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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 op... (more)

Schwartz "Totally Crazy" to Raise Idea of Sun Buying Novell, Says Analyst

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)

IBM Has Widened Its Lead Over BEA, Gartner Confirms

How Long Can BEA Survive Against IBM? IBM Says, "We're Extending Our Lead Against BEA!" 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 previous year. The figures, especially bearing in mind that the total market fell in 2003 by ... (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)

"A Close Look at Sun Microsystems" by Wall St. Analyst

"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 co... (more)