Ian Murdock has blogged additional details about Project Indiana. Murdock goes into detail about some of the existing problems with Solaris/OpenSolaris that inhibit a pleasant end-user experience especially if going to OpenSolaris from Linux. What essentially Project Indiana boils down to is trying to take the best of both the Linux and Solaris worlds and merging it into one under an OpenSolaris name, which more than likely will be licensed under the GPLv3.
Sun Microsystems has today released Sun Studio 12, which now supports multi-core processors with multi-threaded applications. AMD's Barcelona and Intel's Clovertwon (Xeon 5300) are now able to take full advantage of Sun's latest compilers and tools. Sun Studio 12 is available for both GNU/Linux and Solaris working both with SPARC and x86/x64 systems. More information is available here.
Build 65 of Solaris Express Community Edition is now available. The announcement and download links can be found here.
After a variety of speculations and ideas what Ian Murdock may be doing with Solaris for "Project Indiana", Glynn Foster has finally delivered some solid facts in a mailing list post. The goal of Sun's Project Indiana is to create an OpenSolaris binary distribution that is community driven. The hopes for this binary distribution is that it will increase the Solaris user-base and mind-share through providing easy access to Solaris/OpenSolaris technology.
ZDNET is running interview with Jonathan Schwartz of Sun. In this interview Schwartz discusses the stock rising 28% in the year since he began his reign as CEO, he assesses his progress made, talks briefly about Solaris, and covers many other topics from developers to hardware. You can see these questions and answers with Jonathan Schwartz at ZDNET Australia.
During JavaOne 2007 we told you Sun's Java is now fully open-source with the availability of OpenJDK, and as a result Red Hat is now planning for its adoption. One of those on the Red Hat Java team is Tom Fitzsimmons, which earlier today blogged about Red Hat's OpenJDK plans. Red Hat's temporary name for the OpenJDK package is "IcedTea" (due to legal restrictions the package can't be called "OpenJDK"). One IcedTea RPM is already available, but it requires some non-free packages for building. Fitzsimmons goes on to add that Red Hat is working on replacing these bits of codes with those from the GNU class-path. Red Hat is also establishing icedtea.classpath.org as a temporary place for the collection of the IcedTea / Sun OpenJDK contributions. Furthermore, Red Hat is also focusing on testing out IcedTea on other architectures outside of x86 and x86_64. Once everything is settled, they will be working on integrating OpenJDK into both Red Hat Enterprise Linux as well as Fedora. Red Hat will continue to support GCJ where it is already in use, but all future efforts will be focused on OpenJDK, or "IcedTea".
Linux users have WINE, Cedega, and CrossOver Office to allow various types of Windows applications to run unmodified on Linux, but now Solaris users have Win4Solaris. Win4Solaris Pro Desktop allows Sun Solaris users the ability to run Microsoft Windows applications with ease. The Virtual Bridges website for Win4Solaris is available here and NewsForge also has some additional details.
Sun's CEO, Jonathan Schwartz, has a new blog posting out this morning entitled Free Advice for the Litigious.... In this Schwartz mentions what Sun Microsystems did years back when they were under pressure and now they innovated their company instead of litigating with their customers. Sun had innovated their hardware and software along with supporting Linux on SPARC systems and a variety of open-source contributions. In the past two years Sun has distributed eight million Solaris licenses and Schwartz goes on to mention that nearly 70% of those were for Dell, HP, and IBM hardware.
If you were unable to attend JavaOne 2007 or had missed out on the general sessions, they are available as webcast replays for free. The webcast replays available right now are for the Sun General Session, Sun's Technical Session, Mobility and Device General Session, Oracle Session, Intel Session, Motorola Session, and the final Sun General Session. Recordings and documents (as well as translations into other languages) from all of the Sun JavaOne sessions and events will be available starting in a few weeks through the Sun Developer Network.
Last week at JavaOne, former Sun CEO, Scott McNealy, had commented on Sun Microsystems' new scripting language -- JavaFX -- as well as on two mistakes Sun had made with Solaris. JavaWorld has some of the highlights, and this search link has additional information from our coverage of JavaOne 2007 last week.
On Monday we covered Ian Murdock's CommunityOne session where he had hinted at good things to come for the Solaris Operating System, but he wasn't too specific as to what would be taking place. According to Stephen Shankland at CNET, Murdock is responsible for "project Indiana" where he will be making Solaris more like GNU/Linux and has a few comments from Murdock himself. The CNET article is available here.
JavaFX Mobile will be available to OEM manufacturers around the world and will work on a variety of devices such as PDAs and mobile telephones. JavaFX Mobile has been dubbed "The Network in Your Hand". Pictures from Green's speech will be uploaded to Phoronix after the event has ended.
Rich Green has just announced that a series of new releases in the coming months will greatly increase the speed of Java SE 6. JavaFX has been announced along with JavaFX Scripting Language for next-generation Internet applications. James Gosling is on stage right now at JavaOne talking more about JavaFX Script.
Coming out of JavaOne this morning is quite a bit of new announcements delivered by Rich Green. Java is now fully open-source with the availability of the OpenJDK along with announcing an interim governing board to determine the future of Java. The Java TCK compatibility kit source-code will also be made available. Other announcements coming out this morning include Real Time Java, Erricson going open-source, NASDAQ going to utilize Real Time Java, and Sony Pictures using Java on Blu-Ray discs. More information (and pictures) to come soon.
Sun's CommunityOne is starting this morning with JavaOne 2007 officially starting tomorrow morning. Below is the first picture from CommunityOne 2007 with many more (and interesting) pictures to come later in the day.
Sun Microsystems has issued a press release detailing that engineers have yesterday been successful in running Solaris 10 on the Rock. We originally told you that the Rock had arrived on Jonathan Schwartz's desk a few weeks ago, but this 16 core processor has now booted with Solaris OS. The Rock is not only a 16 core processor but it also 256 terabytes of RAM in a single software domain and is an UltraSPARC implementation. Sun's Rock is currently on schedule for shipping in the second half of 2008.
If you aren't making the journey out to San Francisco, California for Sun's JavaOne conference, I have received word from Sun that they will be hosting a virtual pavilion in Second Life. John Gage, Sun's Chief Researcher, will be issuing a virtual keynote address on Second Life along with a Q&A session on the major happenings from JavaOne 2007. The Sun Pavilion on Second Life will also feature videos, web links, and news releases from Sun. Free virtual JavaOne backpacks and t-shirts will also be given away.
Computer World has published a very brief Q&A with Sun CTO Bob Brewin. Brewin's comments primarily focus on Java at JavaOne with all of the GPL code being on track for release before next month, but he does make an interesting comment about whether we will see a GPL-ized version of Solaris at JavaOne. Brewin states: "We haven't decided what we are going to do about that. JavaOne is the wrong place to do that. We're keeping a really close eye on the upcoming GPL 3. It is one of the things that will gate our decision. That is due out in July. We want to see how that will play out, and then we will make our decision." This comment is in contrast to BusinessWeek's article yesterday stating Jonathan Schwartz may announce Solaris adopting the GPL during the JavaOne conference next week.
BusinessWeek is out with a new article this morning entitled Sun Mulls Deeper Open-Source Dive. This news analysis goes over Sun Microsystems' continuing problems in turning a profit on their servers with their stock price dropping 22% since February. Aaron Ricadela of BusinessWeek seems to believe Sun's CEO Jonathan Schwartz will announce releasing Solaris as GPL code. This announcement could come next week at JavaOne in San Francisco, California (which Phoronix will be covering live). Releasing Solaris as GPL code could help Linux developers in now being able to adopt ZFS, DTrace, and other of Solaris' brightest projects. But will it be too late to be of a real benefit to Sun Microsystems and their declining server sales? Of course, last year at JavaOne Sun's Schwartz had announced Java going open-source.
The 58th edition of the OpenSolaris Weekly News is now available. New developments this week in the OpenSolaris community include the release of SXCE build 62, basic support for an Emacs mode in writing DTrace D programs, a Mercurial plugin for Netbeans, a new version of Virtual Consoles, and a few other topics.
If you're an OpenSolaris x86 user and are using a NVIDIA graphics card with NVIDIA's binary Solaris drivers, you can now enjoy Compiz on your desktop. Erwann Chenede has produced packages of Compiz 0.5.0 for OpenSolaris x86. In fact, to ease the process he has even written an OpenSolaris install script for Compiz. At this time it is limited to x86 users with NVIDIA graphics cards, and there is also no word on any future Beryl support. More information (along with download links) is available from Erwann's Sun Blog.
While this falls more under the Java umbrella, today's release of Ubuntu Feisty Fawn (7.04) makes it easier than ever for Linux desktop users and server administrators to benefit from the realm of Java possibilities. Using Ubuntu's Multiverse with apt-get, Feisty Fawn users can now install Sun's GlassFish, Java SE (JDK 6), Java DB 10.2, and NetBeans 5.5. Canonical has been in relations with Sun Microsystems for almost a year now, but up until today this level of integration wasn't found in Dapper Drake or Edgy Eft. From the perspective of running Ubuntu on a few machines and being a Java developer, this is certainly a nice move to see. Linux Planet has some additional information along with comments from Ian Murdock.
Yesterday we had reported on the announcement of the new SPARC servers coming between Sun and Fujitsu. This afternoon Top Tech News has some additional information on these new SPARC enterprise servers. These new servers are up to 50% faster than current SPARC servers and includes hot-swappable processor and memory support. All of these new servers ship with and are fully supported by Solaris 10. Though be forewarned, however, the new high-end Sun SPARC Enterprise M9000 starts out at $511,385 USD.
After last week's DoS attack advisory a new vulnerability has been discovered for Sun's Solaris and the Java Web Console. Affected systems could be remotely penetrated due to a format string error in its call to syslog(). This vulnerability can be resolved by upgrading to post Sun Java Web Console 2.2.6 or newer. This security advisory comes from SecuObs.
Today Sun Microsystems and Fujitsu will be announcing several new SPARC-powered servers. Their low-end servers will use the Niagara UltraSPARC T1 while the high-end models will feature the dual-core SPARC 64 VI. These SPARC servers will ship with Solaris 10. eWeek has provided additional coverage of these new Sun and Fujitsu servers.
A Malaysian IT site known as ComputerWorld Malaysia is reporting that Sun is donating storage code to OpenSolaris.org. The first bits of Sun code for their storage technology getting out is the Zettabyte File System, Network File System v4.1, and YANFS. Sun Microsystems also plans on donating code from the StorageTek QFS shared file system, StorageTek Storage Archive Manager, and StorageTek 5800 client interfaces and simulator/server. QLogic will also be donating code from its HBA Fibre Channel storage products for the OpenSolaris movement.
After the announcement earlier this week that Sun would be acquiring SavaJe Technologies, the rumor mill over at The Inquirer is reporting that perhaps Sun is plotting a JavaPhone. An industry analyst had commented in the article that it could be a pure Java-based mobile phone. I guess we'll just have to see what is on display this year at JavaOne in San Francisco.
David Norfolk of Reg Developer has published an article entitled Linux and Solaris face off, which is about Solaris within the Linux community and how it's embraced (or not) by their readers. If you're undecided on using Linux or Solaris, or just are looking for something to read, this may be worth checking out.
FORTUNE Magazine is running an article entitled The greenest computer company under the Sun in which they talk with Sun's Dave Douglas. Dave is the vice president of eco-responsibility in which he deals with the energy efficiency of Sun. In this article he talks about the efficiency of the UltraSPARC server processor, the world wide energy usage of servers, how virtualization can save power, and Sun's hopes for the environment.
Secunia is out with an advisory that warns users of Solaris 8 and 9 of a denial of service attack possibility. There is a vulnerability in Solaris that could be exploited through special IP packets. This issue affects both SPARC and x86 Solaris platforms. A patch is available from Sun for Solaris 8/9, while users of Solaris 10 should be in the clear.
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