Blogging and Sun Engineering Conference…

I’m still learning how to become a decent (and interesting) blogger,
and it looks like that I still have a lot to learn, and especially to
write faster and more often.
I intended to write about the Sun Engineering Conference (SEC), sponsored by our Chief Technology Officer Greg Papadopoulos, that is happening this week on the Santa Clara campus, and about all the Sun bloggers that I met, but Dan Lacher beat me on that later subject (although he forgot to mention Norbert Lindenberg). I had a nice conversation with Tim Bray
on various subjects such as IETF and France (this summer ‘s IETF will
take place in Paris), eXtreme Programming and of course Blogs….

More on the content of the conference in a future entry.

Update on March 9th.
During the SEC, I’ve also met another Sun blogger, although I wasn’t aware of his blog: Lars Oppermann,
from the StarOffice / OpenOffice team. Lars and I seem to have common
interests as we often found each other in workshops, BOFs, and of
course around the chocolate fountain.

Sun Java Enterprise System 2005Q1 and a new version of Directory Server

Sun Java Enterprise System 2005Q1 has been released and it available on Sun web site.
Java ES 2005Q1 also evolved into several Suites, including the Sun Java Identity Management Suite.

This release of Java ES contains a new version of the Sun Directory Server 5, internally versioned 5.2patch 3.

What’s new in Directory Server 5.2 patch 3 ?
This micro-release brings a few features enhancement such as the
ability to move an entry within a database (MODDN operation), lots of
defects fixes and some performance improvements. And this is the first
release to be fully supported on Solaris 10, Java2 Standard Edition
5.0, and Red Hat Linux Enterprise Server 3.0 update 3.
Please check the Release Notes for the full details.

Java ES 2005Q1 and consequently Directory Server 5.2patch 3 will be
also be available on HP-UX 11i and Windows 2000 in a couple of months.

Patches to upgrade to Directory Server 5.2 patch 3 level from previous releases will be available shortly from Sun Solve.
And you can count on me to advertize the patches on this blog.

National secure digital identity card in France

The french goverment is planning on introducing (following some
european requirements) a secure digital national Identity program.
The idea is to replace the current national id with a smartcard
containing fingerprints and photo (digitally signed) and potentially to
use the card for other applications such as medical records, e-voting
or banking services…
To make sure
that the french government understands  what are the people concerns, it has launched a website for information and discussion including  a forum.

The rest is in french on the site for the “Debat National sur la carte d’identite electronique

Debat national sur la carte d’identite electronique

L’opinion publique est notamment sollicitee sur les themes suivants : 

  • Le principe de la mise en place d’une carte nationale
    d’identite electronique sur laquelle une puce electronique contiendrait
    l’empreinte digitale et la photo du detenteur ;
  • Les garanties souhaitees en termes de protection de la vie privee ;
  • L’acces, depuis cette carte, a d’™autres applications comme des services
    administratifs (teleprocedures, e-vote…), ou encore des services
    marchands (services bancaires, achats en ligne, abonnements divers…) ;
  • Les modalites pratiques souhaitees  : lieu de delivrance, prix eventuel d’une telle carte, etc.