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04 Aug 2011
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Open Source, Java, and Oracle - Cracking the Code [24416]
Oracle's Steve Harris at OSCON

Steve Harris's keynote address at OSCON is very capably summarized in Tori Wieldt's blog "Open Source, Java, and Oracle -- Cracking the Code," in which Wieldt writes that Harris said the company [Oracle] does not have a top-down strategy around open source, but rather individual lines of business, which have open source strategies of their own to meet business needs. Concerning Java, which resides in the Oracle Middleware line of business, Oracle's priority, Harris said, is to keep Java vibrant with increased investment in platform, continuing to move towards free and open, and to improve support for the Java developer community. Finally, Wieldt blogs, in a nod to Oracle's view of how the open source community perceives the company, Steve Harris introduced the humorous "Perceived Open Source Threat Level" graphic and said "We’re not where we should be, but it has gotten better and it will get better.” The ever-shifting pointer hovers uneasily between GUARDED and ELEVATED.
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12 Jan 2011
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Turns Out Oracle Did Not Become the Proprietary Villain Certain Segments of the Press Predicted [23825]
The Perspective from Buenos Aires

Turns out Oracle is not the villain some segments of the IT press suggested it would become once Sun was safely within its fold. Fernando Cassia, for one, disputes those alarmist headlines so common during the acquisition negotiations (Oracle Might Kill OpenOffice; Oracle Will Kill MySQL) in TechEYE.net. Most of the open source projects that came through Oracle's door with Sun are still vital and ongoing, Cassia writes, noting the apparent exception of OpenSolaris.
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22 Dec 2010
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Open Source Survey: Oracle Products Top Several Categories [23791]
Did Someone Doubt the Future of Open Source at Oracle?

The funeral seems to be dragging on interminably in the opinion of some, but yet another myth surrounding Oracle's acquisition is nevertheless being laid to rest: Oracle's plans will not involve open source. Well, results of the 2010 Linux Journal Readers' Choice Awards suggest otherwise. Given that Oracle solutions took first place in four categories and given the strong statement of support voiced by Edward Screven, Oracle's chief corporate architect: ("Supporting open source is important to Oracle and our customers, and we continue to invest in it."), it looks like open source has a vibrant future under the Oracle umbrella. The four winners?

  • Best Office Suite: OpenOffice.org
  • Best Single Office Program: OpenOffice.org Writer
  • Best Database: MySQL
  • Best Virtualization Solution: VirtualBox
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15 Nov 2010
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Linux Journal Readers' Choice Awards 2010 [23674]
Winners Include OpenOffice.org, MySQL, and VirtualBox

12,000 readers of The Linux Journal voted for their Linux favorite apps. Android was selected as Product of the year and three projects closely associated with Oracle/Sun -- OpenOffice.org, MySQL, and VirtualBox -- won in their categories. The announcement of winners has details of the winners and runners up.
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12 Oct 2010
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OpenDJ from ForgeRock [23563]
Based on Sun's OpenDS Project

Do you remember Sun OpenDS project? Good. Then perhaps you will be happy to learn that it has been resurrected as OpenDJ, a new member of the ForgeRock product family. Simon Phipps reports this information in his Wild Webmink blog "New ventures: OpenDJ, FossAlliance."
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06 Oct 2010
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An Attempt at Defining Open Standards [23501]
That Not Everyone Agrees Comes as No Surprise

In his Oracle.com blog Trond-Arne Undheim addresses the issue of "Defining Open Standards," challenging the notion that arriving at a definition of open standards is impossible. In fact, he goes as far as to describe open standards as "pure goodness."
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