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25 March 1998

FreeBSD 2.2.6 has been released. The excellent free Unix for Intel systems is available for download or on CD-ROM.

A Byte editorial discusses the results of a recent user poll on Java. The surprising result is an insightful discussion on making different platforms work together in harmony, rather than having different companies and standards each trying to dominate.

IBM has more programmers writing Java code than anyone else, including Sun, according to a San Francisco Chronicle article. IBM, a "reformed monopolist" is trying "to make Java so useful that corporate customers won't realize they're gradually being weaned off Windows." The article suggests that IMB may be one of Java's biggest assets. This article also covers the Be Developer's conference.

In more Java news, Corel announced the release of OpenJ, which will form the basis for its Java products. Some features of OpenJ include: OpenJ technology works on any computing device or network computer that can run a Java Virtual Machine or has a Java-enabled browser. 1. In addition, OpenJ complies with industry standards, making it compatible with existing software solutions. 2. Organizations can now quickly and easily create their own customized electronic business solutions with little or no Java-based programming experience. 3. Organizations can use OpenJ to control software deployment and upgrade costs because Java now becomes a practical technology for building solutions to real business problems.

More Java news: (you'd think there was a Java trade show going on now or something) Sun has released JavaOS for Consumers, a Java operating system for devices.

A Wired News article has more on the Quicktime for Java release, noting that, though useful, is only for those platforms that Quicktime currently runs on - Mac and Windows, and, as a reader graciously pointed out, OS/2.

An editorial at slashdot.org discusses Microsoft's aversion to competition, and makes some interesting parallels. Essentially, their actions are indefensible, since they use their monopoly power to kill the competition, much like a power company selling stereo equipment, then changing the current so that all other stereos explode when you plug them in.

For an alternate opinion, the Cato Institute stands up for Microsoft in its policy analysis, though they tend to defend anybody who's rich and powerful.

Cool web site of the day: rebol.com

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