Tuesday May 27, 2008

links for 2008-05-27

del.icio.us' link posting function seems to be on the blink right now; here are my last few, lovingly hand-pasted...

Wednesday Apr 30, 2008

links for 2008-04-30

Tuesday Apr 01, 2008

links for 2008-04-01

Monday Nov 05, 2007

Adding My Voice to the 13949712720901ForOSX Chorus

If you are working with Java on OS X, then you are probably aware of 13949712720901ForOSX, a call for Apple to support Java 6 on Mac OS X Leopard.

My personal take on this (stressing the personal - despite my highly exalted position at Sun I have no insider knowledge) is that Java 6 was in Leopard at some point in time (witness the Java 6 developer preview download at ADC - long gone now). Apple put resources into iPhone at the expense of Leopard. I reckon that Java 6 was cut to bring in Leopard's ship date, and Java 5 hastily put in its place, hence the Java 5 issues we are seeing.

All of this would be of little import, were Apple not dealing with a developer community that has become addicted to openness. Apple's ruthless, consumer-oriented, information management just doesn't work with this crowd. And, devoid of any official position from Apple, the community assumes the worst. It's only a matter of time before the first blog entry appears alleging that Java 6 was dropped from Leopard because Steve Jobs spends too much time eating babies (oops - there it is! ).

I guess the first we'll hear from Apple is when the download appears in Software Update. It can't happen too soon...

Monday Nov 13, 2006

Open All The Way Up

It's just one of those days - the bloggable thoughts are coming thick and fast...

For some time now, Sun has been unusual in providing the entire stack of hardware and software, from the metal right on up to the product on which I work, Sun Java System Access Manager:

Web SSO Sun Java System Access Manager
Web Container Sun Java System Application Server
Computing Platform Java
Operating System Solaris
Processor Architecture UltraSPARC

Well, now there is an open analogue to every one of those layers:

Web SSO OpenSSO
Web Container GlassFish
Computing Platform Java (now open sourced!)
Operating System OpenSolaris
Processor Architecture OpenSPARC

Open all the way up the stack - now that is cool!

Wow

Get the Source

GPLv2 and everything. Wow. And Glassfish adds GPLv2 to the existing CDDL. Cool.

Go get it!


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