Friday Apr 11, 2008

autonomous robots come to San Diego

The International Autonomous Robotics Competition is coming to San Diego in June, at the Del Mar Fairgrounds! Thanks to the San Diego Java Users Group and Wintriss Technical Schools, kids can compete in building and programming robots. The kids will use Sun SPOT which are - of course - the open source robot tool kits. They'll program the robots in Java. Eric Arseneau writes all about the robot competition. I think my boy is a bit young to be writing software, but he's taken me by surprise many times before. Contest or not, he wants me to get him a robot kit, which he thinks I must be able to pick up in the office any day.


 

Monday Oct 29, 2007

SPEC releases Java Message Service benchmark

SPEC has released SPECjms2007, so there is now an industry standard metric of messaging performance for middleware. Congratulations to the team from vendors, academia, and the open source community who put in long hard work to make this benchmark a reality, including Technische Universit├Ąt Darmstadt (Germany), IBM, Sun Microsystems, Oracle, BEA, Sybase and the Apache Software Foundation!

 

Wednesday Oct 03, 2007

Where's the fork?

I was alarmed by a slashdot posting saying "Sun Refuses LGPL for OpenOffice; Novell forks." The blog and the OpenOffice forum have some discussion of which open source licenses are compatible with which other open source licenses, and what this means for whether modules are part of the base distribution or are external plug-ins. Myself, I don't care. I just want it to work. And it works well enough that I've never bothered to open a couple of Microsoft Office CD's I got with new PC's.

But where's that fork? The forum exchange doesn't seem to support the idea there was a big argument over LGPL:

  • kohei: it would be great if someone could check with Sun legal if it's possible to keep this code LGPL only.
  • st: Kohei, we would be happy to help you with the integration of your contribution in the main code base following the project guidelines. This implies shared ownership and licensing under LGPL.

The OpenOffice FAQ lists LGPL first among open source licenses used. So what's this about Sun refusing to use the LGPL? Could the real issue be that some people are upset that OpenOffice retired the Sun Industry Standard Source License (SISSL)?

 

 

 

 

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