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  • Will Web services players get along now?

    Posted April 20, 2004 - 1:42 pm

    The recent Sun/Microsoft settlement may boost the possibility of true industry-wide Web services interoperability, according to optimistic analysts. But others aren't so sure.
  • Interview: Trolltech's Eirik Eng and Matthias Ettrich

    Posted April 20, 2004 - 1:37 pm

    Trolltech is the company that brought you Qt; Matthias Ettrich, director of software development at Trolltech, is the founder of the KDE project. This lengthy interview with Ettrick and Trolltech President Eirik Eng covers a lot of open source ground, including open source licensing and open source business models.
  • Free but shackled: The Java trap

    Posted April 20, 2004 - 11:52 am

    GNU Foundation founder Richard Stallman isn't shy about proclaiming his philosophy of free software. In this commentary, he notes that many Java programs licensed under the GPL still depend on Sun's proprietary libraries - and thus cannot be considered truly free.
  • Commentary: Where is Java in the settlement?

    Posted April 20, 2004 - 11:48 am

    Javalobby founder Rick Ross here reveals his thoughts on the Microsoft/Sun settlement. While he doesn't condemn the settlement outright, he is nervous about its implications for the future of Java.
  • Normalizing syndicated feed content

    Posted April 20, 2004 - 11:42 am

    So you think it's an easy task to write an app that takes syndicated RSS and Atom feeds and collates them into a single information UI? Think again. This tutorial will help you figure out the differences in the standards.
  • The changing face of open source

    Posted April 20, 2004 - 11:36 am

    As the open source movement has evolved, so too has the open source developer. Today's open source developer is much more likely to be a professional developer on a corporate payroll, rather than a lone programmer working out of his or basement.
  • A vintage year for new WINE?

    Posted April 20, 2004 - 11:32 am

    Though it's spent more than 10 years in alpha status, the WINE project, which allows Windows applications to run unaltered under Linux, is looking sharper and sharper, and may make further gains this year.
  • Lindows files to go public

    Posted April 20, 2004 - 11:20 am

    Lindows Inc., the developer of Linux-based software best known for its ongoing trademark tussles with Microsoft Corp., has begun the process to become a publicly traded company.
  • Linux pressures Windows but experts disagree on cost benefits

    Posted April 20, 2004 - 10:59 am

    Linux has undeniably become a competitor to Microsoft in the server and desktop markets. But as recent research suggests, experts are divided on whether Linux is really cheaper - and even on whether cost should be the determining factor in your deployment decision.
  • SCO business 'plan' is a flop

    Posted April 20, 2004 - 10:54 am

    The SCO Group's legal case against IBM and Linux has yet to be ruled on in court. But one tech commentator believes that the company's business plan - which he sees as consisting mainly of suing SCO's own customers - is already a dismal failure.
  • Challenges ahead for union of Java and .NET

    Posted April 20, 2004 - 10:49 am

    With the end of the legal struggles between Sun and Microsoft, many are expecting a union - or at least greater cooperation - between the enterprise Java and .NET communities. But tech observers note that therae are a lot of technical and organizational hurdles that must be overcome first.
  • PyCon 2004: Making Python faster and better

    Posted April 20, 2004 - 10:45 am

    Looking to hear the latest buzz around the open source Python programming language? Check out this write-up of last month's PyCon convention.
  • Getting in touch with XML contacts

    Posted April 20, 2004 - 10:40 am

    Looking to develop an XML-based address book system without reinventing the wheel? This tip will point you to the current standards out there.
  • Much ado about Web services standards

    Posted April 20, 2004 - 10:28 am

    Many big IT players, like IBM and Microsoft, have made a big show of late of collaborating on a number of Web services standards that aim to make Web services truly interoperable. But some observers are beginning to wonders if these companies are deliberately dragging their feet so as to steer consumers to more proprietary - and profitable - solutions.
  • SCO investor wants out of deal

    Posted April 19, 2004 - 9:23 am

    BayStar Capital, the investment firm that Microsoft introduced to The SCO Group, is looking for a way out of its $20 million investment in the Unix company, according to a SCO spokesman.
  • Multiple Linux security flaws reported

    Posted April 16, 2004 - 3:47 pm

    Security researchers at iDefense have released information about a critical buffer overflow vulnerability that affects all versions of the Linux kernel from 2.4 on.
  • Linspire offers free OS download

    Posted April 16, 2004 - 9:41 am

    Linspire (formerly Lindows) is looking to drum up some good publicity in the wake of its abandonment of its potentially infringing name. To that end, the company is making its Linux distribution available for free download - something many other Linux distributors do, but which Linspire had so far resisted.
  • Microsoft opens up Visio schemas

    Posted April 15, 2004 - 4:16 pm

    In another step in the direction of open standards, Microsoft has released the specs for DatadiagramML, the XML-based schemas used by the company's Visio diagramming tools.
  • MySQL gets ready for its close-up

    Posted April 15, 2004 - 4:11 pm

    The open source MySQL database is about to add a host of new features, including clustering, Unicode, stored procedures, triggers and views. While MySQL still can't match Oracle's feature set, MySQL co-founder David Axmark thinks that their product will be perfect for the 90 percent of the market that doesn't need Oracle's more esoteric features - or Oracle's price.
  • Lindows changes OS name to Linspire

    Posted April 14, 2004 - 8:58 am

    Embattled Linux-based software vendor Inc. formally changed the name of its desktop operating system from LindowsOS to "Linspire" on Wednesday, after a two-year trademark dispute with Microsoft Corp.
  • Linux-IBM behind Sun-Microsoft deal

    Posted April 7, 2004 - 8:41 pm

    When Sun and Microsoft patched up their differences and announced a number of joint initiatives, the industry's collective jaw dropped. One commentator believes that this unlikely alliance is aimed at defeating a join enemy: a newly energized and Linux-centric IBM.
  • Latest Linux/Windows research reports questioned

    Posted April 7, 2004 - 8:35 pm

    Large questions have appeared over the accuracy of two recent reports comparing the relative costs and benefits of the Linux and Windows operating systems in which Windows was painted as being superior to its open-source rival.
  • Commentary: A new test for trash-driven technology

    Posted April 7, 2004 - 8:31 pm

    The Simputer, a device aimed at poor, rural Indians, is a Linux-based handheld device. So why does it cost almost as much as proprietary PDAs? One tech commentator sees it as an example of the importance of volume buying and the limits of open source savings.
  • Build a service-oriented architecture

    Posted April 7, 2004 - 8:25 pm

    With Web services becoming more and more important, most developers want to build systems that are service-oriented from the ground up. This tutorial will help you get started if you're coding in Java.
  • OASIS: ISO approval may spark ebXML critical mass

    Posted April 7, 2004 - 8:20 pm

    ebXML has been bouncing around for a while, but with ISO certification, it may be finally be adopted in a number of real-world situations. In this interview, OASIS vice presidents Karl Best and James Bryce Clark discuss their excitement for ebXML's prospects. (Free registration required to access site.)
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