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  • Microsoft behind $50 million SCO investment

    Posted March 11, 2004 - 5:43 pm

    Executives from Microsoft Corp. introduced The SCO Group Inc. to an investment fund that provided the Lindon, Utah, company with a $50 million investment last October, a spokesman for the fund confirmed Thursday.
  • Sun pitches desktop system at Asian governments

    Posted March 11, 2004 - 12:35 pm

    Sun Microsystems Inc. is actively seeking an audience with the governments of developing countries like the Philippines, hoping to convince government officials to give open source a shot and try its desktop solutions as a lower-cost alternative to Microsoft Corp.'s Windows operating system and Office suite.
  • Vietnam to spend $20M to push open-source software

    Posted March 10, 2004 - 10:07 am

    Vietnam's Ministry of Science and Technology will spend US$20 million over the next four years to speed up development and deployment of open-source software in the country. This will enable Vietnam to cut software buying costs, boost its domestic software industry and alleviate copyright infringement, a government report said Tuesday.
  • Library of Congress plans to build new film portal on open source database

    Posted March 9, 2004 - 12:55 am

    The Library of Congress is planning a new Web portal that will serve as "a gateway to the world's moving-image collections." The portal will be backed by open source and open standards, including Linux, PostgreSQL, and XML.
  • Sun considers opening Java code

    Posted March 9, 2004 - 12:49 am

    In the wake of pressure from open source community members - and big open source players like IBM - Sun is reportedly considering relinquishing control of the Java language.
  • Q&A: Red Hat: The Complete Reference

    Posted March 5, 2004 - 2:19 pm

    According to author Richard Petersen, Linux is an OS in need of buzz. As he explains, there's a lot to like about Linux, and Red Hat in particular, with its dedication to promoting Linux as a professional operating system alternative while maintaining its open source roots.
  • CA blasts SCO, disputes Linux license claim

    Posted March 5, 2004 - 9:29 am

    Computer Associates on Thursday blasted The SCO Group for harassing Linux users and misrepresenting the terms of a software licensing arrangement between the two companies that protected CA from a potential SCO lawsuit.
  • SCO: Microsoft played no role in VC fundraising

    Posted March 5, 2004 - 9:21 am

    The SCO Group said Thursday that Microsoft was not involved in raising venture capital funding for the company, dismissing claims that a leaked e-mail demonstrated that Microsoft had helped raise tens of millions of dollars for SCO.
  • Interview: OSDL chief seeks business Linux takers

    Posted March 4, 2004 - 3:47 pm

    Stuart Cohen, the Open Source Developer Labs' CEO, is bullish on Linux: he says that more and more big companies are interested, and even says that recent legal tussles over the open source OS are "he best thing that ever happened to Linux."
  • Lindows offers discount to P-to-P buyers

    Posted March 4, 2004 - 10:47 am

    Lindows Inc. is offering a 50 percent discount to customers who download its commercial software using its new peer-to-peer system, it said Thursday.
  • IBM ordered to provide SCO with code, documents

    Posted March 4, 2004 - 10:37 am

    The judge presiding over The SCO Group Inc.'s $5 billion lawsuit with IBM Corp. has ordered IBM to provide SCO with the source code to its AIX and Dynix operating systems.
  • CA named as SCO licensee

    Posted March 4, 2004 - 10:02 am

    Software giant Computer Associates Inc. has licensed The SCO Group Inc.'s Intellectual Property License for Linux, SCO Chief Financial Officer Bob Bench confirmed on Wednesday. Two other companies, natural gas supplier Questar Corp. and manufacturer Leggett & Platt Inc. have also signed up for the controversial licensing plan, Bench said, bringing the total number of publicly announced licensees to four.
  • SCO sues first Linux user: AutoZone

    Posted March 3, 2004 - 9:59 am

    The SCO Group said Wednesday that it filed suit against Memphis-based auto parts chain AutoZone for violating SCO's Unix copyrights through its use of Linux.
  • Getting reacquainted with dbXML

    Posted March 2, 2004 - 10:27 pm

    dbXML is a native, open source XML database written in Java. Though the project languished for a time, its development has picked up again at late; you may owe it to yourself to take another look at it if you need an XML database.
  • Secure Web services interoperability

    Posted March 2, 2004 - 10:24 pm

    Web services promise a world of interoperability, and this tutorial shows you how to really make that world a reality: it will illustrate how you can set up a client written under Microsoft's .Net framework that accesses a Web service written in Java.
  • Building a Web services container in Python

    Posted March 2, 2004 - 10:19 pm

    Interested in using the lightweight Python language to build a Web services container? This article will help you get started.
  • Open letter to Sun: Let Java go

    Posted March 2, 2004 - 10:13 pm

    Open source advocate Eric S. Raymond ignited a storm when he publicly called on Sun to make Java open source. Read his original open letter to see how it started.
  • Open source databases going mainstream

    Posted March 2, 2004 - 9:53 pm

    The database is the latest software product to go open source. Analysts say that cost-cutting IT shops may be turning more and more to open source databases in the near future - with Linux backers IBM and Oracle being the main victims of the trend.
  • The myths of open source

    Posted March 2, 2004 - 9:49 pm

    This in-depth article takes a comprehensive look at some of the most prevalent myths of open source - that its main attraction is low cost, that its savings aren't real, that it's not ready for the desktop - and demolishes them, one by one.
  • Evaluating the ROI of open source on the desktop

    Posted March 2, 2004 - 9:39 pm

    Looking for hard numbers that show how much money Linux and OpenOffice can save your company? This tutorial will show you how to come up with data that you can show your CFO.
  • Commentary: Marketing's new, improved 'customer experience'

    Posted March 2, 2004 - 9:35 pm

    According to one commentator, open source developers in particular can learn from an emerging industry consensus: that "software is no better than pet food or cereal or tires."
  • Open source technology by the book

    Posted March 2, 2004 - 8:52 pm

    Check out these quick reviews of books on a variety of open source and open standards topics. Areas include Linux, XML, and OpenOffice.
  • Long distance relationship: Access Linux files and applications remotely

    Posted March 2, 2004 - 8:42 pm

    If you're new to Linux, you may not be familiar with the wide variety of tools that are available to access file and applications on remote Linux machines. These tips will show you how to exploit these capacities and make your workforce truly mobile.
  • EV1's head comments on SCO contract

    Posted March 2, 2004 - 8:38 pm

    Hosting company EV1Servers was recently revealed as one of the Linux-using companies that paid SCO's Intellectual Property license. In a gutsy move, company head Robert Marsh posted his explanation for this action to the company's public forums. See what the community has to say about it.
  • Corrections in the media from SCO

    Posted March 2, 2004 - 8:15 pm

    The SCO Group hasn't shied away from aggressive moves and assertions in the course of its lawsuits against IBM and other interested Linux parties. This page, frequently updated, gives SCO's side of the story when the company feels that its been wronged in the press.

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