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Blog Archive for marinasum during January 2009

eWeek just published an illuminating two-part series, Sun Enhancements to OpenSolaris Take Aim at Linux. The author, Jason Brooks, starts by writing, "The updates to the free Solaris-based OS [show] that Sun will not follow IBM and HP in letting Linux take over the platform space once dominated by [UNIX]." He then describes the benefits of the major capabilities in OpenSolaris 2008.11 and the...
Organized by Sun identity architect Pat Patterson, OpenSSO Community Day will take place in New York City on Tuesday, March 17, starting at 9:00 a.m. It's an unconference setting and attendance is free. Do join the event if you're interested in OpenSSO, the Sun-sponsored open-source project that offers numerous capabilities for securing Web applications. Pat Patterson, who's also community...
As of last Thursday, January 22, I stopped working for Sun because of a reduction in force. The past 20+ years of my technical writing career there were indescribably rewarding and fulfilling and I have my collaborators, editors, and numerous other colleagues to thank. Their professionalism, support, camaraderie, and the stellar examples that they set are invaluable to me. Blogging on java.net in...
Congratulations to Sun OpenSSO Enterprise, which has been named Security Product of the Year 2009 (see bottom of page) by Developer.com. As Pat Patterson, Sun identity architect, pointed out, that's a fantastic recognition of the efforts of the OpenSSO community, which kick-started in 2005. Behind each successful product is a team of dedicated, competent people. Hats off to the talented Sun...
Late last week, Sun Developer Network published Enabling Virtual Federation With OpenSSO, Part 1: Introduction, the first segment of a two-part series on identity-federating applications. Mike Hortobagyi, the technical coauthor, shines a light on the challenges in question and the benefits of the virtual-federation capability in OpenSSO, along with an example. He also describes Secure...
PC Magazine just posted its 173 choices of The Best Free Software of 2009. Among the categories are App Launches, Audio/Music, Backup, Blogging, Browsers, Graphics, and others. Gratifyingly, under Office, OpenOffice, primarily sponsored by Sun, is honored as one of the 13 Hall of Fame winners. Terrific!
OpenSolaris 2008.11, the latest release of Sun's open-source operating system, is well worth a look. Here are four reference resources: Screencast: What's New in OpenSolaris 2008.11? by Sun technology evangelist Roman Strobl: features and demos Sun News Radio: Get the Scoop on OpenSolaris 2008.11 by Sun director of Solaris marketing Charlie Boyle: Time Slider, repository packages, desktop,...
Hot off the press on Sun Developer Network is Gary Williams's article, Perspectives on Quality Assurance for OpenDS, an eye-opening commentary on how quality is achieved in OpenDS, Sun's open-source project for developing a next-generation directory service. The details focus on the opportunities, challenges, roles, guidelines, tools, and so forth. The article reminded me of a Winslow Homer...
If you're interested in the recent or popular community postings about Sun, don't miss the Community Voices site on sun.com. Here are a few of the current headlines: MySQL University (Stefan's MySQL Musings) What Spaghetti Code Looks Like (Eric Wendelin's Blog) Moving from Swing to JavaFX (JavaWorld's Daily Brew) "Cloudy" Forecast for Computing (Mercury News) Enough to entice you to take a...
A December 2008 posting on Storage Stop, the Sun OpenSolaris Storage News blog, lists and links to videos on many of Sun's products and technologies. The videos are divided into categories—ZFS, Open Storage, SSD/Flash Storage, OpenSolaris Projects, and Community—and include presentations at conferences, training events, interviews, and so forth. What a wealth of information from...