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Active Reasoning announced that it has extended platform support to include z/OS and z/Linux. Already running on Windows 2000/2003, NT, Solaris, AIX, HP-UX and OS/400, Active Reasoning provides comprehensive operating system support to meet the needs of heterogeneous IT environments. The decision to support the mainframe environment was driven by strong customer demand for Active Reasoning's software to run on z/Linux and for event-based DB2 collection on both z/OS and z/Linux. Chuck Price, Active Reasoning's Vice President of Engineering, commented, "Most of our customers have complex cross-platform requirements and the mainframe is an important part of their IT operations. We are delighted to support the needs of our customers by offering z/OS and z/Linux compatibility." DB2 capabilities for both z/Linux and z/OS will include monitoring changes to the schema of a da... (more)

Sun Launches Latest Open Source Tools

Sun Microsystems  together with the NetBeans community, today announced the general availability of the NetBeans Visual Web Pack (derived from the award-winning Sun Java Studio Creator IDE) and the NetBeans C/C++ Development Pack. This announcement reinforces Sun's commitment to open source its software portfolio and to promote developer productivity by packaging toolsets that allow developers to leverage emerging web technologies and more easily build native applications, all in one IDE. "The NetBeans Packs demonstrate our support and commitment to the developer communities to d... (more)

SYS-CON White Paper: Open Source Middleware Reference Architecture

As open source development expands and deepens its innovative capabilities, JBoss Enterprise Middleware, by Red Hat, continues to deliver enterprise-class alternatives to expensive, cumbersome proprietary solutions at additional levels of the software stack. These go beyond the application server to middleware for application integration, data integration, development tools, business rules management, even management and monitoring tools. Now enterprises can replace expensive, complex software across their middleware reference architecture with stable, supported open source mid... (more)

Open Source & Katrina: Project Launched to Set Up Free Public Firefox Web Stations

A project has been launched by Linux developer Steve Hargadon with the goal of helping create a grass-roots network of independent organizations and individuals who can create and run free public web stations for those made homeless by Hurricane Katrina. On his website,, Hargadon writes: "Hurricane Katrina has left individuals and families with urgent needs, and relief agencies will work hard to prepare food, clothing, and shelter for them. However, a huge number will be unable to return to their homes for weeks or even months. Free, readily-available pub... (more)

MySQL To Seek Nasdaq Listing?

MySQL AB has hired a heavyweight as CFO saying he's been brought it to help manage growth. Dennis Wolf (pictured), who will be headquartered in the US and report to CEO Mårten Mickos, was managing director and CFO of Hercules Technology Growth Capital, a provider of debt and equity growth capital to technology and life sciences companies. While there, he took the company public on the Nasdaq, suggesting that's what MySQL has in mind. Wolf has also been CFO or a senior executive at Omnicell, Redback Networks and Credence Systems Corporation and has served in executive management r... (more)