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  • Wind River joins a pair of open source consortia

    Posted December 5, 2003 - 5:08 pm

    Wind River Systems, maker of the proprietary VxWorks, has begun courting the open source community with a pair of moves. First off, it will sponsor EclipseCon 2004 in an attempt to push the open source Eclipse IDE as a Wind River development platform. It will also join the Open Source Development Labs, primarily to gain influence over network standards.
  • Euro conference seeks papers on open source embedded OSes

    Posted December 5, 2003 - 5:03 pm

    Linux and other open source OSes have long been popular in embedded devices. The Free and Open Source Developers European Meeting (FOSDEM) is seeking papers on open source operating systems in the embedded world.
  • The FSF wants your vouchers

    Posted December 5, 2003 - 4:58 pm

    As settlement for one of its class action suits, Microsoft is sending plaintiffs vouchers for computer hardware. The Free Software Foundation is asking for those vouchers as donations to further its own programs. Poetic justice or provocation? The members at Slashdot duke it out.
  • Key battles forge the fate of free software

    Posted December 5, 2003 - 4:53 pm

    The battle between SCO and IBM over the fate of Linux is well known. However, there's another brewing controversy that could bring the GPL to court - and this time, the Free Software Foundation is the one threatening litigation. Read on to find out more.
  • The GNU Project and the Free Software Foundation

    Posted December 5, 2003 - 4:43 pm

    The GNU Project and the Free Software Foundation are in many ways the grandparents of the open source software movement. While the FSF may take a firmer line on licensing terms than many in business may like, this organization cannot be ignored in the open source world.
  • Linux desktop migration

    Posted December 5, 2003 - 4:38 pm

    Thinking of moving your desktops over to Linux? This article outlines the steps you'll need to take and all the pros and cons.
  • Hardware today: Getting blood from a stone, maximizing the server budget

    Posted December 5, 2003 - 4:34 pm

    The economy may be sputtering back to life, but IT budgets are still tight. This article discusses strategies for getting the most out of your IT dollar for server hardware, and includes a section on the cost benefits of open source solutions.
  • IDC: Linux blooms on servers

    Posted December 5, 2003 - 4:30 pm

    An IDC survey shows that Linux use on servers in Australia and New Zealand has skyrocketed in the last three years. TCO looms large in CIOs' decision-making.
  • Choose between a commercial, open source, or customized CMS

    Posted December 5, 2003 - 4:26 pm

    Interested in a content managemenet system for your business? There are a variety of CMS products available under a variety of license terms. This article outlines the differences, with a focus on open source vs. commercial software.
  • Open source discussion servers: Let's discuss it

    Posted December 5, 2003 - 4:22 pm

    An online discussion forum can be a useful tool both for your public Website and for your intranet. There are a number of open source products that will get your forum up and running - but which is best for your needs? This article breaks down the contenders.
  • New PostgreSQL release targets the enterprise

    Posted December 5, 2003 - 4:17 pm

    The open source PostgresSQL database has recently launched a new version that aims at enterprise users. Find out if this product can help your organization.
  • PostgreSQL

    Posted December 5, 2003 - 4:13 pm

    Looking for more information on the PostgreSQL database? The project's homepage contains a wealth of data.
  • HP to expand Debian Linux support

    Posted December 5, 2003 - 9:14 am

    In an effort to cater to vertical markets and customers who want customized applications that require changes to the Linux kernel, Hewlett-Packard Co. is planning to expand support offerings to customers who run the Debian Project's version of the operating system.
  • Dell certifies Red Flag PowerEdge servers

    Posted December 5, 2003 - 9:00 am

    Dell Inc. has begun selling Red Flag Software Co. Ltd.'s Linux distribution on most models of its PowerEdge servers in China, the Austin, Texas, computer maker announced on Thursday.
  • Sun drops out of Eclipse negotiations

    Posted December 4, 2003 - 4:06 pm

    Discussions aimed at merging Sun Microsystems Inc.'s NetBeans Java development framework with the IBM Corp.-backed Eclipse group have broken down, Sun said on Wednesday. The news ends months of speculation about whether Sun, the company that created Java, would join forces with IBM, one of Java's biggest supporters, and unify the two companies' efforts to create a standard open-source development environment for Java.
  • SuSE Linux, IBM launch software integration center

    Posted December 4, 2003 - 12:35 pm

    Enterprises needing server software support from SuSE Linux AG running on IBM Corp. middleware can turn to a new software integration center launched Thursday in Toronto by the two vendors.
  • South Africa taps open source to boost local IT

    Posted December 1, 2003 - 12:05 pm

    South Africa is working toward transforming itself into a software exporter by developing an open source software (OSS) industry. To realize its plan, the South African government recently launched the Open Source Centre under the auspices of the CSIR, the science and industry research agency sponsored through Department of Science and Technology.
  • New noises from Linux desktops

    Posted December 1, 2003 - 11:18 am

    Perhaps there's something to Linux on the desktop now, because the pressure seems to be mounting for a tidal wave. Here are some of the warning signs out there about Linux desktops sneaking into your company. Embrace or block at your discretion, but get ready.
  • Jamming with Java: Sun's rebranded app server approaches the enterprise

    Posted December 1, 2003 - 11:13 am

    The Sun Java System Application Server Standard 7, the descendent of the old iPlanet server from the Sun-Netscape Alliance, is heading towards the enterprise. Does it still hold relevance for J2EE shops?
  • What belongs in an operating system?

    Posted December 1, 2003 - 10:55 am

    Operating system battles make headlines today - but are OSes on their way to becoming a commodity, part of the computer like modems or ethernet cards? If so, according to NewsForge's Rob Miller, the coming battles are not going to be fought over what OS everyone uses, but whether OSes will be able to work together.
  • sets up shop in Canada

    Posted November 28, 2003 - 10:12 am Inc. last week announced an aggressive push into the Canadian market beginning with plans to sell 30,000 of its low-cost PCs to users in eastern Canada, followed by a move west.
  • Sun to offer free app server as base for J2EE 1.4

    Posted November 26, 2003 - 5:23 pm

    To show that it's serious about open standards, Sun has announced that it will offer a free, open source app server that will serve as the reference implementation of version 1.4 of its J2EE standard.
  • Heavyweights join in Linux desktop push

    Posted November 26, 2003 - 5:20 pm

    Microsoft still owns better than 90 percent of the desktop market, a number of big names in the Linux world, from Red Hat to IBM, are looking to change that. One of the first hurdles they must overcome: interoperability with existing Microsoft-based computers and file formats.
  • Novell reinvents itself around Linux

    Posted November 26, 2003 - 5:15 pm

    When Novell purchased SuSE, it was more than just an established company swallowing an upstart. The move signaled that the venerable Novell had settled on Linux as its means of surviving a changing world.
  • Sun to launch open source desktop system

    Posted November 26, 2003 - 5:12 pm

    More and more cost-conscious organizations are seeking alternatives to Microsoft Windows on the desktop. In December 2003, Sun will start marketing a slick Linux variant for x86 hardware called the Java Desktop System. The question: Will it sell?

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