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)
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)
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 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
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)