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Sun Microsystems has announced the addition of the enterprise resource planning (ERP) software vendor Stésud to a growing list of customers that have adopted and deployed Sun's open source MySQL database and GlassFish application server software. This Belgium-based enterprise company joins Australian online travel pioneer Wotif.com and hundreds of other companies that now rely on MySQL and GlassFish as a lower-cost, higher-performance alternative to traditional database and application server software. Stésud: Open Source Makes Sense When it identified that its existing software infrastructure needed refreshing, Belgium-based Stésud looked to Java as the technology upon which to build the company's new platform. An ERP provider with eGovernment clients that include the Belgian government, Stésud evaluated several solutions and selected Sun's GlassFish application ser... (more)

Java "Robo Sapien" Robot Speaks Up During Strukhoff SYS-CON.TV Interview

RS Media, a "robo sapien" invented by a fellow named Mark Tilden and distributed by a company called WowWee, was interviewed at JavaOne 2007 by SYS-CON.TV founder and host Roger Strukhoff. Despite the interviewer's best attempts at providing a steady hand and steady conversation, the robot seemed to crack a bit under the pressure of the hot TV lights and potential worldwide audience in the billions. The robot also made an appearance on-stage with Father of Java James Gosling and Sun's Bernard Travers during the annual "Toy Show" presentation on the final day of the conference. Da... (more)

AJAX and RIA Technology Will Be Free for All: Sun CEO

'Java's always been a RIA platform - before the world really wanted one,' claimed Sun's CEO Jonathan Schwartz recently, as he reflected on the reinvention of the Java platform as represented by JavaFX. 'What's a rich internet application?' Schwartz wrote. 'It depends on your perspective,' he continued, adding 'From mine, it's any network connected application that persists in front of a user, typically outside a browser, that can operate when disconnected from the network.' Writing in his popular industry blog, Schwartz gave a little of the background to Java's origins:"Early Java ... (more)

Sun Releases GlassFish Enhancements

Sun Microsystems has announced several technology updates to the Sun GlassFish Portfolio, the most complete, open source, high-performance Web application platform. The GlassFish Portfolio is comprised of leading open source technologies, including OpenESB, OpenMQ, Liferay Portal, Sun GlassFish Web Stack and GlassFish(TM) – the industry's most downloaded application server. Additionally, Sun announced early access of GlassFish v3 containing a full preview of the forthcoming Java(TM) Platform Enterprise Edition 6 (Java EE 6) specification. To purchase the Sun GlassFish Portfolio, ... (more)

Oracle-Sun: Oracle Issues Statement

Oracle yesterday evening issued the following statement, attributable to Dan Wall, Latham & Watkins counsel to Oracle: "We've had a very good dialogue with the Department of Justice and we were almost able to resolve everything before the Second Request deadline. All that's left is one narrow issue about the way rights to Java are licensed that is never going to get in the way of the deal. I fully expect that the investigation will end soon and not delay the closing of the deal this summer." ... (more)