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
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)
Wireless - what a stupid word. When all's said and done, what does it really
mean? Is it just another word the computing industry has hijacked for its own
ill-gotten gains? After some searching around I came up with a number of
definitions for the infamous word:
1. To communicate (a message) or communicate with (someone) by radio
telephone or telegraph
2. Without, or operating, transmitted, or the like without, wires; a wireless
I guess that sort of fits into where the word is being deployed. That makes
me feel a lot better. But what does it really mean? What does it mean ... (more)
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)
LWM: It wouldn't be overstating the case to call you a living legend. How
does it feel to be the creator of one of the most used pieces of software on
Eric Allman: I sure don't feel like a legend. I have to remind myself
sometimes that I haven't taken the typical career path - it's always seemed
very natural to me. Mostly I've worked on what seemed interesting at the
time, and that's served me well. Of course, luck had a lot to do with it too.
LWM: Many new technologies have emerged, but still one of the most used
communication channels is good old trusted e-mail. Wha... (more)
Just when you thought it was safe to start learning Java, along comes yet
another new technology from the those clever boffins at SunSoft, to confuse
and dazzle the developer. Fortunately, it's not as complicated as it sounds.
Jeeves is the name of the new Java Server API that defines a mechanism and
framework for creating connection-oriented server applications. This article
will take a look at what Jeeves is aiming to accomplish and why it is a much
better solution to the technologies being offered today. We will conclude
with a look at the time honored tradition o... (more)