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  • Open source products grab corporate attention

    Posted October 18, 2004 - 3:39 pm

    In many ways, the dreams of open source advocates are beginning to come true: the interest of large companies in open source software is now not focused merely on Linux, but on open such as MySQL, JBoss, and OpenOffice.
  • Red Hat exec talks of challenges to open source

    Posted October 18, 2004 - 11:23 am

    The biggest challenge for the open source community is that there are too few open source developers, according to Michael Tiemann, vice president of Open Source Affairs at Red Hat Inc. In this interview, Tiemann talks on issues relating to the open source movement, Red Hat's strategies and his recent blog debate with Jonathan Schwartz, president of Sun Microsystems Inc., on Sun's commitment to open source.
  • JBoss takes on business process management

    Posted October 18, 2004 - 10:01 am

    JBoss Inc. has added business process management (BPM) to its growing roster of open source software. The company has hired Tom Baeyens, the founder and lead developer of jBpm, an open source workflow engine, it announced Monday.
  • Paris city authority hedges bets on Linux move

    Posted October 14, 2004 - 9:46 am

    The city of Paris intends to reduce its dependence on software suppliers with "de facto monopolies," but considers an immediate switch of its 17,000 desktops to open source software too costly, it said Wednesday.
  • Red Hat launches Linux runtime for appliances

    Posted October 14, 2004 - 9:30 am

    In its second foray into the embedded market, Red Hat has released a version of its Linux distribution aimed at single-function appliances.
  • Startups aim to make open source more palatable for big businesses

    Posted October 13, 2004 - 1:17 pm

    Several startups have launched that will provide certification and support for open source services, thus helping propel open source products into more conservative business environments.
  • SCO plans alternative to Groklaw Web site

    Posted October 13, 2004 - 9:41 am

    After a year and a half of being flamed, dissected and dismissed on the Web site, The SCO Group Inc. has decided to set up a Web site of its own to cover the latest happenings in its many legal disputes.
  • Novell to defend open source software with patents

    Posted October 13, 2004 - 9:03 am

    Novell Inc. is prepared to use its portfolio of U.S. software patents to protect against patent lawsuits the open source software it ships, the company said in statements posted to the Web site and in an e-mail sent to customers Tuesday.
  • ETRE: SCO's McBride warns of open source 'wild west'

    Posted October 12, 2004 - 7:57 am

    Protect your intellectual property (IP) now or risk having your business sacked by open souce-touting bandits, The SCO Group Inc. President and CEO Darl McBride warned an audience of tech industry leaders, analysts and investors at the Etre conference in Cannes on Tuesday.
  • Europeans will help China build open source platform

    Posted October 11, 2004 - 12:39 pm

    China's project to build an open computing platform got a boost Saturday as two European companies added their weight to a January agreement between China's Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) and France's atomic energy authority, the Commissariat
  • SGI launches Linux-based visual computer line

    Posted October 11, 2004 - 11:20 am

    Silicon Graphics Inc. (SGI) on Monday will launch the successor line to its Onyx visualization systems. Called Prism, the systems will be based on Intel Corp.'s Itanium 2 processor and the Linux operating system.
  • MySQL embracing Microsoft open source project

    Posted October 11, 2004 - 7:49 am

    The Windows Installer XML (WiX) project, Microsoft's first open source package, has found its way into a major open source package: MySQL is using WiX code for its Windows installer.
  • Novell sees delay in shipping open enterprise server

    Posted October 11, 2004 - 7:45 am

    Open Enterprise Server, Novell's upcoming enterprise product that combines code from SuSE Enterprise Linux and the Novell NetWare kernel, will now ship in February 2005 - two months later than originally planned.
  • IBM promotes open source in India

    Posted October 7, 2004 - 9:39 am

    IBM Corp. has partnered with a computing and an educational institution in India to promote the development of open-source software in the region, the company said Thursday.
  • Novell unwraps SUSE Linux 9.2

    Posted October 7, 2004 - 9:37 am

    Novell has released the latest version of its SUSE Linux operating system. The new release includes an upgraded Linux kernel, a move from XFree86 to's version of the X Window System, and Bluetooth support.
  • Kim Polese takes helm at startup SpikeSource

    Posted October 6, 2004 - 3:49 pm

    Kim Polese, the woman who coined the term "Java," has found a new job. At the Web 2.0 conference in San Francisco Thursday, she will unveil a startup called SpikeSource that will provide enterprise support services for open-source software.
  • Novell's latest Linux offers mobility features

    Posted October 6, 2004 - 12:57 pm

    Bluetooth support, the latest kernel, Gnome and KDE desktops and the Web authoring package Nvu are among the updated features of Novell Inc.'s just-launched SuSE Linux Professional 9.2. With availability due in November, Novell sees the update as another step towards the Linux desktop for everyman, and reckons the OS update "provides Linux newcomers and enthusiasts with the latest advancements in open source technology."
  • British Telecom flexes penguin-power VoIP

    Posted October 6, 2004 - 9:23 am

    Institutional trading houses and banks may not wear penguin migrations on their sleeves but the shift to open source within the world's dealing rooms is so pronounced that British Telecommunications PLC (BT) is now shipping only one flavor of a fully converged trading console -- Linux.
  • AT&T considering a move away from Windows

    Posted October 5, 2004 - 6:09 pm

    AT&T is launching an internal study to assess the best desktop OS for internal computers going forward. The competitors - Linux, Windows, and Mac OS X - will be assessed on security, reliability, and TCO.
  • Laszlo open-sources app building program

    Posted October 5, 2004 - 6:03 pm

    Laszlo Systems, the developer of a Web application development platform that competes with Macromedia, has released its platform under the Common Public License
  • Managing a Linux team in a dual-platform environment

    Posted October 5, 2004 - 5:56 pm

    Linux/Windows integration expert Ross Brunson doesn't see the point of being fanatical about an operating system - but he does know that there are special factors to consider when building a team that maintains a multi-OS shop. Read on for his insights on team building and training.
  • Gates undaunted by Linux

    Posted October 5, 2004 - 9:34 am

    In a weekend speech, Microsoft chairman Bill Gates was sanguine about his company's prospects in competing against Linux. He compared the upstart OS to other products like OS/2, which he said Microsoft had relegated to museum-exhibit status.
  • SOA vendors work together

    Posted September 30, 2004 - 7:42 pm

    One of the selling points of a service-oriented architecture (SOA) is that it encourages modularity, with systems being built out of numerous components that can be upgraded or modified independently. Thus, it shouldn't be surprising that organizations moving to SOAs are more likely to buy components from several companies rather than looking for one overarching vendor; this in turn is encouraging the formation of alliances among smaller companies.
  • 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.
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