Feeds

Sun open sources Looking Glass

and updates Java tools and platform

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Build a business case: developing custom apps

Sun will kick off its annual JavaOne developer event by releasing its Looking Glass window manager under the GPL. It's basically a crude compositor for X11, but it gives the ancient windowing system a fresh lick of paint, and makes for a stunning demo. Sun hasn't often been able to show off eye-candy, so it's great publicity.

(This Sun article [link] explains how it came about. Programmer Hideya Kawahara began by trying to integrate elements of 3D into a conventional desktop, which explains why it looks so fresh, and is more-or-less completely useless. 3D doesn't in itself make the machine any easier to use, as this formation of windows flying over the Grand Canyon illustrates. Anyone who's used Apple's Expose feature knows that it works very well if you have three windows open and they're all different colors. We desperately need new and better human interfaces, so here's hoping that Sun doesn't stop pursuing more fruitful avenues.)

Sun will also open source other Java components including JDIC, the Desktop Integration Components library designed to make cross-platform applications look smarter; the Java 3D desktop project and JDNC network components.

Much more significantly, Sun will formally release the next major version of Java, codenamed Tiger or 1.5. The new name for milestone release is Java 2 Standard Edition 5. In other announcements we'll cover in more detail this week, Project Rave, now called Java Studio Creator, will go gold - Sun's attempt to win back mindshare from the rival multivendor Eclipse IDE, and attract new consultant-type developers. NetBeans 4.0 will be unveiled and there are new access programs for developers.

But of greatest significance of all (for some folk, no doubt) will be the news that Jonathan Schwartz, Sun's chief operating officer and president, will be launching his own textual version of corporate eye-candy: a personal weblog. You'll be able to "arse feed" directly with Jonathan, once he has melded with the emergent hive mind. Which we understand will be very soon. ®

Related Stories

Sun to share 3-D stash with developers
Java: the next mobile cash cow?
Sun rallies J2EE faithful
Siebel offers up to $150m for Eontec

Boost IT visibility and business value

More from The Register

next story
The Return of BSOD: Does ANYONE trust Microsoft patches?
Sysadmins, you're either fighting fires or seen as incompetents now
Microsoft refuses to nip 'Windows 9' unzip lip slip
Look at the shiny Windows 8.1, why can't you people talk about 8.1, sobs an exec somewhere
Munich considers dumping Linux for ... GULP ... Windows!
Give a penguinista a hug, the Outlook's not good for open source's poster child
Intel's Raspberry Pi rival Galileo can now run Windows
Behold the Internet of Things. Wintel Things
Linux Foundation says many Linux admins and engineers are certifiable
Floats exam program to help IT employers lock up talent
Microsoft cries UNINSTALL in the wake of Blue Screens of Death™
Cache crash causes contained choloric calamity
Eat up Martha! Microsoft slings handwriting recog into OneNote on Android
Freehand input on non-Windows kit for the first time
prev story

Whitepapers

Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
7 Elements of Radically Simple OS Migration
Avoid the typical headaches of OS migration during your next project by learning about 7 elements of radically simple OS migration.
BYOD's dark side: Data protection
An endpoint data protection solution that adds value to the user and the organization so it can protect itself from data loss as well as leverage corporate data.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?