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Charles Fitzgerald suspects IBM is going to regret not acquiring Sun, and letting Oracle do so instead. "They regretted giving Microsoft control of the software crown jewels for the PC; they may face similar situation now on the server." Fitzgerald knows whereof he speaks, having been Microsoft's former general manager of platform strategy until early last year. Writing in his "Platformnomics" blog, Fitzgerald declares that "this isn't a merger of equals. It is the end of Sun. Only Oracle survives." His analysis is that Sun's hardware business will get "flipped to HP, Fujitsu, an Asian up-and-comer or someone else" and that there will be "Serious layoffs ahead at Sun regardless of how it plays out for Oracle." Read his blog in full here. ... (more)

An Exclusive JDJ Interview With Sun's Jonathan Schwartz

Java developers will have noticed in the past few weeks that Sun has already begun to crank up a new "unified" approach to its software business. Sun gave JDJ an exclusive chance to ask questions, offering you the reader the opportunity to ask Jonathan Schwartz, the dynamic young executive VP of Sun's new Software Group, what's going on at Sun. : I've been working exclusively with Java since its birth. I'm a big fan, especially of Sun's Java. However, this past year I noticed that Sun's stock wasn't doing well. Many people, Microsoft folks included, have started to claim th... (more)

Sun's President: "JavaOne Wasn't About Sun"

Billed to the world as, simply, "Jonathan's blog," the latest contribution to the blogosphere by Sun president and COO Jonathan Schwartz naturally enough looked at this year's JavaOne conference. "This year's JavaOne conference was different," he writes. "It felt different. If you were there, you know what I mean. In prior years, it was either about this terrifically new concept called Java software, and how the future is limitless - or it was about a new spec or application domain. Tantalizing, but futuristic." "But this year," Schwartz continues, "the CEO of Siemens VDO Infotainm... (more)

"Jini, Vidi, Vici" in 2004/5, Sun Hopes

As announced here by Sun's Onno Kluyt last week, March 23-25 sees the latest meeting of the community that has grown around Jini - the Java-based network technology that enables adaptive network-centric services based on shared memory (JavaSpaces) and code portability. For more information and for registering, interested developers can visit here. The event is being held in Boston, MA. Jennifer Kotzen, senior product marketing manager for Jini at Sun, has been talking about the technology - which Sun hasn't yet used in any products, although it does use it in the development of p... (more)

Eclipse Use Grows by More Than 90% in North America

To view our full selection of recent Eclipse stories click here New research from Evans Data Corp. has found that Eclipse, the open source Java IDE, is experiencing very strong growth in Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) and Asia Pacific (APAC) as well in North America. In APAC, the survey findings show a more than 70% increase in developers using Eclipse as their primary Java development environment. In EMEA that number has increased by more than 60% and in North America development to the IDE has increased by more than 90%. "Among the top three Java IDEs, Eclipse is the only ... (more)