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  • Replacing high-end Unix with enterprise Linux? Not so fast.

    Posted November 25, 2008 - 11:17 am

    Migrating from high-end Unix-based systems to commodity x86/Linux platforms has been a popular idea for the last few years, at least in theory. But it turns out that not everyone thinks going full-on with Linux is the best solution -- at least not yet.
  • Why I'm Skipping Windows Vista: IT Speaks Out

    Posted November 7, 2008 - 3:07 pm

    Despite warnings to businesses about the dangers of skipping Windows Vista, many IT managers and CIOs are willing to take the risk.
  • Seven essential ways to cut your tech costs

    Posted October 14, 2008 - 2:52 pm

    Whether your business has just two people or two hundred, these tips can help you cut costs, save money, and let you focus on what's really important: the bottom line.
  • Is Sun Solaris on its deathbed?

    Posted September 24, 2008 - 3:09 pm

    Linux is enjoying growth, with a contingent of devotees too large to be called a cult following at this point. Solaris, meanwhile, has thrived as a longstanding, primary Unix platform geared to enterprises. But with Linux the object of all the buzz in the industry, can Sun's rival Solaris Unix OS hang on, or is it destined to be displaced by Linux altogether?
  • Kernel space: udev rules, but whose?

    Posted August 20, 2008 - 8:33 am

    Once upon a time, a Linux distribution would be installed with a /dev directory fully populated with device files. Most of them represented hardware which would never be present on the installed system, but they needed to be there just in case. Toward the end of this era, it was not uncommon to find systems with around 20,000 special files in /dev, and the number continued to grow. This scheme was unwieldy at best, and the growing number of hotpluggable devices (and devices in general) threatened to make the whole structure collapse under its own weight. Something, clearly, needed to be done.
  • Open source and the corporate elephant

    Posted December 12, 2007 - 10:55 am

    More and more open-source developers these days are employees of companies, paid to work on open-source projects, rather than independent programmers doing it for fun. The change raises issues for projects, programmers and employers alike.
  • The Open Source Dilemma

    Posted January 24, 2007 - 12:21 pm

    As the open source movement penetrates the corporate IT department, CIOs must integrate open source software into their enterprise infrastructure.

  • Ajax: It's not only code

    Posted January 12, 2007 - 10:24 am

    When you first learn how to use open-standards Ajax programming techniques, you might be tempted to use them everywhere. But you've got to make good design decisions in the process to learn where Ajax is appropriate.
  • Open source: Where the action is

    Posted December 18, 2006 - 9:48 am

    The pace of change in the open source software business is likely to accelerate in 2007 as developers climb up the software stack from the operating system and databases to applications.
  • The slow but steady march of open source

    Posted October 4, 2006 - 4:18 pm

    It may not be taking the world by storm, but open source still has a growing and determined group of adherents. Technology executives at two Canadian users of the technology, Pioneer Petroleum and Vancouver Community College, talk about why they chose it, what it was like to implement, and some of the advantages of moving to an open platform.
  • OpenDocument skirmish ends in truce

    Posted July 10, 2006 - 10:26 am

    Microsoft's decision to allow its Office software to handle the increasingly popular OpenDocument Format was a belated acknowledgment that the company could lose customers if it didn't, analysts said Thursday.
  • Unix road map

    Posted February 27, 2006 - 11:05 am

    Unix is no longer a monolithic OS used only on servers and in academia. But where does Unix go from here? This series of interviews with representatives from companies using Unix and Unix-like OSes -- from IBM to Red Hat to Apple -- gives a glimpse of Unix's future.
  • GPL 3 draft draws mostly positive response

    Posted January 23, 2006 - 11:16 am

    The open-source community and lawyers have greeted the Free Software Foundation's first take on a major update to its GNU GPL with more bouquets than brickbats.
  • Open source in '05 -- simplification, assurance

    Posted December 15, 2005 - 5:01 pm

    Vendors stepped up their efforts this year to make users feel more comfortable and confident about deploying open-source software. Companies focused on making the technology easier to use and improved interoperability between products. Additionally, they launched services and floated ideas designed to put customers' minds at rest over any potential lingering legal issues around using open-source software.
  • Open source 2.0: New kids on the block

    Posted October 28, 2005 - 9:55 am

    Remember a year or so ago when you could probably name most of the open-source companies in the market? Try doing that now when the number of startups has skyrocketed to several hundred. While this massive growth appears reminiscent of the dot-com boom before the bubble burst, experts in the field stress that the second wave of the open-source revolution, Open Source 2.0 if you like, is unlikely to play out in quite the same way. However, that's not to say there won't be some upsets along the way.
  • MySQL is their SQL

    Posted October 14, 2005 - 9:04 am

    What uses are real-world uses putting the open source MySQL database to in the field? Several of those real-world users wrote in to tell their tales.
  • Extending Firefox: 10 Top Extensions for Web Builders

    Posted September 27, 2005 - 2:46 pm

    Here are ten of the best Firefox extensions for Web developers.
  • Open source database technologies flourish at LinuxWorld

    Posted August 9, 2005 - 11:41 am

    One of the defining features of this year's LinuxWorld Conference and Expo is the plethora of business-ready database and database-backed solutions available.
  • Government helps make China a Linux hot spot

    Posted July 18, 2005 - 9:24 am

    Linux usage is rising quickly in Asia, thanks in part to widespread support for the open-source operating system among governments in the region. But the real driving force behind the growing adoption of Linux in Asia is the business community's need for lower IT costs.
  • Latin America - Private sector driven to Linux

    Posted July 18, 2005 - 9:10 am

    Although Linux adoption in Latin America has for years been the subject of loud debates in governments between backers of Microsoft Corp. and proponents of open-source software, a quieter but no less interesting trend is developing among private-sector enterprise users.
  • Gnomedex 5 demos future of conferences

    Posted June 28, 2005 - 11:08 am

    Seattle recently played home to Gnomedex 5, a gathering of bloggers, publishers and developers interested in the intersection of technology and publishing. There was a lot to report on from Gnomedex. Developer and influential blogger Dave Winer discussed his latest work, and his vision for the future of the web. Microsoft gave the first public demo of Internet Explorer 7, and introduced their plans for embracing RSS within Longhorn, the next version of Windows. Adam Curry discussed podcasting, and how podcasters and bloggers want to "take back our media".
  • Analysts: OpenSolaris needs time to shine

    Posted June 20, 2005 - 6:16 pm

    Sun has opened much of the code for its Solaris operating system. But will that result in a community of Solaris hackers? Only time will tell, say analysts.
  • Eclipse casts shadow on Sun

    Posted May 20, 2005 - 1:16 pm

    Just about every company with an interest in Java is putting muscle into development of the open source Eclipse IDE. The one major holdout is Sun, Java's creator, which is sticking with NetBeans, its own open source development environment.
  • Linux management: You can go your own way

    Posted May 9, 2005 - 2:21 pm

    Looking to manage your Linux systems exactly the way you want? You may need to leave behind the tools that come with the standard distros and blaze your own path.
  • Still no clear case for Linux desktop

    Posted April 21, 2005 - 10:04 am

    Linux is ready for the desktop but enterprises aren't quite ready for Linux, some industry insiders say.
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