I just returned from two days in Madrid, Spain, attending and speaking at the "Open Source in Mobile" (OSiM) conference.
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.
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.
As many of you may knowÂ 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 aÂ non-discriminatory manner).