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  • Extreme Networks puts Linux to work in routing switch

    Posted May 18, 2004 - 10:06 am

    Extreme Networks has released a new operating system for its routing switches. Dubbed ExtremeWare XOS, the system is derived from Linux.
  • Red Hat adds legal firepower

    Posted May 18, 2004 - 9:44 am

    Showing that it's serious about its legal fight against SCO, Red Hat has hired a new top lawyer: Michael Cunningham, who previously worked for IBM.
  • Jeremy White speaks out on WINE

    Posted May 18, 2004 - 9:20 am

    In this online interview, WINE founder Jeremy White discusses the direction for his popular software package, which allows Windows programs to run natively on Linux.
  • Novell eases pricing for Linux support

    Posted May 17, 2004 - 7:52 pm

    Many open source observers have taken issue with Novell and Red Hat's per-seat licensing policy for Linux support, comparing it the Microsoft practices that drove users to Linux in the first place. Now Novell's SuSE subsidiary has announced that it users can pay for "upgrade protection" without needing a contract for every physical Linux system they own.
  • Eclipse picking up steam, study says

    Posted May 14, 2004 - 10:40 am

    Evans Data has released a report showing that Eclipse, the open source IDE spun off by IBM, has seen rapid growth in market share worldwide in the last year. The study said Eclipse could become "a true open source killer app."
  • Protestors denounce EU software patent policy

    Posted May 14, 2004 - 10:34 am

    Protesters in the Hague are attempting to convince the Dutch government to veto proposed new software patent rules. The protesters feel the proposed laws would stifle open source development and offer patent protection for trivial software ideas
  • Mono project grows

    Posted May 14, 2004 - 10:23 am

    Ximian's open source .Net project, Mono, has hit a new release milestone. What's lurking in the new code release?
  • Microsoft adds toolkit to open-source list

    Posted May 14, 2004 - 9:08 am

    Microsoft Corp. this week released its Windows Template Library (WTL) technology under an open-source license, marking the second time the company has turned one of its projects over to the development site.
  • Novell eases pricing terms for Linux support

    Posted May 13, 2004 - 11:30 am

    Novell Inc. has introduced a new pricing model for its Suse Enterprise Linux operating system that allows customers to pay a lower flat rate for Linux support, the company announced Wednesday.
  • Open source development models fall flat

    Posted May 12, 2004 - 1:11 pm

    Typical open source project development strategies work well for free software but don't flourish in commercial settings, opines Professor Jim Herbsleb of Carnegie Mellon University's International School of Computer Science, part of the Institute for Software Research, who spoke at the Open Source Conference held in Toronto this week.
  • Judge hears arguments in Novell-SCO suit

    Posted May 12, 2004 - 10:45 am

    A federal judge heard arguments from Novell Inc. and The SCO Group Inc. in a Utah court Tuesday in the "slander of title" case brought by SCO against Novell last January.
  • Analyst: Security woes add to Windows cost

    Posted May 11, 2004 - 2:16 pm

    The debate over the true total cost of ownership of Windows and Linux continues: one analyst claims that Windows' TCO is often underestimated because the security expenses required to protect Windows machines is often excluded.
  • Lawyer: Canadian law in conflict with aspects of GPL

    Posted May 11, 2004 - 2:09 pm

    It appears that the General Public License for free and open source software may contradict some Canadian regulations, said one Canadian intellectual property lawyer.
  • Microsoft files new case against Lindows

    Posted May 11, 2004 - 10:08 am

    The international trademark battle between Microsoft Corp. and Lindows Inc. continues to generate work for lawyers and the courts, with the software giant once again asking a Dutch court to fine Lindows
  • XML acceleration vendors to unveil gigabit speeds

    Posted May 10, 2004 - 7:50 pm

    As XML processing moves from software to dedicated appliances, XML acceleration vendors are boosting the speeds of their products. Read on to find out about what's available in this emerging space.
  • African open source projects gather steam

    Posted May 10, 2004 - 7:43 pm

    South African developers have made headway on a number of open-source projects, including an upgrade to a new version of Linux.
  • ESB market heats up

    Posted May 10, 2004 - 7:39 pm

    An enterprise service bus is a platform that brings together service-oriented architectures (SOAs), messaging, Web services, and XML, and Sonic used to be the only company that made them. Now more and more competitors are moving into the market. In this interview, Sonic CTO Gordon Van Huizen tries to make sense of the current trends.
  • Perens: Linux indemnification not for everyone

    Posted May 10, 2004 - 9:55 am

    Hacker, open-source advocate, venture capitalist, company man, pundit... Bruce Perens has worn a lot of hats over the last few years, building up a unique combination of hacker credibility and business know-how. In this interview, Perens talks about Linux indemnification and how the SCO lawsuits may eventually change the world of proprietary software.
  • Royal Bank walks away from SCO investment

    Posted May 10, 2004 - 9:00 am

    The Royal Bank of Canada is walking away from a $30 million investment it made in The SCO Group Inc., in a move that may presage further legal and financial difficulties for the troubled Unix vendor, according to one financial analyst.
  • Clusters of thought by Beowulf founder

    Posted May 6, 2004 - 5:58 pm

    Donald Becker began the Beowulf Linux clustering project at NASA more than a decade ago. Read on for his thoughts on where Linux clustering is headed.
  • Wal-Mart's Sam's Club adds more Linux desktops

    Posted May 6, 2004 - 5:53 pm

    The Sam's Club discount chain added two Linux desktops aimed at cost-conscious businesses to its lineup this week.
  • Legal view: What SCO's Linux suits mean for users

    Posted May 6, 2004 - 5:47 pm

    You've been following SCO's lawsuits against IBM and AutoZone - are you next? In this opinion, one law firm posits that SCO doesn't have the will - or the resources - to file more suits.
  • Mozilla, GNOME mull united front against Longhorn

    Posted May 6, 2004 - 5:43 pm

    Microsoft has rolled its browser and desktop programming groups into one as it works on Longhorn, its next OS. Now the organizations behind GNOME and Mozilla are wondering if they should follow suit and join forces.
  • You call that a standard?

    Posted May 6, 2004 - 5:38 pm

    Berkeley professor Robert Glushko has been involved in the creation of many Internet standards. In this interview, he explains why the current standards process is stacked to favor big companies rather than the industry as a whole.
  • Linux seller licenses Windows Media technology

    Posted May 6, 2004 - 5:33 pm

    Is the ideological age of open source ending? Japanese Linux vendor TurboLinux has licensed Windows Media codecs from Microsoft for upcoming versions of its software. The company cited the prevalence of Windows Media formats in Japan as the basis of its decision.
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