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  • Open source leading Massachusetts' IT overhaul

    Posted July 9, 2004 - 10:03 am

    Under its new CIO, the state of Massachusetts has moving to implement an IT plan much like a large corporation - and open source is playing a major part in that move. (Free registration required to access site.)
  • Open source market share to double

    Posted July 9, 2004 - 10:01 am

    Businesses and governments in Western Europe are buying more services around open-source software, and spending will more than double in the next four years as open source becomes mainstream, according to a new study from IDC.
  • Using open source as a weird form of outsourcing

    Posted July 9, 2004 - 9:59 am

    Niku Corp. is opening most of the code for its decade-old scheduling app. Observers believe that the move is less about contributing to the open source community and more about gaining incremental improvements to the software without having paid staff developers working on such a project.
  • Novell makes public-sector pact

    Posted July 9, 2004 - 9:54 am

    The U.S. federal government's SmartBuy Program, designed to gather up all federal tech spending under one roof and encourage bulk purchasing, hasn't caught on among vendors yet. But now Linux maker Novell has signed on, bringing the possibility of extensive Linux buying by the government.
  • Sun's Gosling defends Java open source stance

    Posted July 9, 2004 - 9:48 am

    James Gosling, a Sun vice president and the inventor of the Java language, is defending his company's stance on the open sourcing of its flagship Java product line. Among other things, he declares that "There
  • Who wrote Linux?

    Posted July 9, 2004 - 9:43 am

    A recent Microsoft-funded report declared that it was impossible for Linus Torvalds to have written Linux in six months, and many in the open source community bristled at the implication that he stole code. But, as one commentator pointed out, Torvalds didn't write all of Linux so quickly - he had a wealth of GNU tools to build on.
  • BEA favors making Java open source

    Posted July 1, 2004 - 9:27 am

    BEA Systems Inc. on Wednesday cast its vote in favor of Sun Microsystems Inc. making parts of its Java technology open source, ratcheting the debate up a notch.
  • Novell releases Mono 1.0

    Posted June 30, 2004 - 4:59 pm

    Open source developers now have an alternative to Microsoft Corp.'s .Net application development platform, thanks to Novell Inc., which on Wednesday released version 1.0 of its Mono development platform.
  • JAVAONE: BEA to enter fray over open-source Java

    Posted June 29, 2004 - 9:16 am

    BEA Systems Inc. will jump into the debate over whether Java should be made open source on Wednesday, and comments from one of its senior executives suggest the application server vendor is leaning in favor of the move.
  • JAVAONE: Sun opens Looking Glass, sees more Java clients

    Posted June 29, 2004 - 8:33 am

    Sun Microsystems Inc. is releasing the source code for a user interface technology that provides users with a 3D view of their PC desktop, part of an effort to drive greater use of Java on PCs and other client devices.
  • Novell outlines open-source transition

    Posted June 28, 2004 - 4:55 pm

    As part of its transition to an open-source software model, Novell Inc. will scale back its investment in some proprietary technology that competes with open-source alternatives, a company executive said Monday.
  • RealPlayer to land on Red Hat, Novell's Linux desktops

    Posted June 28, 2004 - 10:55 am

    RealNetworks Inc. is moving to make its digital media player the default choice for Linux desktop systems, announcing Monday that Linux distributors Red Hat Inc. and Novell Inc. have both agreed to include versions of its player in their open source desktop software.
  • Red Hat releases Sistina software under GPL

    Posted June 28, 2004 - 10:03 am

    Five months after completing its $31 million acquisition of Sistina Software Inc., Red Hat Inc. has released the source code for all of Sistina's proprietary software, including its Global File System, under an open source license.
  • Microsoft says it's faster than Linux on file serving

    Posted June 23, 2004 - 3:56 pm

    Microsoft has released yet another report about how Windows stacks up against Linux, this time focusing on file serving speed. The Microsoft push indicates that Redmond is taking Linux seriously as a competitor.
  • InfiniBand could boost Linux supercomputing

    Posted June 23, 2004 - 3:33 pm

    Infiniband is a high-speed networking technology that many distributed supercomputing clusters use. Linux doesn't support it yet, but a new open source project, backed by several industry titans, aims to change that - and put Linux on the supercomputing map.
  • IBM to showcase Java tools research

    Posted June 23, 2004 - 3:28 pm

    At this week's JavaOne show, IBM will be showcasing a number of Java tools from its experimental alphaWorks division. Among the tools is a bridge designed to help coordinate Java and .Net components.
  • Java IDEs promise productivity gains

    Posted June 23, 2004 - 3:18 pm

    Two revised Java IDEs - the open source Eclipse platform and Sun's Java Studio Creator - promise enhanced developer productivity with their host of easy-to-use features. Eclipse is particularly promoting its IDE's "rich client" software.
  • Novell sets July date for Mono rollout

    Posted June 23, 2004 - 2:06 pm

    Novell's Ximian division will release Mono, and open source version of .Net for Linux, in July 2004. In the word's of Ximian head David Patrick, "Java is cross-platform and [Mono] makes .Net cross-platform too."
  • IBM and Linux aim for supercomputer top spot

    Posted June 23, 2004 - 1:52 pm

    NEC's Earth Simulator currently rules the supercomputing roost. But IBM plans to best it by June 2005 with the latest version of its Blue Gene system. Blue Gene runs a modified version of Linux on thousands of low-powered PowerPC processors.
  • Commitment to open source standards expands

    Posted June 22, 2004 - 2:58 pm

    Building on its contributions to the Open Source community and commitment to interoperability, Novell Inc. has announced that it is sponsoring the Openswan project - a Linux implementation of the IPsec standard that aims to provide a common approach to securing Internet-based communications.
  • Linux: Growing, but how profitably?

    Posted June 19, 2004 - 3:07 pm

    Red Hat this week released its quarterly earnings, which were generally favorable - and then its stock price promptly dropped 10 percent. Why? One observer thinks that it has less to do with Red Hat's actual business and more to do with the marketplace's unrealistic view of the Linux industry.
  • Big strides for civic Linux

    Posted June 19, 2004 - 3:04 pm

    With Linux being adopted by the cities of Bergen and Munich - and with Bangalore perhaps not far behind - Linux seems to have discovered a sweet spot in municipal governments.
  • SCO constructs a Potemkin village

    Posted June 19, 2004 - 3:00 pm

    The SCO Group recently released a number of updates to its Unix line, as if to assert that it has more interests than suing Linux users. But one observer believes that assertion to be no more than a smokescreen - and that the company is on the verge of financial ruin.
  • XML rich client technology strengthens Java

    Posted June 19, 2004 - 2:57 pm

    J2EE is dominant on the server, but .Net is beginning to make inroads on the client because of its superior rich-client capabilities. One tech experts believes that Java, used in conjunction with XML tech, can provide a compelling user experience on the client side and keep up with Microsoft.
  • Microsoft-funded study: Microsoft is cheaper to support than Linux

    Posted June 19, 2004 - 2:52 pm

    According to a study funded by Microsoft, Windows costs less to support than various flavors of Linux. Unsurprisingly, a representative from Novell's SuSE division had some harsh words to say about the study's methodology.

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