The Linux community's favorite office suite, OpenOffice.org, continues its forward progress with the latest 3.1 release. New overall features include improved screen appearance due to anti-aliasing, easier dragging and placement of graphics and improved file locking. New features in Writer include overlining (and not just underlining) and better comment functionality. New to Calc are a zoom slider, formula hints and improved sorting. New to Base are SQL syntax highlighting and the ability to a complete database application by including macros and scripts within a Base document. OpenOffice.org's supported platforms are Linux, Solaris, Mac OS and Windows.
Virident recently released a new class of servers, which the firm says “is the first to be designed with the Internet in mind”. The GreenCloud Server Family is optimized to deliver high-performance, as well as energy- and cost-efficient computing for data-centric, query-rich applications that predominate in the Internet data center. The first two members of the product line are GreenCloud Server for MySQL and for Memcached. Each server is based on the GreenCloud Architecture, which, says Virident, transforms an industry-standard server into a data-centric “in-memory server platform”. The architecture allows applications to “directly interact with large volumes of data hosted in memory tightly integrated into the CPU complex, which ensures optimal utilization of all server elements—compute, memory and I/O”. The resulting “Storage Class Memory”, a new memory tier that bridges the performance and persistence gap between main memory and mass storage in traditional server architectures, works in tandem with a co-optimized software stack within an industry-standard x86 server platform. The result, says Virident, is “orders of magnitude higher performance and previously unattainable capabilities to data-centric applications”.
And the award for most visually stimulating company name goes to JetBrains, who recently released version 4.5 of TeamCity, a distributed build management and continuous integration tool. JetBrains says that with TeamCity, one can set up a build server within minutes and enjoy out-of-the-box continuous unit testing, code-quality analysis and early reporting on build problems—all without leaving the IDE. Furthermore, TeamCity is “the place to find all kinds of information about your projects—from their current status and health, to the detailed change history with metrics and statistical trends”. The company also cites TeamCity's gentle learning curve that allows users to improve release management practices quickly by gradually adopting its advanced features and capabilities. New in version 4.5 are improved integration with Visual Studio and Eclipse with added support for VCS systems, and enterprise-level features, such as user groups and LDAP support, and multiple UI improvements.
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