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  • Utility to make IT framework open-source

    Posted August 24, 2004 - 10:58 am

    Duke Power Co., Charlotte, N.C.-based power company, plans to make an internally developed application framework available to other companies through the Web site. In turn. Duke hopes that other corporate developers will improve on its work once it turns its code over to the open source community.
  • Open-source software: There's no free lunch

    Posted August 24, 2004 - 10:18 am

    Larry Rosen, author of Open Source Licensing: Software Freedom and Intellectual Property Law (Prentice Hall PTR, 2004) talks with Computerworld about rights and obligations under open-source.
  • Linux vendors react to Qt flaw

    Posted August 24, 2004 - 9:46 am

    Several Linux vendors have issued patches for a serious vulnerability in the widely-used Qt library, which could allow an attacker to take control of a system.
  • That SCO case drags on

    Posted August 19, 2004 - 4:06 pm

    According to Robin Bloor of Bloor Research, there are three legal points at issue in SCO v IBM. The first has to do with violation of copyright.The second has to do with contractual obligations. Third has to do with patents which is a serious issue for the Open Source community. Here's a pragmatic take on each of these elements.
  • SCO hits back at IBM dismissal bid

    Posted August 19, 2004 - 3:16 pm

    The SCO Group has pushed back on IBM's attempt to have a US district court dismiss some of SCO's main claims. SCO issued a statement, in which it claims that IBM, through its contributions of AIX into Linux, was in breach of this software agreement.
  • Linus Torvalds' benevolent dictatorship

    Posted August 19, 2004 - 1:53 pm

    Linus Torvalds recently spoke with BusinessWeek. As Linux's "technical shepard" he speaks about the biggest challenges facing Linux, why Linux and open source projects are innovative, and what will keep the Linux momentum going. Here are edited excerpts from their conversation.
  • Lindows postpones IPO indefinitely

    Posted August 19, 2004 - 8:49 am

    Lindows Inc., the Linux-based software developer best known for its legal battles with Microsoft Corp., has indefinitely shelved its plans to become a publicly traded company due to "current adverse market conditions," it announced Wednesday.
  • Linux wins heart of global SAP user

    Posted August 18, 2004 - 12:02 pm

    Switzerland's Endress+Hauser (International) Holding AG, a global supplier of process control systems, has migrated all its business applications from SAP AG to a mainframe running the open-source Linux operating system.
  • Microsoft partners council in open source initiative

    Posted August 18, 2004 - 11:24 am

    U.K. city authorities will be the first beneficiaries of a revolutionary partnership between Microsoft Corp. and Newham. The council is working with the software company to develop a number of applications that could benefit other councils in the UK -- although the creation of an open source model might stun some of Microsoft's critics.
  • IBM seeks dismissal in second part of SCO case

    Posted August 16, 2004 - 5:18 pm

    IBM Corp. is seeking dismissal of a second major component of the lawsuit filed against it last year by Unix vendor The SCO Group Inc., according to court documents filed Friday by IBM. The documents, filed with the U.S. District Court for the District of Utah, argue that SCO's breach of contract allegations should be dismissed from the lawsuit.
  • China's Red Flag Linux to focus on enterprise

    Posted August 16, 2004 - 8:59 am

    The company behind China's leading Linux client distribution, Red Flag Software Co. Ltd., is shifting its main focus to its server operating system and enterprise customers, and planning to expand sales overseas, the company's acting president said in an interview.
  • Forrester: Linux 'no threat' to Windows on the desktop

    Posted August 12, 2004 - 1:15 am

    A recent survey of businesses has found there is no significant upswing in Linux use - or plans for Linux use - on the desktop.
  • says Linux jobs growing; certification rarely required

    Posted August 12, 2004 - 1:12 am

    Internet career board says that more and more employers are looking to hire Linux experts - and that they think that real-world experience, not certifications, is the best indication of expertise.
  • City of Vienna gives staff a Linux option

    Posted August 12, 2004 - 1:00 am

    Next year, users of 7,500 of the 16,000 desktop workstations in the municipality of Vienna will have the choice of moving to Linux, according to Erwin Gillich, head of the city's information services. An evaluation of this test will follow in 2006.
  • Vintela links Unix, Linux, Mac to Microsoft management platform

    Posted August 12, 2004 - 12:56 am

    Are you interested in using Microsoft's System Management Server 2003 product, but still want to run Linux systems in your network? Vintela has a tool that can help you bridge the divide.
  • Tool converts .Net code to Java

    Posted August 12, 2004 - 12:52 am

    There's already a tool to convert Java code to >net; now the Java world is striking back, with a program from Stryon that aims to consolidate .Net code throughout an enterprise onto a J2EE server.
  • SCO may charge more for Linux licensing

    Posted August 12, 2004 - 12:49 am

    Because it believes that Linux code includes content stolen from SCO, the SCO Group says that Linux users need a SCO license to use Linux. Although most people haven't paid up yet, SCO says it may raise license costs.
  • IT managers eye desktop Linux, but migration challenges remain

    Posted August 12, 2004 - 12:43 am

    As Linux on the desktop improves, IT managers are beginning to seriously consider making the move for business users. But kinks remain.
  • Novell moves again to dismiss SCO's claims

    Posted August 11, 2004 - 4:34 pm

    Two months after a Utah judge refused to dismiss a slander lawsuit filed against Novell Inc. by The SCO Group Inc., the Linux vendor has again moved for dismissal in the case, according to documents filed late last week in the U.S. District Court for the District of Utah.
  • Reports: Open-source software alliance formed in China

    Posted August 11, 2004 - 10:06 am

    A number of Chinese software companies have joined forces with overseas vendors such as IBM Corp., Hewlett-Packard Co., Intel Corp and Novell Inc. to form the China Open Source Software Promotion Alliance, China's first open-source software organization, several Chinese media reported Wednesday.
  • Delay to Munich's Linux move only "few weeks"

    Posted August 10, 2004 - 10:34 am

    The Munich city administration has said that it expects its planned migration to Linux to be delayed by only a few weeks as the impact of proposed European Union software patenting legislation is examined.
  • Patents emerge as an open source issue

    Posted August 9, 2004 - 9:06 am

    As patent issues emerge as a real problem for open source projects, attendees of last week's LinuxWorld conference called for legislation reforming the U.S. patent process.
  • Author of Linux patent report speaks out

    Posted August 6, 2004 - 3:04 pm

    Daniel Ravicher, lead patent counsel at Linux insurance firm Open Source Risk Management (OSRM), recently wrote a report claiming that the Linux kernel might be infringing 283 patents. In this interview, he talks about his methodology, his concerns, and how his company stands to benefit from the situation.
  • Novell CTO: Acquisitions are reinvigorating the company

    Posted August 6, 2004 - 2:45 pm

    In the interview, Novell CTO Alan Nugent talks about his company's recent acquisition of Ximian and SuSE, and discusses how these new divisions are changing his company's culture and future directions.
  • SCO to bundle Linux license with Unix line

    Posted August 5, 2004 - 4:48 pm

    SCO hasn't had much luck selling the license it says that Linux users need to use Linux legally. So now the company is taking a different tact: giving the Linux license away with copies of SCO Unix products.
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