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Oracle hits back at ex-employee's claims about in-memory database option
Oracle has responded to a former employee's claim that a new in-memory processing option is turned on by default with the latest release of Database 12c, insisting that the process of enabling it requires a series of deliberate steps.

Oracle slashes Ellison's stock options following shareholder discontent
Oracle has granted CEO Larry Ellison 3 million stock options, a significant reduction from the 7 million options he received in previous years, according to a regulatory filing.

Rimini Street keeps growing despite specter of Oracle lawsuit
Rimini Street is continuing to rapidly grow revenue for its third-party software support business despite its ongoing litigation with Oracle.

Oracle's new in-memory database option could mean unexpected costs
Oracle database shops that have or are planning to download the latest version of 12c take warning: The vendor's newly launched, much-hyped in-memory processing database option is turned on by default, according to one expert.

State Dept. database crash leads to passport, visa delays
A State Department database crash has delayed the issuing of passports and visas worldwide.

Oracle ships nearly 60 mobile apps for JD Edwards
Oracle is responding to an ever more mobile customer base with the rollout of 57 mobile applications for its JD Edwards EnterpriseOne business software suite.

Oracle builds on BlueKai acquisition with Data Cloud
Oracle is combining its BlueKai consumer data aggregation platform with other parts of its catalog to create Oracle Data Cloud, a data-as-a-service offering aimed at companies that want to reach customers and prospects across multiple channels.

SAP CEO talks Oracle, Hana and life in Germany
SAP CEO Bill McDermott is going on two months as the first American to hold the company's top job, and has been quick to make his mark with a pledge to simplify the company's software, operations and interactions with customers.

Oracle ties its social intelligence apps to LinkedIn
Oracle has hooked up its social relationship management software suite to LinkedIn, a move to give marketing and customer support staffers a way to reach the business-oriented social network's 300 million users.

Oracle hopes to make SQL a lingua franca for big data
Oracle is hoping to turn heads in the crowded data analysis market with Big Data SQL, a software tool that can run a single SQL query against Oracle's own database as well as Hadoop and NoSQL data stores.

The big questions about SAP's Q2
SAP is set to announce its preliminary second-quarter results Thursday and apart from a look into its finances, the occasion also presents a chance for media and analysts to probe SAP's top executives for clues to the company's future plans and strategies.

Future Java 7 patches will work on Windows XP despite end of official support
Oracle has dispelled rumors that the upcoming security update for Java 7 and those it will release in the future might not work on Windows XP.

Oracle to release 115 security patches
Oracle is planning to release 115 security patches for vulnerabilities affecting a wide array of its products, including its flagship database, Java SE, Fusion Middleware and business applications.

Oracle offers a sneak peek at OpenWorld
Oracle's massive annual OpenWorld conference isn't happening until late September, but the vendor recently unveiled details of nearly 1,800 sessions planned for the event that on balance paint a comprehensive picture of what its customers, partners and competitors can expect.

Microstrategy simplifies licensing, pricing in bid for growth
Hoping to win new business and build loyalty among existing customers, business intelligence software vendor MicroStrategy has broadly revamped its pricing and packaging structure.

Apps will drive public cloud spending to double-digit growth
Global spending on public cloud services reached US$45.7 billion last year and will experience a 23 percent compound annual growth rate through 2018, according to analyst firm IDC.

Sparc and Windows get more love in Oracle VM update
The latest release of Oracle's software for managing virtual machines offers the same set of features to Sparc users as to those who manage virtual machines on x86 servers.

Oracle selling $10B in bonds, giving hint to buying spree
Oracle is selling $10 billion in bonds, in a move that could signal the vendor is planning to ramp up its already steady pace of acquisitions.

Oracle targets mobile developers with updated tool set
Oracle is hoping it can attract more developers with MAF (Mobile Application Framework), which aims to simplify the development of cross-platform enterprise apps for smartphones and tablets.

Mark Hurd lays out Oracle's cloud progress and its plan to be No. 1
Being second isn't good enough for Oracle when it comes to cloud revenue, co-president Mark Hurd told investment analysts this week following the company's fourth-quarter and year-end earnings report.

Oracle bolsters integration suite for mobile work
If it weren't enough of a challenge for IT architects and system managers to glue enterprise systems together, they must also now worry about connecting their systems to mobile and Web applications as well.

Here's why Oracle thinks Micros is worth $5.3B
Oracle's pending acquisition of retail and hospitality technology vendor Micros is its biggest since scooping up Sun Microsystems in 2010, which begs questions about why it's willing to pay so much.

Inside Facebook's Linux-powered infrastructure
Facebook engineer Chris Mason is unequivocal about the primacy of Linux in Facebook's storage infrastructure.

Oracle says Oregon governor spiked Obamacare site for political reasons
The battle between Oracle and Oregon officials over the state's Cover Oregon health insurance exchange site is raging on, with the vendor now claiming the exchange was functional in February, but Governor John Kitzhaber decided to dump it for political reasons.

Oracle buying Micros Systems for $5.3 billion
Oracle is buying hospitality and retail technology vendor Micros Systems for $5.3 billion, in a deal that will be its largest since the purchase of Sun Microsystems in 2010.

Wall Street Beat: Despite Oracle earnings miss, software appears healthy
An earnings miss by Oracle is usually enough to send tech market forecasters back to their spreadsheets with furrowed brows. But there was enough good news on the tech sales front this week to keep expectations for IT on the optimistic side.

Oracle buys co-browsing tech; targets
Oracle is scooping up co-browsing software maker LiveLOOK in a bid to flesh out its suite of customer experience software.

Oracle claims second-largest SaaS vendor title, while Q4 profits slip
Oracle is now the industry's second-largest SaaS vendor after, but it made that announcement as fourth-quarter profits slipped slightly and on-premises software license sales ended its fiscal year flat.

Report: Oracle in talks to buy hospitality tech vendor Micros for more than $5 billion
Oracle is reportedly close to buying hospitality and retail technology vendor Micros Systems for more than US$5 billion in a deal that would be its biggest since the purchase of Sun Microsystems several years ago.

Tip of the Hat: The state of Oracle's hardware business
Except for a brief period after buying Sun Microsystems four years ago, Oracle's hardware business has been largely overlooked.

Oracle CEO Larry Ellison wades into the in-memory database wars
Oracle CEO Larry Ellison is taking the fight to IBM, Microsoft and SAP in the burgeoning in-memory database market with a new option the company says can deliver dramatic performance boosts without requiring changes to applications.

Oracle focuses on prepping databases as a service
As it preps Oracle Enterprise Manager to run private clouds, Oracle has released an update to the management software that offers the ability for organizations to offer production-ready databases as a service.

Have operating system, will travel: How to run virtual machines from a flash drive
Most of the time, one operating system per computer is enough. But on occasion, you might want to boot up a second operating system for security reasons, testing purposes, or compatibility with specific software. Technical details typically restrict that alternate OS to a single PC, however. You can only install an OS in a single location after all.

Oracle weaves Fabric for MySQL clustering
Oracle has released a framework that allows multiple copies of the MySQL database to work in tandem, making it easier for organizations to easily run live backup databases and scale MySQL across multiple servers.

Oracle set to launch in-memory database option
Oracle could be gearing up to make an anticipated in-memory computing option for its flagship 12c database generally available after hyping it for the better part of a year, judging from an upcoming appearance by CEO Larry Ellison.

SAP to buy SeeWhy for targeted marketing tech
SAP is scooping up SeeWhy, maker of real-time targeted marketing software, in a bid to flesh out the omni-channel commerce platform it gained through last year's acquisition of Hybris.

Oracle wants its $1.3B pound of flesh in unique SAP theft case
Oracle has asked an appeals court to reinstate a $1.3 billion jury award against SAP for what an Oracle lawyer on Tuesday called "the most massive and brazen copyright infringement in history."

Lawson Software to pay $5.8M to end SEC insider trading complaint
Three founders of Lawson Software have agreed to pay about $5.8 million to settle insider trading charges in connection with Infor's 2011 acquisition of the company.

Oracle wins, Google loses in copyright ruling on Java APIs
Google was dealt a blow Friday in the multibillion dollar lawsuit alleging its Android operating system infringes on intellectual property owned by Oracle.

Comcast resists Oracle subpoena in Solaris support suit
Oracle and Comcast are locked in a legal tussle related to Oracle's intellectual-property lawsuit against Solaris OS support providers Terix and Maintech.

ERP vendor Epicor is on the block for $3.5B
Epicor has been put up for sale by private equity firm Apax Partners, which is hoping to get up to $3.5 billion for the ERP (enterprise resource planning) vendor, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal, but analysts say it's difficult to pin down who might be interested in buying it.

Virtualizing Oracle software: Don't pay for what you don't need
Squeezing software cost savings from virtualization projects is tricky for lots of reasons, but can be particularly challenging when it comes to Oracle databases. Here's why, and some tips to help.

Workday takes another shot at Oracle, SAP with recruiting app
Workday is expanding its competitive assault against Oracle and SAP with the general availability of Workday Recruiting, an application for finding the most qualified internal and external job candidates.

Oracle, Oregon officials once eyed faulty state site as fix
On at least one occasion, technology behind Oregon's faulty health insurance website was discussed as a possible fix for problems that initially beset, the federal insurance exchange that underpins Obamacare.

Oracle to allow customers to swap software for cloud services
Oracle will allow customers to convert money they're now spending on annual support for on-premises into software subscriptions for its SaaS (software as a service) applications, in a bid to block defections to competitors such as Workday and

Oracle adds OpenStack to updated Solaris
Oracle has gotten cloud religion.

Terix says Oracle wants an illegal monopoly on Solaris support, files suit
An independent Solaris OS support provider has countersued Oracle for unfair competition and violation of U.S. antitrust laws.

How IBM Plans to Make Oracle Obsolete
IBM almost fell apart in the 1980s because it treated its customers like cash machines and not, well, customers. Oracle (and Sun) happily swept in to take this business. Now Oracle customers increasingly feel a similar squeeze -- and guess who's ready to take advantage of that?

Oregon CIO urges state to adopt, forget site Oracle built
Oregon's CIO has recommended state officials adopt the federal government's insurance exchange in time to meet a Nov. 15 open enrollment deadline, rather than attempt to fix the troubled site it built along with Oracle.

University goes with an Oracle rival after ERP lawsuit settlement
Roughly a year after settling an ugly, protracted legal battle with Oracle, Montclair State University is planning to implement a rival vendor's ERP (enterprise-resource-planning) system.

5 Ways to Get Open Source Software Support
Support for open source software is 'unbundled' from the software itself. That actually makes it much easier to get the right level of support at the right price.

How to avoid big mistakes with Oracle's Exadata
Although Exadata is Oracle's most popular and mature "engineered system," some customers implementing the database machine are making mistakes that prevent them from getting the most performance out of the expensive product, according to a veteran of many Exadata projects.

Oracle rebuts Oregon claims about troubled health care site
Oracle is gearing up for a fight with officials in Oregon over its role developing an expensive health insurance exchange website that still isn't fully operational.

Oracle identifies products affected by Heartbleed, but work remains on fixes
Oracle has issued a comprehensive list of its software that may or may not be affected by the OpenSSL (secure sockets layer) vulnerability known as Heartbleed, while warning that no fixes are yet available for some likely affected products.

Oracle legal move prompts closure of independent J.D. Edwards help site
The operator of an independent website aimed at helping users of J.D. Edwards enterprise resource planning software has shut it down after Oracle alleged the site infringed on its copyrights.

Rimini Street diversifies with cloud services for Workday,
Independent Oracle and SAP support provider Rimini Street will now offer integration services for customers who want to adopt SaaS (software-as-a-service) offerings from the likes of and Workday.

Collaboration 2.0: Old meets new
Today's tools are a lot like yesterday's in some respects, except they add features for cloud, social, Web and mobile. They're also a whole lot easier to use.

WestJet turns to gamification to help its Oracle ERP users soar
Canadian airline WestJet believes gamification, the notion of applying elements of game design to a workplace setting, can help its employees use more effectively its Oracle J.D. Edwards ERP (enterprise resource planning) system.

Wendy's makes an Oracle ERP upgrade quick and tasty
It's not uncommon for ERP projects to take longer and cost more money than initially planned, but neither outcome ended up being on the menu for fast-food giant Wendy's recent Oracle E-Business Suite upgrade.

Researchers publicly disclose vulnerabilities in Oracle Java Cloud Service
Security researchers released technical details and proof-of-concept code for 30 security issues affecting Oracle's Java Cloud Service, some of which could allow attackers to compromise business-critical Java applications deployed on it.

Offshore firms took 50% of H-1B visas in 2013
Data from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services shows clearly that the largest users of H-1B visas are offshore outsourcing firms.

Oracle overtakes IBM as second-largest software vendor, Gartner says
Oracle has overtaken rival IBM as the world's second-largest software vendor by pulling in $29.6 billion in software revenue during 2013, according to analyst firm Gartner. sees a maintenance outage on sign-up deadline day
The U.S. government's flagship health insurance exchange website,, was temporarily shut down Monday, the deadline for people to sign up for health coverage under the new law.

Oracle doubles speed of MySQL query handling
For the next release of its open source MySQL, Oracle is making a number of changes designed to vastly boost the speed of the open source relational database management system.

VMware, Nvidia Revolutionizing Secure Cloud Desktop
The thin client has been largely disappointing from the beginning, but a partnership between VMware and Nvidia may finally give the thin client the performance, scalability, security and price it needs to catch on.

Google, Facebook, others join to upgrade MySQL
Facebook has joined a number of other Internet services heavyweights, such as Google and LinkedIn, to better equip the MySQL relational database management system for large- scale work.

SAP targets Salesforce, Oracle with Adobe marketing suite
SAP has turned to long-time partner Adobe in a bid to keep pace with Oracle and in the red-hot marketing software market.

Report rips state officials, Oracle over Oregon's troubled healthcare site
A newly released, independent audit of Oregon's disastrous Obamacare website implementation takes both state officials and site contractor Oracle to task, saying each side contributed to problems that have generated a political firestorm in recent months.

Tip of the Hat: Java 8: A step ahead, or just keeping pace?
Observers are split on whether the latest Java version gives the software a new edge or simply lets it keep up with other top programming languages.

Oracle reverses decline in hardware revenue during Q3
Oracle's third-quarter revenue rose 4 percent to US$9.3 billion while net income increased 2 percent to $2.6 billion, buoyed by growth in new software licenses and cloud subscriptions as well as a long-anticipated rise in hardware product revenue.

Ex-CIO of troubled health insurance site built by Oracle may sue, cites 'cover-up'
The former CIO for Oregon's troubled health care insurance website is alleging that state officials engaged in a "substantial cover-up" meant to deflect blame away from themselves and onto herself and the project's contractor, Oracle.

Feds slam Oracle, Oregon officials for health care exchange woes
Both Oracle and Oregon officials bear some blame for the widespread problems with the state's troubled heath insurance exchange website, according to a scathing investigative report on the project that surfaced this week.

Oracle rolls out iOS 7-inspired visuals for Fusion Applications
Oracle is continuing to simplify the look and feel of its Fusion Applications, including with a new skin inspired by Apple iOS 7, as the vendor ramps up marketing efforts around its application portfolio.

Oracle to revamp schools ERP software, with an eye on Workday
Oracle is planning to make significant investments in its ERP software for higher education institutions, with an eye on keeping the installed base happy and fending off challenges from the likes of Workday.

Oregon withholds $25.6M from Oracle after health exchange website woes
Oregon is holding back $25.6 million in payments from Oracle over work the vendor did on the state's troubled health care exchange website.

Microsoft extends Dynamics ERP; adds support for Azure cloud
Microsoft has completed a series of moves aimed at making its Dynamics AX ERP software a more viable option for large enterprises, and plans to showcase them this week during the Convergence conference in Atlanta.

Calif. auditor sees trouble for massive, Accenture-led Oracle ERP project
A major Oracle PeopleSoft ERP (enterprise resource planning) software project in California led by Accenture is running well over schedule and budget, according to the state's auditor.

Oracle creates suite of marketing software
After spending billions to acquire a series of marketing-related software companies, Oracle is now undergoing the process of creating a unified suite it can take to battle against competing offerings from the likes of and Microsoft.

Oracle software on Microsoft Azure gets a general availability date
Oracle's database, WebLogic application server and Java programming language will soon be generally available on Microsoft's Windows Azure cloud service, marking a major milestone in the high-profile partnership the vendors announced in June 2013.

Oracle 12c database to get speedy SAP certification
There's some good news for the many SAP customers who use Oracle's database underneath SAP applications. Breaking from tradition, SAP will certify its software for the initial major release of the Oracle 12c database.

ERP system 'difficulties' force network equipment provider to delay quarterly filing
Microwave networking equipment maker Aviat Networks was forced to delay filing its second-quarter earnings report due to "unexpected difficulties" with a newly installed ERP system.

Oracle's HCM software is 'all about the people,' Ellison says
Oracle CEO Larry Ellison relied on a time-tested bromide to sell a conference crowd on the vendor's array of HCM applications on Thursday.

Ellison: Facebook is the new model for business applications
Modern business applications need a social network at their core and should be so easy to use that even a CEO can figure them out, said Oracle CEO Larry Ellison.

Ellison says IBM and SAP no longer Oracle's main rivals
Look out Amazon, Larry Ellison has got his eye on you.

On-premises ERP systems will soon get the 'legacy' label
The highly customized ERP (enterprise resource planning) systems in place at companies around the world are looking a bit long in the tooth, to the point where by 2016 it will be common practice to refer to them as "legacy" software, according to analyst firm Gartner.

Microsoft-backed lobbying groups blast talk of Google-EU deal
A pair of organizations with ties to Microsoft today slammed a report that Google and European antitrust regulators were set to strike a deal without running it by them.

Oracle broadens legal fight against third-party Solaris support providers
Oracle is continuing its legal battle against third-party software support providers it alleges are performing such services in a manner that violates its intellectual property.

Judge dismisses part of Oracle suit against Solaris support firms
A federal judge has tossed out part of a lawsuit Oracle filed against third-party support providers Terix and Maintech, in what could set a precedent for similar cases.

How IT Can Support Reputation Management in Our Social Age
Oracle was in the news for the wrong reason this week when a former employee filed a lawsuit alleging the firm is racist. The incident provides some lessons in image and reputation management in our age of social media and 24-hour news cycles. As it turns out, IT departments can help protect the brand.

Foiled! How to beat software vendors' sneaky price increases
Between complex licenses and the cloud, Microsoft, Oracle, and SAP have lots of ways to hike up prices. Here's how to fight back

Oracle preps 147 security patches, including 36 for Java
Oracle is about to release one of its largest security patch batches in recent memory, with some 147 fixes coming Tuesday for vulnerabilities in Java SE, its flagship database, business applications and assorted other products.

Oracle buys maker of software-defined networking tech
Oracle is buying Corente, maker of SDN technology for WANs, in a strike against competitors such as Cisco and IBM. Terms of the deal weren't disclosed.

Oracle thinks global with its social media analysis software
Oracle has broadened the number of languages its social media analysis software supports, in a bid to appeal to enterprises with operations and customers across the world.

Enterprise apps in 2014: What's in store
If recent history is any indication, 2014 will be a busy year for the enterprise applications industry as vendors jockey for position and customers ponder moves from legacy ERP and CRM implementations to cloud-based services. Here's a look at what some of the sector's main players are likely to do as the year unfolds.

SaaS predictions for 2014
While the bulk of enterprise software is still deployed on-premises, SaaS continues to undergo rapid growth. Gartner has said the total market will top $22 billion through 2015, up from more than $14 billion in 2012.

Oracle to buy marketing software vendor Responsys for $1.5 billion
Oracle is set to acquire business-to-consumer marketing software vendor Responsys for $1.5 billion in a bid to flesh out its own capabilities as well as strike back at rivals such as and Microsoft.

Oracle's Q2 profits down 1 percent, revenue up 2 percent to $9.3 billion
Oracle's second-quarter revenue rose 2 percent to US$9.3 billion while net income dropped 1 percent to $2.6 billion, with new software license and cloud subscription revenue flat and hardware product revenue continuing a long slide.

How to Win the IT Infrastructure and Operations Talent War
The future of your organization rests in the hands of your Infrastructure and Operations talent. Gartner lays out a battle plan to win the war for those tech pros.

Oracle launches revved-up new version of Exadata
Oracle has launched the fifth version of its Exadata database appliance, claiming the release provides in many areas double the performance of previous-generation machines.

Business Process Management Provides Agility in Lean Times
When financial times are tough, the capability to streamline business processes, improve efficiency and achieve agility would appeal to any company. That's why firms today are increasingly finding new and sometimes unique ways to use BPM tools.

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Oracle in trouble? End-of-year results show Q4 loss, as stock dives 9%

Larry puts on a brave face.

Oracle (NYSE:ORCL) stock dropped like a stone after the markets closed yesterday. Results show the company actually losing money last quarter. Why? Mumble-mumble, something to do with the Venezuelan bolívar, mumble-mumble. From a median day price of $42.73, shares dived to a low of $38.96, before slowly recovering some ground. At the time of writing, the price is again moving south of $39.90.

In IT Blogwatch, bloggers believe the real reason is the ever-onward march to the cloud.

Oracle trolls open-source in DoD white paper

Stop! Pay Larry.
Oracle (NYSE:ORCL) is ruffling penguin feathers with its latest salvo against open source. Without a hint of irony, the company known for open-source projects such as Java and MySQL is telling military customers to ditch free software -- in preference to its own, proprietary code, natch. In IT Blogwatch, bloggers feed the trolls...

'Ungodly' -- Larry Ellison, on in-core Oracle 12c DB perf

Larry joins the in-memory club at OOW13. Oracle (NYSE:ORCL) has gotten in-memory religion, finally. Speaking in his OpenWorld 2013 keynote, CEO Ellison pontificated about how fast it is (as if we didn't know). He also unveiled some hardware and cracked some bad jokes. In IT Blogwatch, bloggers are glad there are still at least some personalities in this market.

Patch Tuesday history with a touch of critical and important

Patch Tuesday as we know it is nine years old this month – with the first release cycle raising a good deal of criticism and then relief from enterprise customers. Patch Tuesday is a huge success for consumers and enterprise clients alike.

Larry Ellison joins the 'Apple is doomed' generation

"Et tu, Brute?" Oracle CEO and close friend of Steve Jobs, Larry Ellison, joins the "Apple is doomed" generation this morning when he tells 'CBS This Morning' that he thinks Apple is lost without its founder.

There are a dozen known flaws in Java

Oracle released a new version of Java less than a week ago. Yet, there are already a dozen known, un-patched bugs in this latest release (Java 7 update 17). Didn't take long. It never does.

Apple closes Java hack, and why it's time to switch Java off

The Apple critics are dancing their dance once again today following news of a Java-based malware attack on Macs. But, given Java is the bad boy in the room, shouldn't critics and Kool-Aid drinkers alike just do the right thing and switch Java off for good?

New Java from Oracle. Whoopee. Update ASAP.

Oracle today released updates to both Java 7 and Java 6. These updates fix a ton of security flaws and were rushed out the door because at least one flaw was being actively attacked. Anyone running Java on Windows, Linux. Solaris or OS X Lion and Mountain Lion should update as soon as possible.  Apple also updated their copy of Java 6 for Snow Leopard users.

Yet another Java security flaw discovered - Number 53

The river of security flaws in Java just keeps flowing. Today, January 27th, Adam Gowdiak of Security Enterprises, announced that he has found yet another vulnerability. This one lets an unsigned Java program run inside a web page even when the Java 7 Update 11 security rules should prevent it. 

Understanding the new security in Java 7 Update 11

The recently released Java 7 Update 11 changed security rules that had just been introduced last month with Update 10. Here I explain the rules for running Java programs embedded in web pages.

Oracle patches Java 7 security flaw with Update 11

Oracle just released Java 7 Update 11 to fix the latest Java security flaw. 

How to be as safe as possible with Java

Everything you ever wanted to know about the latest Java security flaw and how to live with Java as safely as possible. 

Ban Java NOW? Yet another zero-day rears its ugly head.

Another quarter, another Java zero-day. Oracle (NASDAQ:ORCL) is staying silent over confirmed sightings of a 'widely exploited,' unpatched security hole in Java. In IT Blogwatch, bloggers fall over themselves to tell us to just uninstall it already.

Choosing between Java version 6 or 7

When it comes to Java, the latest is probably not the greatest.

The ugly side of the latest Java updates

It's all over the news that Java was just updated to fix a huge number of bugs. But a very big flaw remains. And, Java still defaults to self-updating once a month. No big deal? It is for Windows users, since modifying this is not at all straightforward. Mac users on Lion and Mountain Lion are also in a new ugly situation with Java.