A Productivity Suite in the Sky

Posted by Bill Bradford on May 29, 2007

Sun has announced that Singapore Airlines will be rolling out StarOffice productivity software for passenger use in its Boeing 777-300ER aircraft.

Sun to introduce new blades

Posted by Mike on May 22, 2007

According to this article from The Register, Sun will unveil its new UltraSPARC T1 (Niagara) and Xeon-based blades server at an event in Washington D.C. in June. This is another aggressive attempt by Sun to penetrate the blade server market.

Sun CEO, one year later

Posted by Mike on May 22, 2007

An exclusive interview from CNET News.com, regarding Sun CEO Jonathan Schwartz, detailing his progress at Sun after one year as CEO.

Sun to resell Hitachi storage system

Posted by Mike on May 22, 2007

Sun will resell Hitachi’s high-end storage system as Sun StorageTek 9990V. The system has a 332TB internal storage and 247PB virtualized external storage. For full article at The Register, click here and for more details on the Hitachi system, click here.

Sun continues open-source hardware push

Posted by Mike on May 15, 2007

According to this News.Com article, Sun’s open-source hardware effort is paying-off. Two companies, Simply RISC and Polaris Micro, are working on variations of the OpenSparc S1. Additionally, Sun has released a version of OpenSparc that runs on field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) chips.

“Project Indiana” to bring Linux-like functionality to Solaris

Posted by Bill Bradford on May 9, 2007

This NEWS.COM article gives some background on Sun’s “Project Indiana”, an effort led by Ian Murdock, Sun’s new Chief Operating Systems Officer and founder of the Debian distribution of Linux. The goal of the project is to add Linux-like features to Solaris in order to aid user transition and interoperability.

Sun announces new software at JavaOne

Posted by Bill Bradford on May 8, 2007

At this week’s JavaOne conference, Sun has made a number of announcements:

The OpenJDK project is a fully-buildable Java Development Kit released under the GPL v2, compatible with the Java SE 6 specification

JavaFX Script is a scripting language for creating rich content and applications that run on Java-powered devices.

Also announced is a collaboration with Ericsson on a communications applications server to be released under an open-source license as part of Project SailFin.

Sun introduces JavaFX

Posted by Mike on May 8, 2007

Sun announces a new scripting language targeted at the mobile devices market. Below is a summary of Sun’s press release, for the entire press release click here.

A new scripting language, JavaFX Script gives Java developers the power to quickly create content-rich applications for the widest variety of clients, including mobile devices, set-top boxes, desktops, even Blu-ray discs. Content creators now have a simple way to develop content for any Java Powered consumer device.

    * JavaFX allows content creators to create rich media content without relying on developers, including drag and drop of desktop and mobile content to the desktop, something that is not possible in any other RIA.

    * JavaFX Script offers a close integration with other Java components (applications and infrastructure) running on server and client platforms, enabling a rich end-to-end experience for developers and users.

    * JavaFX Script takes advantage of the Java security model so consumers can securely access assets (e.g., pictures, music files, word documents) on their desktop.

Proximity Communication

Posted by Mike on May 7, 2007

The Register has an article detailing Sun’s ambitious plan to interconnect processors. Ivan Sutherland, Sun’s researcher, has developed a way to link processors directly and remove wiring between the chips. For the full article, click here.

Sun to help with OS X port of OpenOffice

Posted by Bill Bradford on May 3, 2007

According to this blog post, Sun engineering will be assisting with the Mac/Aqua-native port of OpenOffice to OS X.

Solaris booted on “Rock”

Posted by Bill Bradford on May 2, 2007

Sun has booted Solaris on its forthcoming “Rock” processor.