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Terrence Barr

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Brief Report from the Open Source in Mobile conference

Posted by terrencebarr on September 20, 2007 at 3:02 AM PDT

I just returned from two days in Madrid, Spain, attending and speaking at the "Open Source in Mobile" (OSiM) conference.

Proudly presenting: The Mobile & Embedded Community Stars!

Posted by terrencebarr on September 14, 2007 at 2:06 AM PDT

At the end of the day external participation is what makes or breaks an open source community. The virtuous cycle of open source, external participation and contributions, leveraging each other's innovation and work, and feeding it back into the community and code base is the sole point of going open source. Open source without a vibrant community is an academic exercise.

Need a database with your phone?

Posted by terrencebarr on September 5, 2007 at 11:50 AM PDT

In one of our recent podcasts we interviewed Rick Hillegas from the Apache Derby project (also known as JavaDB). JavaDB is a compact, easy-to-use, feature-rich relational database that runs on platforms supporting Java 1.4 and later.

Flashback to 1992: Video of the Green project

Posted by terrencebarr on August 31, 2007 at 10:32 AM PDT

As many of you may know the Java language and runtime concept was born as part of Sun's "Green project" in the early nineties. The Java platform was originally designed to fit the needs of mobile and embedded devices even though it turned out its appeal of course went way beyond the embedded space.

Your chance to "Ask the Experts" on the Mobile Services Architecture (MSA)

Posted by terrencebarr on August 21, 2007 at 4:20 AM PDT

Summertime is slow, seems like lots of people are on vacation these days. Still, the Mobile Services Architecture (MSA or JSR 248) is hitting the market this year and being deployed in a large numbers of devices throughout 2007 and beyond.

Matt Asay: "Sun is rising, and open source is the driver behind its rebirth"

Posted by terrencebarr on August 10, 2007 at 12:54 AM PDT

Open source at Sun is here to stay ... the open sourcing of Java SE, EE, and ME should prove that beyond a doubt. But how does that translate into a business strategy that drives value for Sun?

Matt Asay blogs about his interview with the CEO of Sun, Jonathan Schwarz, at LinuxWorld. A highly recommended read.

Java on the iPod ... Whoa!

Posted by terrencebarr on August 8, 2007 at 2:47 AM PDT

One of our newest community members, Stefan Saftescu, posted this question on our phoneME forum. Java on the iPod and a dozen other multimedia players? Way cool! That's the thing about open source: Innovation and ideas come from all sorts of unexpected places.

More on SunSPOTs

Posted by terrencebarr on August 2, 2007 at 2:29 AM PDT

I blogged about SunSPOTs a few weeks back. The topic is actually heating up a lot these days and, while I can't give you specific details right now, you'll see several interesting developments happening over the next few weeks. Stay tuned.

Open technologies need open access

Posted by terrencebarr on July 20, 2007 at 5:57 AM PDT

To make a technology truly useful, accessible, adaptable, and innovative in a way that impacts our lives profoundly there are two fundamental prerequisites: First, the technology itself (the specifications and designs) must be open and, second, access to the use of that technology must be open (accessible in a  non-discriminatory manner).

How are we doing? ... and what does Dalibor Topic think?

Posted by terrencebarr on July 11, 2007 at 8:15 AM PDT

If you haven't had a chance to listen to the just-published podcast with Dalibor Topic I highly encourage you to do so.