Monday May 11, 2009

☞ Results of Extreme Capitalism

  • Excellent and encouraging analysis from Robin here. Scott McNealy has been saying for years that net-connected devices are the new world after Microsoft and the PC, and the time has come. Scott may have preferred other technologies to be involved, but the new world is a race between two systems based on Free software (one closed, one open).
  • Far too close to the bone for comfort. [Dilbert cartoon; link will corrode in a few weeks as they have no respect for the web]
  • Correct title; largely wrong-headed article. There's no doubt that some reform is needed of trademark law, and I've been raising the issue in conference addresses for several years, but this guy's suggestion that Mozilla, Canonical and Red Hat are doing something wrong doesn't bear much examination if you've spent any time understanding the minefield created by the various takes on trademark law around the world. The most common error: only considering the law for a single country.
  • "Did you wake up this morning and say "I wish someone would figure out a way to let me do less with my computer"? You've come to the right place! "

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!

Monday Dec 11, 2006

JDK 6 Packages Available For GNU/Linux

Java SE 6 was launched this morning. This afternoon, the install bundles for Debian-based GNU/Linux systems were made available. Huge congratulations to Tom Marble, who I know has worked very hard to make this happen the same day as the release (so hard he's not got round to any blogging while he's been doing it).

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