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Read Alan Williamson's San Francisco Keynote Report OpenSolaris Community Advisory Board Members Announced Sun's President and COO, Jonathan Schwartz (pictured below), opened the Open Source Business Conference yesterday in San Francisco with a keynote that at once hit the headlines. For the super-busy, here's a very brief round-up of the highlights from his address: [On FOSS] "Free and open source software is a vital part to the evolution of the network." [On the GPL] "Imagine a developing nation that elects to use free software in the construction of its IP and then finds that is has a rather predatory obligation to give back all the IP to the wealthiest nation in the world that happens to be the author of the GPL." [On the MPL] "The Mozilla Public License...restricts from the issuer any power to change the license and predetermines all disputes must be heard in... (more)

Google Mobile-Phone Maps are Java-Enabled

Google Local now provides mapping information on Java-enabled mobile phones to let users find restaurants, hotels, ATMs, etc. Although the service will undoubtedly be perceived as quite cool when first used, it is only available now on Java-enabled phones from Cingular and T-Mobile (Verizon doesn't offer this type of phone), and Google Local won't work on Blackberries, Treos, or iPods at this point. Additionally, although Google Local for mobile is free, users  must have access to a data plan from their mobile service provider. Google recommends subscribing to an unlimited data p... (more)

Java Developer's Journal Exclusive: 2006 "JDJ Editors' Choice" Awards

The editors of SYS-CON Media's Java Developer's Journal are in a unique position when it comes to Java development. All are active coders in their "day jobs," and they have the good fortune in getting a heads-up on many of the latest and greatest software releases. They were asked to nominate three products from the last 12 months that they felt had not only made a major impact on their own development, but also on the Java community as a whole. The following is a list of each editor's selections and the reason why they chose that product. Joe Winchester Desktop Java Editor Swin... (more)

SYS-CON Media Readers' Choice Awards Polls Will Close on December 31, 2005

  SYS-CON Media (www.sys-con.com), the world's leading i-technology media company, announced that its 2005 Readers' Choice Awards polls will close on December 31, 2005. So far more than 16,000 readers cast their votes to select the best  software products and services of the year for Java, Linux, Web Services, XML, Microsoft .NET, ColdFusion and Macromedia MX. Best Java Products of 2005: http://java.sys-con.com/general/readerschoice.htm Best Linux Products of 2005: http://linux.sys-con.com/general/readerschoice.htm Best Web Services Products of 2005: http://webservices.sys-con.... (more)

JDJ SPECIAL - Answered: The J2EE Questions No One Else Dared to Ask

First Things First: The Questions  What do the following companies have in common? BEA Systems Sun Microsystems The JBoss Group Oracle Corporation Pramati IronFlare The answer lies within this "JDJ Special" - in which Java Developer's Journal has quizzed Java vendors, and indeed its own editorial board, about The Future of Enterprise Java. Read on if you want to know how everyone answered the following questions, among many others:  What are J2EE's strong points? Java's strong points? How do you see the industry leveraging them today? Tomorrow? What are J2EE's weakest points? Java's... (more)