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A couple of recent Brazil-related news events suggested the theme for this column: Java in Brazil. First, the annual International Free Software Forum (FISL) was recently held in Porto Alegre, Brazil. FISL is one of the world’s most important free software conferences, and more than 7,400 people attended this year, including many from Sun’s Java organization. Second, Sun Microsystems and the Brazilian organization responsible for digital television (DTV) conversion announced  that they would join forces to develop an open source content platform based on Java technology for use in the country-wide conversion of television applications and services. Software Livre FISL is a major event in the free software world, not only because Brazil is a significant emerging economy but also because the Brazilian government, under the presidency of Luiz Inácio Lula da S... (more)

Java, Standards, and Free Software in Europe

In the May issue of JDJ, I wrote about Java and free software in Brazil. This month, after some recent visits to Europe (to Antwerp for JavaPolis late last year, to London for the QCon conference in March, and to Paris for a JCP Executive Committee meeting in May), it seems logical to follow up with an article about Java in Europe. Government, Open Source, and Open Standards Government intervention and direction has long been critical to the development of the computer industry. The Internet, after all, was derived from the ARPANET, developed in the early 1970s from a U.S. gover... (more)

The JCP's Election Results

The JCP's annual elections for our Executive Committees (ECs) are now complete. As a reminder, during the first round the following members were nominated by Sun and ratified by the community: Nokia, Philips, and IBM for the Java ME EC Ericsson, SpringSource, and SAP for the Java SE/EE EC. In the second round of the elections, during which all members are free to nominate themselves, voters had to choose two members for each EC. For the Java SE/EE EC the candidates were long-serving EC member Intel and three individual members: Werner Keil, Matthew McCullogh, and Shashank Tiwari. ... (more)

JSR Watch: Java Mobile and Embedded Spotlight

As I recently spoke at the Java Mobile & Embedded Developer Days conference at Sun's Santa Clara campus, and the yearly Mobile World Congress conference is held in Barcelona in February, and the majority of the JSRs that have been active in the past few weeks are in the mobile space, I thought it would be opportune to focus on Java ME in this month's column. First, the Developer Days conference. (Quick summary of my presentation: standards are really important and you ignore them at your peril.) It was lively and informative - the first such conference organized by Sun's Mobile ... (more)

JSR Watch: Summer Housekeeping

It's summer. JavaOne is behind us, and much of Europe is on holiday :) At this time of year life in the JCP slows down somewhat. Nevertheless JSRs continue to move through the process, and this month I'll discuss several of these, and demonstrate how their progress has been facilitated by some of the housekeeping changes we've recently made in our processes. Before I go into the details, however, please note that the old JCP interest mailing list has been replaced by the jcp-announcements forum bulletin board on the new jcp.org web site. Please check this out for the latest news a... (more)