As of the evening of Tuesday July 27, the Website merger, which was originally described in late June via the FAQ below, will have come to pass. We are re-publishing and updating the FAQ accordingly.
We are not oblivious to the impact of these changes on regular users. A massive amount of work has gone into making the changes as smooth as possible, but we won't get it 100% right immediately. As we receive your feedback, we will make adjustments on an ongoing basis. (For example, we have already rolled back the Java API redirects that caused so much consternation in the community and are working on a more acceptable permanent solution there.)
So, without further ado...
On July 27, we completed the migration of all non-obsolete content from developers.sun.com, java.sun.com, and BigAdmin to a completely re-architected, re-designed Oracle Technology Network site. This site - which offers different entry points for Java Developers, Database Admins and Developers, System Admins and Developers, and Architects - reflects the full diversity of this huge technical end-user community.
Whenever possible, we have preserved the familiar information architecture of Sun's sites, so that if you were a user of those sites, you will find what you're looking for.
Will all my bookmarks break?
No. We have implemented 1:1 redirects for the most popular and important content (such as Java APIs) that has moved. For other content, folder-level redirects are available, so instances of 404s should be uncommon. Furthermore, domain-level URLs (e.g., java.sun.com) will continue to work.
I'm only interested in what I'm interested in. Will I be able to ignore everything else?
Yes. As explained previously, we have created new entry points that will allow Java developers, for example, to browse to the Java APIs with a minimal number of clicks.
Will oracle.com/technetwork/java focus exclusively on Java Technology, just as java.sun.com does?
Yes. There is no change in the content strategy for supporting Java developers in a Technology-focused manner. For Oracle-specific development and deployment options, product pages are also be available for those interested in them.
What will happen to docs.sun.com?
There is no imminent migration planned at the current time and you can continue to use this URL for the foreseeable future.
What about forums, blogs, and wikis?
The integration of forums, blogs, and wikis are separate projects on a different timeline, and we will report on their status as soon as appropriate.
How do I report problems?
The Community Feedback Discussion Forum (registration required) is the best channel for reporting problems. Yes, there may be some rough edges for a while, but we are committed to an ongoing process of continuing improvement.
Will I automatically become an Oracle Technology Network Member?
No, to become an Oracle Technology Network member you will have to specifically opt-in. Membership is free and entitles you to free software downloads under the Oracle Technology Network Developer license, read/write access to Oracle Discussion Forums, and your choice of several monthly developer newsletters. If you currently have a Sun.com identity, please stand by for communications from us about this process.
How can I stay up to date, as well as provide feedback about the integration of these communities to Oracle?
First of all, we welcome (and need!) your feedback about this process via this blog. Second, you can follow and participate in our Twitterstream (@oracletechnet), where all major announcements will be made. Regardless of the channel you use, we will answer your questions as quickly as possible.
Also, if you are a Java developer, consider subscribing to Oracle's Java Developer Newsletter, which is a great source of technical and community information pertaining to Java development as well as Oracle's Java-based middleware and IDEs. We will also communicate important admin/Solaris-related news through a new Solaris Community Newsletter. (Subscribe to all of Oracle's Developer and Admin newsletters here.)
And, we're off...