April 2009

jvisualvm: analyzing NetBeans and beyond…

As I am usually doing day-to-day work using daily builds of the NetBeans IDE, then and now I happen to run into, let’s say, peculiar situations in which figuring out what actually happens is pretty difficult. My very special friend #162706 is one of these cases – the IDE just seems busy for quite a while without obvious reasons, and you’re not really sure whether there still is something goin‘

Sun, Oracle and the need for open source… [updated]

Times are changing it seems: Not that long ago we were wondering about whether or not IBM eventually would buy Sun Microsystems and, if so, what this could possibly mean to many of the pretty good Sun software products like the NetBeans IDE, the Glassfish Application Server or the mySQL database server. Oh well… and it seems that, just shortly after these negotiations have obviously come to an end, another

OpenSolaris notebooks… finally?

A few months ago we saw the news that Toshiba and Sun were about to team up on bringing the OpenSolaris operating system pre-installed to Toshiba notebooks. And, by now, it seems this finally happened: The first line of devices of this kind is available via the OpenSolaris store. Well… There are a few thoughts coming to my mind about that: Generally, it’s rather good to see mainstream hardware being