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Like many of you, I keep an eye on what Sun is doing as a company. I keep an eye on their press releases, official statements, and general product lines. I don’t necessarily pay a great deal of attention to the output unless it specifically mentions Java because, as we know, there is more to Sun than just Java. I’ve known about their "Mad Hatter" (Linux desktop) project for some time now. It’s essentially a collection of open source projects, all designed to work together in one desktop, running initially on Linux. This is Sun’s continued play to become a single-stop solutions company. As Scott McNealy remarked at his Sun Network 03-Q3 keynote in San Francisco in September: "We're the IT company, not you." However, at the Sun Network event, Sun announced it is renaming the project the "Java Desktop System." Excuse me? The Java Desktop System? What's that all about? ... (more)

Sun "Believes In IP" But Not In "IP Colonialism," Says Schwartz at Open Source Conference

OpenSolaris Community Advisory Board Members Announced Schwartz Attacks GPL; Sun's Mention of "Stewardship" Has People Thinking of JavaAt the inaugural Open Source Business Conference, which opened today in San Francisco, Jonathan Schwartz has been giving a keynote. We bring here an early on-the-spot report, written by former JDJ editor-in-chief and LinuxWorld Magazine founding editor, Alan Williamson. Jonathan Schwartz, President and COO of Sun Microsystems, today opened up the spring Open Source Business Conference (OSBC) in San Francisco. The OSBC is aimed at the business side... (more)

Cloud Computing Is Real and It's Changing How We in the Software World Work

Alan Williamson's Blog Cloud computing is real. Cloud computing is changing how we in the software world work. But it is not everything to everyone and it is definitely not the second coming that will change how we all interact on the Internet. While I respect Stephen Fry hugely, I find myself a little disappointed that he has jumped onto marketing hype and taken his legion of followers off on the wrong direction. I expected more. The computer industry's history is littered with dead buzzwords and over hyped technology. Sometimes we don't even bother defining exactly a given buzz... (more)

SYS-CON Radio Interview With Bill Roth

JDJ: What is your role in the Java 2 Enterprise Edition, and what do you see as its strength? Roth: We're extending the Java platform from its traditional base on the desktop all the way into server-centric space. We want to take write once, run anywhere and extend it all the way to the server side so you can write your business applications once, especially Web-facing business applications, and have them run on any app server. The good news is that we're 90% of the way there. We want to make sure that people can deliver the same Java applications on a server anywhere. That inclu... (more)

What's It All About?

I know what you're thinking: What happened to Straight Talking? It's a good question, and most certainly deserves an answer. As seasoned JDJ readers know, Straight Talking was a regular column for over two years. But as much as I loved "talking" to you every month, the time has come to move on and introduce a whole new column/format. As you know, I have the honor of sitting on the editorial board of JDJ with the title of "Industry News Editor." So what does this mean? Well, in a nutshell, I get to hear about all the juicy things going on in the industry a wee bit before the mass... (more)