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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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The iPhone, Open Systems, and Leaving Sun

Lots of people have opined on Apple's iPad, many deriding it's closed nature and lack of features.  The thing is, those problems don't matter to most people. The iPad isn't for you or me. It's for everyone else. I've spent the last 20 years hoping we would have the technology to build such a device, even though I knew it was a device I would not personally use. But that doesn't matter.. Make no mistake, the simplified and locked down iPhone OS (running on both the iPhone and the iPad) is the future. Eventually at least 90% of people will use an iPhone, Chrome Pad, netbook, or similar device as their primary computing interface. Don't focus on the form factor. A netbook will simply an iPad with a built in keyboard.  The point is the simplified computing experience that leaves a lot out. It does what 90% of people want to do and without 90% of the headaches you get from a general purpose computing device. The iPad doesn't represent something that augments your laptop. For 90% of people, this will replace their laptop. It's the end of carrying many pounds of textbooks. It's the end of segfaults, finding files, navigating 20 overlapping windows, dreading system upgrades, and network configuration. It's the end of general purpose operating systems for the masses. Sure, Apple may say it's occupying a 3rd space between the phone and laptop. And the iPad may curr...

Date: February, 04 2010

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