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  • 10 gigabit Ethernet comes to Linux servers

    Posted June 19, 2004 - 2:14 pm

    Silicon Graphics has introduced a line of Linux servers with PCI-X 10 gigabit Ethernet network cards.
  • French government looks to open source

    Posted June 19, 2004 - 12:27 pm

    The cash-strapped French government is looking to open source software as it prepares to upgrade its millions of computers. Government officials say that the move is not a blow against Microsoft, but an attempt to cut costs - and estimate that they can save up to 50 percent on their IT bills.
  • Open source IP screening company hires legal muscle

    Posted June 19, 2004 - 12:18 pm

    Black Duck Software, which offers products that help open source users determine who owns the rights to the code they run, has added some legal muscle itself in the form of a prominent intellectual property attorney.
  • Software companies using open source as a weapon

    Posted June 18, 2004 - 1:33 pm

    Open source got its start with high-minded ideals about sharing and openness. But industry observers are noting that many companies are open sourcing products specifically to undermine their competitors, using it as a weapon.
  • Google sysadmin preaches Debian for software management

    Posted June 18, 2004 - 11:15 am

    Caught up in the tangle of manually installing and updating software, enterprises can find a tip or two in the open source community's book on how to streamline the process, according to Google Inc. senior system administrator Marc Merlin.
  • Red Hat Linux tops 300,000 subscribers

    Posted June 18, 2004 - 11:04 am

    Red Hat now has over 300,000 subscribers to its Red Hat Enterprise Linux support service, the company said Thursday, during a conference call reporting the results of its first quarter of fiscal 2004. The company reported revenue of US$41.6 million and net income of $10.7 million, or $0.05 per share, for the quarter, which ended May 31.
  • IDC: Linux to take 29 percent of 2008 server shipments

    Posted June 17, 2004 - 4:02 pm

    The Linux operating system will account for 29 percent of units shipped into the worldwide server market in 2008, up from 12 percent last year, IDC predicts.
  • Munich agrees to Linux migration plan

    Posted June 17, 2004 - 9:27 am

    Local government officials in Munich approved Wednesday a plan for rolling out the Linux operating system and other open source applications in more than 14,000 city administration computers.
  • Linux wins another city over Windows

    Posted June 16, 2004 - 10:17 am

    Linux has won another battle proprietary software with the decision yesterday of Bergen, Norway's second-largest city, to consolidate older Windows and Unix servers on Novell's Suse Linux Enterprise Server 8.
  • Munich to decide on Linux deployment plan

    Posted June 16, 2004 - 9:19 am

    One year after deciding to drop Microsoft Corp.'s Windows in favor of Linux, the Munich city government is set to approve a plan for deploying the open source operating system and other open source desktop applications across all departments.
  • Is open source IP telephony ready for prime time?

    Posted June 10, 2004 - 5:14 pm

    More and more companies are moving away from traditional PBXs and implementing IP-based telephone systems. Are the open source solutions in this space ready for the enterprise? In this article, two tech experts debate the merits of the current offerings.
  • SCO financial losses mount

    Posted June 10, 2004 - 11:43 am

    The SCO Group Inc. posted a net loss of almost $15 million for its most recent financial quarter Thursday, as the company continues to struggle to realize revenue from its controversial SCOsource software licensing program.
  • Opera made default browser on free Xandros Linux system

    Posted June 10, 2004 - 11:16 am

    Linux software vendor, Xandros Inc. has tapped Norway's Opera Software ASA to provide the default Web browser for the free Open Circulation Edition of the Xandros desktop operating system launched Wednesday.
  • Linux, technological innovation, and originality: Whose invention is it, anyway?

    Posted June 10, 2004 - 9:25 am

    Some of the broad claims made by SCO and others against Linux have attempted to tar Linux as a "copycat" OS: even if code wasn't directly stolen, according to these claims, Linux still imitates Unix functionality. One technologist muses on just what constitutes "originality" in an evolutionary field like computer science.
  • Big Blue, Blue Titan boost SOAs

    Posted June 10, 2004 - 8:46 am

    As enterprises are moving to service-oriented architectures (SOAs), a number of vendors, including IBM, are retrofitting their existing product lines to fit into the SOA worldview.
  • Linux gets trial NX security support

    Posted June 9, 2004 - 7:41 pm

    Manufacturers of x86-compatible chips have been developing a security technology called NX that is built into computers at the hardware level. The technology needs support in the OS to work, and Red Hat has released a patch to Linux that will allow the open source operating system to take advantage of NX-enabled chips.
  • Open source Solaris plan draws lukewarm response

    Posted June 9, 2004 - 7:37 pm

    Sun's announcement that Solaris will soon be an open source product met has met with a somewhat underwhelming response from the industry: open source advocates feel that Sun as a company won't truly embrace the open source philosophy, and Solaris users don't really see how the decision will affect them.
  • Gartner: Linux source code could still be an issue for enterprises

    Posted June 9, 2004 - 7:25 pm

    In the wake of the uncertainties caused by the SCO lawsuite, Linus Torvalds has established a stricter regimen for adding code to the Linux kernel. But a report by Gartner says that enterprises that use Linux are still potentially vulnerable to legal challenges.
  • Geronimo project joins Apache

    Posted June 9, 2004 - 7:20 pm

    Geronimo, the Apache Foundation's open source J2EE application server, has moved from "incubator" status to a full project, indicating that it's ready to see some real-world use.
  • Intel to open BIOS code project

    Posted June 9, 2004 - 7:13 pm

    As Intel moves forward with its next-generation BIOS initiative, rewriting the software that runs at the lowest level on a PC, it has decided to follow an open source track.
  • Free Software Foundation not well with Mono

    Posted June 9, 2004 - 7:07 pm

    There are currently two projects aiming to build open source implementations of Microsoft's .Net framework: the Free Software Foundation's DotGNU and Ximian's Mono. The fact that there are two projects - and the differences in philosophies between the two groups - are indicative of larger issues within the open source community.
  • Sabre flies to open systems

    Posted June 9, 2004 - 7:01 pm

    Sabre, the company that backs air ticketing services from Travelocity to your local travel agent, is making a big move away from its mainframe-based systems. The company will be basing its infrastructure on commodity hardware running Linux and other open source software.
  • Users praise plan to make Ingres database open source

    Posted June 9, 2004 - 6:56 pm

    Users of the venerable Ingres database roundly acclaimed CA's plan to make the product open source within the next 90 days. "Now I don't have to apologize for my database," said one longtime Ingres DBA.
  • JBoss runs afoul of The Middleware Company

    Posted June 9, 2004 - 6:51 pm

    A spat has developed between JBoss, makers of the an open source Java application server, and The Middleware Company, which runs Java-related Web sites like TheServerSide and JavaLobby. The dispute arose when The Middleware Company accused JBoss employees of "astroturfing" - using fake names to post comments praising JBoss and attacking competitors on The Middleware Company's online discussion boards.
  • Eclipse to name executive director

    Posted June 9, 2004 - 6:46 pm

    Taking another step towards independence from original sponsor IBM, the Eclipse foundation named a former Oracle executive as its new executive director.
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