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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)

What Does it All Mean?

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 message 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)

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)

A Talk with the Father of sendmail

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 the Internet? 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)

Implementing Servlets

Introduction 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)