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  • SCO Linux licensee has second thoughts on deal

    Posted March 26, 2004 - 10:09 am

    Less than one month after becoming the first publicly announced purchaser of The SCO Group Inc.'s controversial intellectual property license for Linux, Houston-based Internet service provider Everyones Internet Ltd. is reconsidering the benefits of doing business with the Linux community's enemy number one.
  • The Sarbanes-Oxley act is causing a quantum leap in the storage industry

    Posted March 24, 2004 - 9:38 pm

    Politicians bearing new regulations have been a boon for the storage industry. The net effect is to double the number of copies of every document that companies must keep, and to double the length of time for which they are kept. As a result, an average firm's storage needs will more than double annually.
  • The both-source way to open source revenues

    Posted March 19, 2004 - 11:12 am

    How can for-profit companies make money from open source but still be good community citizens? At the Open Source Business Conference, major open source players discussed a "both-source" model, in which a mix of open and proprietary licenses are offered, sometimes in the same product suite.
  • MySQL addresses open source license problem

    Posted March 13, 2004 - 4:25 pm

    The open source MySQL database recently changed its licensing terms in such a way that made it no longer compatible with PHP, an open source scripting language that is commonly used in conjunction with MySQL. But MySQL has now amended its license again to fix the problem.
  • Gartner: Savor Sarbanes extension

    Posted March 11, 2004 - 11:50 am

    While the extension is good news, analysts warn to use the additional time wisely. One Gartner analyst recommends performing a gap analysis - a study of where the IT systems are now, compared to where they need to be after they're SOA compliant.
  • MySQL AB to tweak open source license

    Posted February 22, 2004 - 7:49 pm

    The open source MySQL database has long been popular, but its particular license terms have confused some. Now the MySQL AB company is changing the license in hopes of increasing adoption.
  • SCO's Linux user deadline puts Lehman Brothers in spotlight

    Posted February 22, 2004 - 7:35 pm

    The SCO Group has announced its intention to take its legal fight to Linux end users, though it hasn't filed any such lawsuits yet. This article takes a look at how one company is responding to the pending threat.
  • Some important questions to answer before building an enterprise data archive: Part 1

    Posted January 19, 2004 - 11:01 am

    First in a series focused on enterprise data storage, given archival and compliance regulations governing electronic records. Part 1 details specific storage media considerations.
  • Storage execs: Compliance, life-cycle management hot in

    Posted January 7, 2004 - 4:38 pm

    Storage executives at network conference see compliance and life-cycle management driving spending this year.
  • The check's in the mail

    Posted November 28, 2003 - 11:00 pm

    Storage of all electronic records -- including e-mails and instant messages -- is indeed a challenge, but financial firms must also be able to access the material in the event of an investigation. A hard lesson lesson learned recently by a financial services firms is that backup is not retention.
  • Vietnam government opts for open source

    Posted November 26, 2003 - 5:06 pm

    Will the open source revolution start in Asia? Fighting to get online without breaking its budget, the government of Vietnam has decreed that all government desktop computers must run an open source operating system by 2005.
  • JBoss to indemnify customers

    Posted November 26, 2003 - 4:43 pm

    The JBoss Group has announced a step that is typical in the proprietary software world but rare in open source: it will indemnify its customers from legal liability associated with its software. In light of the SCO lawsuit, this move may be necessary to ease corporate worries.
  • Paper calls SCO's position 'desperate'

    Posted November 26, 2003 - 4:36 pm

    As the SCO Group turns up the legal heat on those that it claims are infringing on its intellectual property and on the GPL itself, a legal brief written by the Free Software Foundation's general counsel claims that SCO's accusations are not only without merit, but also contradictory.
  • SCO suit: You may be next

    Posted November 26, 2003 - 4:32 pm

    The SCO Group seems to be moving to a new phase in its fight to claim partial ownership of Linux. It's now following up on an earlier threat and has announced that it is planning to sue Linux end users.
  • Open source riles software makers

    Posted November 14, 2003 - 5:26 pm

    The Massachusetts state government is starting a new push for open standards - and may see an accompanying switch to open source software in state offices. A lot of proprietary software companies are worried about the latter possibility, at least. This article is an interesting look at where open standards and open source do - and don't - intersect.
  • JBoss downplays open source 'plagiarism'

    Posted November 13, 2003 - 2:50 am

    In an open source family spat, the JBoss Group has accused the Apache Group of borrowing "significant" code from the JBoss application server. However, the JBoss Group says the dispute can be easily resolved, and does not forsee a SCO-style battle.
  • Compliance fears exaggerated, report says

    Posted November 10, 2003 - 1:09 pm

    According to research firm BPM Partners, all of the marketing hype from vendors isn
  • Police warn world of U.K. domain scammer

    Posted October 29, 2003 - 12:59 am

    Fraud is a problem all over the Internet, and domain name registration is no exception. Police in the United Kingdom are warning about a British scammer who is offering to preregister customers for the new European .eu domain - even though no preregistration is permitted.
  • Storage management: The compliance effect

    Posted October 16, 2003 - 11:32 am

    New data retention regulations may help storage managers gain the resources necessary to achieve compliance, but the regulations also are forcing storage professionals to adopt new processes, management systems and technologies to address them. Storage management, automated data retention and data protection should be at the top of IT
  • Revealing corporate spying via e-mail

    Posted October 7, 2003 - 5:30 am

    Do you know when you might be engaging in illegal corporate spying? This article offers a cautionary tale, making clear that you need to know the law when corresponding electronically with a competitor's employee.
  • Economic industrial espionage

    Posted October 7, 2003 - 5:27 am

    Spy vs. spy is now as likely to take place on the corporate level as the governmental level. This article includes an overview of the current state of affairs, as well as some detailed information on week points in any computer system.
  • Competitive intelligence and spying can overlap

    Posted October 7, 2003 - 5:10 am

    The perpetrators call it 'competitive intelligence.' The victims call it spying. And with the amount of free-floating information available online, the boundaries are beginning to blur. This article gives you the big picture.
  • Spy games: International espionage is hitting the high-tech world

    Posted October 7, 2003 - 5:07 am

    The recent arrest of two men accused of trying to steal chip secrets from Transmeta, with the apparent intention of setting up a rival chipmaker in China, revealed a seedy underworld of mingled political and corporate spying in Silicon Valley. This article discusses the problem - and ponders solutions.
  • InstallShield accuses Wise of corporate espionage

    Posted October 7, 2003 - 5:03 am

    Think that corporate espionage cloak-and-dagger scenarios only happen in the movies? Well, two leading systems administration software vendors are currently engaged in an ugly court squabble over alleged spying for profit. Read on to find out what happened - and if it's just the tip of the iceberg. (Free registration required to access site.)
  • What's the big deal about spam?

    Posted September 30, 2003 - 12:16 pm

    Here's what you can do to stem the tide of spam received by your organization, and manage your email in the most efficient and compliant manner.
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