, 6/29
Jeff recently downloaded NetBeans 6.0 M10 and has been working with Seam 2.0 and the NetBeans Seam plugin.

7. NetBeans 6.0 M10 Available – Semantic Metadata, 7/3
Mathias highlights the most recent NetBeans release and lists the new updates including Ruby Debugger enhancements, Plugin Manager and Visual Designer.

8. Have You Tried NetBeans 6.0 M9 Release? – JavaLobby, 7/1
Arpit praises the recent NetBeans release and calls it “the biggest upcoming revolution in Java Development scenario.”

9. Back From a Little Break – Sparks and White Noise, 6/27
Octave mentions his recent upgrade to Solaris Express Build 66, and goes on to discuss Sun’s recent product announcements such as the new Sun Blade 6000 platform and Sun Studio 12. The blogger says, “The new IDE is awesome and the installation is painless […] the open sourcing of Solaris Cluster is a huge win for everyone.”

10. Data Centers Design and Management Need Updated – Blade Watch, 7/1
Discussing an article on energy efficiency in the data center, Martin mentions the efficiency of the Sun T1000.

IDE Shootout

July 12, 2007

Java User Group in Cologne, Germany recently organized a “shootout” between NetBeans, Eclipse, Oracle and JetBrains. Check out what happened in this post Download NetBeans IDE

Sun Weblog Publisher gets a positive review

July 10, 2007
In a very positive review, Bob Boeri of Content Curmudgeon evaluates the Sun Weblog Publisher, an add-on blog publishing product that works with StarOffice or

Bob starts off his entry writing, “Sun Web Logging! I just received a Blog publishing plug-in to Star Office Writer called Sun Weblog Publisher. I am publishing this blog entry using the Weblog Publishing tool. I just installed it and already I’m in love with this.

In particular, he notes the benefit of using a word processor interface that people are already accustomed to, the ability to create a blog offline as well as managing different blogs on the same blog server, and having automatic log ons for multiple usernames and passwords. Bob summarizes his experience at the end by touting the power of the blog tool and its “terrific” price.

Overall, a pretty positive experience for the reviewer…