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Java papa James Gosling, who left Oracle on Good Friday slamming the door behind him, has dropped another provocative hint about the circumstances of his departure from Sun's new master. When he blogged that he'd quit, he wrote "As to why I left, it's difficult to answer: Just about anything I could say that would be accurate and honest would do more harm than good. The hardest part is no longer being with all the great people I've had the privilege to work with over the years." Now he's saying that he's been "spending quality time with my lawyer, resigning has been a full time job (before I quit, several friends said I'd need a lawyer because ‘this is Oracle we're talking about'...sadly, they were right)...." "I didn't leave Oracle because I had some next great thing to go to. I'm feeling pretty burned out and trashed, so the only thing I know for certain is that... (more)

McNealy Writes the E-Mail He Never Wanted To Write

Oracle News on Ulitzer Sun chairman (and an exclusive Ulitzer columnist) Scott McNealy sent out his farewell to the troops Tuesday, the day before Oracle is supposed to explain what it's going to do with Sun and maybe indicate how many of Sun folks it's going to fire. Sun CEO Jonathan Schwartz told Sun employees last week that "Upon change in control, every employee needs to emotionally resign from Sun. Go home, light a candle, and let go of the expectations and assumptions that defined Sun as a workplace. Honor and remember them, but let then go." Here's what Scott had to say:... (more)

Microsoft Buys 800 AOL Patents for $1 Billion

AOL is selling 800 and some patents and licensing non-exclusively another 300-odd patents and patent applications to Microsoft for a total of $1.056 billion cash. Well, AOL Tim Armstrong did say the patent portfolio was “beachfront property in East Hampton” and that’s how he’s been shopping it around. The reported “auction” could be AOL’s last great score although the 300 patents it’s keeping are supposed to span core and strategic technologies like advertising, search, content generation and management, social networking, mapping, multimedia and streaming, and security. Microso... (more)

2.6 Kernel Out for Enterprise Testing

The long-promised 2.6 kernel was released for enterprise testing Monday. The Open Source Develop Lab (OSDL), where Linux creator Linus Torvalds and 2.6 kernel maintainer Andrew Morton now work because OSDL wants to be the center of the Linux universe, made the announcement. The OS, known as test9, can be found at either www.kernel.org or ftp.kernel.org. OSDL says the preview should be tested, validated and enhanced - in other words pounded on - in preparation for the next production kernel release, which probably can't happen before next year. The first test release was in July a... (more)

Unix Copyrights Will Remain with Novell

It took Novell more than two days after the announcement that it's being bought for its chief marketing officer John Dragoon to say on the company's web site that Novell's Unix copyrights will stay with Novell. God knows it wasn't answering the phone. What Dragoon says still means control passes to Attachmate's owners and it is still unclear what control Microsoft has over them - considering the acquisition seems to have Microsoft's fingerprints all over it - or how interested Attachmate might be in preserving those rights against SCO, whose case still exists. Oral argument in ... (more)