Web Development Briefs: Sun, HP, SuSE, Microsoft

Web Development Briefs: Sun, HP, SuSE, Microsoft

Sun, HP open code

Sun Microsystems and Hewlett-Packard will make new projects under development available to developers under the open-source model.

Sun has opened its fourth open-source project, its Grid Engine distributed computing software, based on software acquired from Gridware in July 2000. It allows large organisations to link thousands of computers together in order to collaborate on large-scale computing projects.

HP has made the source code for software related to its CoolTown project available for download. CoolTown is a development platform that uses standard barcodes and hardware receivers called "beacons" to transmit Web site addresses to a handheld device or mobile phone.

SuSE names new CEO

Linux operating systems vendor SuSE Linux has named Johannes Nussbickel as its new chief executive officer.

Nussbickel, who was promoted from the position of chief financial officer, will replace CEO Roland Dyroff effective immediately, SuSE said in a statement.

Dyroff served as SuSE's CEO for eight years and will now become a SuSE Linux board member, the company said.

MS expands CE access

Microsoft is offering software developers increased access to version 3.0 of the CE operating system designed to run on small computing devices.

Microsoft opened up parts of the CE code last June when the company launched its latest version of the compact operating system. Users have previously been able to purchase a CD and look at portions of the CE 3.0 code in read-only mode to get a better understanding of how it works and how to write applications for it.

The company has now broadened this effort by allowing users to download parts of the code and experiment with making changes to the software. The download program is governed by Microsoft's Shared Source License, which allows users to make changes to the code for non-commercial purposes.

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