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  • Linux community debates kernel patent defense

    Posted August 5, 2004 - 4:37 pm

    With fears rising that Linux may bear the brunt of patent lawsuits, this week's LinuxWorld conference has become in some ways an emergency summit on the situation.
  • IBM says it won't assert patents against the Linux kernel

    Posted August 5, 2004 - 4:32 pm

    As the specter of patent infringement suits begin to loom over the Linux community, an IBM exec assures a LinuxWorld crowd that Big Blue has no intention of using its patent arsenal against Linux.
  • Interview: Unilever CIO discusses move to Linux

    Posted August 4, 2004 - 3:51 pm

    In this interview, the CIO at Anglo-Dutch conglomerate Unilever talks about his company's decision to make the move to Linux. He says that the move is ultimately about flexibility and cost.
  • Don't let open source stop at Linux, urge execs

    Posted August 4, 2004 - 3:45 pm

    Declaring that Linux had entered its "boring phase," executives from HP and Red Hat urged open source developers to look beyond the OS and innovate in other markets.
  • LinuxWorld reveals maturing market, lagging channel

    Posted August 4, 2004 - 3:41 pm

    As the fifth LinuxWorld Conference and Expo opens, the Linux marketplace is basking in its own maturity. But channel resellers aren't quite on the bandwagon just yet.
  • Project Janus provides Solaris interoperability with Linux binaries

    Posted August 4, 2004 - 3:37 pm

    Sun is previewing Project Janus, a feature in the next generation of its Solaris OS that will allow Linux-compatible application binaries to run unaltered under Solaris.
  • Novell bursting with Linux products

    Posted August 4, 2004 - 3:32 pm

    A flurry of Linux product announcements from Novell reveals that the company is serious about its place in the Linux and open source world.
  • Munich's Linux roll-out halted

    Posted August 4, 2004 - 3:26 pm

    The City of Munich has put its Linux plans on hold. The city's decision reflects growing concerns in Europe and the U.S. that software patents could be used to derail open source projects, which depend on freedom from intellectual property licence fees. Such projects also generally don't have the financial resources or patent arsenals necessary to fend off intellectual property lawsuits.
  • Sun to purchase Novell? Not likely, say solution providers

    Posted August 4, 2004 - 3:20 pm

    If Sun is really considering a purchase of Novell (and Novell's SuSE Linux subsidiary), that could herald a huge shakeup in the industry. But many industry players doubt that any such thing is in the cards.
  • Open source boosters lack a full IT vocabulary when chatting up CIOs

    Posted August 4, 2004 - 3:13 pm

    Open source proponents are understandably focused on application code; but for a CIO, an application consists of much more. At a recent speech, AT&T Wireless vice president Robert Lefkowitz explains how to bridge the divide.
  • SCO vows to beat IBM, upgrades products

    Posted August 4, 2004 - 10:46 am

    After enduring a year of personal attacks by the IT industry, The SCO Group Inc. CEO Darl McBride pledged to continue the company's legal battle with IBM Corp. and renewed its commitment to modernizing its own Unix platforms at the company's user show in Las Vegas.
  • HP exec calls for fewer open source licenses

    Posted August 4, 2004 - 9:42 am

    The open source community needs fewer licenses and the large number of software licenses used to release open source code is becoming a significant issue for developers and users, said a senior Hewlett-Packard Co. (HP) executive speaking at the Linuxworld Conference & Expo Tuesday.
  • CA offers $1M to build Ingres migration tools

    Posted August 4, 2004 - 8:51 am

    Computer Associates International Inc. (CA) announced a $1 million challenge to encourage development of an open source database migration toolkit that will help businesses using other databases switch to Ingres.
  • U.S. may be left behind, warns Red Hat's Szulik

    Posted August 3, 2004 - 4:41 pm

    Portraying his company as part of a global effort to create a larger worldwide software industry, Red Hat Inc. CEO Matthew Szulik opened the LinuxWorld Conference & Expo in San Francisco on Tuesday with a warning that the U.S. runs the risk of missing out on the move toward open source.
  • Linux startup develops David to take on Windows Goliath

    Posted August 3, 2004 - 11:37 am

    A secretive Manila-based startup is developing software that, it claims, will allow virtually any Windows application to run on the Linux operating system. While fuzzy on details, the company, called SpecOps Labs, says that it has developed a novel approach to the problem, one that uses both existing open-source software as well as proprietary code the company has written itself.
  • IBM offers Cloudscape as open source code

    Posted August 3, 2004 - 10:19 am

    IBM Corp. has found a new home for the Cloudscape database software it picked up in 2001 through its acquisition of Informix Corp. The company plans to give Cloudscape to the Apache Software Foundation, which will oversee Cloudscape as an open-source project.
  • SCO CEO: No need to sue more customers

    Posted August 3, 2004 - 8:53 am

    At the SCO Forum convention in Las Vegas this week, one question on many attendees' minds will be whether the company's future will be as a software vendor or as a litigator. In this interview, SCO Chief Executive Officer Darl McBride talks about the direction of the company, the likelihood of more customer lawsuits, and his company's recent decision to revive the Unix System Laboratories name.
  • Unisys puts Linux on high-end Intel servers

    Posted August 2, 2004 - 10:45 am

    Unisys Corp. will now support Linux on its ES7000 series high-end servers, the company announced Monday. The Blue Bell, Pennsylvania, company already offers Linux on 2-way or 4-way servers based on Intel Corp. microprocessors, and is now adding support for Linux on a range of multiprocessor machines containing up to 32 Intel 32-bit or 64-bit processors.
  • IBM case to steal limelight at SCO conference

    Posted July 30, 2004 - 3:41 pm

    At the SCO Group's customer and partner conference next week, the company will aim to promote the upcoming version of its OpenServer Unix software. But much of the world's attention will be directed to the company's ongoing legal struggle against IBM and the Linux world.
  • Linux gives new lease on life to legacy Cobol

    Posted July 30, 2004 - 3:37 pm

    With new technology from Acucorp, organizations with heavy investments in Cobol can port that legacy code to 64-bit Linux platforms.
  • Microsoft popular with some in open source crowd

    Posted July 30, 2004 - 3:33 pm

    Microsoft is traditionally viewed as anathema to open source developers. But two Microsoft projects released on SourceForge under an open source license have proved very popular with the open source community - and more open source packages from Redmond could follow.
  • Research: Linux servers mostly hack-free

    Posted July 30, 2004 - 3:14 pm

    New research from Evans Data indicates that a substantial majority of Linux servers have never been compromised or infected by a virus. But some are questioning the study's methodology.
  • Xandros puts Linux into business Windows world

    Posted July 30, 2004 - 11:01 am

    Xandros Inc. has released a new version of its business Linux desktop with upgraded Windows integration features. The OS is an evolution of Corel Corp.'s Debian-based distribution, acquired in August 2001.
  • SCO tries to revive Unix System Labs name

    Posted July 30, 2004 - 10:40 am

    The SCO Group Inc. is trying to revive the name of the AT&T Corp. subsidiary that once owned the rights to the Unix operating system and, in the process, stirring up controversy with the industry group that claims ownership of the Unix trademark.
  • XHTML: Liberating or evil?

    Posted July 29, 2004 - 1:29 pm

    Does coding Web pages in XHTML - an XML dialect that (in theory) is compatible with HTML and can be read by Web browsers - aid in Web development? Or does it add needless complexity that causes bugs? This article contains a summary of the debate on this subject that took place on the XML-DEV mailing list.
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