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In a recent article, Sun President Jonathan Schwartz stated that he saw Red Hat as being a proprietary company, more so than Sun. Specifically: "Availability of source code isn't what qualifies you as 'not proprietary'-Sun's definition of proprietary is behavior which defeats the customer's ability to compete vendors against one another, or choose from among many 'compatible' implementations...
on Jun 1, 2004
Are you a university student programming in Java on Linux and interested in leading projects? Then is looking for you. We want to start a "students' corner" on Linux.Java.Net because, frankly, we're old. And we're not just talking about that age The Who didn't want to live past. All the music references we know are from the sixties and seventies. (Well, that's not really true but...
on May 14, 2004
If the settlement had come yesterday, would anyone have believed it? Sun and Microsoft settled their century long trial with a somewhat largish payment of $1.6b changing hands as part of the deal. The money is a handy thing, I'd imagine, but the funny thing was that both parties said they would collaborate on technology, etc, etc.... Collaborate? Do you guys think this is legit, or is it post-...
on Apr 2, 2004
While it is no shocker, Sun CEO Scott McNealy has made his decision very public, Java will not be open sourced. If you follow the link (above) you can see the report on his speech on Government Computer News. I haven't found the text of the whole speech online, so I'll only talk about what was reported there and elsewhere. While ESR's comparison to Python and Perl just shows he doesn't...
on Mar 24, 2004
For passionate Java developers, the network is the computer. However Java, and in particular its runtime environment, require a highly sophisticated operating system on which to run. Enter Linux; you would be hard pressed to find any system with more features. So, how does Linux increase the power of Java? First let’s look at what Linux represents; it is a free, heterogeneous, network-...
on Mar 13, 2004
Hi everyone, after some talking with my colleague Art, we would like to extend an invitation for papers and abstracts for articles for the site. We are particularly interested in articles about the different JVMs out there for Linux , with a specific eye towards compatibility and performance concerns. You can email them to me at Also, I'd like to talk about the tempest that...
on Mar 12, 2004
Last week, I spoke about the mission for as being bringing Java on Linux up to par with Java deployed and developed on Solaris, NT and others. The other mission, the yin to the yang of cross platform portability, is the linux (and open source) -specific things. For instance , a library to manage or interface with the /proc or /dev filesystems. A program to interact with the...
on Feb 3, 2004
For the last two Linux World events (one in CA and one in NYC), I've been asked to identify all of the "Linux projects" on so that they could be highlighted at the show. [insert long sigh here] Much to the chagrin of the person asking, I replied "all of them". Both the question and the answer got me thinking about the seemingly obvious, yet overlooked synergies between Java, Linux and...
on Jan 26, 2004
Welcome to and ... what are we trying to accomplish here? Welcome to! We're launching this site with a simple mission, to ensure that Linux becomes and remains a first-tier platform for Java, enjoying equality and parity with other operating systems like Solaris. My name is Chris DiBona. I have a long history with the Linux side of this equation, formerly working at...
on Jan 21, 2004