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Blog Archive for robogeek during July 2008

R.I.P Usenet: 1980-2008 ?? Surely you jest, surely this is one of those "the rumors of my death are greatly exaggerated" moments? Ah, but, there is some kernels of truth to the story.. Namely, well, I haven't dipped into any Usenet groups in years but the need for Usenet has IMHO been bypassed by the Web. I believe though that we've lost something in that Usenet's discussion was shared widely...
We've been working legal ropes for awhile to get this result: Sun Approved: Merge from BSD Java to OpenJDK. There was a funky little legal snarl in that the BSD Java team has been working on Java ports to xyzzyBSD for years but it was under the JRL or SCSL license and they couldn't directly offer their changes to the OpenJDK project. One little bit of interesting is the SoyLatte work by Landon...
The latest javaposse episode had an interesting go around what is a 'rich internet application'. BTW, guys, I'm really bummed you're not having the 200th episode recording on Sun's campus, I was really looking forward to it. In any case given their confusion over what an RIA is, it indicates there's lots of confusion out there in the world over what RIA's are. So in an effort to solve this...
Neil McAllister asks Java is free at last. Now what? and seems to take the position that while Java is a very successful technology that since "The Linux community, in particular, has long viewed Java with ambivalence" that perhaps achieving this milestone of Fedora's OpenJDK/IcedTea implementation passing the JCK may not be all that big a deal. Huh? There are other ways of looking at this.....