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DZone Daily Dose - 2009/10/31

ICANN, the nonprofit responsible for worldwide domain names and IP addresses, has decided to allow the introduction of non-Latin characters into domain names.  ICANN chairman, Peter Dengate Thrush, says its the biggest technical change to the Internet in four decades.  The change will be especially welcome in Asia, where over 42 percent of world Internet users are located.  Though some think this move will fragment the Internet, ICANN says if alternate root-servers are set up around the globe because they don't allow international domain names, Internet users would no longer be connected.

VMware's Fusion 3 upgrade can run Windows and PC applications on a Mac faster than any other solutions, they claim.  They recently had a problem with unexpectedly large demand at the upgrade portal, but VMware now says the problem is fixed.  It's good news for VMware, who rolls out Fusion 3 on November 4th.

The next version of Sun's VirtualBox desktop virtualization application has been announced.  VirtualBox 3.0.10 fixes bugs on Mac OS X Snow Leopard hosts and guest SMP stability.  The new version also has performance improvements and installer updates for Windows 7.  In a recent release, Oracle said it would continue Sun's desktop virtualization products, including VirtualBox. You can download VirtualBox 3.0.10 here.

The Linux-based OS, openSUSE 11.2, is available in its final release candidate.  openSUSE 11.2 will use the 2.6.31.5 Linux kernel and X.org Server 1.6.5.  The new package will include Firefox 3.5.4, SeaMonkey 2.0, and Samba 3.4.2.  The final release candidate of openSUSE 11.2 can be downloaded for 32 and 64 bit x86 systems as a DVD or LiveCD image.

Part 2 of Aleksander Stensby's tutorial on the advanced features of Google's Guava library is the top link in the past 24 hours.  We recommend that Java developers check out Part 1 also.  Stensby will teach you how to use Guava with Collections to reduce the amount of boilerplate code in your projects.

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