Monday, May 08, 2006

Belenix - OpenSolaris Live CD

After Sun released Solaris 10 with tons of new features like DTrace, I always wanted to try it. My past attempt of installing x86 Solaris on my laptop wasn't very pleasant. Solaris couldn't recognize my Video and Network cards. I was always hesitant to try it again.

Few days ago I came to know that Sun Engineering has released a OpenSolaris live CD/DVD called "Belenix". So I decided to give it a try.

Since OpenSolaris platform is not targeted for personal computing use, there is no point in installing it on a laptop. But for enthusiast developers, Belonix Live CD should give an opportunity to try and learn new features of Solaris.

As of today Belonix comes with following applications/tools
# Xorg 6.9
# Supports KDE and Gnome2.14 desktops
# DTrace Toolkit Guide
# Mozilla Firefox Browser v1.5
# Thunderbird EMail client v 1.5
# ImageMagick and Gimp
# Supports ZFS

I will post more information after I try the Belonix.
Good luck

Sunday, May 07, 2006

Open Document Format Gets ISO Approval

The Open Document Format has been approved as an international standard by the International Standards Organization, a move that supporters say will serve as a springboard for the adoption and use of ODF around the world.

OpenDocument Format Alliance is a coalition of more than 35 organizations from across the world whose goal is to enable governments and organizations to have direct management and greater control over their documents. The alliance—whose supporters include many of Microsoft's Linux and open-source foes such as Corel, IBM, Novell,, Opera Software, Oracle, Red Hat and Sun Microsystems—is essentially positioning the XML-based ODF (OpenDocument Format) as the alternative to other document formats like Microsoft's OpenXML, which is the new file format that will be used in Office 2007 when it ships later this year.

Industry should thank to Sun Microsystems for giving up control of the format and allowing it to evolve in a real community way in OASIS under an open process.

The standard will give vendors a baseline for file format and allow them to compete on implementations rather than competing on incompatible standards. This will give customer options to choose from different products without worrying about incompatibility of files.

This event is an important step in the effort to help customers to find a better way to preserve, access and control their documents now and in the future without having to depend on a single vendor.

For more information about this event, please read eweek article.,1895,1957321,00.asp

Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Sun Certified Enterprise Architect Study Resource

The site contains some very useful information about Sun Certified Enterprise Architect Study Resource.