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Open Source

A recent blog on CNET, Open-Source Software As Guerrilla Marketing Strategy, contains insightful quotes about the advantages of open source. Notable is the expanded horizon of contributors, some of whom end up being hired by the companies that make their software open source. In my recent conversations with champions and overseers of open-source projects at Sun, I heard about that trend, too,...
on Apr 2, 2008
BitNami provides easy-to-use, integrated and multiplatform install bundles for different open source apps. They released JRubyStack last week which includes JRuby 1.1 RC2, Rails 2.0.2, GlassFish v3 Gem 0.1.1, MySQL 5.0.45 and some other miscellaneous components. The components mentioned here are all you need to get started with hosting your JRuby-on-Rails applications on GlassFish. Refer to...
on Mar 11, 2008
Recently, Sun signed a three-year agreement with the People's Republic of China to promote OpenSPARC technology at top Chinese universities. That exciting news prompted me to seek out Sun principal engineer Dave Weaver, a colleague-cum-friend who deserves to be called Mr. SPARC, given his intimate knowledge and long involvement with that technology. We chatted about its past, present, and future...
on Mar 6, 2008
A recent JDJ article, Jonathan Schwartz: "Web Developers Never Had It So Good", quotes the Sun CEO extensively about open source and about the background for Sun's recent acquisition of MySQL. Quite a few illuminating tidbits! "Crippling products or sneaky licensing exceptions don't work—freedom does," says Jonathan. On that belief, Sun has been embracing the open-source model for many of...
on Mar 5, 2008
Watch this CNET TV video on the best downloads of 2007. Hearteningly, OpenOffice tops them all: Open-source, free, and compatible with Microsoft Office formats, OpenOffice offers word processing, spreadsheet, presentation, and database capabilities.The top five winners are— OpenOffice Audacity Miro Pidgin CrossLoop
on Feb 26, 2008
Hard Skills is not enough to face an Open Source project, obviously is a cultural aspect the measure of noise in your team communication can vary between countries and cultures. As a FLOSS Developer I'm facing with a lot of "politician" criticism isn't about technical things is about to deal with "stupid" questions as: why?, what you do you want?, are you crazy?, work for free?, are you rich?...
on Feb 25, 2008
A friend of mine highlighted a nice article at Dr. Dobb's I'd like to share with you. In the text, the author describes how hot is the FOSS movement in Brazil, how its market is evolving.... "More than saving money, the Software Livre movement offers Brazilian states control over their technological destinies...The money they do spend on software stays in the hands of Brazilian programmers, who...
on Feb 23, 2008
OpenDS is the open-source project for Sun's next-generation directory service. A recent article describes how to build, debug, and run OpenDS in the NetBeans IDE. Only a few steps are involved. Good tip!
on Feb 21, 2008
Hi, today, Sun is releasing a new version of Solaris Express developer Edition (SXDE) that you can download for free at http://developers.sun.com/sxde The reason why this release is significant is that for the first time, a complete Web Stack is integrated and ready to use after the installation of the operating system (DVD or VMWare image) on your laptop of desktop. This release includes...
on Feb 5, 2008
A 10-minute Webcast by Dan Roberts and Larry Wake, both of Solaris Marketing at Sun, describes the differences between the Solaris 10 OS and Solaris Express Developer Edition (SXDE). In addition, Dan and Larry introduce Project Indiana, the OpenSolaris distribution, which, in replacing SXDE, will deliver the unique capabilities of Solaris 10 OS with new packaging and other features. The Webcast...
on Feb 4, 2008
Sun distinguished engineer Glenn Brunette recently blogged about the top five security capabilities in the Solaris 10 OS: auditing, privileges, role-based access control, zones, and network security by default. Truly impressive! No wonder the big following that OpenSolaris has been attracting (over 80,000 people registered as of November 2007), as discussed in a Q&A with community manager...
on Jan 22, 2008
In a recent posting, Bryan Cantrill, coinventor of DTrace, the award-winning dynamic tracing capability in the Solaris 10 OS, alerted everyone of dtrace.conf(08). That's "the first-ever DTrace (un)conference," which will be held in downtown San Francisco on Friday, March 14. Do attend to share ideas, learn the latest developments, and hobnob with the DTrace community. To read the details and...
on Jan 16, 2008
[NOTE: The code in this blog was revised 2/11/08 due to some errors on my part the first time, and some changes as it was ingtegrated into grizzly. And thanks to Erik Svensson for pointing out a few errors, it has been revised again on 2/13/08.] I'm quite interested these days in parsing performance: much of what a Java appserver does is take bytes from a network stream (usually, but not always,...
on Dec 19, 2007
It is that time of year when folks look back at the events that made the year soo memorable. I was reading a nice article regarding the top Java stories of 2007 and I thought I quickly jot down the top Java related development and software releases. Of course, my list might be different than yours so please feel free comment the software you where thankful this past year! JRuby 1.0 Groovy 1.5...
on Dec 8, 2007
I enjoyed reading the recent Sun postings on FOSS.IN/2007 (December 4-8 in Bangalore), called India's premier FOSS event. Here are a few, some with photos: OpenPortal: Introduction, first-day coverage, and BoF sessions OpenSolaris: User Group meeting Speaking of OpenSolaris, I read in a recent Q&A with community manager Jim Grisanzio that a total of 80,000 people have registered on the site...
on Dec 6, 2007
I just saw Tim Bray's blog post about the Give One Get One program. He says "I can’t imagine any self-respecting geek not signing up for this, so I just did.".. I bought my OLPC on the first or second day the program was running, so that must make me a self-respecting geek. Or at least one who respects the nature of the digital divide. And while at one level it seems the last thing local...
on Dec 3, 2007
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on Nov 27, 2007
There sure has been a lot of words flying around this week regarding the Android (gphone) phone. I've been tracking some items about the gphone and it's pretty wild all the different points of view. It reminds me of that story about the blind men trying to describe an elephant, none of them can see the whole thing so they describe the part that they can touch. Okay, risking being called a...
on Nov 7, 2007
John Soat in his recent blog on InformationWeek has penned a captivating synopsis of Sun chairman Scott McNealy's recent presentation on open source at the NICSA Technology Summit 2007. In his pitch, Scott explained the advantages of open-source technology in terms of barriers to entry and exit, interoperability, R&D cost, and security.I found it hilarious that Scott repeatedly asked during...
on Oct 30, 2007
Hi guys, just a brief note on what happened with me yesterday. Me and a colleague of mine were having really great trouble with a Microsoft Word document - after opening the document (which, by the way, was about 500 pages and is confidential, so I cannot post it here), MS Word just hanged. We were trying to read it many times, but every time we tried the MS Word program hanged and eventually...
on Oct 29, 2007