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February 01, 2011

Mark Wielaard: New GPG key. Finally created a new GPG key using gnupg. The old one was a DSA/1024 bits one and 8 years old. The new one is a RSA/2048 bits one. I will use the new one in the future to sign any release tarballs I might create. pub 2048R/57816A6A 2011-01-29 Key f...

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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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And where have all the owls flown?

I love owls; they are so elegant and have a strong personality (too bad in so many years I've been unable to take photos at any of them!). Unfortunately in my culture (and probably many others) they have also got a bad reputation, as they were considered messengers of bad fortune. It's for this reason that in italian a "gufo" is also a person who, for innate attitude or purportedly, makes always bad predictions - a doomsayer, in other words. In italian there's even a colloquial verb, "gufare" (literally "to act as an owl"), expressing this attitude. Since when Larry Ellison announced to the world that Oracle was buying sun, flocks of gufi (pronounce as the Disney character Goofy) exercised their pessimistic views on the fate of Sun, its products and its personnel. Recalling them in no particular order: Oracle is a software company: how can they be interested in hardware? This is the end of Sun appliance (a few benevolent owls left a small hope about selling the division to Fujitsu). And in any case, who might want a Sparc? It's not worth the sand is made of. Solaris and ZFS are dead. Who will use the former - everybody is using Linux. And Oracle has got Btrfs, which is the ZFS killer - I mean, it's still unusable in production as its home page says, but who cares? Everything is better than stuff made at Sun. JavaFX is dead. It has been always a bad idea, bad implementation, nobody wants it...

Date: January, 28 2010

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