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  • Microsoft wants Lindows claims rejected

    Posted November 10, 2003 - 5:22 pm

    Microsoft Corp. has asked a San Francisco court to instruct the administrator in a $1.1 billion California class-action settlement to reject claims filed through, a site run by Linux vendor Inc.
  • Red Hat users balk at Enterprise Linux licensing

    Posted November 10, 2003 - 5:16 pm

    Linux may be a free operating system, but the days of free copying may be numbered for Red Hat Inc. customers who, as of this spring, will no longer be able to receive support from Red Hat without purchasing a support license for every version of Red Hat's server software that they run.
  • FreeBSD fills in the blanks with version 4.9

    Posted November 7, 2003 - 4:36 pm

    FreeBSD, widely known as the BSD variant to use on x86 hardware, has released what may be the final representative of its 4.x branch, 4.9. The FreeBSD maintainers are expecting most users to upgrade to the 5.x branch in the future.

    Posted November 7, 2003 - 4:29 pm

    Linux may get all the press, but the BSD family of open source operating systems provides a lot of the infrastructure for the Internet and sees commercial use as well. This page offers an introduction.
  • The Eclipse project

    Posted November 7, 2003 - 4:18 pm

    The Eclipse project is an open source development environment backed by IBM that is quickly gaining in popularity. It bills itself as "an open, extensible IDE for anything and nothing in particular."
  • MS price policy firm despite open source pressure

    Posted November 7, 2003 - 2:58 pm

    Despite pressure from government and industry in the developing world and threats to switch to open source alternatives, Microsoft is sticking by its one-price policy. So far, that gambit appears to be working out: in particular, open source alternatives like StarOffice and OpenOffice have yet to make a dent in the widespread adoption of Microsoft Office.
  • Open source scripting language becoming dominant

    Posted November 7, 2003 - 2:45 pm

    The open source PHP scripting language, used for building dynamic Web pages in response to specific requests from a surfer, isn't very well known outside Web development circles. But a recent Netcraft survey show that it is used on more than half of the Apache Web servers that dominate the Internet, and may rival Microsoft's ASP technology in adoption.
  • Microsoft millions back SCO case

    Posted November 7, 2003 - 2:36 pm

    The SCO Group's latest SEC filing reveals something that many observers have suspected: as the company pursues its claims against IBM that threatens to undermine user confidence in Linux, it has been doing a healthy business with Microsoft.
  • Linux kernel attack thwarted

    Posted November 7, 2003 - 10:44 am

    On Wednesday, kernel developers discovered that a server hosting a copy of the Linux source code had been compromised and that a Linux kernel file had been changed to allow the attacker unauthorized access to operating systems built with the affected source code.
  • Red Hat goes live with Fedora

    Posted November 6, 2003 - 10:46 am

    Red Hat Inc. has posted the first release of a new Linux distribution it hopes will become a community-driven test bed for software that may one day make it into its commercial Red Hat Enterprise Linux software. Called Fedora Core 1, the software was posted to the Web site on Wednesday.
  • Latest Netcraft survey shows big gains for Apache

    Posted November 5, 2003 - 1:50 am

    Apache has led the Web server landscape since 1996, but the extent of its dominance has ebbed and flowed over time. In the latest Netscape survey, Apache's lead over Microsoft's IIS and SunONE increased, thanks to its adoption by a number of domain management firms.
  • The penguin's new desktop habitat

    Posted November 5, 2003 - 1:45 am

    Linux advocates have been claiming for years that the open source OS would someday start penetrating the desktop. Statistics seem to show that this might be a trend that's finally getting started. This week's Linux Desktop Consortium will consider the progress, which is particularly strong outside the U.S.
  • Novell to acquire SuSE Linux in cash deal

    Posted November 4, 2003 - 10:30 am

    In a move that has been rumored for months, Novell Inc. announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire SuSE Linux AG, a leading supplier of the open source Linux operating system to enterprise customers.
  • Red Hat to drop free Linux OS in favor of Enterprise

    Posted November 4, 2003 - 8:32 am

    Prominent Linux vendor Red Hat Inc. is dropping its free Linux product range and asking customers to migrate to its priced Enterprise Linux. In a statement posted on its Web site, Red Hat said it will end maintenance and errata support for Linux versions 7.1 through 8.0 on Dec. 31, 2003, and for the most recent version 9 on April 30, 2004.
  • SCO: IBM cannot enforce GPL

    Posted October 28, 2003 - 9:01 am

    The legal war between The SCO Group Inc. and IBM Corp. took another step forward Friday, with the Utah-based software company asserting that IBM does not have the right to enforce the GPL (GNU General Public License) software license that governs the Linux operating system.
  • Study: Linux is favorite hacker target

    Posted September 15, 2003 - 3:20 pm

    According to mi2g, a London-based security company, Linux, not Microsoft Windows, remains the most-attacked operating system. In August, 67 percent of all successful and verifiable digital attacks against online servers targeted Linux, followed by Microsoft Windows at 23.2 percent.Read more.
  • Microsoft benchmarks step up Linux assault

    Posted September 5, 2003 - 9:18 am

    Stepping up its campaign against the Linux operating system, Microsoft Corp. on Thursday released file and Web serving benchmark results that, it claims, show that Linux on the mainframe lags behind Windows 2003 on Intel Corp. systems in terms of performance for the money.
  • China's Red Flag Linux to step onto global stage

    Posted September 4, 2003 - 9:57 am

    An alliance between Hewlett-Packard Co. (HP) and Chinese Linux developer Red Flag Software Co. Ltd. established last month should lead to cooperation between the two companies on technology development and marketing of Red Flag Linux to companies in China and around the world.
  • SCO says it signs new Linux customer; trains staff

    Posted September 4, 2003 - 8:53 am

    Hoping to build a US$12 million line of business during its current fiscal quarter, The SCO Group Inc. claimed Wednesday to have signed up at least one new customer for its Linux licensing scheme and is retooling its sales force to make its case more effectively to a skeptical market.
  • Japan, China, Korea plan joint open-source project

    Posted September 4, 2003 - 8:43 am

    The governments of Japan, China and South Korea have reached basic agreement on the formation of a joint open-source software project that could encompass desktop applications, embedded programs, middleware and operating systems.
  • Government takes cautionary stance on open source

    Posted September 3, 2003 - 10:34 am

    The Australian government has no plans to support legislation which requires open source software solutions to be included in all future departmental information and communication technology (ICT) contracts, and will continue to uphold a neutral stance on open-source software, the National Office of Information Economy (NOIE) has stated.
  • Study: Australia leads Asia in Linux uptake

    Posted September 3, 2003 - 10:23 am

    The uptake of Linux in the Australian enterprise continues at pace and is well ahead of Asian nations, according to figures from Gartner Inc.
  • The Linux alternative

    Posted August 26, 2003 - 8:22 pm

    A recent survey of 1,000 small businesses found that 19% were using some form of Linux on the desktop. If you're open to a little experimentation, want freedom from licensing dominance, and a little cost savings as an added benefit, open source could be a viable alternative to Windows.
  • SCO users divided over GPL

    Posted August 19, 2003 - 4:16 pm

    While The SCO Group Inc.'s upper management has taken a dim view of Linux's software license, the GPL (GNU General Public License), SCO developers here at the company's annual user conference this week expressed dissatisfaction with SCO's public disparagement of the software license.
  • Untested GPL may be at center of IBM-SCO suit

    Posted August 8, 2003 - 9:00 am

    The requirements of the software license that governs the Linux operating system were questioned on Thursday as The SCO Group Inc. and Linux advocates offered differing interpretations of the role that the GNU General Public License (GPL) would play in a legal dispute between SCO and IBM Corp.

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