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Sun Microsystems has announced Release 2 of its Sun Java Desktop System. The new release is essentially the same as the previous one, but with new centralized software management and configuration features, new development tools, expanded language support, and a Java-based online update client. New features in Release 2 include: End User Tools: Java System Update Service - Automated delivery and installation of software updates and patching to ensure systems are secure and up-to-date. Expanded language support to Brazilian Portuguese (User Interface only), Japanese and Korean GNOME Input Method Language Engine (GIMLET) to change the character set on the keyboard, to change for example, from English to Japanese. System Management Tools: Java Desktop System Configuration Manager, Release 1 - Define groups of users and the policies for access rights and settings. Sun Con... (more)

Breaking News: Will BEA's "Beehive" Save Alfred's Stock Price?

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 Confirms" 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)

ILOG Launches New Business Rule Studio for Eclipse

ILOG has just introduced its new Business Rule Studio Developer Edition (BR Studio). Built entirely on the Eclipse IDE and based on ILOG JRules, BR Studio will, for the first time, provide Java software developers with the opportunity to develop business rule technology using the Eclipse IDE, bringing the power of BRMS to mainstream software development organizations using Eclipse technology. ILOG, the first business rule technology vendor to support Eclipse, announced its membership in the Eclipse Vendor Consortium earlier this year. BR Studio is being made available as a free d... (more)

JetBrains Introduces a New Paradigm

JetBrains has announced the beta version of their new product - Meta Programming System, or MPS. Meta Programming System, a new concept in the software development environment, implements the Language Oriented Programming paradigm. After several years of research and development, JetBrains has released its Beta version now, targeting 1.0 for early 2009. Meta Programming System provides an environment for professional software developers to create new custom languages, extend existing languages, and use them to develop programs. MPS is also an instrument for creating Domain Speci... (more)

It's the End of Sun, Only Oracle Survives: Charles Fitzgerald

Charles Fitzgerald suspects IBM is going to regret not acquiring Sun, and letting Oracle do so instead. "They regretted giving Microsoft control of the software crown jewels for the PC; they may face similar situation now on the server." Fitzgerald knows whereof he speaks, having been Microsoft's former general manager of platform strategy until early last year. Writing in his "Platformnomics" blog, Fitzgerald declares that "this isn't a merger of equals. It is the end of Sun. Only Oracle survives." His analysis is that Sun's hardware business will get "flipped to HP, Fujitsu, an A... (more)