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  • Desktop Linux demand on the upswing, Sun says

    Posted March 18, 2004 - 2:36 pm

    Sun Microsystems Inc. trumpeted its latest desktop Linux milestone Thursday, declaring that German OEM Markement GmbH had sold over one million units of its StarOffice productivity suite. But Germany is StarOffice's home market - the software has been available form its original Hamburg-based developer since 1993 - and it remains to be seen if Sun can replicate its success elsewhere.
  • Forrester: More firms using open source

    Posted March 17, 2004 - 4:48 pm

    Lower acquisition costs, lower total cost of ownership and greater flexibility in choosing hardware and software are the top reasons companies are deploying open source software, according to a recent survey.
  • Novell's Stone stumps for business viability of open source

    Posted March 16, 2004 - 6:46 pm

    At San Francisco's Open Source Business Conference, Novell's vice chairman promoted open source software as a viable business, and said that companies will have to consider the open source products that can complement or displace their proprietary offerings.
  • Microsoft: $40 Thai Windows XP not a response to Linux

    Posted March 16, 2004 - 6:40 pm

    A $40 version of Windows XP for Thai buyers is a gesture to help Thailand and not a sign that Microsoft is coming under pricing pressure from Linux, the company says.
  • Sun executives sound off on Java, OS plans

    Posted March 16, 2004 - 4:46 pm

    Sun Microsystems Inc. is planning a number of announcements in coming weeks to redouble efforts to use aggressive pricing and technological innovation to win customers from competitors, but is downplaying rumors about talks with IBM Corp. to create an open-source version of Sun's Java technology.
  • IBM targets 40,000 Linux desktops by 2005

    Posted March 16, 2004 - 4:41 pm

    IBM Corp. hopes to have 40,000 Linux desktop users within the company by year's end, but that doesn't necessarily mean that the computer giant thinks everyone should move to the Linux desktop, an IBM executive said Tuesday at the Open Source Business Conference in San Francisco.
  • Startup to sell open source insurance

    Posted March 16, 2004 - 11:16 am

    A New York-based company has spotted a new business opportunity in The SCO Group Inc.'s legal battle with the Linux community: open source insurance.
  • Sun snatches up XML guru

    Posted March 15, 2004 - 11:57 am

    Sun Microsystems Inc. has hired one of the creators of XML (Extensible Markup Language), Tim Bray, to help set the technical direction for its software group.
  • Linux management software and server all in one

    Posted March 15, 2004 - 10:55 am

    NetScout Systems Inc. has bundled its nGenius network performance management software with Red Hat Inc.'s Enterprise Linux server to simplify the job of getting it up and running.
  • Federal IT departments outgrow Unix

    Posted March 13, 2004 - 4:54 pm

    As many U.S. government agencies outgrow their legacy Unix systems, many are turning to Linux. The reasons: they can keep their old Unix-based software, but spend a lot less on equipment and OS licenses.
  • Survey says: PHP for the General Accounting Office

    Posted March 13, 2004 - 4:46 pm

    When it came time to develop Web-based survey software, the U.S. General Accounting Office chose PHP over Java. One of the primary reasons was Java's suspect security record.
  • MySQL Cluster gets ready to ship

    Posted March 13, 2004 - 4:41 pm

    In April, the open source MySQL database will aim for the enterprise with MySQL Cluster, a high availability database that can run across multiple systems.
  • MySQL addresses open source license problem

    Posted March 13, 2004 - 4:25 pm

    The open source MySQL database recently changed its licensing terms in such a way that made it no longer compatible with PHP, an open source scripting language that is commonly used in conjunction with MySQL. But MySQL has now amended its license again to fix the problem.
  • What to do if SCO comes knocking

    Posted March 13, 2004 - 4:19 pm

    As the SCO Group starts to file lawsuits against Linux end users, some in the community are getting nervous. This article includes advice from legal experts on what to do when SCO comes for you.
  • Semantic Web Interest Group: A report from the field

    Posted March 13, 2004 - 4:08 pm

    Is the semantic Web generating interest in the field? One reporter comes back from a conference with an emphatic answer of "Yes."
  • Open source's money troubles

    Posted March 12, 2004 - 2:13 am

    Open source projects have generally not had problems recruiting hobbyists and individuals who will contribute work for the love of code. But more and more large corporations are contributing to such projects - and they're looking for ways to monetize the investments of time and worker energy that they're putting in. These concerns will shape this week's Open Source Business Conference.
  • Microsoft, IBM close controversial message spec

    Posted March 12, 2004 - 2:04 am

    Web services are supposed to usher in a new world of open standards and interoperability. But IBM and Microsoft have recently caused controversy by launching the WS-ReliableMessaging spec, which rivals a different specification codified last year.
  • Microsoft: Open source no threat in Asia

    Posted March 12, 2004 - 1:56 am

    Although the governments of some Asian countries like China and Malaysia have openly declared their support for the open source movement, a Microsoft official remains unfazed, saying this poses no threat to the company's business in the region.
  • 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.
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