Friday Sep 26, 2008

... OpenDS 1.1, HTTP Compression, Grizzly 1.8.6 and Starting on Fuji and on Blu-Ray

A compilation of today's news of interest:

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Ludo has announced the release of the First Build of OpenDS 1.1. Download links for Core Server and DSML Gateway, or Java WebStart. Complete detailst at Ludo's blog or at the OpenDS 1.1 b1 website.

GlassFish supports HTTP Compression and Shing Wai Describes in Detail how to configure compression, compressionMinSize, compressableMimeType and noCompressionUserAgents. This feature will be enabled in next month's GlassFish v3 Prelude release.

Grizzly is moving forward along a Grizzly "classic" design (for GFv2 and GFv3 Prelude) and a Grizzly 2 "redesign", hopefully for GFv3 fcs (see the Webinar slides). The latest "classic" release, 1.8.6, is now available; check out JFA's Announcement for details.

Ramesh has started a whole series on Fuji (aka OpenESB v3). If I correctly interpret the organization of his entries, point your browse to Master Entry and follow the links.

Finally, in the intersection of Java and Blu-Ray, check out this article on Using JavaME in BD-J. The whole area of BD-J, Blu-Ray and BD live, and the growth of the PlayStation 3 seems a huge opportunity to me; but some key players would need to take some risks...

Wednesday Sep 24, 2008

... Facelets in JSF 1.2, Brazil, Passwords in OpenDS, Corba and Grizzly, Using SocialSite, and gPhone

A compilation of today's news of interest (with some lag, as we rush towards GFv3 Prelude):

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Kanthi at OpenDS explains the importance of Password Management in an LDAP server like OpenDS and points to a longer, more technical, description check out the corresponding Page at the OpenDS Wiki

Kohsuke just came back from his 5-city, 7-talk Tour du Brasil. It surely looks like he had a lot of fun there, and reached out to many people. And Arun just arrived there! His first report is from the JUG in Brasilia, but he will stay there through next week, including the first Sun TechDay in Sao Paolo (check out the Schedule).

Facelets is in JSF 2.0 - check out Chapter 10 in the EDR2 - but Arun has a detailed description of How to Use Facelets with JSF 1.2..

Ken (from Corba) is working with the Grizzly folks to try to incorporate the improved ByteBuffer management mechanism. Check out Ken's writeup, and, if you have questions, you can bring them in tomorrow's Webinar on Grizzly/Grizzly2.

From the SocialSite group, first a How to Social Enable screencast, and here is a note on The Shinding Java Internals.

And, finally, the tech news of the yesterday was the long-awaited release of android, the Google Phone. Sampling just few sources: LA Times on G1 vs iPhone, Hands-on video and Comparison Table. And the Google-Phone Blog.

Friday Sep 12, 2008

... GlassFish ESB M1, Kenai and JRuby, SocialSite News, OpenDS and Intel Dave

A compilation of today's news of interest:

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From OpenESB, the first milestone for GlassFIshESB. Andi will post a longer entry later in the weekend but in the meantime check the Announcement and the Welcome from Bill.

Kenai beta is out, a very strong proof that JRuby on GlassFish (v2) is ready for the prime time. The event deserves a full spotlight and I'll do one this weekend.

SocialSite continues making progress. Vijay provides a list of the projects Recent Changes which include a new security model, full support for OpenSocial RESTful APIs, and more. The team will also start following the GlassFish usual model of regular milestones.

From OpenDS, Terry more reports on the Logger Analyzer. I need to spend more time in the OpenDS mailing lists - or convince Ludovic et al to blog more often!

And, from Intel Dave a nice screencast describing Role of Wireless in OpenSolaris. Neat to see an Intel guy talking about your Intel centrino-based OpenSolaris laptop!. Yeah for OpenSource!

Saturday Aug 30, 2008

... Metro and JAXB, Sahoo, NetBeans 6.5, SpringSource, OpenDS, and Wonderland and Blender

A compilation of today's news of interest:

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From Jitu, a description of how to use JAXBContext in Metro.

From the SDN Team, it is Sahoo's turn to have his 15 Minutes of Fame; check out Janice's Interview where they cover many topics, from working from India, to OSGi.

Davis has a short note showing how to get started with a Servlet App using GFv3 Prelude in NetBeans 6.5.

The ever-observant Adam asks whether SpringSource is Working on EJB 3.1. Not sure if he is reading a bit too much into the tealeaves, or whether somebody had an oops...

From OpenDS community, Terry reports on his OpenDS Access Log Analyzer WebApp, intended for a future putback into OpenDS. And, a very complimentary testimonial about the ease of installation of OpenDS from KR in his OpenDS in 5 Minutes.

And, from Wonderland they have started creating a new, high quality, public world (see WonderBlog and Angad). A nice part is that they are going to be using Blender for the graphics. Blender is an open source tool that seems to be gaining adoption, the results are very good - see for instance the trailer for The Big Buck Bunny. Blender is also a Sun offering at Network.Com/Apps/Blender (thanks to Kevin for the tip).

Friday Aug 22, 2008

OpenDS in your OpenSolaris Machine ... or in your Servlet!

Here are two quite different uses of OpenDS - which recently Reached 1.0 and is now Commercially Supported.


First as a Directory Service for OpenSolaris - see these two articles by Ludo, Marzen and Marina: Basic Setup and Advanced Configuration.

The second is as An Embedded Application: Mark describes in detail how to write a portable Servlet using OpenDS so it can run on a container like GlassFish Server.

Friday Aug 08, 2008

OpenSSO Early Access Review Launched

The OpenSSO Project is soliciting feedback on their Early Access Build -- OpenSSO Express Build 5. With the release of this build, community members now have the opportunity to participate in the Early Access (EA) program for Sun's next commercial offering. Review the Early Access documentation and hammer away at Express Build 5! Send your EA feedback to so we can make the product perfect. Thanks in advance!

Sunday Aug 03, 2008

Sun OpenDS in OpenSSO Express


More pieces of how Sun leverages OpenSource into Enterprise Offerings: Sun OpenDS 1.0 is now in OpenSSO Express - check out Nick, Rajeev, or...

pelegri% jar -tf opensso.war | grep -i opends .... WEB-INF/lib/OpenDS.jar

Tuesday Jul 29, 2008

Sun OpenDS Standard Edition - Building out the Open Source Middleware Business


Happy 2nd B-day, OpenDS!

Sun has announced the next phase of the release of Sun OpenDS Standard Edition 1.0. Sun OpenDS SE is Sun's fully supported distribution of OpenDS, the Open Source, pure-Java lighweight, embeddable LDAPv3 Server. Check out: Articles, Demos, Documentation, FAQ and Downloads.

For more information, Kevin's Announcement, Ludo's Birthday Card, the Home Page, and other OpenDS posts.

Thursday Jul 10, 2008

OpenDS 1.0 Released - Open Source LDAP


And it is out! This morning Ludo announced the Release of OpenDS 1.0! You can download the Core Server or the DSML Gateway or use a Java WebStart to launch it. For more details go to the Open DS home page or directly to the Promoted Build Information.

Many congratulations to the team!

Saturday Jun 14, 2008

OpenDS 1.0 Release Candidate


The Release Candidate for OpenDS 1.0 is now available. The RC follows the earlier M1 Milestone (Feb 29th); Ludo describes it as "complete, stable and suitable for testing by any user".

Check the Build Details and please provide feedback through Project Issues or the Mailing List.

The first release is intended for Early July; for tentative dates for other releases check the Project Roadmap. Additional details in Ludo's Announcement.

Monday Mar 31, 2008

OpenDS Monthly Public Meeting: Gilles on Replication - And Cast your Votes!

Casting a Vote

Tomorrow, Tuesday, April 1st 2008, 9am PST, 6pm CET, 5pm GMT is the monthly OpenDS meeting and Gilles Bellaton will present on OpenDS replication. Check the details in Ludo's Post

Also check Ludo's Call For Votes on OpenDS Issues.

PS - Tomorrow is April Fool's Day. Sun used to have Very Elaborate jokes (I remember the All The Wood Behind One Arrow). The fun seems to be back at Sun, let's see what happens tomorrow...

Tuesday Mar 18, 2008

OpenDS news - a roadmap and Japanese material

Feuille de route pour un forçat libéré

OpenDS, the project to produce a 100% Java-based LDAP directory now has a proposed roadmap for version 1.0 and beyond. Apart from monitoring through SNMP, all features are already in the current release (v1.0 Milestone 1 from Feb. 27, 2008). Final release for v1.0 is scheduled for May 2008. Ludo Poitou has more details.

In other OpenDS news, Tomonori Shioda has posted the Japanese translation of no less than four OpenDS technical posts. Ludo has a list of them.

The illustration is a photograph from the late 18th century of a "feuille de route" (roadmap) picture for convicts once they've served their sentence. The road to liberty in a sense. I'm sure JeanFrancois appreciates the use of a truly French word here ;-)

Friday Feb 29, 2008

OpenDS 1.0 M1 Now Available

OpenDS logo with M1

One more step towards an 1.0 final release: OpenDS M1 is now available. Check out Ludo's annoucement and the earlier note on the OpenDS Roadmap.

Actual bits are here. Enjoy!

Added - I forgot to mention Ludo's request for suggestions for OpenDS 2.0 and the corresponding concall this next Tuesday March 4th 2008, 9am PST, 5pm GMT, 6pm CET (More Details).

Thursday Feb 21, 2008

Updated OpenDS Roadmap - And Russian Dolls for the Geek

OpenDS on a VirtualBox

Ludo just posted an OpenDS Roadmap to the USERS alias. The latest OpenDS 1.0 builds (b12, b11, etc) are looking very good, so the plan is for a Milestone 1 within the next few days, a M2 in a month, and an official 1.0 release in May 2008 - which, by a coincidence, is also when J1 2008 happens :-)

Check out the road map and provide feedback on all aspects, including critical issues in b12 and the initial cut at the OpenDS 2.0 features.

I have not posted on OpenDS in a bit so here are some highlights I've noticed:

• Continued progress on documentation: see a Summary of 2007 Activity.
• Helping contributions: Wiki page on How to Build and Run OpenDS within NetBeans (also see Mark and Ludo commentary).
• A lot of work on performance - for example, see this note on Search Performance.
• And, for extra points, OpenDS and VirtualBox: OpenDS on OpenSolaris on VirtualBox on MacOS X 10.5.2 on MacBook Pro.

Virtualization - Russian Dolls for geeks :-)

Thursday Feb 14, 2008

Stackeriffic! OpenSSO, OpenDS and OpenPTK at Ohloh

Eduardo posted last week about Glassfish at Ohloh.Net. As Eduardo mentioned, Ohloh presents a view of open source projects, showing contributions and allowing registered users to 'stack' their favorite projects. A nice feature is the ability to claim your own contributions and award 'kudos' to other contributors.

All three of Sun's open source identity management projects have Ohloh pages:


OpenSSO (29 stacks, 5.0/5.0 rating)
OpenDS (16, 5.0/5.0)
OpenPTK (7, 5.0/5.0)

If you're using any of these projects, please consider stacking them. Even better, if you have contributed to any of these projects, go claim your contribution - you get a nice page showing what you've done