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  • Wine HQ

    Posted December 15, 2003 - 12:31 am

    There are several Windows emulation options available for Linux, but Wine is particularly intriguing: it emulates the Windows libraries, so that Windows apps can be run without an instance of the Windows OS. Check out this projects progress here.
  • Wording on software and IPR reflects tough battle

    Posted December 11, 2003 - 2:54 pm

    The World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) is not just about bringing computers and Internet access to the poor. It's also about making money from selling hardware, software and services. That partly explains the long and often heated debate over two particularly thorny issues: open software and intellectual property rights, or IPR.
  • Australian territory mandates open source consideration

    Posted December 11, 2003 - 11:54 am

    The Australian Capital Territory has become the first Australian jurisdiction to mandate the consideration of open source software for government entities after a bill proposed by ACT Democrats leader Roslyn Dundas was passed into law overnight.
  • Microsoft battle with Lindows moves to Europe

    Posted December 9, 2003 - 11:14 am

    The trademark dispute between Linux-based software vendor Inc. and Microsoft Corp. has moved to Europe where Lindows Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Michael Robertson said he is on a tour this week meeting with resellers who have been caught in the crossfire.
  • ObjectWeb, Apache team on open source J2EE

    Posted December 9, 2003 - 10:54 am

    ObjectWeb and the Apache Software Foundation, which each develop an open-source Java application server, have reached a technology sharing agreement designed to accelerate certification of their products under Sun Microsystems Inc.'s latest J2EE standard.
  • OASIS elects IBM, Nokia, Oracle staff to board

    Posted December 8, 2003 - 4:44 pm

    Representatives from Nokia Corp., Oracle Corp. and IBM Corp. have joined the Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards' (OASIS) board of directors, the organization announced Monday.
  • U.K. gov't considers Sun in open source software push

    Posted December 8, 2003 - 11:56 am

    The U.K. government has signed a five-year agreement with Sun Microsystems Inc. to potentially offer the company's new Java Desktop System (JDS) and Java Enterprise System (JES) software to public sector agencies as part of an overall open source push.
  • Court rules for IBM in preliminary SCO hearing

    Posted December 8, 2003 - 10:04 am

    A judge ruled in favor of IBM Corp. in two motions argued in a Utah district court Friday in its ongoing legal dispute with The SCO Group Inc., a SCO spokesman confirmed.
  • The future of open source in security

    Posted December 5, 2003 - 6:27 pm

    Academic researchers find the licensing terms for open source software easy to deal with, and so there's a lot of research going on in the open source world. One Canadian university recently hosted an open source event that focused on security issues.
  • XML firewalls provide ease of integration and security

    Posted December 5, 2003 - 6:21 pm

    Web services provide a unique opportunity for integration of disparate components - but that opportunity comes at a price, as Web services interfaces represent another vector of attack. This article outlines how XML firewalls can get you the best of both worlds - security and interoperability.
  • SuSE Linux wins security clearance

    Posted December 5, 2003 - 6:17 pm

    An IBM server running SuSE Linux has been certified to the international Common Criteria standard, which most governments require for software that will handle sensitive data.
  • Debian team confirms Linux flaw allowed attack

    Posted December 5, 2003 - 6:13 pm

    The recent attack against the Debian Project's servers was a black eye for the open source community. Now it's becoming clear that the attack was possible because of a vulnerability in the Linux kernel itself.
  • Linux security expert defends Debian

    Posted December 5, 2003 - 6:08 pm

    When the Debian Project's servers were attacked and the project codebase contaminated, it was a black eye for the longstanding Linux fixture. But one security expert says that Debian did all it could to prevent the attack - and dealt with the consequences well, too.
  • Researcher: Open source software could bolster government security

    Posted December 5, 2003 - 6:03 pm

    Because of the way that U.S. government procurement processes work, open source software can be at a disadvantage in the fight for government contracts. But one researcher - a former Defense Department employee - believes that adopting open source software could improve government security.
  • ApacheCon: Brutal honesty

    Posted December 5, 2003 - 5:55 pm

    Some of the technologies under discussion at the recent ApacheCon conference included RSS feeds and the Feedster Weblog searching service. As this Weblog post illustrates, the results that came back from a sample search weren't exactly what the organizers might have expected.
  • Oracle to play role at Linux conference

    Posted December 5, 2003 - 5:50 pm

    Oracle is going down under to promote Linux. The database giant was the biggest sponsor of Australia's biggest Linux conference in 2003. Does Larry Ellison see the open source OS as a tool to fight arch-rival Microsoft?
  • Desktop Linux consortium conference debuts

    Posted December 5, 2003 - 5:45 pm

    The Linux Desktop Consortium held its first conference this year. The energy and enthusiasm levels were high, and a number of big players were present. Is this a sign that Linux will finally start moving on from the server?
  • Changes ahead as Eclipse turns two

    Posted December 5, 2003 - 5:40 pm

    The Eclipse organization has come a long way from its start within IBM. This article outlines how the group plans to promote its development environment and stay true to its open source roots.
  • Researchers examine open source software licensing

    Posted December 5, 2003 - 5:27 pm

    When tax-funded government researchers write software, what license should that software be released under? Participants of the recent SC2003 conference considered the affects of using the GPL or BSD licenses for such government work.
  • An open source workshop in Jordan

    Posted December 5, 2003 - 5:23 pm

    This longish article from Slashdot's Rob Miller describes the course of an open source workshop in the Kingdom of Jordan. It's an interesting insight into how people in developing countries are viewing open source - and how Microsoft is attempting to forestall open source inroads there.
  • Notes from ApacheCon 2003

    Posted December 5, 2003 - 5:19 pm

    Couldn't make it to ApacheCon this year? O'Reilly and Associates's Rod Chavez has been kind enough to publish his notes from the conference.
  • Eclipse will break out on its own

    Posted December 5, 2003 - 5:12 pm

    As the open source Eclipse IDE gains community traction, the group running it plans to break completely with its roots at IBM, found its own independent organization, and even potentially change its name.
  • 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.
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