Stories by Carol Sliwa

Utility to make IT framework open-source

US utility, Duke Power Co., plans to go from consumer of open-source software to contributor on September 1 by making an internally developed application framework available to other companies through the SourceForge.net Web site.

Novell bundles JBoss app server

Novell earlier this month bundled the open-source, J2EE-compliant JBoss Application Server with its SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 9, giving application developers a built-in deployment option.

Details scant on Longhorn specifics

Microsoft's chief financial officer, John Connors, last week talked up the "innovative pipeline" that will ensure that new products and technology keep rolling out through future years.

Microsoft focuses on Linux threat with partners

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer simply couldn't remain seated when asked to discuss the benefits of commercial vs. open-source software during a keynote question-and-answer session at last week's Worldwide Partner Conference in Toronto.

Sun exec discusses open-source Solaris

Sun Microsystems will make its Solaris operating system available under an open-source model by the end of the year, according to John Loiacono, the company's executive vice president of software.

Sun's James Gosling on Java tools, woes

James Gosling, the father of Java, is now the chief technology officer of Sun Microsystems's developer products group. In the aftermath of the company's big JavaOne event this week, he weighed in on the company's difficulties in the commercial tools space in an interview with Computerworld.

Sun and BEA push to make Java easy

Developers at this week's JavaOne conference will get a chance to check the progress that tools vendors have made in their long quest to ease Java programming so they can better compete against Microsoft

Nash details Windows XP service pack plans

Microsoft's latest security efforts are focused on Service Pack 2 for Windows XP, which is due in the next few months. Mike Nash, vice president of Microsoft's US security business and technology unit, recently discussed SP2 and the company's security strategy with Computerworld:

Wal-Mart CEO: 'Tough love' approach to RFID use

Wal-Mart Stores is taking a "tough love" approach to the use of RFID tags with its top 100 suppliers, which are being asked to ship pallets and cases to its distribution centers using the technology by January 2005.

Oracle, Sun, BEA head list of vendors forming Java Tools Community

Oracle Corp., Sun Microsystems Inc. and BEA Systems Inc. head a list of 10 Java tools vendors on Tuesday that announced the formation of a community that they say will create and promote standards-based efforts to ease the building of tools that easily interoperate.