Friday Sep 11, 2009

Recent Developer Reviews


VirtualBox
VirtualBox users were buzzing with praise, tips and tricks this week, with a blogger from Technology FLOSS writing about his experience with VirtualBox reporting that he “was gladly surprised by its performance...it was veeeeeeeeeeeeeeery fast.” Blogger Rafi recommended VirtualBox as “a very good solution” to anyone who wanted to work in multiple platforms simultaneously, and shared a tutorial on how to set up VirtualBox on a Fedora host system with a Windows Vista guest. A blogger from Jordan Team Learning described how to link the graphics card device to the driver in VirtualBox, reporting that he was able to get “more than 16 colors and higher than 800x600 resolution” on his VirtualBox guest operating system.

JavaFX
JavaFX developers kept the adoption momentum rolling this week, starting with Carl Dea who wrapped up his proof of concept series and encouraged developers to try JavaFX by saying, “it's not every day that you can start from the beginning to learn a soon-to-be popular language.” Nik Silver, who recently created a JavaFX applet for The Guardian, described JavaFX as “kind of a cross between Javascript and Java, and, against the odds, manages to combine good elements of both with a bit of extra magic thrown in,” pointing out that JavaFX “allows you to integrate Java easily.” Finally, blogger John O'Conner discussed the advantages of mixins in JavaFX 1.2, over “duck typing” used in other languages saying the mixins feature “is truly a mixture of both abstract class and interface features.”

NetBeans
NetBeans users were quick to praise the IDE this week with blogger Jack Warnes saying “NetBeans is a great development environment,” pointing out that “it can be used for a wide variety of programming languages.” The blogger at CodeWeblog.com said “NetBeans is a good choice” for developing applications because it has strong functions, and noted that NetBeans is “a lot better than the powerful Eclipse.” Blogger Benny from The Computeress recommended NetBeans because of how easily it “can take scripts from one language and put them into a project with another,” and said “I would surely recommend NetBeans.” Finally, Nate Burchell stated that “NetBeans has been invaluable as I have been learning the Java language and syntax,” noting that “it will alert you when you have made a syntax error.”

OpenSolaris
OpenSolaris bloggers generously shared helpful tips they discovered while working in the OS this week. A blogger from Relevance Found posted two quick installation and setup hints that described how to set up VNC using the built-in OpenSolaris VNC server and how to set up CIFS file sharing with a built-in OpenSolaris CIFS server. Blogger Simon recorded all the steps needed to completely restore the OpenSolaris NAS by setting up a mirrored ZFS root boot pool, while a blogger from Morph3ous's Weblog described how to use OpenSolaris and ZFS to build an energy-efficient NAS.

OpenOffice
Enthusiastic OpenOffice users continued to praise the office suite this week, with a blogger at Open-tube describing OpenOffice's Writer as “one of the best open source word processors available today,” noting that “it is a fine replacement for Microsoft Word.” Felicia Williams from No Job for Mom! raved about how easy the office suite was to use, saying “anyone currently using Word or Excel should be able to transition from Microsoft to OpenOffice easily.” Finally, a blogger at Unixmen described OpenOffice as “the leading open-source open software suite,” which he made even better with the help of freely available extensions.

Monday Aug 31, 2009

At a Glance: Last Week's VirtualBox, JavaFX, NetBeans, OpenSolaris and OpenOffice Reviews


VirtualBox
VirtualBox evangelists raved about the software this week while also highlighting some of their favorite features. Jack Wallen of ghacks demonstrated how to connect to a VirtualBox machine using rdesktop and said, “VirtualBox continues to show itself to be one of the most flexible, useful tools available.” Scott Spanbauer of TechWorld discussed VirtualBox installation and noted “Sun Microsystems should rename its free, open-source virtualization utility VersatileBox,” because of its significant operating systems support. Finally, TechWorld's Richard Leon demonstrated setting up and installing a new operating system in VirtualBox on a Mac, highlighting how with the software one “can switch to a different operating system almost instantly.”

JavaFX
JavaFX users continued to inspire other RIA developers to try the programming language by posting plenty of tips and tutorials. JavaFX Coding Challenge Winner Sten Anderson demonstrated a new method to create a border panel, and Jeff “JavaJeff” Friesen posted a new JavaFX 1.2 units conversion application with an in-depth article that takes a deep dive into the process of building the application. The breadth of JavaFX resources inspired Martin to try the programming language, who reported on his experience noting that when building his first application “I got 80% of the initial functionality done within an hour.” Within a few days Martin was already up to speed with JavaFX, and posted a tutorial of his own that discussed how to create a custom subclass of javafx.async.Task.

NetBeans
NetBeans bloggers generously shared their knowledge this week with Tushar Joshi publishing a tutorial that fully detailed and demonstrated how to create a desktop application in NetBeans, how to find the JAR file after building the application, and how to start a Java Desktop application. Blogger Ali Riza Saral from TEKNE – TECHNE posted an in-depth tutorial that explained how to create custom packages with NetBeans, while Alfonso Romero of packpub.com connected NetBeans with VirtualBox, demonstrating how to configure the software programs with the TurnKey LAMP appliance to develop complex PHP applications in a virtual environment.

OpenSolaris
OpenSolaris users had nothing but positive things to say about the operating system this week with blogger Tami from milkdrop.de detailing why she selected OpenSolaris for her new machine, listing the operating system's ZFS, RAID-Z2, and iSCSI functions as major factors, which she noted are “perfect for a file server.” Similarly, a blogger from Random Ideas praised his OpenSolaris NAS box which he described as “rock stable,” noting that even with daily use he had not needed to reboot for more than a month.

OpenOffice
Bloggers were buzzing about OpenOffice this week with a long-time user from the Paradosis blog stating: “I've been using it now for around two years and as I rack my brain in search of a memory, I cannot discern any complaints or bad experiences I have had with OpenOffice.” A blogger from Revelations from an Unwashed brain said “OpenOffice is a great thing. I use it all the time. My kids use it...I find it does everything I need to do.” Finally, a blogger from A Whiff of Doom praised the utilities of OpenOffice saying it offers all you would expect from a big-name, big-bucks business suite, but pointed out OpenOffice “takes up less hard drive space and memory than comparable programs.”

Monday Aug 17, 2009

Last Week's Reviews


OpenOffice
OpenOffice received high praise in two top-tier publications this week. Network World's Randall Kennedy included the office suite in his list of the best free open source software programs for Windows, and said OpenOffice “provides a capable set of tools for accomplishing just about anything a typical business user would require.” PCPro's Simon Jones took an in-depth look at the 3.1 release saying the update brought “some welcome features and some much needed polish” to the office productivity suite. Bloggers continued to publish tips and tricks to get the most out of OpenOffice, with Ted French posting a Calc spreadsheet tutorial on about.com in which he said Calc “is easy to use, and contains most, if not all of the commonly used features found in spreadsheets such as Microsoft Excel.”

JavaFX
JavaFX buzz continued to grow this week with a blogger at widgetlabs declaring “I can finally say that JavaFX is now good,” after testing the 1.2 release. He tested JavaFX against other RIA solutions and noted that JavaFX's stellar CPU performance rate in comparison to the others “is an incredible evolution.” A blogger at Edgblog highlighted JavaFX's ability to simplify the process of animating graphics and said JavaFX “makes animation a breeze, and, dare I say, fun!” Finally, blogger Jonathan Giles developed and published a JavaFX menubar control which fellow JavaFX developer Jim Weaver praised and quickly installed in his BandmatesFX application.

VirtualBox
Satisfied VirtualBox users continued to share their praise for the virtualization software this week with Chris from Canada's Web Shop reporting that he finds VirtualBox to be “very handy in my day to day life” as it gives him access to applications he wouldn't otherwise be able to use. A blogger on Crisis Averted! discussed VirtualBox's dramatic evolution noting “I'm very pleased with its performance and ease of use.” Finally, a blogger from Sriram's blog reported on his installation of VirtualBox exclaiming “it's much, much, much better than VMWare.” After setting the system up the blogger said, “I couldn't stop my excitement.”

NetBeans
Accolades for NetBeans were plentiful this week, beginning with Rafal Borowiec from GoYello IT Services who tested Eclipse with the Exadel plugin against NetBeans. He said: “All in all, my choice is NetBeans. Definitely.” A blogger at map butcher wanted to test his service solution from a Java Client and reported that he was pleasantly surprised with the performance of NetBeans, and appreciated having the ability to drag the service reference into the code. He concluded by saying: “I like both NetBeans and Metro especially over previous experiences I've had with Eclipse.” Finally, blogger John O'Conner conducted a poll to find which IDE developers prefer when creating JavaFX applications and found that a whopping 87% of JavaFX users prefer NetBeans IDE.

Thursday Aug 13, 2009

OpenOffice.org 3.1 deep dive from PC Pro


PC Pro's Simon Jones published a deep-dive review of OpenOffice.org 3.1 and said the update “brings some welcome features and some much needed polish to the nearest thing Microsoft Office has to a competitor.”

Simon highlighted the new anti-aliasing of graphics, which he noted “greatly improves the clarity of charts and drawings,” and the showing of shadow objects while dragging, saying both of these features alone make OpenOffice “look much more professional.”

OpenOffice.org
There were several new features Simon found to be of value in Calc, including the zoom control on the status bar, the displayed hints about syntax functions as a formula is typed, and the auto-complete of the function names. He described sorting in Calc to be more logical and consistent, saying this “makes for a big improvement in usability.” Simon also noted the removal of some performance bottlenecks, which resulted in a faster calculation speed of large, complicated workbooks.

Simon also detailed the improved commenting feature available in Writer, along with the new file locking implementation included in the suite, which allows a user to tell if a file is already opened by someone else, even if that person is using a different OS.

Overall, a nice deep dive indeed!

Wednesday Aug 05, 2009

InformationWeek's positive Sun VDI 3.0 review


Sun VDI Solution
Sun Virtual Desktop Infrastructure Software
InformationWeek’s Randy George reviewed Sun VDI 3.0, which he called “new and improved,” citing “impressive performance” and “seamless” authentication against Active Directory as top features.

Randy found that “Virtual Desktop access screamed with Sun's VDI 3 on Sun Fire servers connecting to Sun's VirtualBox virtualization engine.” He also complimented provisioning features and the ability to automatically clone new virtual desktops as well as compatibility with a variety of software platforms.

Randy was also impressed with the Sun Ray 270 thin clients he tested, praising both their aesthetic appeal and the smartcard reader, which can be used for two-factor authentication. Overall Randy concluded that “Sun VDI impresses.”

Tuesday Jul 28, 2009

At a Glance: Last Week's Reviews


NetBeans
Starting off last week’s positive reviews was eWEEK’s Jeff Cogswell, who reviewed NetBeans IDE 6.7, finding that while it’s a .7 release, it “includes so many new features it could rightfully receive a full version increment.” A long-time fan of NetBeans blogged that version 6.7 was “faster than its predecessors,” and also noted its native integration, which he called “impressive.” Blogger Haroon wrote that NetBeans 6.7’s native Maven integration was a “good and productive” feature that convinced him to “shift from Eclipse to NetBeans 6.7.” Lastly, long time NetBeans user Iwan Eising praised Version 6.7’s almost seamless compatibility with older versions, saying that it “makes testing NetBeans a better experience.”

VirtualBox
Jeff James at Windows IT Pro gave top marks to VirtualBox 3.0, calling it “an impressive product with an unbeatable price tag” that “competes well with the likes of VMware Workstation and Parallels Desktop.” Blogger Haroon wrote about his first experience with VirtualBox saying, “I find it really awesome,” and noted that in full-screen mode, no-one could tell that the guest OS such as Vista or XP was actually running over Ubuntu. Another blogger wrote that VirtualBox was the ideal program for a “developer that wants to tinker,” and pointed out that “server consolidation is one great thing VirtualBox can offer.” Rounding out the group was a blogger from Techfuels who posted instructions on how to save VirtualBox to a portable drive to run consistently on any desktop, noting that “these techniques allow you to be completely independent.”

MySQL
Bloggers this week explored a variety of useful MySQL tools, with one from Development GuRu taking advantage of the MySQL Optimize Table command. He called it “very useful for tables that are frequently updated and/or deleted.” Blogger Grig Gheorghiu focused on managing multiple MySQL instances, and concluded that the MySQL Sandbox “does make your life much easier.”

OpenOffice
Linux.com’s Jacqueline Emigh kicked off the reviews for OpenOffice.org this week, recommending OpenOffice.org's Write program for anyone “seeking a smooth learning curve from MS Word.” Another blogger described the OpenOffice Suite in Ubuntu as “the perfect blend you need for all your office needs.” LinuxJournal’s Bruce Byfield chimed in with a tutorial on using OpenOffice’s DataPilots, which he said offered “convenient ways to perform statistical analyses.” Finally, a blogger got hands-on with OpenOffice.org and created a template and tutorial for making printable flash cards.

JavaFX
Java Pilot blogger Walter Bogaardt reported on his testing of JavaFX, noting that “it definitely gives a face lift to the Java GUI applications from an RIA.” Another blogger, who had read reports of large scene graphs affecting JavaFX performance, re-evaluated a game he had written and offered JavaFX optimization tips along the way. Finally, a blogger decided to experiment with Maven, stating that using JavaFX 1.2 with Maven 2.2 made it “somewhat easy to integrate a build with JavaFX complier.”

Wednesday Jul 22, 2009

At a Glance: Last Week's Reviews


VirtualBox
Computerworld’s Steven Vaughn-Nichols tested VirtualBox 3.0 on a variety of systems and platforms, concluding that “you owe it to yourself to try VirtualBox… It’s never been easier and VirtualBox has never been better.” Jack Wallen from TechRepublic came to the same conclusion, calling VirtualBox “one of the easiest of all virtualization products available,” and made special mention of its “amazing” Seamless mode. Blogger Tara focused on VirtualBox's speed when she wrote, “VirtualBox's disk throughput is phenomenal, in fact, this is the first time I've seen almost-native speed disk in [a] virtual machine,” concluding that “it's an awesome app.” Rounding out the group was a blogger who praised VirtualBox’s seamless mode and noted that “the graphics also feel nicer and run faster.”

JavaFX
Praise for JavaFX this week started with blogger Matt Van Bergen, who discussed how the RIA platform of JavaFX makes Internet based applications much more user-friendly and intuitive. Osvaldo Pinali Doederlein focused on JavaFX 1.2’s overall update, concluding that 1.2 was “a much needed update that fixed important holes and performance bottlenecks.” Blogger Jim Weaver turned his attention to the JavaFX-powered Indaba online recording studio, noting that JavaFX “enables recording high-quality audio directly onto the client platform.”

NetBeans
NetBeans beat out the competition this week starting with a longtime TextMate user who made the switch to NetBeans, calling the IDE’s features “just amazing.” A different blogger wrote, “I've tested many, many IDE's and options for programming and getting your work done. But…NetBeans gets the first prize.” Finally, blogger JJ Behrens, who has been using NetBeans for six months, noted that NetBeans is “way easier to get up to speed with than Eclipse.”

OpenSolaris
Bloggers highlighted a range of Solaris and OpenSolaris features, with blogger Alan Fineberg, a computer science and engineering student at University of Washington, calling Dtrace “awesome.” ZFS Mirror also earned a thumbs up from a blogger who explained how much easier Solaris 10’s ZFS Mirror makes the difficult work of breaking down a large task into smaller sub-tasks. A third blogger then gave a step-by-step guide showcasing how “easy it is to recover your favorite OS after installing” for what he called a “glorious recovery.”

OpenOffice
OpenOffice.org won new followers this week, including a blogger who reported his surprise with “the incredible power of OpenOffice.org” writing that “it has completely blown me away.” Blogger Peter Daley described OpenOffice as “a very sophisticated office suite,” and called it “a viable alternative” to Microsoft Office. Finally, blogger Travis Hampton got hands-on with OpenOffice, posting the first part in a series of tutorials on how to prepare an OpenOffice.org document in book form.

MySQL
Kicking things off was a blogger at Rawseo, who explained why developers should opt for MySQL instead of Access, naming features such as MySQL’s attractive free price tag, multiple-user access, better management of large databases and increased security. Other developers focused on making MySQL even better, with one providing a list of the chief principles for optimizing PHP and MySQL scripts, while Linux Magazine’s Jeremy Zawodny, who has used MySQL for almost a decade, offered helpful tips based on MySQL problems he’s seen in the past.

Monday Jul 20, 2009

eWEEK: NetBeans IDE 6.7 Provides Effective Integration with Project Kenai


eWEEK’s Jeff Cogswell reviewed NetBeans IDE 6.7, concluding that while NetBeans 6.7 is a .7 release in name, it “includes so many new features it could rightfully receive a full version increment.” Jeff spent the majority of his time testing NetBeans’ integration with Project Kenai, a new feature he called “one of the biggest improvements.”
NetBeans
The reviewer, who had in the past experienced frequent difficulties with “getting a new project installed on a new developer’s computer,” wrote, “Now, with the NetBeans IDE, you can easily avoid such problems” by creating a project and uploading it to Kenai.

Jeff also praised the ability for developers to access various Project Kenai features such as full support for source code repositories directly through the NetBeans IDE, “without the need to interact with the site itself.” He also made special mention of NetBeans’ convenient chat software, which he called “pretty handy for communicating with the project members in real time.”

After thoroughly testing Kenai integration and running into very few problems, Jeff offered a final verdict: “All-in-all, I had a good experience with the Kenai integration into NetBeans IDE.

Windows IT Pro: "A hearty thumbs up" for VirtualBox 3.0


Windows IT Pro’s Jeff James awarded top marks to VirtualBox 3.0, calling VirtualBox “an impressive product with an unbeatable price tag” which offers “a perfect solution for quickly creating dev and test environments.”

Jeff emphasized VirtualBox’s unbeatable free price tag and highlighted user-friendly features like VM creation wizard. He also noted that “from a usability and performance perspective, VirtualBox 3.0 works like a charm,” performing “on par (if not a bit faster) than…VMware Workstation.”

Other notable features included improved 3D Support, Guest SMP and the mini toolbar for full screen and seamless modes which “makes it even easier to switch between VMs.”

The reviewer, who gave VirtualBox 3.0 “a hearty thumbs up,” ultimately concluded that VritualBox 3.0 is “an impressive virtualization product that competes well with the likes of VMware Workstation and Parallels Desktop.”
Sun VirtualBox

Friday Jul 17, 2009

Interview with OpenSolaris Enthusiast Octave Orgeron


Reviews Interactive recently spoke with OpenSolaris enthusiast and influential blogger Octave Orgeron about the new OpenSolaris 2009.06 release. Octave is a Systems Architect with more than a decade of professional experience in designing, deploying and supporting Solaris solutions for the enterprise. He has been involved with OpenSolaris since the beginning and actively contributes to the OpenSolaris Logical Domains (LDoms) community through blog posts, articles and support.

Octave discussed the new features in OpenSolaris 2009.06 stating "I've found that the desktop integration and increasing amounts of IPS packages to be very helpful and productive for me." Octave also said that Crossbow and Xen have been "of great interest to me" on the virtualization front. However, he claimed the biggest enhancement personally was the SPARC support because of the work and testing he does on the SPARC platform.

Octave also gave his opinion on what the future holds for OpenSolaris, noting that although much of the focus has been on the desktop and user experience, he feels more emphasis needs to be placed on the provisioning, server administration, and support of the SPARC platform. He feels that "doing so will help bring OpenSolaris into the Data Center and help the transition from Solaris 10 to whatever the next product version will be named."
Octave Orgeron
Octave Orgeron
Octave is currently writing a book about Solaris/OpenSolaris LDoms and hopes to keep on contributing in this area. He also plans to start work on projects to address system administration needs and concerns with the long-term goal of helping out with Containers and Xen.

The complete interview with Octave can be found here.

Thursday Jul 16, 2009

French company reduces costs with Sun open-source solution


Symeos, a Web services security startup based in France, provides online identity management and federated authentication services to organizations in Western Europe and the United States. Symeos offers innovative single sign-on technologies for customers across multiple industries, helping to protect organizations against e-commerce online scams and identity thefts.
Sun Customer Symeos
As the demand for increased security and online identity management and authentication solutions continued to increase, Symeos created a new identity management product called EGO. Symeos quickly needed a completely new virtualized platform to support the more than 10 million expected users of EGO. The company turned to Sun to provide a high performance, low energy consumption solution that was open source, fast, scalable, and secure.

Symeos ordered 8 Sun Blade T6340 Server Modules with UltraSPARC T2 Plus processors and 12 Sun Blade X6250 Server Modules with Intel Xeon processors. The company also purchased two Sun Blade 6000 Chassis to house the machines; and to protect the platform’s data, the company chose a Sun Storage 7410 Unified Storage System together with a Sun Storage J4000 Array. The infrastructure runs on the Solaris 10 and OpenSolaris Operating Systems. The blade servers provide support for Web solutions that include the Sun GlassFish Enterprise Server v3, the Sun GlassFish Web Space Server 10, and the open-source offerings of the MySQL Database, the Sun OpenDS directory server, and Sun OpenSSO Enterprise.

Symeos built the finished platform over a period of two months, and after testing, plans to launch the by the end of the year. Because Symeos used open-source and open-standard technology throughout, the business expects to lower future development costs by about 60%. Herve Prot, Chief Executive Officer of Symeos said: “With the support of Sun, we have developed a cost-effective identity management platform that offers customers 99.999% availability and is easily scalable.”

Check out the complete details here.

Tuesday Jul 14, 2009

At a Glance: Last Week's Reviews


Virtualbox
VirtualBox 3.0 received rave reviews this week beginning with Ars Technica’s Ryan Paul, who called VirtualBox his “preferred desktop virtualization solution,” noting its excellent integration between guest and host environments. Rick Vanover, a self-proclaimed fan of VirtualBox, also highlighted the updated functionality of the 3.0 release while the Chicago Sun-Times’ Andy Ihnatko made special mention of the “practically seamless” integration with “your ‘real’ PC.” A blogger at we3geeks couldn’t agree more, stating that VirtualBox “has to be one of the coolest pieces of software I think I've come across. Ever.”

JavaFX
Developers highlighted a wide variety of features this week starting with blogger Carl Dea, who noted, “One of the most impressive features that I've seen relating to JavaFX, is the ability of an Applet to interact with the browser via JavaScript and HTML.” In a different post, Carl was also pleased with the usability of strings in JavaFX, pointing out that “the added clarity will help people debug better.” Rounding out the group was Jim Weaver, who noted that with the JavaFX 1.2 release, it is easy “to create a ProgressIndicator that reflects the progress of a task such as HttpRequest.”

OpenSolaris
Accolades for OpenSolaris began this week with eWeek’s Jason Brooks, who tested out OpenSolaris 2009.06 and was most impressed with the flexibility and functionality of Crossbow network virtualization. A blogger from Blog O’Matty focused on a different feature, praising Solaris' “ability to generate a core file when a system panics,” which he felt was more seamless than in Linux.

MySQL
Bloggers focused this week on the excellent troubleshooting tools offered by MySQL. One blogger opted to use the MySQL workbench tool, noting the stability and good overall quality of the program. Another chose a different route, demonstrating how to use Performance Tuning Primer Script in order to tune MySQL, a technique he noted is “easy to use and offers valuable output for MySQL performance optimization.”

NetBeans
Bloggers were active trying out the new NetBeans 6.7, yielding some great results in the process. Blogger Chandika, an Eclipse user, tested NetBeans 6.7 and was “seriously impressed” by its functionality and performance. Blogger James called NetBeans 6.7 “a great effort from the NetBeans team,” citing Hudson integration as his favorite feature. Finally, blogger Antony Du, a recent convert from Eclipse, explained his rationale for the switch: “[NetBeans] has all the languages I develop in on a daily basis built-in, offers additional services like connecting to databases...and most importantly it's still FREE.”

Tuesday Jul 07, 2009

At a Glance: Last Week's Developer Reviews


JavaFX
JavaFX received rave reviews for its usability, with one blogger proclaiming that JavaFX “really does a nice job of blending the timeframe based concepts of other programming environments into a nice declarative language.” According to blogger Pieter, developers are better off choosing JavaFX over Silverlight or Air because “it is the most logical step,” since the developer will already be used to the tools. Finally, blogger Jonathan Giles, a self-identified “UI geek,” tested out JavaFX and blogged about how to maintain consistent borders in JavaFX’s TextBox control.

OpenOffice
OpenOffice beat out the competition, receiving praise for being “functional, usable, and user-friendly” from Geek.com’s Rick Hodgin in his piece on a potential Office alternative from Cisco. A Rarst.net blogger described OpenOffice as “one of the open source flagships” and noted it has a “set of powerful functions and a company more than willing to support it.” Finally, in order to help readers get the most out of OpenOffice.org’s “many advanced features,” a blogger from Linux Beacon compiled an in-depth list of tips for Writer.

MySQL
MySQL won excellent feedback for a variety of features this week. One blogger liked the combination of PERL and MySQL, writing, “That's what the internet calls a 'win.'” He felt that the combination of PERL and MySQL was particularly “useful for reading hundreds of little text files and organizing them into one big data set.” Another blogger, who was troubleshooting a problem with Ubuntu, noted the high quality of MySQL’s test suite, which allowed him to easily identify the issue.

OpenSolaris
After a briefing with Sun Product Manager Larry Wake, InformationWeek’s Serdar Yegulap praised Sun’s strategic positioning around OpenSolaris as “the key element in a kick-butt application stack,” and felt that making Solaris open-source was a “big help” towards helping users get adjusted to a more rapid release cycle. Echoing Serdar’s positive review was blogger Bob Gourley, who switched to OpenSolaris in his home office and described the key benefits that led to his decision – security, cost, functionality, and fun.

NetBeans
A blogger from Mokblok kicked off the accolades for the new NetBeans 6.7, writing that “tight integration with Kenai and native Maven integration…really rock!” Another blogger also raved about native Maven integration and highlighted NetBeans’ efficient use of memory. Rounding out the cheers was a blogger who got hands-on with NetBeans writing, “The nice thing with NetBeans 6.7 and Maven, is that NetBeans modifies your maven project when you create a web service.”

Monday Jul 06, 2009

Positive VirtualBox 3.0 Reviews in eWEEK, Ars Technica (and Chicago Sun-Times!)


The new release of VirtualBox received three great reviews over the long weekend.

eWEEK's Cameron Sturvedant tested VirtualBox 3.0 on a Sun Fire X4170 server and concluded that version 3.0 of VirtualBox "is certain to give VMware Workstation a run for its money." Cameron highlighted VirtualBox's support for multiple guest processors, which, along with its appealing price tag and broad host platform support, make VirtualBox "a serious platform of IT pros."

Overall, Cameron was extremely positive, noting that VirtualBox "continues to improve its position as a potential challenger to workstation products from VMware and Parallels."
Sun VirtualBox
Ars Technica's Ryan Paul also gave VirtualBox his stamp of approval, calling it his "current preferred desktop virtualization solution." The reviewer, who made the jump to VirtualBox after growing frustrated with "VMware's lousy Linux support," praised VirtualBox's integration between the guest environment and host environment and its improved support for snapshots. Ryan also highlighted advancements in 3D graphics support, which "could make VirtualBox a viable solution for 3D gaming."


Rounding out the group was Andy Ihnatko of the Chicago Sun-Times, who agreed with Cameron and Ryan that VirtualBox 3.0 represents "a significant upgrade." In a double review of Windows 7 Final Candidate and VirtualBox, Andy hails VirtualBox's "practically seamless integration" between the virtual and real PCs. The reviewer's final verdict: "Download VirtualBox from VirtualBox.org. It's truly the equivalent of the wish that you use to get more wishes."

Wednesday Jul 01, 2009

ZDNet Review: Virtualbox 3.0 is "Virtual Developer's Delight"


ZDNet's Jason Perlow reviewed the new VirtualBox 3.0 release, stating it "represents a culmination of hundreds of bug fixes and significant performance enhancements, including the ability for the product to permit guest OSes to use up to 32 virtual CPUs each."

Jason focused on VirtualBox's ability to work across multiple OSes, as well as the new features around using multiple cores per OS and remote console capability. Though Jason was only able to test the update on OpenSolaris and Fedora 11 Linux host OSes, he "was easily able to move VDI files between the systems for my virtual Windows 7 system."

In the accompanying slide show, ZDNet noted that "VirtualBox is ideally suited for desktop virtualization applications but also has some nice features for prototyping and developing enterprise-quality applications and environments."
Sun VirtualBox

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