Sun, Oracle, visions achieved and points missed?

James Gosling, known at best as the father of the Java language, is giving his very kind of special “farewell” to Sun Microsystems, now that the European Commission has unconditionally approved Oracle to buy the company that once invented Java, the Solaris operating system and a couple of other great technologies. One will have to see what arises out of this, for it could be both for better or for worse for some of the product in the Sun portfolio.

At the moment, however, I don’t want to re-evaluate the various aspects of the Sun/Oracle merger again as this has been done extensively all over the ‘net before. I just, given the day, want to add two personal thoughts to that…

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“the coming open source evolution”, Sun and Oracle

Reading the Sun Inner Circle Newsletter once in a while, I found the recent issue to be, well, pretty enthusiastic about promoting the idea of Open Source software, especially talking about OpenOffice and several others of Suns own open source projects / products: Sun has been involved in free software for a long time. The … Read more“the coming open source evolution”, Sun and Oracle

SAP, open-ness and moving to Oracle?

There have been a couple of different posts in various SAP related blogs recently, as well as some responses by non-SAP(?) folks, dealing with Java technology (especially in light of the ongoing acquisition of Sun Microsoystems by Oracle), open standards and “open-ness” in general, it seems. Looking at this through the eyes of someone who is professionally using a dedicated piece of SAP technology (its database environment SAP MaxDB), a few thoughts come to my mind here…

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eclipse+maven2: still a rough ride…

Once you get back to trying… After using NetBeans IDE for the past couple of years mainly (even though not only) for its excellent support of projects based upon the maven2 build tool, right now I am into developing an Eclipse RAP based user interface, thus using (obviously) Eclipse IDE for this purpose. As running two IDEs in parallel has some drawbacks (the code you need always is in “the other tool”), I wanted to figure out whether, by now, it makes sense to use Eclipse altogether exclusively just for this project, thus being back to maven2 tooling again. Oh well, let’s see…

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opensolaris-yet-again-notes, #2: tools and packages

Faster than I thought… Fixed my broken X server pretty quickly, and by the way learning how to boot up OpenSolaris into maintaineance / single-user mode (as this unfortunately is not there as a default recovery option in the grub configuration but rather easy to do nevertheless). Using the xorg.conf I copied off my Xubuntu … Read moreopensolaris-yet-again-notes, #2: tools and packages

opensolaris-yet-again-notes, #1: post installation impressions

Following an extensive discussion on osnews.com evolving around the question whether Suns OpenSolaris distribution is just a bad GNU/Linux distribution, I once again did a chance downloading a recent build off genunix.org, installed with the motivation of trying to use it in everyday work for a couple of times to see where it gets me. … Read moreopensolaris-yet-again-notes, #1: post installation impressions

JUG Saxony 07/2009: Groovy

So once again, another Java User Group Saxony meeting is over: Yesterday, on July 16th, our seventh evening of lectures and communication took place, once agan located in an auditorium of TU Dresden Faculty Of Computer Science, and roughly 30 people (less than in earlier meetings, but still a good number considering the time of year and the overally warm weather…) came to listen to two pretty high-quality lectures announced to be focused on the Groovy programming language and its use in real-world applications. In the end, it turned out to be a little different than that but very interesting nevertheless…

Green FC

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cyrus imapd: shared folder hierarchy recovery

Fought a half-day fight battling with our local Cyrus IMAPd installment. And talking complexity again: We’re using right this mail server implementation because it provides extensive support for shared folders and per-folder access control lists allowing for pretty fine-grained, well, control of user access to shared mail folders. ACLs indeed do add complexity to that, … Read morecyrus imapd: shared folder hierarchy recovery