[I have edited this entry after its original post to more accurately communicate my own question and not to infer intent from the original poll.]
I think the most recent java.net poll is a carefully worded question. The author assures me that the question is not specifically about Sun, and the poll question doesn't ask about a specific project. However, I think it leads naturally to a more...
on Jul 24, 2006
In a recent Q&A with ComputerWorld, Simon Phipps, chief open-source officer at Sun, discussed Sun's strategy and schedule for open-sourcing its software. Besides the Java programming language, open source of Sun's middleware is in the works, including a portal server, an identity server, and a Web server.
The bottom line, according to Phipps: "[W]hen we create volume, we'll create revenue."...
on Jul 21, 2006
Ever since Sun announced at JavaOne its plan to open-source the Java programming language, a lot has been written about the background, the schedule, and the logistics. In a recent interview with CNET Rich Green, EVP of software at Sun, discussed the "different company" Sun is compared to two years ago, the road to profitability with open source, the timing for open-sourcing Java code, and his...
on Jul 12, 2006
In this interview (by yours truly), Innovation Happens Elsewhere: Part Two of a Conversation With Sun Microsystems Laboratories' Ron Goldman, with Sun's Ron Goldman, he talks about working with Richard Gabriel to help groups at Sun build successful communities around such open-source projects as Jini technology, the NetBeans IDE, OpenOffice, JXTA technology, java.net, and, most recently,...
on Jul 11, 2006
A ZDNet commentary, OpenSolaris One Year On: Success or Failure?
, offers interesting statistics and insights on Sun's Solaris Operating System, which recently celebrated its one-year birthday. So far, more than 13,600 people have signed up for that open-source community, of whom only 1,400 are Sun employees. That's truly impressive!Here are a few other articles on the subject:
on Jun 20, 2006
Sun Microsystems has put lots of time, money, and effort into OpenOffice, the product, the organization, and the community. So, when OpenOffice adopted HSQLDB as the embedded DB, I was happy for the popular productivity suite. Not only did the product finally have a capable, 100% Java database, it would have great support and contributions from Sun as well. HSQLDB in OpenOffice...great idea.
on Jun 19, 2006
You may have heard of this announcement "it's a matter of when" .. well, that's turned into a lot of planning and meetings and discussions inside the java team. I haven't been able to post any blog entries, because my time has been consumed with those discussions and there's basically very little I can say because of the nature of those discussions.
But what just came to mind is an open source...
on Jun 14, 2006
Now that Sun's big boys are trying to decide "how" to opensource Java (with the "why" worked out by Jonathan and Rich a long time ago I'm sure), it's time for the little boys like me to get excited about opensource licenses and what they mean.
By the way, I suggested in an earlier blog "Swing trounces Ajax" that Sun will opensource Java to counter competitors (Microsoft, IBM and Red Hat) and...
on May 18, 2006
Linux.com has a great series "My Desktop OS..." which is usually a Linux desktop. I thought i should do a tongue-in-cheek one "My Desktop OS: Windows XP" - to highlight some of my frustrations with the Linux desktop of late - multimedia to be specific. Which boils down to me being too lazy to bother about my own freedom. I'll follow this up with another article, "My Desktop OS: FreeDOS" ;)
on May 11, 2006
The Apache Derby project is gaining momentum with heavyweight contributors like IBM and now Sun. Sun recently announced its support of the lightweight, embeddable database, and now has it available under their "Java DB" brand name.
You can learn more about this database, how to get it, and how to actually integrate it into a desktop application. This article tells you how:
Using Java DB in...
on Mar 30, 2006
There are at least two major styles of object-relational persistence frameworks. Mapping frameworks take an object-centered view of the world, and wrapping frameworks take a database-centered view of the world. Since Hibernate, Java developers have taken the mapping world view, pretty much across the board.True, the mapping view has its advantages. The biggest one is the ability to map to those...
on Jan 19, 2006
I was just reading Richard Feynman's essay Arlene, about the loss of his wife - written with a combination of wit, love, seriousness, practicality and a real sense of loss. That and another conversation and it made me think of one of the most fascinating people I ever knew. I write this in his memory, because to this day he lives in my memory, and I know I am not the only one.
on Jan 13, 2006
What makes GeoServer Special
Recently there has been a lot of press about MapServer, everything from
MapServer Junior to the formation of a Foundation. Welcome to the other
team, the Java team, and here is what GeoServer does so well - WFS-T.
For those new to the Open Geospatial Consortium standards scene there are a couple of levels of "compiliancy".
on Jan 9, 2006
Ladies and Gentlemen. 1.0 Final is out.
on Jan 6, 2006
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
on Dec 7, 2005
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
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
on Oct 18, 2005