Friday, July 29, 2005



Paul Murphy: Whether you prefer Linux, BSD, or Solaris is immaterial when the choice is Unix or Windows. If you work with Red Hat the enemy isn't Sun; and if you work with OS X, the enemy isn't Linux. For any Unix, the enemy is Microsoft.

64 bit Windows, many years from now
With the release of 64-bit Windows, the roadmap for future operating-system upgrades has become more congested. It's taken four years for a reluctant industry to adopt XP; the signs are that 64-bit Windows won't win hearts, minds and desktops much faster.

Sun Microsystems has released Solaris as open-source software, a move that's central to the company's plan to regain lost relevance and fend off rivals Red Hat, IBM and Microsoft.
The company on Tuesday posted more than 5 million lines of source code for the heart of the operating system--its kernel and networking code--at the OpenSolaris Web site. However, some source code components, such as installation and some administration tools, will arrive later.
But competing with Linux is tough. Though Linux is not as mature in many regards, Solaris work is concentrated at one company, whereas Linux has a fully fledged community of open-source programmers. Participants come not just from universities and Linux sellers such as Red Hat and Novell, but also from server sellers IBM and Hewlett-Packard, chipmaker Intel, and database maker Oracle.

Wednesday, July 27, 2005


open-Portals and CMS

Liferay released its much awaited 3.5 version Liferay Portal 3.5.0.New features include hot deployable themes, portlet instancing, built in support for Sun JSF and MyFaces, friendly URLs, and much much more! Many new JSR 168 complient portlets are also incorporated for eg--

Navigation Portlet -The Navigation Portlet allows you to display the navigational structure of a portal page. Its features a GUI console for editing and adding the nodes,hence Liferay renders the navigational structure accordingly.
Other Good Portlet is..
Portlet Aggregator - which provides flexibility for laying out portlets. Instead of being constrained to placing portlets under one, two or three columns, you can now mix and match.

So more is in the Look and Feel part too :-)

Thursday, July 14, 2005



Dated August-9-05

Novell is to move its SuSE Linux Professional
to a community-driven development process with a project called OpenSuse.
The move follows the strategy of RedHat's Fedora.
Novell will still distribute its SuSE Linux Enterprise Server under its current
go-to-market strategy, again mirroring RedHat's strategy. Novell says that unlike RedHat's Fedora, which it believes is technically focussed, SuSE Linux will be focussed on non-technical end-users. Novell currently trails market leader RedHat for market share in the commercial Linux distribution space.

A panel of high-profile industry players weighed on whether the world will ultimately turn to open source as a means for solving its software needs, with
the overriding view being "yes."

In the next five to 10 years, the open-source movement will transform the software business, according to several top industry executives speaking at the AO 2005 Innovation Summit at Stanford University.

IBM has begun participating in open-source Java project Harmony and intends to contribute code to the initiative, according to a Big Blue executive.

In the past week, IBM has dedicated an employee to working with the proposed
open-source project, which is being done at the Apache Software Foundation.

At this point, IBM's participation is limited to thoughts on design, but the company likely will contribute code to the project.

Harmony(a opensource java project)was launched in May to create an open-source edition of Java Platform, Standard Edition (Java SE), the software needed to run Java programs on desktop PCs.

Some Advancements goes here too--

IBM urges Sun to make Java open source .
Sun reluctant to make Java open source .
Apache eyes open-source Java project .
IBM buys open-source Java outfit Gluecode .