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Linux is taking the world of Java application servers by storm. Recently, Sun Microsystems hosted an event to tout the adoption of the latest version of the enterprise Java platform, known as Java 2 platform, Enterprise Edition, or simply J2EE 1.4. At this event, many of the application server vendors were present. Nearly all of them said Linux is making huge gains as the platform of choice for developing and deploying enterprise Java applications. The event featured a panel with well-known application server vendors IBM, BEA, Oracle, JBoss, and Sun. It also included smaller vendors Trifork and Pramati. The panel covered a wide array of topics, from open source to Web services to Linux. When the subject of Linux came up, the vendors uniformly agreed that Linux was a fast-growing platform, and very important to their respective businesses. IBM WebSphere product execu... (more)

McNealy at JavaOne: "Somebody Has to Be in Charge of Java, or No One Is."

Scott McNealy, chairman, president and CEO of Sun Microsystems, kicked off the second day of the 2004 Java Conference in what was largely a reshash of Monday's keynote by Jonathan Schwartz, with a few notable exceptions. In front of an 80 foot-wide HDTV-driven screen, McNealy started out with his standard stand-up routine, railing against press and analysts, and his recent appearance in Playboy magazine about CEO pay, written by former US Labor Secretary and Brandeis University Professor Robert Reich. One constant theme of the Sun keynotes this year has been the mantra that all th... (more)

LinuxWorld, San Francisco: Day One Keynote Report

The LinuxWorld San Francisco 2004 Conference & Expo opened yesterday with a Red Hat keynote which at times seemed like a case study and at times like a political candidate's speech. The keynote opened with a talk by Chris Hjelm, CTO of online travel site Orbitz. Since its public launch in 2001, Orbitz has become one of the three largest online travel companies with access to 455 airlines, 65,000 hotel properties, and 23 rental car companies. It also touts 20% more choice than its competitors in terms of travel options returned. Linux - and Java - have played an important role in O... (more)

Slashdot Enters the Political Arena

Slashdot, the hugely important technical news and discussion site, announced the launch of politics.slashdot.org, a new section "dedicated to providing alternative political news to its technically inclined audience." Taglined "Politics for Nerds. Your Vote Matters," the new section gives Slashdot's estimated audience of 4 million access to political news and commentary that it might not see otherwise. "We have a vocal, politically active audience looking for alternative views of this election, without media 'spin'," said Rob Malda, creator and director of Slashdot. "Slashdot its... (more)

JavaOne: A Look Back, and Predictions For This Year

JavaOne: A Look Back, and Predictions For This YearIt's that time of year again for those of us in the enterprise Java Community. JavaOne descends upon us like the monsoon. It's a force of nature and you'd better be prepared for it. BEA is a Platinum sponsor again this year, another sign of our continuing fealty and devotion to the Java Platform and its community. I have been at every JavaOne since 1995, and the show has changed quite a bit. It is also interesting to recall who Sun's cast of characters was at the individual shows. Except for Gosling and McNealy(and despite the la... (more)