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While it was busy launching its new Niagara-based servers in New York Tuesday, Sun Microsystems said it would open source the UltraSparc T1 processor that was code named Niagara. It's calling the project OpenSparc. At this point it's more a statement of intent than a fait accompli. The program isn't supposed to kick off until late in the first quarter after Sun addresses key issues such as implementation and governance. Back in 1999 Sun released its complete MicroSparc IIep design for free under the Community Source License, also used for Java to try to make its chip designs more popular. Companies that used and sold the embedded chip were supposed to pay Sun 3% of the average selling price by way of royalty but would have saved hundreds of thousands in licensing fees. Again Sun it apparently hopeful of triggering a few derivatives. It claims the idea behind OpenSparc i... (more)

Open Source JSAN Project Aims to Become Focal Point for the JavaScript Community

A project that has been running since July 2005 is attracting contributors in order to create a public repository of modular JavaScript code. JSAN is trying to become for the JavaScript community what CPAN.org is for Perl programmers. The project website is available at http://openjsan.org . The inspiration for the idea - CPAN, stands for Comprehensive Perl Archive Network. It is a large archive of software written in Perl, as well as documentation for it. Currently CPAN holds 2.5 gigabytes of code and documentation. Its JavaScript analogue JSAN operates in similar fashion by provi... (more)

Fortify Software Sponsors FindBugs Open Source Project

Fortify Software, a provider of security products that help companies identify, manage and remediate software vulnerabilities to mitigate enterprise security risk, has announced that Fortify has joined the FindBugs project as a sponsor, and is helping to expand the functionality of the open source tool, which has had over 200,000 downloads. FindBugs, originally developed by William Pugh, professor at the University of Maryland, Packard Fellow, and a member of Fortify's Technical Advisory Board, is an open source software tool which looks for bugs in Java programs and detects comm... (more)

JavaOne 2006: Sun To Remind Industry of 7-Year History Major Open Source Initiatives

As one of the (many) datapoints flowing round the intense and upbeat JavaOne Conference that opens today in San Francisco, Sun is circulating a "timeline" of its major open source initiatives since 1999, from JSP & Servlets (part of Tomcat) and Jini back then to DReaM-CAS and Sun Java Studio Enterprise UML in 2006. Firstly, Sun notes, it has spawned no fewer than 6 different, current, and very well-known initiatives, which it lists as follows: "GlassFish GlassFish is a free, open source application server that implements the newest Java EE 5 platform features. Designed to encourage... (more)

Professional Services Automation Solution allocPSA Goes Open Source

allocPSA, the premier online Professional Services Automation solution, has now been released as open source software under the popular GNU General Public License (GPL). Businesses worldwide can now obtain allocPSA, complete with source code, along with the right to modify that code, free of charge. "allocPSA is a suite of integrated applications (a Professional Services Automation suite) designed for services-based organizations," said Cybersource's CEO Con Zymaris. "allocPSA enables services organizations to achieve better profitability by improving staff efficiency through incre... (more)