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Oracle Granted More Time in Google Patent Wars

Jessica Thornsby

PLUS, IcedTea7 version 1.14 released.

Oracle Granted More Time in Google Patent Wars

San Francisco U.S. district court judge William Alsup, has agreed to wait until the last pre-trial conference to hear Oracle’s plan for a case that it could present to a jury over the course of a three week trial. The Judge originally claimed that Oracle’s 132 claims from seven patents were too complicated for a jury to understand. The Judge subsequently proposed narrowing Oracle’s claims and Google’s defences through a three-step process to ensure “only a triable number of these items” would be presented to the jury in October, with Oracle ultimately selecting three claims to assert, and Google citing eight prior art references. This effectively meant Oracle would have to drop 129 claims of patent infringement against Google.

Google’s King & Spalding lawyers responded that “Google agrees with the court’s three-step process in its entirety,” but Oracle’s lawyers objected. Now, Alsup has rethought this “three-step process” proposal – although he has said that if Oracle doesn’t streamline its claims, he will consider delaying the litigation until the U.S Patent and Trademark Office has completely re-examined Oracle’s patents.

Module System in Java SE 8 – Compatible with OSGi?

David Bosschaert has posted his thoughts on the requirements for the Module System in Java SE 8. He is optimistic about what they mean for the future of OSGi, naming systems not being created in a modular way to begin with, as one of the big problems when it comes to migrating an existing system to OSGi. “Once modularization is part of Java SE 8, moving to OSGi will be easier than it is today,” he predicts. He also sees the new requirements as being compatible with OSGi, as the Module System in Java SE 8 contains a specific requirement about OSGi interacting with Java SE modules:

“It must be demonstrated by prototype to be feasible to modify an OSGi micro-kernel such that OSGi bundles running in that kernel can depend upon Java modules. The kernel must be able to load Java modules directly and resolve them using its own resolver, except for core system modules. Core system modules can only be loaded using the module system’s reification API.”

Aternity Add Ajax-styled Web Apps Coverage

End user experience management solutions company Aternity have announced version 5.0 of the Aternity Frontline Performance Intelligence Platform, extending the platform’s application coverage to include 64-bit Java desktop applications and Ajax-styled Web applications. It also introduces a Real-time Application Profiler for locating performance issues resulting from Internet Explorer JavaScript engines, malware, anti-viruses, malware, spyware and Microsoft Outlook add-ins.

IcedTea7 Version 1.14 Released

IcedTea7 version 1.14 has been announced. This release moves the NetX and the plugin to the IcedTea-Web project, and features out-of-the-box JamVM support. JamVM builds can bootstrap and are self-hosting. The next release of IcedTea7 will be based on OpenJDK7.

TeamCity 6.5 Removes Professional Edition Restrictions

TeamCity 6.5 has been released with a new build trigger that watches for commits into Git and Mercurial branches. Parameter references can now be used in all text fields of a VCS root settings (expect password fields) and tests can now be grouped by package on the build results page, My Changes, and Current Problems pages. “Agent Push” has also been added, a new experimental way to automatically install build agents, either on the machines in your network or in the cloud. In addition, TeamCity have removed all of the restrictions on the TeamCity Professional Edition, save for the maximum number of build configurations. This means TeamCity Professional Edition users now get an unlimited number of users, the ability to use any authentication scheme, and adjustable per-project permissions.

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