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JavaOne: Oracle to Offer New Linux Distributions!??

Posted by editor on September 20, 2010 at 7:30 AM PDT

Well, the first big JavaOne 2010 surprise for me has already happened. I'm following Oracle Technology Network leader Justin Kestelyn on Twitter tonight, as he reports on Larry Ellison's JavaOne opening keynote. Looks like Oracle is going to become a major player in Linux, on the enterprise side (who'd have guessed?).

Justin says Oracle will offer two new Linux distributions: 1) a RedHat Enterprise Linux compatible version; 2) a new "Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel" (UEK) Linux. In other words, Oracle intends to develop a super-reliable server-side Linux. Justin notes that the UEK Linux will be optimized for use with Oracle products.

Yes, Oracle wants to take over the server side of the world. If they provide new options that are highly reliable, should we complain?

I attended last year's JavaOne. I'm not there in person this year. But, last year I liked what Larry said. With the news that Oracle will produce a new, extremely enterprise-solid Linux distribution, I'm still liking what Larry says.

Java Today

On the JavaOne Conference Blog, Janice Heiss says HelloWorld from San Francisco Sunday Sept. 19, 2010:

This will be my 11th JavaOne. I can remember sitting down with Kim Polese, who I believe is still CEO of SpikeSource, but was then a Sun Product Manager in charge of publicizing this new software called "Java," sometime around 1997 and listening to her describe the history of Java, which was initially planned for use with set-top boxes, but had been adapted for use on this new thing, the Internet, because of its amazing interoperability. My head was spinning as she spoke (and has never stopped spinning). Scott McNealy had given some of Sun's most gifted minds the freedom to experiment and play, to read the tea leaves and interpret the prevailing winds and see where technology should or might be headed. James Gosling, Bill Joy and company let their imaginations loose for a year or so until McNealy told them it was time for Project Oak, as it was then called, to come to fruition...

Eduardo Pelegri-Llopart provides JavaOne Minus One - The Guides to the Conferences:

JavaOne starts on Monday, but several key events are tomorrow, Sunday, including the keynote for OOW and the GlassFish Community Event and Party :-). This will be a very busy week; below is a list of guides to (some) of the main events...

Hudson Labs notes JavaOne taking shape:

Last night on my way out of San Francisco I stopped by 4th and Howard St to get my first taste of JavaOne/Oracle OpenWorld which was already taking shape at the location. Besides snapping the photo below, I also managed to get yelled out by an old woman wearing a red "security" jacket; suffice to say my JavaOne experience is already everything I expected! ...

David Thielen announces his JavaOne and the future of Java effort:

I'll be blogging all next week from JavaOne (including hopefully an interview with Larry Ellison). And the number one question I think all of us have is - what's the future of Java? There are a ton of conference sessions and that's a really good sign. While the JavaOne keynote is the day after the Oracle World keynote, it does include Larry Ellison (good sign). Oracle talks about keeping Java open (good sign), and then immediately sues Google over their use of it (bad sign)...


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"I'm not there in person this

"I'm not there in person this year."

Too bad, I was going to write you asking for where we could meet. Next year! Re: Linux, I really hope Oracle finds a licensing workaround to allow ZFS on it. I'm also curious to learn what their plans with ZFS/BTRFS for Linux are. If they eventually included ZFS in their own distro, I'd be evaluating moving from Ubuntu to it.