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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 executiv... (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)

Ubuntu Server 6.10 and WebLogic Workshop 9.2

In this post, I will be recounting my experience with Ubuntu server 6.10, WebLogic Workshop 9.2, and REST. Note: This in no way implies support of any kind from me or BEA. This is just the personal experiences of someone who can not keep his hands off the keyboard. This also gave me an opportunity to code up some REST samples, since many customer I come in contact with ask about it. That said: I had a chance to play with the new Ubuntu server over the long weekend. I set up a server in my garage, and loaded the latest linux bits from WebLogic Platform. (Its actually labeled Port... (more)

Patching Problems on BlackBerry Bold 9000?

Blackberry recently pushed out another update of the OS for the Blackberry Bold, and it appears that wireless upgrades are still a problem. BlackBerry maker RIM has just posted another update for the phone, 4.6.0.297, that appears to be a set up patches on top of the previous upgrade. Numerous users have reported problems with the previous release, version 4.6.0.167. Problems include: Inability to connect to the upgrade site; random reboots; and applications disappearing. Reports can be found on Blackberry’s site, as well as on independent message boards and blogs. The latest rel... (more)

CIA Falls for Cloud Computing in a Big Way

Cloud Computing Expo on Ulitzer The most anticipated talk of the day yesterday, at the 4th International Cloud Computing Conference & Expo, was by the deputy CIO of the CIA, Jill Singer. Her talk was entitled, "Enterprise Cloud Computing, the Infrastructure’s Final Revenge." She acknowledged the problem with defining Cloud Computing, and then went on to give her paragraph-length definition of “the cloud”. Her talk focused on the part of the Cloud behind the firewall. “Today’s CIO must increase the flexibility of the infrastructure,” said Singer. “Today’s CIO must manage cost to... (more)