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OpenSolaris Community Advisory Board Members Announced Schwartz Attacks GPL; Sun's Mention of "Stewardship" Has People Thinking of JavaAt the inaugural Open Source Business Conference, which opened today in San Francisco, Jonathan Schwartz has been giving a keynote. We bring here an early on-the-spot report, written by former JDJ editor-in-chief and LinuxWorld Magazine founding editor, Alan Williamson. Jonathan Schwartz, President and COO of Sun Microsystems, today opened up the spring Open Source Business Conference (OSBC) in San Francisco. The OSBC is aimed at the business side of the open source ecosystem, with delegates ranging from a wide range of areas. It is fair to characterize this community as comprising "influencers" or decision makers, and it was to this audience profile that Schwartz pitched his keynote. Schwartz opened up his discussion on standards by ... (more)

My December Trip To Microsoft

“If the USA and China can have healthy economic trade despite significant ideological differences, then there's a possibility that those of us in the freedom-loving Java world can engage in healthy economic trade with the many millions who will be locked into Windows and .Net.” Rick Ross, in The Ross Report Back in November, in a move that many Java developers likened to the wily fox inviting the unsuspecting hen round for a candlelit dinner, Microsoft Corp extended an invitation to JavaLobby founder Rick Ross to come to its Redmond, WA, headquarters in December…and check out .NET... (more)

A Talk with the Father of sendmail

LWM: It wouldn't be overstating the case to call you a living legend. How does it feel to be the creator of one of the most used pieces of software on the Internet? Eric Allman: I sure don't feel like a legend. I have to remind myself sometimes that I haven't taken the typical career path - it's always seemed very natural to me. Mostly I've worked on what seemed interesting at the time, and that's served me well. Of course, luck had a lot to do with it too. LWM: Many new technologies have emerged, but still one of the most used communication channels is good old trusted e-mail. Wha... (more)

Java Is for Life... Not Just for Christmas

Well, here we are again, decking the halls with boughs of holly, fa-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la, and all that sort of nonsense... The time of year when the opportunity to steal a kiss from the secretary isn't an actionable offense (assuming, of course, that you catch her - or him - under the mistletoe and not just as you're waiting for the printer to finish. So be careful). It's been an exciting year, but I'm going to leave my reflection article to the next one, when it'll be the millennium and - with any luck - we should all be here in one piece. As we run up to the end of the cent... (more)

You Certified?

Today marks the beginning of British summer time. Hurrah! I prefer the winter myself, but having experienced the extreme temperatures of New York on a January weekend, I have to reevaluate my climate preferences. Now that the office heating has been turned down (I wonder if they'll notice?), let's get on with this month's rant and rave. Java certification - What are your thoughts on this particular hot potato? It's been making the rounds on the mailing list again, and is interesting to listen to. I think - and the veterans of the list will correct me if I'm wrong - it was discus... (more)