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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)

"Real-World AJAX" One-Day Seminar Arrives in Silicon Valley

The first "Real-World AJAX" event, held in New York City, featured 15 speakers in 11 sessions, including many of the the world's most renowned AJAX experts, and more than 400 delegates attended while more than 15,000 SYS-CON.TV viewers tuned into the simulcast on March 13, 2006. Backbase news blog called it "a great day, and certainly the first major Ajax Event in the World!" Today, just ten weeks on, SYS-CON Events' timely "Real-World AJAX" comes to Silicon Valley, to San Jose at its very heart, and the Faculty lineup is if anything even more stellar than it was in NYC, includin... (more)

Zenoss Releases New Version Of Open Source Enterprise Monitoring Product

Zenoss, provider of open source network and systems management software, announced the release of an updated version of its open source enterprise monitoring product. The new version of  Zenoss IT monitoring software suite available as open source features: * Built in Support for Nagios Plug-Ins -- Existing users of Nagios can continue to use widely available and/or customized Nagios plug-ins in support of their systems monitoring requirements. By supporting Nagios plug-ins, Zenoss expands its reach throughout the IT infrastructure. *Enhanced Maintenance Window Scheduling and Su... (more)

JBoss CEO Marc Fleury Discusses Open Source

"I don't have to work anymore," said Dr. Marc Fleury in an amusing aside during a recent interview with SYS-CON.TV, from his office in the Buckhead section of Atlanta. He was referring to how his role as CEO is changing from start-up entrepreneur to manager of a more mature company, as JBoss continues to grow and experience new levels of success. Whereas in the early days he "wrote tons and tons of code," today he is more focused on the organizational and customer-related challenges common to any fast-growing company. Fleury says his company is taking square aim at IBM WebSphere an... (more)

IBM Launches "Open Standards" Initiative

IBM has announced a new initiative to help start-up companies in emerging markets -- China, India, Russia, Brazil -- more quickly and easily develop solutions based on open standards technology. For the first time, developers will get instant access to IBM's hardware and software portfolio, free of charge, from their desktop that will enable them to gain new skills and build open solutions in half the amount of time and at one tenth of the cost. IBM will also roll out more than 40 different virtual enablement workshops through the IBM Virtual Innovation Center that will expedite l... (more)