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Open Source

Happy New Year! This has been an amazing time for the open source Java community, and I thank all of you for making the last year an amazing experience. I have never traveled so much, or met so many amazing people. I wish all of you the best in the new year!
on Jan 1, 2006
Tuesday, 6th of December 2005 I had the chance to attend Carlos Sanchez's presentation about Maven 2 at the LA JUG in El Segundo. I already played around with Maven 2 and therefore had a list of questions I tried to get answered. Especially I wanted to see if my concerns I expressed earlier in a Java.net blog where valid or not. Today I came to the conclusion that Maven 2 has some good ideas but...
on Dec 7, 2005
9:45 am I reach Bangalore Palace Grounds, the venue of FOSS.in. Once called Linux-Bangalore and hosted by a local linux user group, the event has metamorphosed this year to include the larger FOSS community. I see a few hundred geeks waiting patiently in front of the registration counter with T-shirts proudly displaying their corporate affiliations. I feel bad. I didn't wear anything to...
on Nov 29, 2005
In my first blog entry at Java.net, I wrote on August 09, 2003 that "Logic is the foundation of philosophy." I now know that this is most untrue. This is as untrue as anything I've ever said or written, moreso because it undergirded two years of feverish research. Logic is a formal, mechanically limited contraction of reason. Mechanics and logic exist in what the geometer Bernhardt Riemann...
on Nov 6, 2005
Did you know that the Open Source Initiative, aka the OSI, has a mailing list to discuss license issues? Neither did I, until a couple of months ago. So, if you're the kind of person who likes to watch sausage being made, or you're just an amateur fan of the Open Source license process, go check it out: To subscribe to the mailing list, send an email to license-discuss-subscribe@opensource....
on Oct 27, 2005
A couple weeks ago I did a little experiment in community processes. Supposedly community driven processes are better quality because there's more eyeballs. That's an interesting claim, and I wanted to test it. The Register has an article along the same lines as my test: Wikipedia founder admits to serious quality problems My test is written up here: An experiment in community process Basically...
on Oct 18, 2005
Last week we got a meeting in my JUG and we discussed many ideas about how to enhance the JUG - including several tools we need. The most motivated members suggested the creation of OpenSource projects to improve our site features and another group also suggested a formal commitee for managing those projects. Listening the brainstorm I felt a déjà vu about the excitement around new projects -...
on Oct 15, 2005
I respectfully disagree with Jacob's view to the JBoss licensing issue. When I and even more true for Rickard started to contribute JBoss had a GPL license. Then Marc asked us if we agree to change it to LGPL but did not mention that he was going to register JBoss as a trademark. Therefore we were not aware of the issues that did arise now. The JBoss Inc. already used legal threads to stop...
on Oct 12, 2005
What a disappointment! After feeling betrayed by the JBoss Inc. with the trademark lawsuits now also Linus Torwald seems to do the same thing with Linux. Yesterday I was attending a presentation about Java 6 (Mustang) and some of the discussions turned around Sun and open-source. Finally, I guess, I have to admit that maybe Sun is more trustworthy company with respect to open-source than some of...
on Oct 11, 2005
On friday I was reading some discussion about open source projects. Among the claims was the typical statement that the thousands of eyeballs results in high quality. The assumption is that with that many people, there is continual ad-hoc testing going on and any problems get spotted quickly. Well, I don't think that's actually the case. First it presumes the project has a lot of active...
on Oct 9, 2005
Rickard Oeberg's (co-founder of JBoss) blog points to the JBoss Issue Blog where he and Matthias Bohnen discusses issues related to JBoss. So far Marc Fleury and the rest of the JBoss Inc. could hide their business agenda behind the JBoss open-source project but finally they feel that they can afford to let the business take over because they are now so successful. On the other hand it finally...
on Oct 7, 2005
Today I just stumbled over the press release of JBoss announcing a partnership of some sort even though it is not clear to me what this means. This release does not surprise me from a business view but I am surprised from my past experiences working on JBoss. I can remember the first JBossOne in 2002 when one presentation showed the "screaming monkey" making fun of Steve Balmer. On...
on Sep 27, 2005
So this is the first is a series of Open Source entries that I'll make. I would like to raise awareness of open source projects available to Java developers. To help achieve this I'll download/play with some projects, some that I've used before and some that I haven't. Then I'll discuss my experience with it. Also the more feedback the better, good or bad! Also I'd like to have a consistent...
on Sep 21, 2005
So this is the first is a series of Open Source entries that I'll make. I would like to raise awarness of open source projects available to Java developers. To help achieve this I'll download/play with some projects, some that I've used before and some that I haven't. Then I'll discuss my experience with it. Also the more feedback the better, good or bad! Also I'd like to have a consistent format...
on Sep 11, 2005
The cajo project is a very compact framework to enable completely transparent use, and transport of, ordinary unmodified Java objects; between Java Virtual Machines. It allows distributed computers to effectively coalesce; into a seamless, Virtual Virtual Machine. Its ease of use is undoubtedly its most intriguing feature. The foundation of its operation is its transparent method invocation...
on Aug 30, 2005
I had been struggling to find time to write my JDJ editorial, I often stay up until it is done, often 3am or 4am in the morning and my wife rightly points out I'm nuts working for free when I no longer enjoy it. I have one more editorial in the pipeline for September So back in July I was casting for ideas to write about and after an amount of googling the news saw a tiny data point hidden in a...
on Aug 26, 2005
In the past two months, we've seen Sun participate in The Apache Derby Project, an open source database written entirely in Java that IBM donated to Apache and now Jonathan recently announced Open Media Commons as an initiative that will develop royalty-free open standards for digital content. No, you're not DReaMing When Jonathan Schwartz kicked off the Progress Freedom Foundation Aspen Summit,...
on Aug 21, 2005
Man, I feel like I've done nothing but complain on this blog lately! I promise, I'll get back to posting netbeans RCP coding tips and stuff. However, John Reynolds posted a link to an article inviting comments on Sun's OSS strategy. I couldn't resist sending along one of my little pet peeves... Mr. Phipps:I saw your invitation to comment to this email address on John <br>Reynolds'...
on Aug 19, 2005
If you look really hard at www.oreilly.com, no keep scrolling down and down, you will see that OSCON is this week in Portland, Oregon. I don't know if O'Reilly are trying to keep it a secret but they have the who's who of exhibitors and speakers all in one place. I'll be working on the show floor, flying out today so will be able to send some reports. I plan to meet up with some folks while I'm...
on Aug 2, 2005
Open source projects live or die by contributions. There is the occasional project like Open Office that can get by based on financial backing, but most of us have to suffer on collaboration and communication. What makes a Successful Open Source Project Most Open Source projects simply have to follow a basic formula: Do something worthwhile Accept contributions Making contributions easy Now...
on Jul 31, 2005