Oracle CEO Larry Ellison made a surprise appearance at the annual JavaOne conference in San Francisco Tuesday. Ellison joined Sun Microsystems Co-Founder Scott McNealy onstage during the opening keynote in an effort to reassure developers that the Java platform would be in safe in Oracle's hands.
Microsoft this week took another step to forge ties with the open source community through a pact with Black Duck Software that will feed code and project information from Microsoft's CodePlex into Black Duck's open source code repositories.
Moodle has released an update to its open source learning management system. Moodle 1.9.5 adds a number of gradebook improvements, new administration features, and several security enhancements. Moodle has also released an update to the 1.8 branch, version 1.8.9, which includes several fixes and security improvements.
Microsoft announced this week that new tools have been released to help further extend the compatibility and interoperability of Office Open XML (OOXML) document formats used in Microsoft Office 2007.
The Linux Foundation last week rolled out a new community portal aimed at providing a central destination for the Linux community to interact with enterprise developers.
Red Hat this week released a new business rules platform that the company said will make it easier for Java developers and business users alike to build policies and processes into their applications.
The latest expansion of the University of Florida's new High-Performance Computing (HPC) Center is powered by an HPC Linux Cluster from Penguin Computing. The new addition brings the total compute capability at the HPC Center in Gainesville to 2,500 cores and about 11 teraflops.
The University of Georgia has launched its new student portal using the open source uPortal 3 platform in an effort to expand online resources for current students.
In a move that promises to extend the appeal of the Spring Framework to enterprise developers, SpringSource this week said it has acquired Hyperic, a supplier of open source Web application and infrastructure management.
A research project born at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) this week jumped into the field of startups looking to offer cloud-based computing with an offering that bridges datacenters with public cloud services.