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  • 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.
  • Lindows.com sets up shop in Canada

    Posted November 28, 2003 - 10:12 am

    Lindows.com 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?
  • Vietnam government opts for open source

    Posted November 26, 2003 - 5:06 pm

    Will the open source revolution start in Asia? Fighting to get online without breaking its budget, the government of Vietnam has decreed that all government desktop computers must run an open source operating system by 2005.
  • Darl McBride: 'There's no free lunch ... or free Linux'

    Posted November 26, 2003 - 5:03 pm

    Darl McBride has become a hated figure in the open source community for pursuing lawsuits that call into question the fundamental legality of Linux and the GPL. Now you can listen to his much-anticipated keynote at Jupitermedia's cdXpo conference to hear him explain the motivation behind his actions.
  • Selling open source solutions against Office 2003

    Posted November 26, 2003 - 4:59 pm

    Microsoft's inclusion of XML features in Office 2003 may look like Redmond's embrace of open standards - but according to Paul Murphy, it's the same old embrace and extend philosophy that seeks to lock users into Microsoft products indefinitely. But according to Murphy, this lock-in offers an opportunity to those trying to sell open source to organizations wary of being tied to one vendor.
  • Developers say yes to Web services J2EE 1.4

    Posted November 26, 2003 - 4:56 pm

    After a long period of development, Sun this week finally released version 1.4 of its J2EE spec, which promises greater integration with Web services.
  • Year of the open source database

    Posted November 26, 2003 - 4:51 pm

    Oracle9i, Microsoft SQL Server, and IBM DB2 have long ruled the database business. But in 2003, two open source databases, Postgres and MySQL, have come to prominence and caught the eye of may enterprises looking for a database alternative.
  • Analyst: Open source fight on the 'wrong battleground'

    Posted November 26, 2003 - 4:47 pm

    Much of the focus of the open source community has been on besting Microsoft's Windows operating system by improving Linux. But one Gartner analyst believes that there is real headway to be made by offering open source enterprise applications, like alternatives to Microsoft's Office suite, to cost-conscious businesses and government agencies.
  • JBoss to indemnify customers

    Posted November 26, 2003 - 4:43 pm

    The JBoss Group has announced a step that is typical in the proprietary software world but rare in open source: it will indemnify its customers from legal liability associated with its software. In light of the SCO lawsuit, this move may be necessary to ease corporate worries.
  • Panel: Shared work, not suits, key to open source

    Posted November 26, 2003 - 4:39 pm

    With the controversy surrounding the SCO Group's lawsuit and other aspects of open source licensing, it can be possible to forget about the facts that brought open source software to prominence. A recent Comdex panel discussed open source software's innovative philosophy of shared effort by individual developers outside of a corporate setting, a process that even Microsoft is emulating.
  • Paper calls SCO's position 'desperate'

    Posted November 26, 2003 - 4:36 pm

    As the SCO Group turns up the legal heat on those that it claims are infringing on its intellectual property and on the GPL itself, a legal brief written by the Free Software Foundation's general counsel claims that SCO's accusations are not only without merit, but also contradictory.
  • SCO suit: You may be next

    Posted November 26, 2003 - 4:32 pm

    The SCO Group seems to be moving to a new phase in its fight to claim partial ownership of Linux. It's now following up on an earlier threat and has announced that it is planning to sue Linux end users.
  • Open Source Initiative

    Posted November 26, 2003 - 4:28 pm

    The Open Source Initiative is a nonprofit group that owns and manages the Open Source Definition; as such, it's a key player in the open source community.
  • Open Source Initiative: Licensing

    Posted November 26, 2003 - 4:25 pm

    Just what does "open source" mean, anyway? According to the Open Source Initiative, the nonprofit group that owns the right to the term, open source software is software distributed under one of the licenses it has certified. This page contains links to the full text of all of these licenses to help you determine your rights.
  • Various licenses and comments about them

    Posted November 26, 2003 - 4:21 pm

    Baffled by the variety of open source licenses out there? This guide outlines many of them and explains how they fit in with the Free Software Foundation's rigorous definition of a "free" license.
  • Microsoft, Lindows.com trial delayed again

    Posted November 26, 2003 - 10:46 am

    A U.S. court has pushed back the jury trial in a trademark dispute between Microsoft Corp. and Linux vendor Lindows.com Inc. until March 1 next year.
  • SuSE upgrades enterprise server software

    Posted November 25, 2003 - 2:23 pm

    Enterprise users can now download an update of SuSE Linux's AG enterprise server software that offers improved hardware support and enhanced storage access.
  • Sharp launches first enterprise Linux Zaurus

    Posted November 25, 2003 - 9:20 am

    Sharp Corp. has announced its first Linux-based Zaurus PDA (personal digital assistant) for the corporate market.
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