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Blog Archive for johnm during February 2004

Eweek is claiming that, in reponse to IBM's open-letter to Sun to open-source Java, unnamed sources at Sun are telling Eweek that Sun representatives will meet with IBM to discuss open-sourcing Java.
In response to Sun's Simon Phipps' rant about Eric Raymond's open letter to Sun to open-source Java, IBM Vice President Rod Smith has called for Sun to open-source Java in a letter to Sun Vice President Rob Gingell. Smith offers IBM's support to create an independent organization to control Java.
In an article in the UK's PC Pro magazine, Sun fires back over Open Source Java accusations, Simon Phipps, Sun's Chief Technology Evangelist and java.net blogger, rails about Eric Raymond's recent open letter to Sun, Let Java Go. Seems pretty clear that both sides make some points and miss their marks. I don't have the time right now into a blow by blow analysis but I will say that I'm...
Sun has released Gilad Bracha's Generics Tutorial.
According to this EWeek article, Sun has a promotion through June, 2004 wherein a purchase of Sun's Java Studio Enterprise product subscription also gets you an AMD Opteron-based SunFire server. The catch is that the subscription cost is $1500 per year with what looks like a 3 year commitment. I do like the switch to focusing on the hardware as a support for the software.
Check out my Artima blog entry on the case study of JSR 166: Concurrency Utilities.
JSR 133 -- Java Memory Model and Thread Specification Revision has been released for public review. Note that the review period ends on March 7, 2004 so check it out and submit your comments sooner rather than later.
Version 1.0 of the XWork command processing framework and version 2.0 of the WebWork web application framework (which is built on top of XWork) have been released.
According to a NYTimes article, the US administration has decided not to use the SERVE e-voting system in the fall elections. According to Deputy Defense Secretary Paul D. Wolfowitz: "The department has decided not to use SERVE in the November 2004 elections. We made this decision in view of the inability to ensure legitimacy of votes, thereby bringing into doubt the integrity of the election...
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