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Blog Archive for gfx during June 2005

Sun Microsystems has just relased the new Sun Ultra 20 Workstation, a powerful Opteron workstation you can see in action at JavaOne in the Pavilion. We used such a station to run a demo yesterday during NetBeans Day and trust me, this workstation is really powerful. We had some trouble finding the appropriate driver in Solaris 10 for our USB mouse but once we got it up and running, wow. Java...
It seems, after all, that Glass Fish was much much more than it looked like. Sun indeed released Sun App Server under the CDDL. We now have a new major JEE server available under an Open Source license. We Java developers are blessed, for we got an incredible choice for every kind of tool. Oh but wait, why did I write JEE and not J2EE? Typo? Laziness? None of this, the Java brand now drops the 2...
The NetBeans Day took place at The Argent Hotel in San Francisco, just a few blocks away from the Moscone center. To make a long story short, it was a great day and it was a huge success. During the opening keynote, we've seen Rick Ross talk about the NetBeans community and the Project Looking Glass team demo us some cool features of their project. The most interesting part of the keynote was the...
We are living interesting times. We recently saw NetBeans rise to quickly catch up with Eclipse. And as we'll all learn on Sunday, during NetBeans Day, NetBeans even outmatches Eclipse in some area. I have been using Project Matisse for a few days and for the first time ever I actually want to use a GUI builder. Exciting tool, exciting day! The real fun will begin on Monday at the Moscone Center...
Yesterday, Steve Jobs proudly announced the 3rd major transition in Apple's history. After the move from the 68000 family to the PowerPC and after the move from MacOS 9 to beloved MacOS X, Apple will move from PowerPC to Intel x86 family. And Steve Jobs confirmed the rumors: Apple compiled and built all its applications and releases of MacOS X for x86. "Just in case" said Jobs. Why does it has to...
Ever since Microsoft added support for sub pixel anti aliasing in Windows (a well known technology they decided to label ClearType) many people wanted to get it in Swing. Sure we had access to anti-aliased text (and in J2SE 5.0 we could even use the tricky -Dswing.aatext=true to activate it globally) but it was far from good for small font sizes. Thankfully, Sun's guys did a great job here and...