Tuesday Jan 29, 2008

How To Get $1m From Sun

You'll remember when I was in India I announced a $1m programme from Sun to recognise contributors to a selection of Free/open source communities (and gave a few more details afterwards). In the interim, each of those communities has formed a team to work out how they would like to direct the $175,000 Sun has allocated to them, and I'm delighted to announce that the six programmes are now live. Full details in the press release which links to each of the community sites.

Friday Nov 09, 2007

Glassfish gets trawler crew

Padstow Harbour

Eduardo P-L has announced the membership line-up he's proposing should form the Interim Governing Board of the Glassfish community. We'll be devising a constitution to ensure that all of the contributors to the rapidly growing Glassfish community have a say in how the community is governed.

The other Board members represent a great selection of stakeholders in the user community for this application server and Eduardo has done a fine job identifying them. As for me - well, you may think it's a foregone conclusion that I'd be included, but it wasn't (and hasn't been for any of the others) and I'm honoured to have been asked to contribute.

Monday Sep 17, 2007

Glassfish v2 swims free

News today from the Glassfish community is that their new version is released today, including the new version of Java DB (that's Sun's supported version of Apache Derby). There's a bunch of news from the team so go take a look. Meanwhile, it's interesting to see the maturity and scope of this open source project. The Free software at its heart is having a real impact, both by being widely used (even by competing projects) and by becoming a significant player in the Java EE market. Congratulations to the whole community!

Thursday Apr 19, 2007

Full Java Stack In Ubuntu

Sun at FISL in Brazil

I just got back from Brazil, where I was honoured to be a speaker at FISL 8. Attended by over 5,000 people, FISL is one of the world's largest Free software events. I gave them an update on progress making the Java platform Free software in an open source community. The reaction was overwhelming - I kept having people come and thank me for Sun's contribution to Free software.

I wondered why so many people were so grateful, and once it was explained I understood. In Brazil, almost all the banks have online banking interfaces written as Java applets; the tax authorities have a tax filing applet; the use of Java is pervasive. This was great - except for people on GNU/Linux. It turns out that making the JDK available in Debian made an enormous difference to the Brazilian Free software movement, since they were finally able to gain the same access to the necessities of modern online life as those trapped on proprietary operating systems.

So I assume they will be delighted with today's announcement, made a little while ago by Sun software EVP Rich Green in a speech in São Paulo. The news is that a full Java developer stack with tools is available from today in the Multiverse repository for Ubuntu 7.04 (that's Feisty Fawn). It includes JDK 6, the Glassfish Java EE server, the NetBeans development environment and the Java DB database. From today, Ubuntu becomes a first-class Java developer platform (just like Solaris Express already is). That also makes deployment easy - having Glassfish or Java DB as a dependency becomes almost trivial. More details on Sun's GNU/Linux page. Ubuntu gets a new colour!

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