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  • 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.
  • Linux management software and server all in one

    Posted March 15, 2004 - 10:55 am

    NetScout Systems Inc. has bundled its nGenius network performance management software with Red Hat Inc.'s Enterprise Linux server to simplify the job of getting it up and running.
  • Federal IT departments outgrow Unix

    Posted March 13, 2004 - 4:54 pm

    As many U.S. government agencies outgrow their legacy Unix systems, many are turning to Linux. The reasons: they can keep their old Unix-based software, but spend a lot less on equipment and OS licenses.
  • Survey says: PHP for the General Accounting Office

    Posted March 13, 2004 - 4:46 pm

    When it came time to develop Web-based survey software, the U.S. General Accounting Office chose PHP over Java. One of the primary reasons was Java's suspect security record.
  • MySQL Cluster gets ready to ship

    Posted March 13, 2004 - 4:41 pm

    In April, the open source MySQL database will aim for the enterprise with MySQL Cluster, a high availability database that can run across multiple systems.
  • MySQL addresses open source license problem

    Posted March 13, 2004 - 4:25 pm

    The open source MySQL database recently changed its licensing terms in such a way that made it no longer compatible with PHP, an open source scripting language that is commonly used in conjunction with MySQL. But MySQL has now amended its license again to fix the problem.
  • What to do if SCO comes knocking

    Posted March 13, 2004 - 4:19 pm

    As the SCO Group starts to file lawsuits against Linux end users, some in the community are getting nervous. This article includes advice from legal experts on what to do when SCO comes for you.
  • Semantic Web Interest Group: A report from the field

    Posted March 13, 2004 - 4:08 pm

    Is the semantic Web generating interest in the field? One reporter comes back from a conference with an emphatic answer of "Yes."
  • Open source's money troubles

    Posted March 12, 2004 - 2:13 am

    Open source projects have generally not had problems recruiting hobbyists and individuals who will contribute work for the love of code. But more and more large corporations are contributing to such projects - and they're looking for ways to monetize the investments of time and worker energy that they're putting in. These concerns will shape this week's Open Source Business Conference.
  • Microsoft, IBM close controversial message spec

    Posted March 12, 2004 - 2:04 am

    Web services are supposed to usher in a new world of open standards and interoperability. But IBM and Microsoft have recently caused controversy by launching the WS-ReliableMessaging spec, which rivals a different specification codified last year.
  • Microsoft: Open source no threat in Asia

    Posted March 12, 2004 - 1:56 am

    Although the governments of some Asian countries like China and Malaysia have openly declared their support for the open source movement, a Microsoft official remains unfazed, saying this poses no threat to the company's business in the region.
  • Microsoft behind $50 million SCO investment

    Posted March 11, 2004 - 5:43 pm

    Executives from Microsoft Corp. introduced The SCO Group Inc. to an investment fund that provided the Lindon, Utah, company with a $50 million investment last October, a spokesman for the fund confirmed Thursday.
  • Sun pitches desktop system at Asian governments

    Posted March 11, 2004 - 12:35 pm

    Sun Microsystems Inc. is actively seeking an audience with the governments of developing countries like the Philippines, hoping to convince government officials to give open source a shot and try its desktop solutions as a lower-cost alternative to Microsoft Corp.'s Windows operating system and Office suite.
  • Vietnam to spend $20M to push open-source software

    Posted March 10, 2004 - 10:07 am

    Vietnam's Ministry of Science and Technology will spend US$20 million over the next four years to speed up development and deployment of open-source software in the country. This will enable Vietnam to cut software buying costs, boost its domestic software industry and alleviate copyright infringement, a government report said Tuesday.
  • Library of Congress plans to build new film portal on open source database

    Posted March 9, 2004 - 12:55 am

    The Library of Congress is planning a new Web portal that will serve as "a gateway to the world's moving-image collections." The portal will be backed by open source and open standards, including Linux, PostgreSQL, and XML.
  • Sun considers opening Java code

    Posted March 9, 2004 - 12:49 am

    In the wake of pressure from open source community members - and big open source players like IBM - Sun is reportedly considering relinquishing control of the Java language.
  • Q&A: Red Hat: The Complete Reference

    Posted March 5, 2004 - 2:19 pm

    According to author Richard Petersen, Linux is an OS in need of buzz. As he explains, there's a lot to like about Linux, and Red Hat in particular, with its dedication to promoting Linux as a professional operating system alternative while maintaining its open source roots.
  • CA blasts SCO, disputes Linux license claim

    Posted March 5, 2004 - 9:29 am

    Computer Associates on Thursday blasted The SCO Group for harassing Linux users and misrepresenting the terms of a software licensing arrangement between the two companies that protected CA from a potential SCO lawsuit.
  • SCO: Microsoft played no role in VC fundraising

    Posted March 5, 2004 - 9:21 am

    The SCO Group said Thursday that Microsoft was not involved in raising venture capital funding for the company, dismissing claims that a leaked e-mail demonstrated that Microsoft had helped raise tens of millions of dollars for SCO.
  • Interview: OSDL chief seeks business Linux takers

    Posted March 4, 2004 - 3:47 pm

    Stuart Cohen, the Open Source Developer Labs' CEO, is bullish on Linux: he says that more and more big companies are interested, and even says that recent legal tussles over the open source OS are "he best thing that ever happened to Linux."
  • Lindows offers discount to P-to-P buyers

    Posted March 4, 2004 - 10:47 am

    Lindows Inc. is offering a 50 percent discount to customers who download its commercial software using its new peer-to-peer system, it said Thursday.
  • IBM ordered to provide SCO with code, documents

    Posted March 4, 2004 - 10:37 am

    The judge presiding over The SCO Group Inc.'s $5 billion lawsuit with IBM Corp. has ordered IBM to provide SCO with the source code to its AIX and Dynix operating systems.
  • CA named as SCO licensee

    Posted March 4, 2004 - 10:02 am

    Software giant Computer Associates Inc. has licensed The SCO Group Inc.'s Intellectual Property License for Linux, SCO Chief Financial Officer Bob Bench confirmed on Wednesday. Two other companies, natural gas supplier Questar Corp. and manufacturer Leggett & Platt Inc. have also signed up for the controversial licensing plan, Bench said, bringing the total number of publicly announced licensees to four.
  • SCO sues first Linux user: AutoZone

    Posted March 3, 2004 - 9:59 am

    The SCO Group said Wednesday that it filed suit against Memphis-based auto parts chain AutoZone for violating SCO's Unix copyrights through its use of Linux.
  • Getting reacquainted with dbXML

    Posted March 2, 2004 - 10:27 pm

    dbXML is a native, open source XML database written in Java. Though the project languished for a time, its development has picked up again at late; you may owe it to yourself to take another look at it if you need an XML database.

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