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  • XML on the Web has failed

    Posted July 22, 2004 - 11:10 am

    Any techie knows that XML has moved into a variety of computing niches. But one observer believes that the Web -- an area where XML was supposed to be in its element -- has failed to embrace and benefit from the standard.
  • Court dismisses bulk of SCO's DaimlerChrysler lawsuit

    Posted July 21, 2004 - 5:08 pm

    The SCO Group Inc. has been dealt a setback in its quest to hold customers accountable for its copyright claims. On Wednesday, a Michigan judge granted a motion dismissing all but one of the software vendor's counts in its lawsuit with auto giant DaimlerChrysler AG, according to DaimlerChrysler spokeswoman Mary Gauthier.
  • HP memo warned of Microsoft assault on open source

    Posted July 21, 2004 - 11:33 am

    A two-year-old internal Hewlett-Packard Co. memo that surfaced Monday reveals that the company expected Microsoft Corp. to launch an all-out legal assault on open-source software.
  • Open Group urges developer independence

    Posted July 21, 2004 - 9:46 am

    Open standards and interoperability consortium The Open Group is calling on software developers and the IT industry at large to declare their independence from proprietary technology, in what the group is touting as a virtual call to arms against closed standards.
  • Open source solutions for SMBs, part 2

    Posted July 20, 2004 - 11:52 am

    If you're curious about what open source can do for your small business, read John Locke's "Open Source Solutions for Small Business Problems" (link below) and then check out Locke's best advice for improving your technology, and making wise open source decisions.
  • Open-source solutions for SMBs

    Posted July 20, 2004 - 11:36 am

    "Open Source Solutions for Small Business Problems" is a new book based on five years of consulting using open-source products by John Locke. It answers the questions: What is open source? How does it work? Can you really run your business on this stuff? According to this review, the book is full of real-world examples.
  • Asianux ready for prime time, Oracle says

    Posted July 20, 2004 - 10:15 am

    Asian demand for enterprise servers running the Linux operating system, already strong, will get a further boost from the development of Asianux, a version of Linux that has been developed as a standardized distribution for enterprise customers in Asia, according to a top executive at Oracle.
  • Microsoft to pay $20M to end Lindows trademark battle

    Posted July 20, 2004 - 10:06 am

    Microsoft has agreed to pay Linux vendor Lindows Inc. $20 million to end a two-and-a-half-year legal battle over the Lindows name, which Microsoft argues is too close to its Windows trademark. As part of the settlement, Lindows agreed to change its legal name to Linspire Inc. by Sept. 14.
  • MySQL moves to quiet licensing critics

    Posted July 19, 2004 - 10:25 am

    MySQL AB is still trying to tweak its licensing terms so that its flagship open source database product can be packaged with the open source PHP language. But the Free Software Foundation still isn't satisfied.
  • Create Windows apps from Java code with GCC

    Posted July 19, 2004 - 10:20 am

    Did you know that you can compile certain kinds of Java code into a Windows executable that doesn't require a JVM? Check out this tip to find out how the open source GCC compiler can do the job.
  • JBoss Application Server gets J2EE certified

    Posted July 19, 2004 - 10:15 am

    After launching an effort last November to achieve J2EE compatibility, the JBoss Application Server 4.0 has now passed Sun Microsystems Inc.'s Compatibility Test Suite for J2EE version 1.4, the company said.
  • Former Red Hat employees start up Linux firm

    Posted July 16, 2004 - 11:18 am

    Two former Red Hat Inc. employees have started their own Linux company, dubbed SpecifixT Inc. (Specifix), marketing a Red Hat-compatible version of Linux that users can modify to fit their business-specific needs - but still retain support.
  • SCO suffers legal setback in AutoZone case, seeks to strengthen IBM suit

    Posted July 16, 2004 - 9:20 am

    More news from SCO's legal struggles: A judge granted AutoZone's request for a temporary stay in its battle with SCO; and SCO offers more details in its case against IBM in an attempt to stave off a summary judgement.
  • Status readies fault-tolerant Linux servers

    Posted July 16, 2004 - 9:16 am

    Status, a maker of fault-tolerant servers, is readying a Linux offering aimed at the VoIP market.
  • New SGI supercomputer to scale Linux to 1,024 CPUs

    Posted July 16, 2004 - 9:13 am

    After abandoning its own Unix flavor, SGI is embracing Linux in a big way. The company is releasing a new supercomputer that will run a single Linux system on 1,024 Itanium 2 CPUs, with over 3 TB of RAM.
  • Local, state governments form group to pool open source code

    Posted July 16, 2004 - 9:07 am

    Many state and local governments write open source applications for in-house use. Now a group of governments, recognizing that these programs often solve the same sorts of problems, are creating a code pool that they can all dip into.
  • Novell as open source hero?

    Posted July 15, 2004 - 8:35 am

    In the past few years, Novell has been recreating itself as an open source company. But is this in the long run a good thing for the company - or for open source? Join in on the discussion on Slashdot.
  • Ballmer attacks Linux, IBM, and Novell

    Posted July 14, 2004 - 9:15 am

    Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer took the stage at the Worldwide Partner Conference with his usual feisty and aggressive attitude. He specifically took on IBM and Novell for the Linux strategies, claiming that these two companies' service offerings guaranteed that a Linux installation would cost a customer more than it made.
  • Red Hat vets launch Linux startup

    Posted July 14, 2004 - 9:11 am

    Red Hat dominates the Linux industry, but its emphasis on a standard set of software and services seems confining to some. Now a group of former Red Hat execs are launching Specifix, a Linux company dedicated to custom installs and software that will closely match customer needs.
  • Red Hat shares fall on accounting revamp

    Posted July 13, 2004 - 1:21 pm

    Red Hat Inc. warned investors on Tuesday that it will restate three years' worth of financial results to reflect a change in how it accounts for subscription revenues. Red Hat said that although the change won't affect the total revenue ultimately collected by the company, it will shave the vendor's reported sales and profits over the last few years.
  • In wake of CFO's departure, Red Hat restates earnings

    Posted July 13, 2004 - 12:06 pm

    Just weeks after the departure of the company's CFO, Red Hat has restated its earnings for the last three fiscal years. Company sources insist that the moves are not related.
  • Reach the path to 'Linux nirvana'

    Posted July 13, 2004 - 12:02 pm

    What's the path to Linux nirvana? Well, one tech observer thinks that Linux users should forget their feud with Microsoft - and focus on information life-cycle management.
  • IBM launches Power5 Unix line

    Posted July 13, 2004 - 9:34 am

    IBM Corp. on Tuesday will announce the first four Unix servers to be based on the company's next-generation Power5 microprocessor. The servers, which will range in size from dual-processor to 16-way systems, will begin shipping by Aug. 27, IBM said.
  • Linux servers stats reveal fall in Red Hat dominance

    Posted July 13, 2004 - 8:59 am

    Europe's Web hosting boom has given Linux distributions from Suse Linux AG, MandrakeSoft SA, the Gentoo Foundation and Debian a boost, giving the market leader Red Hat Inc. a run for its money, according to new statistics from Netcraft Ltd.
  • Open source debate: Focusing on business value

    Posted July 13, 2004 - 1:05 am

    Debates about open source in the enterprise often devolve into arguments about Linux and Windows that sound like religious dogma. In this roundtable discussion, a group of IT experts emphasize that the real focus needs to be on IT providing value to a business, and seeing how open source can achieve that.
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