Sun, Java and Other Shoes

“JAVA is a technology whose value is near infinite to the internet, and a brand that’s inseparably a part of Sun (and our profitability). And so next week, we’re going to embrace that reality by changing our trading symbol, from SUNW to JAVA.” — Jonathan Schwartz, The Rise of JAVA – The Retirement of SUNW

… and now we’re left waiting for the other shoe to drop.

If the Java brand were not already so overloaded — for example, 95% of Sun’s “Java Desktop System” is not even remotely related to Java — my gut reaction may have been more positive. That said, they’ve been making some good moves recently, so I’m loathe to think this change isn’t part of a broader narrative.

Linux for… Ladies?

“If you want to sound like a creep, add the word ‘ladies’ to the end of things you say: Thanks for coming to my show… ladies.”Demetri Martin on his hilarious comedy album, These Are Jokes

Linux for Ladies

All kudos to Canonical for selling women’s form-fitting t-shirts at their new online store — they’re smart enough to know that their brand recognition rises faster on Pipka‘s ample bust than mine — but why the cutesy variation on “Linux for Human Beings”?

Squash bugs and share hugs… for Freedom!

Everyone’s having a party during our ten years of freedom celebration month…

In celebration of the 10th anniversary of the GNOME project we are having a very special Hug Day on Wednesday, August 22nd. We will be focusing on the collaboration between the Ubuntu and GNOME projects by working on the following topics.

That’s this Wednesday, freedom lovers! How will you celebrate GNOME’s tenth anniversary?

GNOME 10 Year Anniversary

GNOME: Ten years of Freedom!

GNOME 10 Year Anniversary

A one month, world-wide celebration of GNOME’s tenth anniversary begins this week, culminating in mid-September with Software Freedom Day and the release of GNOME 2.20.

During the celebration month, GNOME contributors will create a scrapbook wiki recording their ten year history, and a commemorative cookery book with “Open Source” recipes contributed by GNOME community members from around the world.

Read the full press release, and stay tuned for the scrapbook wiki, which will open for all GNOME historians this weekend. :-)