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  • Dutch court denies injunction, fines Microsoft in Lindows case

    Posted June 2, 2004 - 10:34 am

    Lindows Inc. claimed a victory in its latest trademark tussle with Microsoft Corp. this week after a Dutch court denied a request by Microsoft that the Linux-based software vendor be barred from using the Lindows name in connection with sales of its products in the Benelux countries: Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg.
  • Take LPI certifications at Cebit America

    Posted June 1, 2004 - 12:22 pm

    Looking to take the LPI Linux certification tests? If you're going to be attending the Cebit America conference in New York, you can get certified right on the show floor.
  • Company looks to capitalize on free XML tool

    Posted June 1, 2004 - 12:18 pm

    Altova, an Austrian company, is looking to undercut giants Adobe and Microsoft with its new XML-authoring tool aimed at non-programmers. The price for the tool is certainly right: it's free.
  • Sun heats up Java vendor wars

    Posted June 1, 2004 - 12:13 pm

    Sun is refusing to cede the Java developer tools market to IBM. The company that invented Java has released a slew of new applications aimed at Java programmers.
  • China seeks to develop its own technology standards

    Posted June 1, 2004 - 12:08 pm

    The People's Republic of China is making a big splash in the high-tech world, but it isn't necessarily joining hands with international standards groups. When it comes to standards, the Chinese government seems to be taking a page from Microsoft's book: Embrace and extend.
  • Latest MySQL fails to quiet licensing critics

    Posted June 1, 2004 - 11:00 am

    MySQL AB has put out a new incremental release of its open source database. However, many critics say that MySQL's licensing terms still make it impossible to bundle with several prominent Linux distributions.
  • Linux creeps into the enterprise

    Posted June 1, 2004 - 10:56 am

    Even those organizations with no ideological anti-Microsoft bias will soon find themselves using Linux, says one tech expert. In fact, because so many storage and security appliance makers use Linux as an embedded OS, many enterprises are using Linux extensively already and don't know it.
  • Non-extractive parsing for XML

    Posted June 1, 2004 - 10:51 am

    Most XML parsers use extractive techniques to take relevant data from XML documents and put it into a form that computers can use. But one developer proposes a non-extractive model that will offer many of the benefits of proposed "binary XML" documents while still adhering to the standard XML spec.
  • A new era of SOA: Sun and Microsoft

    Posted June 1, 2004 - 10:42 am

    Only weeks after the two companies ended their legal struggle, Sun and Microsoft are putting together an ambitions interoperability roadmap for Java and .Net based on the concept of service-oriented architectures.
  • HP adds JBoss, MySQL support

    Posted June 1, 2004 - 10:23 am

    The JBoss application server and MySQL database will both get a boost from Hewlett-Packard Co. on Tuesday, when the Palo Alto, California, computer company plans to begin offering technical support for the two open-source projects.
  • The hidden costs of migrating from NT 4 to Linux

    Posted June 1, 2004 - 10:22 am

    With Microsoft dropping support for Windows NT 4, some shops are considering Linux as a less costly alternative to upgrading to more recent editions of Windows Server. But while such a move is viable in many cases, before you make it you need to know about the full costs of running a Linux server, not all of which are immediately obvious.
  • Plus ca change: The stagnation of CSS standards

    Posted June 1, 2004 - 10:12 am

    Open standards promote competition among browser companies, and that competition in turn pushes the standards forward. But one blogger argues that the current stagnation of IE (which won't be substantially improved until the release of Longhorn) means that CSS and other Web standards will likewise stagnate.
  • Ontario Ministry of Education licenses StarOffice

    Posted May 28, 2004 - 2:01 pm

    Ontario's Ministry of Education is bringing an open source-based office productivity suite into classrooms around the province after inking a deal with Sun Microsystems of Canada Inc. for its StarOffice 7.
  • Black Duck checks for property rights and open source license conflicts

    Posted May 27, 2004 - 4:59 pm

    Black Duck software is aiming at those shops made nervous by the SCO legal wrangles. The company has released an application that will make it easy to determine just what the licenses and rights are for all the open source software your company uses.
  • Q&A: Microsoft's Windows Server chief on Linux, 64-bit computing

    Posted May 27, 2004 - 4:44 pm

    In this interview, Bob Muglia, head of Microsoft's server division, discusses how he sees his products stacking up against Linux, and on what the future of 64-bit computing will look like.
  • Linux programming: User-level memory management

    Posted May 27, 2004 - 4:40 pm

    Find out how Linux user accounts share and allocate memory in this book excerpt.
  • Linux steals share from Unix in database market

    Posted May 27, 2004 - 4:33 pm

    As giants like Oracle produce Linux-ready versions of their databases, more and more companies are choosing Linux as the OS to run their RDBMSs, a Gartner study found.
  • Survey: Linux servers up, Unix down

    Posted May 27, 2004 - 4:29 pm

    Despite legal threats from SCO, Linux use on servers has been up in early 2004, especially for low-end servers. The gains have largely come at the expense of Unix.
  • Macromedia buffs up Linux Flash player

    Posted May 27, 2004 - 4:25 pm

    Macromedia has released the latest version of its Flash player for the Linux platform. Among the new features is support for SOAP-based Web services.
  • Lindows can keep company name, judge rules

    Posted May 27, 2004 - 4:14 pm

    In a case that could have forced Linux vendor Lindows Inc. to change its business name worldwide, a Netherlands court on Thursday ruled that Lindows' current limited use of the Lindows name does not violate Microsoft's Windows trademark.
  • CA backs open source CMS with Zope

    Posted May 26, 2004 - 3:56 pm

    Computer Associates is looking to jump into the content management system market by piggybacking on an existing open source project. The company will partner with the Zope Corporation to improve and market the latter's Plone CMS.
  • Oracle to move in-house programmers to Linux this year

    Posted May 26, 2004 - 3:51 pm

    Oracle will finish a major internal shift by the end of 2004 that will see its entire internal programming staff move to Linux environments, company insiders said.
  • R.I.P.: The counterculture aura of Linux

    Posted May 25, 2004 - 9:09 am

    Linus Torvalds' announcement that developers will need to formally vouch for their contributions to the Linux kernel may just seem like common sense in the wake of the SCO lawsuit. But some observers think that the move represents a cultural shift in the Linux development community. (Free registration required to access site.)
  • Linux drives Novell into the black

    Posted May 25, 2004 - 9:04 am

    Novell made $10.4 million last quarter, a big change from its losses last year - and executives say they have the company's new Linux division to thank.
  • Torvalds proposes tighter tracking for Linux kernel

    Posted May 24, 2004 - 9:12 am

    Linux originator Linus Torvalds has proposed changes to the kernel development process that would make it easier for Linux kernel developers to respond to questions of source-code ownership like those raised by The SCO Group Inc. in its multibillion-dollar lawsuit against IBM.
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