Tuesday May 13, 2008

Student Contest on OpenSolaris and NetBeans

Hello Students...

A lot of you are already trying out OpenSolaris and NetBeans, and we wanted to make it a fun exercise for you... with cool prizes!

All you have to do is...

1. Download OpenSolaris 2008.5 OS and/or NetBeans IDE 6.1.
2. Test the product and post a review!
3. Submit the URL of the review.
4. Do it before June 6, 2008.

And you can win upto $250 in Visa Debit cards!

The details are in this blog post as well as in the main student reviews page.

Get going, folks...

Good Luck!

Wednesday Apr 02, 2008

Welcoming the new OpenSolaris Governance Board

Sun welcomes the new OpenSolaris Governance Board and looks forward to working with them to shape the future of OpenSolaris. 

-- William Franklin, vice president, Solaris Software at Sun Microsystems, Inc.

The new  Board includes the following. Check out their blogs.

Tuesday Mar 18, 2008

SAM-QFS Open Sourced via OpenSolaris Project

Sun has open sourced the StorageTek Storage Archive Manager (SAM) and Sun StorageTek QFS code! This major contribution to the OpenSolaris community is now available for download with additional information here.

We are very excited to take this big step in creating an open source community around SAM-QFS and continuing to grow OpenSolaris as a premier storage OS.

  • What does this mean for Sun?

Sun continues to execute against its strategy to open source all of its software. As a result, Sun is changing the storage marketplace. Sun's software is open, and with these source contributions, Solaris and OpenSolaris are well positioned as storage OS's.

  • What does this mean for the Storage Community?
Storage developers and deployers interested in these technologies will find more than just access to the source when they participate in the OpenSolaris storage community. They will find an open source community focused entirely on storage. The OpenSolaris storage software stack includes: file systems, file sharing protocols, archive policy management, replication, integrated device drivers, network interoperability software, and the tools and recipes needed to more easily deploy Solaris as a general purpose storage server or appliance.
  • What does this mean for Sun's customers?
Our customers will benefit from more choice, value and innovation that comes from open software, open standards and commodity servers and storage hardware.

Check out these sites for additional perspectives.
Ted Pogue
Margaret Hamburger
Lynn Rohrer

Monday Feb 04, 2008

Hot off the presses - PostgreSQL version 8.3 is released

The PostgreSQL Global Development Group today announced the release of version 8.3 which includes a number of new and improved features that will enhance PostgreSQL of  application designers, database admins, and users with more than 280 patches created by PostgreSQL contributors from 18 countries. 

What folks are saying about PostgreSQL:

  • After testing 8.3 for a few months, we are impressed and confident enough to deploy it at cityvox.fr on the day of release.
            -- Guillaume Smet, CTO, Open Wide - Information Systems
  • We process over 18,000 queries per second on over 300GB of user data on our PostgreSQL servers, and those numbers go up every month. We're very excited about HOT, shared buffer scan improvements and integrated tsearch indexing. Preliminary testing shows that 8.3 will improve our database load profile while decreasing response times. We're really looking forward to it. 
            -- Gavin Roy, CTO of social networking site MyYearbook.com
  • The continued evolution of the open source PostgreSQL database gives users the option of deploying a non proprietary database, allowing them to save money, improve performance and increase productivity. Sun is committed to the success of PostgreSQL on OpenSolaris - running on all of our x64 and Sun SPARC servers, as well as on Dell, HP and IBM hardware - and we offer a variety of education and support offerings for customers seeking to deploy PostgreSQL. PostgreSQL 8.3 is an impressive new release and we encourage customers around the world to explore it.
            -- Rich Green, Executive Vice President of software at Sun Microsystems.

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Friday Nov 09, 2007

Now Available: New StarOffice Extensions

StarOffice now has cool new extensions -- small add-ons that adds functionality to StarOffice. The three below are most popular with couple of more extensions on the way. Stay tuned! In the mean time, try these out and let us know what you think via your review.

Sun Report Builder The Sun Report Builder adds a powerful database report editor to StarOffice Base. The Sun Report Builder is similar to a form designer, with visual tools that allow you to create reports by dragging and dropping database fields. There are three different header and footer types that provide you the flexibility you need to design smart and professional looking reports. You can even build multi-column reports with the Sun Report Builder.

eFax extension Send and receive faxes from within the StarOffice office suite! eFax is an online fax service that eliminates the need for a fax machine, an extra fax line and all the associated expenses (paper, ink cartridges etc.). You can continue to use your existing fax number or obtain a new number for free. When someone faxes to your number, the fax is displayed in the eFax Messenger solution if it's installed on your computer or the fax is converted to a file and is emailed to you as an attachment. The extension integrates eFax into StarOffice and gives you a free 30-day trial.

Sun Weblog Publisher The Sun Weblog Publisher allows you to quickly create, edit and publish weblog entries on many popular Blog servers. It is easy to use so that any user can start blogging right away! You can use the full functionality of StarOffice Writer such as spellchecking, key formatting tools like lists, tables, and pictures, and easy handling of hyperlinks to write articles for your blog. Then you can send the entire Writer document or just the current selection as a new entry to your blog. Everyone can create blog articles with pictures and text tables.


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