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  • NZ Sun chief to move to Oracle

    Sun Microsystems New Zealand country manager Peter Idoine has resigned to take up the position of managing director of Oracle New Zealand. He leaves Sun at the end of January and will start in his new role in mid-March.

  • Sun and StorageTek sued for copyright infringement

    Sun Microsystems has found itself involved in another intellectual property lawsuit, this time with a Californian company that says Sun and its StorageTek unit have committed copyright infringement and fraud.

  • Sun releases Java SE 6

    Sun Microsystems announced the availability of Java Platform Standard Edition 6 (Java SE 6) yesterday. The Java SE 6 release is the result of over two years of industry-wide development involving collaboration between Sun engineers and over 330 external developers, says Sun.
    Developers interested in getting started immediately with the Java SE 6 release can leverage the new NetBeans Integrated Development Environment (IDE) 5.5, which fully supports all the latest features of the Java SE 6 platform, says the company.
    Over 160 companies worked with Sun and tested their Java technology-based applications on the Java SE 6 platform to help ensure compatibility, stability and performance for the Java SE 6 release, says Sun. More information and technology downloads for the Java SE 6 release are available here.
    The NetBeans IDE is available for download along with the Java SE 6 platform, or separately.
    “Java SE 6 technology is now, more than ever, an extremely strong platform for both developers and vendors and the NetBeans IDE is the best way for developers to leverage all the new functionality in the Java SE 6 release,” says Rich Green, executive vice president of software at Sun. “Moving forward, the OpenJDK project will define how Sun's Java SE implementation evolves, and we look forward to working even more closely with the developer community on the next version of the Java SE platform.”
    The Java SE 6 software includes a new framework and developer APIs to allow mixing of Java technology with dynamically typed languages, such as PHP, Python, Ruby and JavaScript technology, according to Sun.
    The Java SE 6 software also provides support for Windows Vista.

  • Sun finalises open-source Java plans

    Sun Microsystems is gradually providing more details on how it plans to open source its core Java technology, delivering on a promise the company made to developers back in May at its JavaOne conference.

  • Sun to release open source Java in weeks

    Sun Microsystems is just weeks away from releasing the first part of the Java code into the open source world, says Matt Thompson, director of the Sun Developer Network. Thompson wouldn’t disclose an exact date, but says that the first parts of the code — such as the Java C programme compiler and the Hotspot virtual machine — will be released “literally within weeks”.

  • Oracle upgrade, telecommuting keep Sun CIO busy

    Bob Worrall was promoted to CIO of Sun Microsystems two months ago, filling a vacancy that arose when former CIO Bill Vass took up another position at the company. Worrall, 45, had been vice president of IT. In an interview with Eric Lai of Computerworld US, Worrall talks about Sun’s massive three-year ERP consolidation plans, as well as the advantages of letting employees telecommute.

  • Sun's open source silicon blazes trails

    Traditional hardware design is a top-down process. If you need a CPU, you choose one from the various manufacturers’ catalogues and then build your device around its specifications. If a given part doesn’t suit your needs perfectly, you can sometimes work around its limitations in software, but otherwise you’re stuck. Only the largest electronics vendors can afford to dabble with custom components.

  • Sun rises once more in the server market

    Inexplicably, we have got through much of 2006 without Linux completely kicking Unix out of the market. Analysts and Linux faithful are at a loss to explain how Sun Microsystems’ server revenue climbed almost 14% since the second quarter last year, pushing Sun ahead of Dell in the rankings. Gartner pegs Sun’s Unix server market share at 56.9%.

  • Eclipsing the future: .Net rivalry today and tomorrow

    The Eclipse Foundation has established itself as a premier open source software tools project. The organisation has gained support from vendors ranging from IBM (which helped found Eclipse in 2001) to Borland Software, BEA Systems, and seemingly every other major player in the software industry except Sun Microsystems and Microsoft.

  • Sun shines light on its open-source strategy

    As Sun’s chief open-source officer, you say you disagree with critics who argue that Sun isn’t doing enough with open-source software. Why are the critics wrong?

  • Sun pitches big x86 server for virtualisation projects

    This week Sun Microsystems plans to announce new x86-based server products, including one that can support up to eight dual-core chips. In doing so, Sun is betting that IT managers will increasingly move to large systems as part of a consolidation and virtualisation strategy.

  • Sun’s restructuring leaves questions about direction

    The restructuring at Sun Microsystems announced last week, in which the company said it will “simplify” product lines, eliminate redundant research and development and cut its workforce by as much as 13%, has left a lot of unanswered questions, especially about how these changes will affect Sun’s customers.

  • Users want more details on open-source Java

    While users welcomed Sun Microsystems’ plan to release Java to open source, they say a lack of details about the announcement makes it difficult to determine the impact of whatever the company is aiming to do.

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