Device Forge is reporting that Sun has acquired SavaJe Technologies. SavaJe Technologies is the company behind the Java-based embedded operating system for mobile phones. Additional details are expected to come out next month at JavaOne 2007.
At the UK-based technology website Techworld, Sun's Larry Wake has responded to Novell's recent comments at Techworld about Sun and the real intentions of Solaris. Specifically, Novell's Adrian Keward believes that Solaris has suffered due to Sun's primary focus on their hardware offerings. In Sun bites back at Novell, Wake responds with thoughts on Sun's software division, Solaris hardware support, the performance of Solaris, open-source Solaris, and the longevity of Solaris applications. Larry Wake serves as a group manager for Solaris at Sun.
Jonathan Schwartz has posted on his Sun blog that the Rock (the codename for Sun's upcoming processor) has arrived at his desk. He mentions that this is a 16-core 2395 pin (1514 of which are used for power/grounding and 812 pins are for signaling) UltraSPARC processor. Using the Rock processor and OpenSolaris, it will allow for up to 256 terabytes of RAM in a single software domain. More on Sun's Rock CPU will be revealed in the coming weeks (JavaOne time-frame).
TechWorld published a new article this morning entitled New Sun exec aims to close Solaris ‘usability gap’. In this article they interview Ian Murdock who is the new chief operating platforms officer for Sun. There are only three questions in this piece, but Ian highlights his plans to close the "usability gap" for Solaris.
Ian Murdock, the founder of Debian Linux, has left his CTO position at the Linux Foundation to now work for Sun Microsystems. He outlined this change today in his blog, and it appears he has some hopes or things up his sleeves for Sun's operating system division and Linux. His new position at Sun is in operating system platform strategy.
Just in time for Christmas Sun Microsystems has released its first bit of Java code that complies with the GNU GPL v2 license. J2ME was first for release and is now available as phoneME. Enjoy!
Project Looking Glass has reached version 1.0! For the uninformed, Project Looking Glass is an open-source 3D desktop environment for not only Linux but also Solaris and Windows, and is powered by Java. Binary Builds are available for all major platforms here. More information can be found at the Project Looking Glass LG3D Core Project.
Sun Microsystems has finally pushed out Java 6. Sun's Java 6 is the most extensive release yet, and is coming after two years in development and a great deal of outside work. More on Java 6 Standard Edition Platform can be read here.
With the official announcement of Java going open-source under the GPL, several developers and those associated with various Linux distributions and projects have begun blogging their thoughts on this topic. Among those sharing their thoughts so far has been Rich Burridge (GNOME), Christian Schaller (GNOME), Pete Zaitcev (Fedora), Jesse Keating (Fedora), Alvaro Lopez Ortega (GNOME), and Jonathan Carter (Ubuntu). There are also various thoughts shared on the Phoronix Forums.
Sun Microsystems is expected to start releasing some of Java's code under the GPL (GNU Public License v2). This move should allow a greater number of Linux distributions to ship with Java after it has become an open-source project. This is certainly some great news especially for Java programmers. All of the Java source-code should be available by March of 2007. Some information can be read at ZDNet and Lycos. Share your thoughts on this at the Phoronix Forums.
As was anticipated, today at the start of JavaOne, Jonathan Schwartz has stated that the source-code to Java will be RELEASED. This source-code will hopefully create Java as an independent entity of Sun Microsystems, in the event the company goes under or other circumstances arise. No word yet on when or how the code will be released. More information on Sun's promise is here.
With today's open-source announcement of Java by Sun Microsystems, they have also announced the recast of Java licensing for GNU/Linux and OpenSolaris communities. The new license allows distributors to include Java SE 5.0 Java Development Kit and Java Runtime Environment as installable packages. Among the projects already after including Java with their software is Ubuntu, Debian distributions, Gentoo, NexentaOS, Schillix, and BeleniX -- many more announcements are expected soon. More information is in the Sun press release.
Many speculations have been flying around the Internet in regards to Sun Microsystems potentially open-sourcing Java. While we likely won't hear a yea or nay until JavaOne, there has been an open-letter from a former Sun CEO to the new Sun CEO -- Johnathan Schwartz. In this letter, the push is made to open-source Java, including the Java Virtual Machine. If Java were open-source, the point was made that it could be more competitive with Microsoft's .NET. The open-source Java situation will certainly be an interesting subject matter at JavaOne Conference 2006, which runs from May 16 to 19 in San Francisco CA. The letter can be found at ZDNet.
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