Answer: Smart Appliances Java began at Sun Microsystems in the early 1990s as an internal project intended to provide an alternative to the C++/C programming languages. The project was originally called Oak (after, simply enough, the big oak tree outside the development office) and the team focused on creating a new generation of programming language for smart appliances like interactive cable boxes. The first demonstration of the Java Software Platform in action was in October 1992. The development team showed off a home-centric PDA that could control and automate settings around the house. The device was dubbed Star7 and sported an animated mascot named Duke—seen here. The Star7 project never saw the light of day—it was a bit ahead of its time—but Duke stuck around as the official Java mascot. The Java team went on to develop and pitch a computer-based set-top box to Time Warner which, although Time Warner had put out a call for such a device, was rejected by … [Read more...] about What Was Sun Microsystems’ Java Software Platform First Designed For?
Sun Microsystems responded Wednesday evening to news that software giant Microsoft will remove support for Java in the upcoming Windows XP. In a prepared statement, Sun officials remarked, "it is But even without Windows, Sun remains confident Java will continue to grow, citing "An estimated 7 million web sites use Java applets to provide consumers with information. In addition, Java technology is now being incorporated into millions of wireless and portable client devices that do not utilize Microsoft operating systems or software." Taking the high road, Sun remarked it will continue to provide Java support for Windows users, and offer a Windows virtual machine based on the latest Java technology. According to officials, "Sun continues to see very strong demand for cross-platform Java technology from both developers and end users on Windows." … [Read more...] about Sun Attacks Microsoft Over Java Removal
Sun Microsystems and Microsoft have found peace - for price of 1.6 billion US dollars. Under the agreement Sun has agreed to settle all pending litigation against its once bitter rival, and the two industry giants will collaborate on ways to make their products work better in mixed environments. As part of the agreement, Sun and Microsoft will enter into a 'covenant' not to sue each other over past patent violations, with a clause to extend that arrangement into the future. Tentatively, negotiations are set to sort out a sweeping patent cross-licensing agreement that would enable the companies to share technology by paying each other predetermined royalties. Commenting on the agreement, Scott McNealy, chairman and chief executive officer of Sun Microsystems said, "This agreement launches a new relationship between Sun and Microsoft - a significant step forward that allows for cooperation while preserving customer choice." McNealy, who once called Microsoft an … [Read more...] about Sun, Microsoft Settle Differences
The case of Oracle v. Google is Silicon Valley’s lawsuit that will seemingly never die. On Tuesday, the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit ruled in favor of Oracle, finding that Google may owe billions in damages. Nearly 7.5 years after the original lawsuit was filed, the case will now be sent back down to federal court in San Francisco to figure out how much Google should pay. "Google’s use of the Java API packages was not fair," the court ruled Tuesday. As Ars reported back in October 2016 when the case was appealed, after Oracle purchased Sun Microsystems and acquired the rights to Java, it sued Google in 2010. Oracle claimed that Google had infringed copyrights and patents related to Java. Eventually, this lawsuit went to trial in 2012. Oracle initially lost but had part of its case revived on appeal. The sole issue in the second trial was whether Google infringed the APIs in Java, which the appeals court held are copyrighted. In May 2016, a jury found in … [Read more...] about “Google’s use of the Java API packages was not fair,” appeals court rules
When you’re having a picnic, the last thing you want is ants, and when you’re a billionaire venture capitalist, it’s equally irksome to have plebeians accessing the beach next to your 89 acres of land. On Thursday, Sun Microsystems co-founder Vinod Khosla filed a 151-page petition with the Supreme Court in order to fight to keep the public off the shoreline near his property. Khosla purchased the property in 2008 for $32.5 million, which stretches along Martins Beach in San Mateo County, according to SFGate. He reportedly padlocked the gate to the shoreline in September 2010, barring access to the beach the previous owners had allowed since the 1920s. Khosla’s appeal with the Supreme Court argues that he shouldn’t have to get a permit to lock the public access gates, claiming the California Coastal Act is a violation of his constitutional rights. The California Coastal Act was enacted in 1976 to ensure the public had access to the California shoreline. … [Read more...] about Silicon Valley Billionaire Wants You Off His Stretch of the California Coastline