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  • Microsoft steps up Linux fight in emerging markets

    Posted September 30, 2004 - 7:39 pm

    With the release of Windows XP Starter Edition to tech-savvy Eastern European and Asian markets, Microsoft is signaling its intention to fight Linux on the low-cost turf of the developing world.
  • Gartner: Four out of five Linux PCs end up running pirated Windows

    Posted September 30, 2004 - 7:37 pm

    Linux advocates have been pleased with the success of sales of desktop computers preloaded with Linux. But now a Gartner study indicates that 80 percent of those computers are eventually loaded with an illegal copy of Microsoft Windows.
  • Closing the gaps in open source

    Posted September 30, 2004 - 2:07 pm

    With the adoption of open-source software on the rise, start-up SourceLabs aims to provide integration, maintenance and support for open-source operating systems. The company is just one of several open-source start-ups that have gotten venture capital this year.
  • Gartner: Piracy driving Linux PC shipments

    Posted September 30, 2004 - 11:21 am

    Although Linux may be shipping on a growing number of PCs sold in the emerging markets of Asia, Latin America, and Eastern Europe, about 80 percent of PCs shipped with the open source operating system this year will eventually run pirated versions of Windows, industry research firm Gartner Inc. estimated in a report issued September 21.
  • Munich migrates to Linux despite E.U. debate

    Posted September 30, 2004 - 10:59 am

    If Microsoft Corp. had any hope of seeing Munich back away from its landmark decision last year to abandon Windows software in favor of open source Linux, that hope faded Wednesday when city officials decided to move ahead with their migration project.
  • Microsoft: We can beat Linux without Longhorn

    Posted September 29, 2004 - 2:29 pm

    With Microsoft's next-generation Longhorn operating system still two to three years off, a company official has stated that current generations of Microsoft OSes are ready to take on Linux now. He also reveals that Microsoft keeps an extensive lab running "every Linux distribution" for research purposes.
  • Microsoft updates 'Get the Facts' campaign

    Posted September 29, 2004 - 2:24 pm

    Microsoft's "Get the Facts" campaign, which seeks to prove concretely that Windows has a lower total TCO than Linux, has been controversial since its inception. But it appears that Redmond feels that it is effective, as the company plans to update the campaign with new studies.
  • Munich set to approve Linux despite patent worries

    Posted September 29, 2004 - 2:19 pm

    The city of Munich announced more than a year ago that city computers would be moving to Linux, but the migration has been held up by EU patent worries. Now the city council is finally poised to make the switch.
  • Rat Hat Enterprise Linux 4 to support Indian languages

    Posted September 29, 2004 - 11:13 am

    Red Hat Inc.'s Enterprise Linux 4 products, scheduled for release early next year, will support five Indian languages, reflecting the growing importance of the Indian market, according to an executive of the Raleigh, North Carolina-based Linux company.
  • Microsoft open sources Web authoring application

    Posted September 29, 2004 - 8:53 am

    Continuing its flirtation with open source, Microsoft Corp. on Monday posted the code of a little-known collaboration application to open-source development site
  • Former BEA execs, VC heavyweights launch open source startup

    Posted September 28, 2004 - 4:58 pm

    SourceLabs, a new startup formed by former BEA officers, is aiming to be the "Dell of open source." The company will assemble existing open source components into stacks that they will certify and support for a client's specific business needs.
  • OpenOffice XML may satisfy ISO

    Posted September 28, 2004 - 4:52 pm

    While OpenOffice hasn't achieved desktop domination yet, the XML format in which it stores information is turning heads. In fact, the format may soon be certified as a standard by the ISO - which could unleash a slew of compatible programs and increase interest in the open source office suite.
  • Sun pushes Solaris 10 as a Linux alternative

    Posted September 28, 2004 - 4:42 pm

    For years, Sun has had an ambivalent relationship with Linux. But with the upcoming release of Solaris 10, Sun looks set to treat the open source OS as a straight competitor - and fight it on its own terms.
  • Project penguin: Novell CIO discusses Linux desktop migration project

    Posted September 27, 2004 - 6:03 pm

    In a move to eat its own dog food, as they say in the industry, Novell recently moved 6,000 of its employees' desktops from Windows to Linux. In this interview, Novell CIO Debra Anderson discusses the migration process.
  • 3Com prepares Linux-based IP PBX

    Posted September 27, 2004 - 5:58 pm

    3Com is releasing an open source-based version of its popular IP PBX appliance. The appliance is aimed at companies with more than 1,000 users, and 3Com hopes to woo organizations that are trying to avoid proprietary solutions.
  • Doing the desktop waddle

    Posted September 27, 2004 - 5:47 pm

    By some metrics, Linux has passed Mac OS to become the #2 desktop operating system. But experts vary on what the upstart can do to even be in the same league as Microsoft when it comes to market share.
  • Linux support a 'black hole'

    Posted September 27, 2004 - 9:45 am

    Industry murmurs about a lack of commercial support for Linux are justified, according to Education in the Workplace Institute director Ihian Mackenzie who believes the "free" nature of Linux is stifling its penetration in the business market.
  • Sun said to table Linux purchase

    Posted September 23, 2004 - 4:59 pm

    Scuttlebutt had it that Sun was interested in acquiring specialty Linux distributor MontaVista, but the deal has been tabled for now. Analysts are questioning the wisdom of the potential move.
  • 'Live distributions' help users test-drive Linux

    Posted September 23, 2004 - 4:44 pm

    Installing Linux has always been enough of a chore to scare off many interested users. But many Linux distributors are making available so-called "live distributions," which run entirely off of a CD and can be used as a test-drive.
  • Unix Tip: Changing chown

    Posted September 22, 2004 - 5:19 pm

    If you have tried to give away any files lately on any of your Unix systems (i.e., without first becoming root), you may have been surprised to learn that you can't. On most Unix systems today, any non-root user is likely to get errors such as these when he or she tries to change ownership on a file.
  • JBoss 4.0 released

    Posted September 21, 2004 - 8:59 pm

    JBoss released version 4.0 of its flagship open source J2EE server this week. The move comes in the wake of a number of announcements and partnerships that have left the company flying high.
  • Novell gives sneak preview of Mono 2

    Posted September 21, 2004 - 8:51 pm

    Novell unveiled a list of new features that will be built into the next version of Mono, its open source .Net clone. The new version will feature a Visual Basic compiler and support for Windows Forms.
  • Can you leave Linux for half-price Solaris?

    Posted September 21, 2004 - 8:47 pm

    Sun launched a series of aggressive pricing moves for its servers in what the company called a war to win back market share lost to low-cost x86/Linux machines.
  • Microsoft provides Office source code to governments

    Posted September 20, 2004 - 11:02 am

    Facing growing competition from open source software providers, Microsoft Corp. has decided to allow governments and international organizations access to source code for its Office 2003 productivity suite.
  • Interview with Microsoft Linux strategist Martin Taylor

    Posted September 17, 2004 - 9:34 am

    Microsoft's chief Linux strategist has some interesting things to say about the open source OS. For instance, he sees Novell as the Linux company to beat, and feels that many potential Linux customers are quite interested in indemnification against SCO-style lawsuits.
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