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February 01, 2011

Andrew Hughes: [SECURITY] IcedTea6 1.7.8, 1.8.5, 1.9.5 Released!. We are pleased to announce a new set of security releases, IcedTea6 1.7.8, IcedTea6 1.8.5 and IcedTea6 1.9.5. This update contains the following security updates: The IcedTea project provides a harness to build the source code from OpenJDK6 u...

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Updates from JavaOne

One day after the splash, I must say that the "distributed venue" approach for JavaOne is showing a number of pitfalls; the most important one being the time you waste moving back and forth. Consider that walking from the Hilton or the Parc 55 to Moscone (e.g. for following a keynote) takes about 20 minutes. If you have to move twice back and forth, that's more than one hour spent walking. In centralized conferences, the gaps between sessions are mostly useful for socializing, or sitting down and reading blogs or going deeper in what you've already learned. Actually, such a waste of time during a conference is a moderate annoyance. Meeting people is also impacted by the fact that your fellows are probably scattered in different places than you. While I usually meet more than one dozen people in the first half day of a conference, yesterday I stopped at three. The figure, fortunately, increased in the evening; but I'm still chasing Fabrizio Gianneschi and Gabriele Carcassi, and we weren't able to get in some close spots at the same time. I think that Oracle should really think of those issues for next year - but, honestly, I can't think of a practical solution: if numbers are as reported by my friend Fabrizio, I don't know how hotels can't be used to accomodate a conference of 41,000 attendees. This has to do with the "JavaOne got too big" issue that I was mentioning yesterday, summed to the size o...

Date: September, 21 2010

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