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  • Open source 'too risky' for Aussie government

    Posted September 7, 2004 - 10:47 am

    Open source software is too risky for the Australian government. The authorities down under has ruled out mandating government use of open source software because the failure of a high profile project following such a move is simply too risky.
  • Ballmer bullish on future, bearish on Linux

    Posted September 1, 2004 - 2:52 pm

    Microsoft Corp. Chief Executive Officer Steve Ballmer addressed a gathering of software industry leaders in Boston Wednesday, touting his company's vision for a bright future, while casting doubt on alternatives to his company's Windows operating system, in particular Linux.
  • SCO caps legal costs as losses mount

    Posted September 1, 2004 - 9:47 am

    With its cash reserves dwindling and losses continuing to mount, The SCO Group Inc. is taking measures to cut its expenses and ensure it will have enough cash to process its lawsuit with IBM Corp, the company announced during its quarterly earnings conference call Tuesday. SCO reported a loss of US$7.4 million on revenue of $11.2 million for the third quarter - a loss that was affected by the $7.2 million in legal expenses the company incurred during the quarter, which ended July 31.
  • Open rival for Exchange emerges

    Posted August 31, 2004 - 11:39 am

    Open-Xchange Server, the technology behind SuSE's OpenExchange offering, has been released to the GPL by its designers, Netline Internet Service. The company hopes that the open source community can improve the product even further.
  • Novell consolidates business units

    Posted August 31, 2004 - 11:31 am

    In a move to rationalize its operations after a glut of acquisitions, Novell will be consolidating its business units. As part of the reorganization, the company's Nterprise and SuSE Linux divisions will be combined into a single group that will be called Platform and Application Services.
  • Coming soon to a TV near you: Ads for desktop Linux

    Posted August 31, 2004 - 11:17 am

    If TV is the ultimate guide of popularity in the modern world, then Linux may have finally hit the big time. Ads for desktop computers running Linux have it the airwaves in both the U.S. and Mexico.
  • Server sales favor Linux

    Posted August 30, 2004 - 4:09 pm

    Shipments of Linux servers grew by 61.6 percent, driving Linux revenue up 54.6 percent in the second quarter, according to a new survey by the Gartner Group. The boost gave Linux a 9.5 percent share of overall server operating system (OS) revenue, while Windows still leads with 34.4 percent of total server OS sales.
  • Ad watchdog warns Microsoft to 'Get the Facts'

    Posted August 27, 2004 - 10:09 am

    According to Microsoft's "Get the Facts" print ad campaign, it demonstrated that "Linux was found to be over 10 times more expensive than Windows Server...for Windows-comparable functions of file serving and Web serving." However, a U.K. advertising standards body has warned that the campaign could be misleading.
  • Open source community skeptical about Microsoft's sender ID license

    Posted August 27, 2004 - 9:03 am

    The open-source community wants access to Microsoft's Sender ID framework - a caller ID system for e-mail designed to help prevent spam. However, Microsoft's licensing requirements aren't compatible with many open-source licenses, prohibiting those implementations.
  • XP SP2 gives reasons to switch to Linux

    Posted August 27, 2004 - 8:44 am

    Plagued with security holes and program incompatibilities, is SP2 giving IT departments reason enough to consider a move to Linux desktops? You decide.
  • KDE to include Google-type desktop search

    Posted August 27, 2004 - 8:17 am

    Plans to simplify searching for files on the KDE desktop more flexible, by adding a Google-style search feature, have been announced. Expected release of the next version of KDE is likely to be within 18 months.
  • Linux super-computers being used for DoD war simulations

    Posted August 27, 2004 - 8:11 am

    Two 256-processor Linux Networx Evolocity cluster supercomputers are being used by the Pentagon to conduct disaster simulations. The Linux machines replaced 3-year-old, 512-processor clusters that weren't powerful enough to conduct the military simulations.
  • Impi Linux 2 to be launched at Open Source Installfest

    Posted August 27, 2004 - 8:05 am

    pi Linux, a South Africa Open Source software project, geared towards promoting the widespread adoption of Open Source software in Africa, will be launching Impi Linux 2 at the Open Source Installfest at Dimension Data Campus, on International Software Freedom Day, on 28 August.
  • Linux threat a "misconception", says MS executive

    Posted August 27, 2004 - 7:56 am

    Linux is no threat to Microsoft Corp. and any claims to the contrary are simply a misconception created by sensationalism and media hype, Microsoft Australia's platform strategy manager Paul Roworth said on Wednesday.
  • Building a better filesystem for Linux

    Posted August 27, 2004 - 7:32 am

    Namesys' latest version of its ReiserFS (dubbed Reiser4), posted benchmarks showing it is 2 to 5 five times faster than the previous versions. The so-called "Atomic Filesystem for Linux" is expected to increase the efficiency of how Linux searches files, documents, e-mails and contacts.
  • Via tunes open-source media player

    Posted August 26, 2004 - 11:30 am

    Via Technologies Inc. released a version of the open-source Xine media player on Thursday that is designed to take advantage of hardware digital video acceleration capabilities in two of the company's PC chipsets, the CN400 and CLE266.
  • U.N. promotes open-source software day across Asia

    Posted August 25, 2004 - 9:19 am

    The United Nations, through its International Open Source Network (IOSN) is promoting the first annual Software Freedom Day on Saturday in an effort to educate Asian users about the benefits of Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) and encourage its wider use in the region.
  • 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.
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