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Sun Open Sources Java Mobile Edition Development Tools

Sun Microsystems announced this week the availability of source code for its NetBeans Mobility Pack and NetBeans Mobility Pack for CDC, which will be released under the OSI-compliant Common Development and Distribution License. The tools are intended to simplify and speed the creation of applicatio...

Sun’s Promise to Open Source Java Greeted With Cheers, Skepticism

In his opening keynote speech at the 11th annual JavaOne developer conference, Sun Microsystems President and CEO Jonathan Schwartz outlined new Java solutions and open source plans in front of thousands of international attendees. "It's not a question of whether, but a question of how," Schwartz to...

Sun Set to Release Java EE 5 With Web Services Focus

Sun Microsystems on Thursday announced that the Java Platform, Enterprise Edition 5 specification has been approved by the Java Community Process Java EE/SE Executive Committee. Java EE is a platform for Java and Web services deployment. It has 30 licensees and includes innovations provided by more ...

IBM Offers Middleware Support for Solaris, Renews Java Pact

IBM and Sun yesterday announced a 10-year extension of their Java technology agreement along with plans to deliver IBM middleware support for the Solaris 10 operating system on SPARC, x86 and x64 systems. Analysts said the agreements play a key role in Sun's new direction. "The next wave of economic...

Sun’s New Java Licenses Fall Short of Open-Source Status

Sun said yesterday it would modify its licenses to make Java source code access more open, but analysts said it's still miles away from the open-source status that the developer community is calling for. Sun is introducing two licenses for using the Java 2 Standard Edition (J2SE), the software for b...

Orange Adopts Sun’s Java Enterprise System for Servers

Sun Microsystems announced today that Orange SA, a London-based international mobile phone company, has chosen the Java Enterprise System to replace its current Sun software in Europe. Orange has operations in Benelux, and other western Europe regions. Orange has 22,000 employees and is a London-bas...

Kodak Asks Jury for $1 Billion in Sun-Java Patent Case

Sun Microsystems faces the prospect of being forced to pay more than US$1 billion in damages now that a federal court jury has found the computer giant's popular Java languages infringed on a patent held by Eastman Kodak. After a three-week trial, a jury found that Sun violated a patent that Kodak a...

Sun and BEA Push To Make Java Easy

Developers at last week's JavaOne conference got a chance to check the progress that tools vendors have made in their long quest to ease Java programming so they can better compete against Microsoft. For starters, conference sponsor Sun Microsystems tried to reassert itself as a major player with th...

Sun Java Desktop System, Release 2

Sun Microsystems announced today the second release of the Sun Java Desktop System, with new integrated desktop management and auto-update features as well as a free one-year developer tools subscription, which the company values at $645. Sun also announced that nine new independent software vendors...

BEA Plans Open-Source Project To Promote Java

BEA Systems, an application-infrastructure software company, today announced plans to create an open-source project called "Beehive." Project Beehive is designed to be what the company is calling the "industry's first open-source foundation" for building service-oriented architecture (SOA) and enter...

Sun’s Java Desktop System Will Support Athlon 64

Sun Microsystems has announced that its Java Desktop System will support AMD's new Athlon 64 processor. Marketing the JDS as "the first viable alternative to Windows in 15 years," Sun hopes to draw customers with the feel of a familiar desktop environment and a price tag that is significantly less t...

Open Source Joins Efforts to Create Gene Therapies for Rare Diseases

Some 400 million patients worldwide are affected by more than 7,000 rare diseases; yet treatments for rare genetic diseases remain an underserved area. The father of a boy born with a rare disease created the RareCamp project and the OpenTreatments Foundation to enable patients to create gene therap...

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New Netrunner 21.01 ‘XOXO’ Worthy of Hugs and Kisses

When I last visited the ever-changing Netrunner distribution, I said that Netrunner Linux still went its own way. That was its twentieth rebirthday upgrade over its then 10-year history in late February 2020. The same is true for Netrunner 21.01 XOXO -- now with more modern trappings. This new relea...

Open Source Security Issues Exist: Deal With Them, Report Urges

Open Source Software is becoming much more commonplace within organizations, bringing a different set of risks and perceived challenges compared to closed source or proprietary software. The Information Security Forum has released a report to help security professionals recognize the benefits and pe...

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PsychOS: A Crazy Cool Distro That Pushes Linux Limits

One of the great joys of constantly checking out new or obscure Linux operating systems is finding some insane innovations that stand out from the crowded collection of distros. The current release of PsychOS Linux, code-named "Insane," possibly might blow your mind. This distro is really an off-the...

Report: Open Source Vulnerabilities Rampant in Popular Projects

Open source vulnerabilities rose by nearly 50 percent in 2019 over the previous year, based on a new report. Common vulnerabilities rated as high or critical severity were found in all of the most popular open source projects, according to the WhiteSource 2020 annual report, "The State of Open Sourc...

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Netrunner Linux Still Goes Its Own Way at ‘Twenty’

Netrunner "Twenty" is a birthday release offering that makes what was good even better. Developers released Netrunner 20.01 on Feb. 23 with the latest stable Debian 10.3 "Buster" base and the KDE Plasma desktop. This release marks the distro's 20th birthday in a way. Code-named "Twenty," the 20.01 r...

Arduino Aims to Secure IoT With New Dev Platform, Hardware

Arduino announced a new low-code Internet of Things application development platform at CES 2020 in Las Vegas. It also introduced the low-power Arduino Portenta H7 module, a new family of Portenta chips for a variety of hardware applications. Arduino's open source microcontroller platform simplifies...

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OSGeoLive Distro Opens Doors to Geospatial Worlds

If you ever have considered investigating or working with elements of the geospatial world, check out the latest edition of OSGeoLive. OSGeoLive is a Linux distribution that runs directly from a bootable DVD or USB thumb drive. You also can load a pre-made virtual machine disk file that runs in a VM...

GitHub Aims to Make Open Source Code Apocalypse-Proof in Arctic Vault

GitHub wants to make sure its entire warehouse of open source code survives an apocalypse by burying it deep within an Arctic vault as one of several preservation strategies. Microsoft-owned GitHub is creating the Arctic Code Vault as a data repository for the existing Arctic World Archive. The AWA ...

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