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  • KDE to include Google-type desktop search

    Posted August 27, 2004 - 8:17 am

    Plans to simplify searching for files on the KDE desktop more flexible, by adding a Google-style search feature, have been announced. Expected release of the next version of KDE is likely to be within 18 months.
  • Linux super-computers being used for DoD war simulations

    Posted August 27, 2004 - 8:11 am

    Two 256-processor Linux Networx Evolocity cluster supercomputers are being used by the Pentagon to conduct disaster simulations. The Linux machines replaced 3-year-old, 512-processor clusters that weren't powerful enough to conduct the military simulations.
  • Impi Linux 2 to be launched at Open Source Installfest

    Posted August 27, 2004 - 8:05 am

    pi Linux, a South Africa Open Source software project, geared towards promoting the widespread adoption of Open Source software in Africa, will be launching Impi Linux 2 at the Open Source Installfest at Dimension Data Campus, on International Software Freedom Day, on 28 August.
  • Linux threat a "misconception", says MS executive

    Posted August 27, 2004 - 7:56 am

    Linux is no threat to Microsoft Corp. and any claims to the contrary are simply a misconception created by sensationalism and media hype, Microsoft Australia's platform strategy manager Paul Roworth said on Wednesday.
  • Building a better filesystem for Linux

    Posted August 27, 2004 - 7:32 am

    Namesys' latest version of its ReiserFS (dubbed Reiser4), posted benchmarks showing it is 2 to 5 five times faster than the previous versions. The so-called "Atomic Filesystem for Linux" is expected to increase the efficiency of how Linux searches files, documents, e-mails and contacts.
  • Via tunes open-source media player

    Posted August 26, 2004 - 11:30 am

    Via Technologies Inc. released a version of the open-source Xine media player on Thursday that is designed to take advantage of hardware digital video acceleration capabilities in two of the company's PC chipsets, the CN400 and CLE266.
  • U.N. promotes open-source software day across Asia

    Posted August 25, 2004 - 9:19 am

    The United Nations, through its International Open Source Network (IOSN) is promoting the first annual Software Freedom Day on Saturday in an effort to educate Asian users about the benefits of Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) and encourage its wider use in the region.
  • Utility to make IT framework open-source

    Posted August 24, 2004 - 10:58 am

    Duke Power Co., Charlotte, N.C.-based power company, plans to make an internally developed application framework available to other companies through the SourceForge.net Web site. In turn. Duke hopes that other corporate developers will improve on its work once it turns its code over to the open source community.
  • Open-source software: There's no free lunch

    Posted August 24, 2004 - 10:18 am

    Larry Rosen, author of Open Source Licensing: Software Freedom and Intellectual Property Law (Prentice Hall PTR, 2004) talks with Computerworld about rights and obligations under open-source.
  • Linux vendors react to Qt flaw

    Posted August 24, 2004 - 9:46 am

    Several Linux vendors have issued patches for a serious vulnerability in the widely-used Qt library, which could allow an attacker to take control of a system.
  • That SCO case drags on

    Posted August 19, 2004 - 4:06 pm

    According to Robin Bloor of Bloor Research, there are three legal points at issue in SCO v IBM. The first has to do with violation of copyright.The second has to do with contractual obligations. Third has to do with patents which is a serious issue for the Open Source community. Here's a pragmatic take on each of these elements.
  • SCO hits back at IBM dismissal bid

    Posted August 19, 2004 - 3:16 pm

    The SCO Group has pushed back on IBM's attempt to have a US district court dismiss some of SCO's main claims. SCO issued a statement, in which it claims that IBM, through its contributions of AIX into Linux, was in breach of this software agreement.
  • Linus Torvalds' benevolent dictatorship

    Posted August 19, 2004 - 1:53 pm

    Linus Torvalds recently spoke with BusinessWeek. As Linux's "technical shepard" he speaks about the biggest challenges facing Linux, why Linux and open source projects are innovative, and what will keep the Linux momentum going. Here are edited excerpts from their conversation.
  • Lindows postpones IPO indefinitely

    Posted August 19, 2004 - 8:49 am

    Lindows Inc., the Linux-based software developer best known for its legal battles with Microsoft Corp., has indefinitely shelved its plans to become a publicly traded company due to "current adverse market conditions," it announced Wednesday.
  • Linux wins heart of global SAP user

    Posted August 18, 2004 - 12:02 pm

    Switzerland's Endress+Hauser (International) Holding AG, a global supplier of process control systems, has migrated all its business applications from SAP AG to a mainframe running the open-source Linux operating system.
  • Microsoft partners council in open source initiative

    Posted August 18, 2004 - 11:24 am

    U.K. city authorities will be the first beneficiaries of a revolutionary partnership between Microsoft Corp. and Newham. The council is working with the software company to develop a number of applications that could benefit other councils in the UK -- although the creation of an open source model might stun some of Microsoft's critics.
  • IBM seeks dismissal in second part of SCO case

    Posted August 16, 2004 - 5:18 pm

    IBM Corp. is seeking dismissal of a second major component of the lawsuit filed against it last year by Unix vendor The SCO Group Inc., according to court documents filed Friday by IBM. The documents, filed with the U.S. District Court for the District of Utah, argue that SCO's breach of contract allegations should be dismissed from the lawsuit.
  • China's Red Flag Linux to focus on enterprise

    Posted August 16, 2004 - 8:59 am

    The company behind China's leading Linux client distribution, Red Flag Software Co. Ltd., is shifting its main focus to its server operating system and enterprise customers, and planning to expand sales overseas, the company's acting president said in an interview.
  • Forrester: Linux 'no threat' to Windows on the desktop

    Posted August 12, 2004 - 1:15 am

    A recent survey of businesses has found there is no significant upswing in Linux use - or plans for Linux use - on the desktop.
  • Dice.com says Linux jobs growing; certification rarely required

    Posted August 12, 2004 - 1:12 am

    Internet career board Dice.com says that more and more employers are looking to hire Linux experts - and that they think that real-world experience, not certifications, is the best indication of expertise.
  • City of Vienna gives staff a Linux option

    Posted August 12, 2004 - 1:00 am

    Next year, users of 7,500 of the 16,000 desktop workstations in the municipality of Vienna will have the choice of moving to Linux, according to Erwin Gillich, head of the city's information services. An evaluation of this test will follow in 2006.
  • Vintela links Unix, Linux, Mac to Microsoft management platform

    Posted August 12, 2004 - 12:56 am

    Are you interested in using Microsoft's System Management Server 2003 product, but still want to run Linux systems in your network? Vintela has a tool that can help you bridge the divide.
  • Tool converts .Net code to Java

    Posted August 12, 2004 - 12:52 am

    There's already a tool to convert Java code to >net; now the Java world is striking back, with a program from Stryon that aims to consolidate .Net code throughout an enterprise onto a J2EE server.
  • SCO may charge more for Linux licensing

    Posted August 12, 2004 - 12:49 am

    Because it believes that Linux code includes content stolen from SCO, the SCO Group says that Linux users need a SCO license to use Linux. Although most people haven't paid up yet, SCO says it may raise license costs.
  • IT managers eye desktop Linux, but migration challenges remain

    Posted August 12, 2004 - 12:43 am

    As Linux on the desktop improves, IT managers are beginning to seriously consider making the move for business users. But kinks remain.
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