You have to hand it to Jonathan Schwartz. He has a way with words.
Who else would have described IBM's call-to-arms to Sun, expressed in an open
letter released last week and reported here, as "bonky"?
It can only be assumed that this is a variant of "bonkers" as in around the
bend, balmy, barmy, bats, batty, buggy, cracked, crackers, daft, dotty,
fruity, haywire, insane, kookie, kooky, loco, loony, loopy, nuts, nutty,
round the bend, wacky, whacky.
Commenting on the open letter in the middle of a Sun "Chalk Talk" session
with the media in San Francisco, Schwartz compared and contrasted Sun's
vision for Java with the Linux community's vision for Linux.
The essential difference, as he sees it, is that the Linux community
positively celebrates choice and encourages forking, with dozens and dozens
of different flavors and distros, while "In the Java world, we had the
Who'll Buy Novell First, Sun or IBM?
Jonathan Schwartz is certainly keeping Sun in the headlines these days, most
expecially with his recent speculations about what would happen if Novell
were to be acquired by a bigger software giant - like, say, Sun arch-rival
IBM. Or even by Sun itself.
As we reported last week, Schwartz's intentionally provocative view,
expressed on the eve of the LinuxWorld Conference & Expo in San
Francisco, was: "If IBM acquires them, the community outrage and customer
disaffection is going to be epic."
"IBM is in a real pickle," he observed in a blog. "Red ... (more)
How Long Can BEA Survive Against IBM? IBM Says, "We're Extending Our Lead
As predicted in the May issue of JDJ, the proprietary application server
market is being dominated more then ever before by IBM, with BEA's share
slipping for the second successive year.
IBM's share in 2003, according to the annual study released this week by
analyst Gartner Dataquest, hit 41.3% ($429.7 million) "up from 36.4% in
2002," while BEA's slumped to 27.5% ($286.2 million), down from 29% the
The figures, especially bearing in mind that the total market fell in 2003 by ... (more)
JDJ Exclusive: How Long Can BEA Survive Against IBM? IBM Says, "We're
Extending Our Lead Against BEA!" "IBM Has Widened Its Lead Over BEA, Gartner
BEA is expected to announce today that they will open major parts of WebLogic
Workshop and donate it to the open source community in an attempt to stop
losing market share against for example JBoss which is a free alternative to
BEA's more expensive WebLogic licensing and support programs.
With its code name "Beehive," BEA's global goal is to make the WebLogic
Development Framework the world's leading toolset for developing app... (more)
"The execution of the strategy of 'The Network is the Computer' seems to be
lagging behind," declares Melanie Hollands, in a report for IT Manager's
Journal just released.
"In my opinion," Hollands adds, "software needs to take the center stage in
every aspect at Sun. In addition, the company lacks a global focus. Perhaps
looking at the IBM model – prior to the PWC acquisition – could be a good
start to crafting a renewal strategy."
"Sun is not just a hardware company," according to Hollands, "Why has it
taken [Sun's own executives] so long to realize that Sun is a technology