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  • Red Hat revenues jump to $37 million

    Posted March 24, 2004 - 10:05 am

    Linux vendor Red Hat Inc. saw its quarterly revenues jump by 43 percent, year-over-year, reaching $37 million for the fourth quarter fiscal 2004, the company reported Tuesday.
  • Novell to combine best of KDE and GNOME

    Posted March 23, 2004 - 8:57 pm

    The Linux community has for some time been divided between adherents of the GNOME and KDE desktop environments. But now Novell owns GNOME-backing Ximian and KDE-backing SuSE - and an initiative is in the works to combine the best of both projects.
  • Gnome.org compromised?

    Posted March 23, 2004 - 8:51 pm

    Just hours before the scheduled release of version 2.6 of the GNOME desktop environment, Gnome.org took its Web servers offline due to a potential server compromise.
  • Sun labels Linux sceptics 'luddites'

    Posted March 23, 2004 - 11:45 am

    Only two years after publicly hugging a Microsoft Corp. executive live on stage in Sydney, Sun Microsystems Inc.'s chief technology evangelist Simon Phipps has branded opponents of open source as "luddites" and predicted current proprietary vendor dominance will crumble through the sheer collective will of a new generation of IT managers.
  • Siemens, SuSE Linux partner on sales

    Posted March 23, 2004 - 11:05 am

    Siemens Business Services GmbH & Co. OHG, the IT service subsidiary of German electronics giant Siemens AG, has agreed to a sales partnership with Novell Inc.'s newly acquired open source software vendor, SuSE Linux AG, the companies said Tuesday.
  • Novell accelerates fusion of NetWare, Linux

    Posted March 23, 2004 - 9:59 am

    Novell Inc. shed a little more light on its Linux plans at the company's annual BrainShare user conference in Salt Lake City Monday, announcing that it is ahead of schedule in combining its SuSE Linux AG and NetWare software. But still unclear is the question of whether the combined offering will end up replacing the venerable NetWare operating system, or simply be offered alongside of it.
  • Making headlines: An RSS newsfeeds tutorial

    Posted March 22, 2004 - 8:51 pm

    Interested in providing an RSS news feed to your content? This tutorial will get you started.
  • RSS beyond the blog: 1992 or 1999?

    Posted March 22, 2004 - 8:46 pm

    In this Weblog post, one XML developer muses on potential areas of growth for the RSS content syndication standards. He believes that in many ways the standard resembles the Web technologies of 1992 in its potential - but that some are already trying to graft half-baked, 1999-style ideas onto it.
  • Why free beer trumps free speech: When those who use free software are really freeloading

    Posted March 22, 2004 - 5:58 pm

    For the open source true believers, the movement has always been more about "free as in free speech" - code that anyone can look at and modify - than "free as in free beer" - software that anyone can download and use for free. But open source commentator Nick Petreley believes that some open source licenses have created a subset of open source users who believe in "free as in freeloading" - using open source software without contributing anything back in money or in code.
  • Review: Xandros Business Edition 2.0

    Posted March 22, 2004 - 5:17 pm

    Xandros has released a version of its Linux distribution aimed squarely at the business desktop, with tight integration of Windows compatibility features. Read on to see how it measures up.
  • Bruce Perens on UserLinux

    Posted March 22, 2004 - 5:12 pm

    In November 2003, Linux guru Bruce Perens announced that he would put his weight behind UserLinux, a Debian-based distro that would target business desktop in servers. In this interview, Perens explains UserLinux's goals and differentiates it from its competitors.
  • Richard M. Stallman to move into Bill Gates Building at MIT

    Posted March 22, 2004 - 5:07 pm

    Richard M. Stallman, founder of the Free Software Foundation, implacable foe of proprietary software, and MIT employee, has had his office moved to MIT's Bill Gates Building. Is this merely ironic, or a sign of sinister intent? Join the Slashdot crowd for a spirited discussion.
  • Expert: Be smart about mitigating open source risks

    Posted March 22, 2004 - 5:01 pm

    Black Duck Software CEO Doug Levin had heard too many horror stories about products misusing open source code and getting themselves into trouble. He explains how companies can use open source code intelligently - and discusses how his company's product can help. (Free registration required to access site.)
  • SCOX: High stock valuations are a pipe dream

    Posted March 22, 2004 - 4:46 pm

    Many Linux backers have been perplexed by the SCO Group's stock price's refusal to collapse. But one stock analyst says that any prospects for long-term growth in the stock are close to nil.
  • Java, meet Python; Python, meet Java

    Posted March 19, 2004 - 12:21 pm

    Debate is raging as to whether Sun should open source its Java platform. But some developers believe that the open source, object-oriented Python scripting language is so well entrenched among open source developers that even an open source Java would be a tough sell to many.
  • Microsoft embraces open source, with reservations

    Posted March 19, 2004 - 11:40 am

    Jason Matusow, manager of Microsoft's Shared Source Initiative, had some good things to say about the open source model at the Open Source Business Conference. Though Microsoft is moving ahead with limited source-sharing initiatives, though, Matusow emphasized that Windows won't be made open source any time soon.
  • Novell adds to its Linux lineup

    Posted March 19, 2004 - 11:40 am

    Four months after acquiring SuSE Linux AG, Novell Inc. continues to hammer out the details of its open source strategy. It announced plans Friday to make its GroupWise software available for the Linux operating system for the first time, and confirmed that it plans to release the source code for a popular SuSE tool for managing Linux servers to the open source community.
  • Open source database improvements grow

    Posted March 19, 2004 - 11:31 am

    The open source revolution has reached another component of IT architecture: the database. This article reviews the major players.
  • Where Linux could fit into your Microsoft shop

    Posted March 19, 2004 - 11:25 am

    Interested in adding Linux to your IT mix, but don't want to revamp your Windows-based shop to do it? This tip looks at two places that are good for initial Linux rollouts: databases and mail servers.
  • W3C recommends VoiceXML 2.0

    Posted March 19, 2004 - 11:19 am

    In a move that could help put Web-based applications on phones and other audio-only devices, the W3C approved the VoiceXML 2.0 standard as an official recommendation.
  • HP sells biz PCs with Mandrake Linux

    Posted March 19, 2004 - 11:16 am

    Hewlett-Packard Co. last week released new business desktops running Mandrake Linux, making it the first of the world's top PC providers to ship a pre-loaded Linux desktop.
  • The both-source way to open source revenues

    Posted March 19, 2004 - 11:12 am

    How can for-profit companies make money from open source but still be good community citizens? At the Open Source Business Conference, major open source players discussed a "both-source" model, in which a mix of open and proprietary licenses are offered, sometimes in the same product suite.
  • Chinese government agency joins OSDL

    Posted March 18, 2004 - 8:57 pm

    In a signal of Linux's high profile in East Asia, a Chinese government agency has joined the nonprofit Open Source Development Labs consortium.
  • Massachusetts builds open source repository

    Posted March 18, 2004 - 8:52 pm

    Massachusetts is joining with several other U.S. states and municipalities to build a public open source software repository. The repository will help public agencies share information about how open source software can be fit to their needs.
  • 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.
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