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Java is doing fine, Sun's travails notwithstanding, and Sonatype aims to help keep things going strong for the stodgy, dependable language.
Some executive moves within the open-source world.
Maven is a software project management and comprehension tool aiming to take on Microsoft Visual Studio.
At the Defcon hackers convention, a security research group proposes an automobile cyber safety rating system that could go far beyond hacking cars.
The Linux Foundation's new Core Infrastructure Initiative creates a virtual Justice League of the biggest tech firms to ensure that open-source code gets the cryptographic scrutiny that it desperately needs.
Experts caution that the notorious security bug heralds "open season on open source" and will force changes in how open-source code gets vetted as secure.
2009 was a year many would like to forget, but not the open-source crowd, which saw record revenues and community involvement in 2009.