Sun has announced the availability of its “GlassFish V2” Open Source Java EE 5 Application Server platform.
GlassFish V2 is downloadable at http://glassfish.java.net with versions available for Solaris, Linux, Windows and Mac OS X.
Sun and Microsoft have announced that Sun has signed on as a Windows Server OEM, and both companies will work together to enable deployment of Windows Server on Sun’s x64-based systems.
IBM has joined the OpenOffice.org community, and will be assisting in the development and promotion of its technology.
Sun is planning a 4-to-1 reverse split of its stocks and will propose the idea to investors at the annual shareholders meeting on November 8. The general idea behind the reverse split is to minimize the frequent trading of the stocks and to prevent volatility. Sun’s filing with the SEC is located here.
According to this internetnews.com article, Sun will resell Diligent ProtectTIER virtual tape library (VTL) and its de-duplication offerings. Additionally, Sun will also offer FalconStor de-duplication technology, Sun has an OEM relationship with FalconStor.
Furthermore, internetnews.com has more details regarding the issue of NetApp suing Sun over patent violation, article located here.
Reuters has a short article regarding Sun’s acquisition strategy. It seems Sun is on the lookout for software companies that will add strategic values to its product lines. Additionally, CEO Jonathan Schwartz said the company is unlikely to do a large-scale, high-profile purchase.
Reuters reported that Sun will delay reporting its financial results due to new accounting software. According to CFO Michael Lehman, this is not an indication of a bad quarter. For more details, click here.
Update: Jonathan Schwartz’s initial response is here.
Second Update: Dave Hitz’s response to Jonathan is here.
Third Update: Dave’s additional response to Jonathan’s post is here.
This Computerworld UK article has details about Sun’s plan to have OpenSolaris be a serious alternative to Linux for certain markets.
“There’s an enormous momentum building behind Solaris,” said Ian Murdock, chief operating platforms officer at Sun. He joined Sun in March after serving as the chief technology officer of the Linux Foundation. Murdock is also the creator of the Debian Linux distribution and is keen to take the lessons he’s learned in the Linux community and apply them to Solaris.
Sun is preparing to release OpenSolaris binaries early next year in a distribution code-named “Project Indiana” that will be similar to Linux distributions. The work, which is getting under way in the OpenSolaris community, is aimed at creating a single CD installation of the basic OS and desktop environment, giving developers the option to install additional software from network repositories.