Wednesday Apr 30, 2008

Java Everywhere - Mac OS X, Fedora 9 and Ubuntu 8.04

We've all heard the statistics - with more than 6 million software developers worldwide, Java technology powers more than 5.5 billion devices including mobile phones, smart cards, Blu-ray players, set-top boxes, PCs, car navigations systems and more.

This week the Java ecosystem got even bigger.

Yesterday, Apple announced Java for Mac OS X 10.5 Update 1 adds support for Java SE 6

And today, Sun, Canonical and Red Hat announced the inclusion of OpenJDK-based implementations in Fedora 9 and Ubuntu 8.04 Long Term Support (LTS) Server and Desktop editions.

Barton & Rich both offer some commentary on what this milestone means for Linux developers and users.

You can also check out this Java Posse podcast Barton & Rich did, along with Bruno Souza from Brazil.

Friday Oct 19, 2007

GlassFish conquers another operating system!

GlassFish v2 If you check out Apple's download site under UNIX & Open source you'll find that Glassfish v2 and OpenDS and OpenOffice.org are now available for Macs and they are labeled "Staff Picks."  This was all pretty darn quick given that version 2 only came out on September 17 and by the 21st it was up on Apple's site.

The days of isolation are over and Sun realizes that there are developers out there who work on platforms other than Solaris -- we want to give access to products we are involved with to as many folks as we can.

First Ubuntu and now OS X!

Friday Feb 23, 2007

Using Solaris 10 and PostgreSQL to Improve Data Warehouse Performance

Wanted to call your attention to an interesting data warehousing customer success story describing one customer's transition to PostgreSQL from Oracle 8i and reasons why they chose to deploy Solaris 10 rather than running Linux for their implementation.

You might note, OmniTI's initial reasons to move to an open source solution from Sun were based on skyrocketing software licensing costs and stability issues they were experiencing at the Linux kernel level. Once this migration was complete they found some other benefits: improved database performance without increased licensing costs and a stable computing environment.

Theo Schlossnagle, OmniTI principal and CTO described the situation in his personal blog, noting Solaris, with its ZFS file system and dynamic tracing (DTrace), does "really mesh well with core database needs".

Rodney Gedda wrote about it for Computerworld: "Sun-PostgreSQL win takes swing at Linux, Oracle - Frequent Linux crashes drove consultant to Solaris" profiling "a large database marketing firm" and its transition from Oracle to PostreSQL and how it chose Solaris 10 over Linux, based on a Sun/OmniTI case study.

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