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  • 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.
  • Forrester: More firms using open source

    Posted March 17, 2004 - 4:48 pm

    Lower acquisition costs, lower total cost of ownership and greater flexibility in choosing hardware and software are the top reasons companies are deploying open source software, according to a recent survey.
  • Novell's Stone stumps for business viability of open source

    Posted March 16, 2004 - 6:46 pm

    At San Francisco's Open Source Business Conference, Novell's vice chairman promoted open source software as a viable business, and said that companies will have to consider the open source products that can complement or displace their proprietary offerings.
  • Microsoft: $40 Thai Windows XP not a response to Linux

    Posted March 16, 2004 - 6:40 pm

    A $40 version of Windows XP for Thai buyers is a gesture to help Thailand and not a sign that Microsoft is coming under pricing pressure from Linux, the company says.
  • Sun executives sound off on Java, OS plans

    Posted March 16, 2004 - 4:46 pm

    Sun Microsystems Inc. is planning a number of announcements in coming weeks to redouble efforts to use aggressive pricing and technological innovation to win customers from competitors, but is downplaying rumors about talks with IBM Corp. to create an open-source version of Sun's Java technology.
  • IBM targets 40,000 Linux desktops by 2005

    Posted March 16, 2004 - 4:41 pm

    IBM Corp. hopes to have 40,000 Linux desktop users within the company by year's end, but that doesn't necessarily mean that the computer giant thinks everyone should move to the Linux desktop, an IBM executive said Tuesday at the Open Source Business Conference in San Francisco.
  • Startup to sell open source insurance

    Posted March 16, 2004 - 11:16 am

    A New York-based company has spotted a new business opportunity in The SCO Group Inc.'s legal battle with the Linux community: open source insurance.
  • Sun snatches up XML guru

    Posted March 15, 2004 - 11:57 am

    Sun Microsystems Inc. has hired one of the creators of XML (Extensible Markup Language), Tim Bray, to help set the technical direction for its software group.
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