Using Sun Technology at Sheffield Sun@Sheffield

Welcome to Sun@Sheffield

So what does having a Sun Campus Ambassador at Sheffield mean to you? Well, below you'll find details of events taking place around campus where you can learn more about Sun technology along with details of the free professional training available from Sun under the academic initiative scheme. You can also find about the Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) made available by Sun; how to download it, install it, build it and contribute to it.


Your Sun Campus Ambassador

Your first point of contact for questions on Sun technology during 2007-08 was Andrew John Hughes, your Sun Campus Ambassador for Sheffield University. If he can't provide an answer, he can point you in the right direction.
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OpenSolaris

On June 14, 2005, Sun released the source code for Solaris, the most advanced Operating System on the planet as Free software under the Common Development and Distribution License. OpenSolaris contains many powerful and innovative features such the ZFS filesystem, script-based system and process monitoring with DTrace, and virtualised operating systems using Zones and will form the basis of future releases of Solaris. Download a live CD and give it a try. Read more...


Java

Java is one of the most popular programming languages in the world; it runs on devices from your mobile phone to high-end server hardware, and forms a core part of many courses within the university. On the 13th of November, 2006, Sun released the source code for its Java virtual machine and compiler under the GNU General Public License (GPL). On the 8th of May, 2007, most of the source code for Sun's implementation of the Java class libraries was also released. Coupled with the existing Free Java platforms, this will increase the adoption and development of Java worldwide. Learn and experiment with it today, and increase your job prospects in the future. Read more...


Sun SPOTs

Sun SPOTs (Small Programmable Object Technology) are small wireless sensor devices that can be programmed using Java. They operate using a Java-based VM called Squawk which, using isolates, allows running code to be paused and moved from one SPOT to another. Read more...


Learning & Training

Sun are committed to global education, and nowhere more so than in the academic world. Through offering free online professional-grade training and heavily-discounted certification, Sun can give you just the thing you need to stand out from your peers and secure the job of your dreams. Read more...


Demos@Sheffield

To help you experience and learn about Sun technology, we will be running a number of demos on campus with the help of specialised Sun engineers. All those for this semester (summer 08) have now finished, but keep checking this site for further details. Read more...


Sheffield@Sun Community

Nobody said learning to use new technology was easy. That's why we're forming support groups and mailing lists within the university so you can learn from others and share your knowledge with your peers.
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