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  • Whatever happened to UnitedLinux?

    Posted July 29, 2004 - 1:21 pm

    In May 2002, SUSE Linux, the former Caldera International (now known as The SCO Group), Turbolinux, and Conectiva SA joined forces to create UnitedLinux, a standardized, international version of the Linux OS. As you might guess from that list of companies, a lot has happened between now and then. A UnitedLinux distro was released in November 2002 - but what's happened since?
  • Accelerating Linux in the enterprise

    Posted July 29, 2004 - 12:07 pm

    In this interview, William Weinberg, a new architecture specialist at WSDL, talks about Linux in the business world, desktops vs. servers, and looming threat of more legal crises.
  • SCO gets KO'd

    Posted July 29, 2004 - 12:00 pm

    SCO's case against DaimlerChrysler went before a judge this week. According to one observer's interpretation, SCO got crushed - and that's a signal of things to come.
  • Getting behind the Open Source versus everyone else FUD

    Posted July 27, 2004 - 10:29 am

    The open source versus proprietary debate is still raging, the usual myths and misinformation are doing the rounds, and, somewhere along the line, the most pertinent issue - business' IT requirements - seems to have been forgotten.
  • Linux drifts from Sun orbit

    Posted July 26, 2004 - 2:34 pm

    Two years after Sun began its move into the Linux marketplace, the company is signaling that it intends to compete with Red Hat on the strength of its own Solaris operating system.
  • DataPower integrates XML, non-XML data

    Posted July 26, 2004 - 2:30 pm

    DataPower has released a new product that promises to merge XML and non-XML data, and integrate mainframe equipment into a modern data network.
  • Apache's Geronimo hits a snag

    Posted July 26, 2004 - 2:24 pm

    Geronimo, the Apache Project's open source J2EE server, won't be released on August 6 as originally planned, a project spokesperson said.
  • Red Hat adds module to ease use of Microsoft Exchange with Linux

    Posted July 26, 2004 - 2:20 pm

    Red Hat's latest beta release contains Ximian's Evolution Connector for Microsoft Exchange Server, allowing greater Windows-Linux integration.
  • EmergeCore IT-in-a-Box SMB server

    Posted July 23, 2004 - 12:15 pm

    EmergeCore has used Linux in a line of $1395-$2450 office servers for small-medium businesses (SMBs). The IT-100 and IT-500 include a range of open source software providing basic Internetworking capabilities, along with basic e-mail, LAN, and Internet server software required by SMBs.
  • Interview: MySQL minnow attracts giants

    Posted July 23, 2004 - 9:49 am

    Zack Urlocker, MySQL's vice-president of marketing, recalls a time when checks sent to his company didn't get cashed because, as he put it, "everyone was writing code." In this interview, he describes the MySQL database's shift from one that is installed "from below" by curious techies to one that is mandated from above by CIOs.
  • 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.
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