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  • Sun pushes Solaris 10 as a Linux alternative

    Posted September 28, 2004 - 4:42 pm

    For years, Sun has had an ambivalent relationship with Linux. But with the upcoming release of Solaris 10, Sun looks set to treat the open source OS as a straight competitor - and fight it on its own terms.
  • Project penguin: Novell CIO discusses Linux desktop migration project

    Posted September 27, 2004 - 6:03 pm

    In a move to eat its own dog food, as they say in the industry, Novell recently moved 6,000 of its employees' desktops from Windows to Linux. In this interview, Novell CIO Debra Anderson discusses the migration process.
  • 3Com prepares Linux-based IP PBX

    Posted September 27, 2004 - 5:58 pm

    3Com is releasing an open source-based version of its popular IP PBX appliance. The appliance is aimed at companies with more than 1,000 users, and 3Com hopes to woo organizations that are trying to avoid proprietary solutions.
  • Doing the desktop waddle

    Posted September 27, 2004 - 5:47 pm

    By some metrics, Linux has passed Mac OS to become the #2 desktop operating system. But experts vary on what the upstart can do to even be in the same league as Microsoft when it comes to market share.
  • Linux support a 'black hole'

    Posted September 27, 2004 - 9:45 am

    Industry murmurs about a lack of commercial support for Linux are justified, according to Education in the Workplace Institute director Ihian Mackenzie who believes the "free" nature of Linux is stifling its penetration in the business market.
  • Sun said to table Linux purchase

    Posted September 23, 2004 - 4:59 pm

    Scuttlebutt had it that Sun was interested in acquiring specialty Linux distributor MontaVista, but the deal has been tabled for now. Analysts are questioning the wisdom of the potential move.
  • 'Live distributions' help users test-drive Linux

    Posted September 23, 2004 - 4:44 pm

    Installing Linux has always been enough of a chore to scare off many interested users. But many Linux distributors are making available so-called "live distributions," which run entirely off of a CD and can be used as a test-drive.
  • Unix Tip: Changing chown

    Posted September 22, 2004 - 5:19 pm

    If you have tried to give away any files lately on any of your Unix systems (i.e., without first becoming root), you may have been surprised to learn that you can't. On most Unix systems today, any non-root user is likely to get errors such as these when he or she tries to change ownership on a file.
  • JBoss 4.0 released

    Posted September 21, 2004 - 8:59 pm

    JBoss released version 4.0 of its flagship open source J2EE server this week. The move comes in the wake of a number of announcements and partnerships that have left the company flying high.
  • Novell gives sneak preview of Mono 2

    Posted September 21, 2004 - 8:51 pm

    Novell unveiled a list of new features that will be built into the next version of Mono, its open source .Net clone. The new version will feature a Visual Basic compiler and support for Windows Forms.
  • Can you leave Linux for half-price Solaris?

    Posted September 21, 2004 - 8:47 pm

    Sun launched a series of aggressive pricing moves for its servers in what the company called a war to win back market share lost to low-cost x86/Linux machines.
  • Microsoft provides Office source code to governments

    Posted September 20, 2004 - 11:02 am

    Facing growing competition from open source software providers, Microsoft Corp. has decided to allow governments and international organizations access to source code for its Office 2003 productivity suite.
  • Interview with Microsoft Linux strategist Martin Taylor

    Posted September 17, 2004 - 9:34 am

    Microsoft's chief Linux strategist has some interesting things to say about the open source OS. For instance, he sees Novell as the Linux company to beat, and feels that many potential Linux customers are quite interested in indemnification against SCO-style lawsuits.
  • Database makes peace between Linux and Windows

    Posted September 17, 2004 - 9:30 am

    Gupta Technologies has released an embedded Linux database that it says will help ease the transition from Windows to Linux.
  • Hacking XML

    Posted September 16, 2004 - 3:08 pm

    Looking for tips and tricks that will make working with XML easier? Check out this book excerpt.
  • Redmond looks to battle specific open source rivals, capture 'coolness' factor

    Posted September 16, 2004 - 2:46 pm

    In a change in tactics in its battle against Linux, Microsoft plans to promote its specific products against specific products of competitors such as Red Hat or IBM, rather than lashing out at "Linux" as a general category. A company official also said that Redmond needs to figure out how to best Linux at being the "first to cool."
  • Linux patent risks: Things to consider

    Posted September 16, 2004 - 1:08 pm

    In August, Open Source Risk Management (OSRM) announced research that indicated that Linux infringes 283 patents. Thomas C. Carey, a partner at Bromberg & Sunstein LLP, Boston, believes that Linux users need to protect themselves when it comes to potential patent infringement; however, he has his doubts about OSRM's methods. He points out that OSRM has a financial interest in raising fears about Linux patent problems, and points out that "OSRM ... is offering something that looks and smells like insurance; but, as OSRM admits, it is not licensed as an insurance company."
  • Sun-Microsoft deal raises Open Office questions

    Posted September 16, 2004 - 11:49 am

    Microsoft Corp. on Wednesday said that is looking for ways to work more closely with developers of the Open Office open source project, while at the same time, apparently reserving the right to sue them, according to a legal agreement between Microsoft and Open Office's major sponsor, Sun Microsystems Inc., made public this week.
  • Linspire me: Michael Robertson talks

    Posted September 15, 2004 - 9:43 am

    In this wide-ranging interview, Linspire CEO Michael Robertson talks about what it will take to get Linux on the desktop everywhere, why his startup can achieve that better than Red Hat, SuSE, or Sun -- and whether or not Microsoft's lawsuit against his company came as a surprise to him.
  • OSDL looks to boost Linux standard adoption

    Posted September 15, 2004 - 9:38 am

    The Linux Standard Base aims to prevent Linux fragmentation by creating a standard that application developers can write for to ensure that Linux apps work with all major distributions. Now the Open Source Development Labs has agreed to provide infrastructure and support to developers writing LSB-compliant.
  • Novell ties up partnerships to boost Linux

    Posted September 15, 2004 - 9:28 am

    As Novell readies the release of SuSE Linux Enterprise Server 9, the company has inked a number of deals with OEMs and third-party software vendors in an attempt to build marketshare for the product from the word go.
  • ObjectWeb plans open source BPEL server

    Posted September 14, 2004 - 4:53 pm

    ObjectWeb will begin distributing an open source BPEL server in the coming weeks, expanding the available options for a middleware technology used to link several applications and data sources into a larger business process. It will be the second open source BPEL server released in recent weeks.
  • Novell readies streamlined Linux desktop

    Posted September 14, 2004 - 9:49 am

    SuSE Linux Desktop 9, Novell's new desktop Linux offering, is entering beta testing. Company sources say that the desktop will be simple and stripped down, in accordance with corporate needs.
  • SugarCRM offers open source sales app

    Posted September 14, 2004 - 9:43 am

    SugarCRM has released its flagship commercial product: an open source CRM app that runs on multiple platforms. Company CEO John Roberts says "Yes, it is open-source, but a real company is there to support it."
  • Telstra lets fly with Linux data warehouse

    Posted September 14, 2004 - 9:06 am

    Showing that Telstra Corp. Ltd. CIO Jeff Smith hasn't lost his enthusiasm for Linux, the telco last week celebrated the launch of a new billing system codenamed Raptor-E. The launch at a gala event in Melbourne came two months after Smith said Telstra had deployed a "data mart" as a "world-first solution using standard Intel servers and the Linux operating system."
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