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  • Vendors rally behind WS-I Basic Profile

    Posted November 17, 2003 - 3:23 pm

    Many attempts to secure interoperability among competing vendors' products have come to nought. But many Web services players seemed to have embraced the WS-I Basic Profile, which seeks to establish a baseline that all Web services need to meet in order to interact with all possible clients properly.
  • OASIS forms panel for business process flavor of ebXML

    Posted November 17, 2003 - 3:19 pm

    The ebXML specshelp organizations aim to help conduct business using the Internet. OASIS is pushing this group of specifications, recently forming a panel to help clarify their role in supporting business processes via Web services. (Free registration required to access site.)
  • Open source portlet site open for business

    Posted November 17, 2003 - 3:15 pm

    Portal-based applications have suffered for some time with interoperability woes. But now, with portal standards being hashed out by diverse players such as OASIS and the Java Community Process, things seem to be looking up, a fact that was illustrated by the recent launch of a Sun-baced portlet site on SourceForge.
  • OASIS begins work on asynchronous Web services spec

    Posted November 17, 2003 - 3:11 pm

    OASIS has moved to push Web services forward to come with a specification that will support asynchronous Web services -- that is, serivces that don't require timed coordination by the various parties.

    Posted November 17, 2003 - 3:07 pm

    OASIS is an important organization that supports open standars to promote interoperabilty among computer systems. The organizaton's homepage contains a wealth of resources if you're interested in these topics.
  • The W3C Markup Validation Service

    Posted November 17, 2003 - 3:03 pm

    Does your HTML or XML code conform to open industry standards? This free Web service from the W3C will help you find out.
  • World Wide Web Consortium

    Posted November 17, 2003 - 2:42 pm

    The W3C is the guardian of every Web standard you can imagine from HTTP and HTML on up. This is your source for all things Web.
  • W3C criticizes antirobot tests

    Posted November 17, 2003 - 2:38 pm

    Many sites use so-called "Turing tests," in which users must read a word embedded in a bitmapped image, to prevent automatic programs from signing up for free services meant only for individuals. But in addition to keeping out web bots, these tests also keep out the visually impaired - and the W3C is protesting, taking the Web's accesible nature seriously.
  • ActiveX may win reprieve

    Posted November 17, 2003 - 2:35 pm

    When the US Patent and Trademark Office agreed to review its finding that Microsoft had violated an obscure patent, it was a victory for Redmond - and for the W3C, which doesn't often side with the software giant. Find out why the consortium that guards Web standards feels that it's important to battle this patent decision.
  • Linux user group to hold installfest

    Posted November 17, 2003 - 2:31 pm

    Linux User Groups definitely count advocacy as one of their purposes. This article details a recent Australian group's installfest, where those who have not used Linux can get a distribution which they like installed for them by user group members.
  • IBM to launch comprehensive Linux desktop support program

    Posted November 17, 2003 - 2:25 pm

    Many people worry about using Linux on the desktop - since there's no one company behind it, who will support it when things go wrong? Well, how about IBM? Big Blue announced the rollout of a comprehensive desktop support service offering at the recent Linux Desktop Consortium conference.
  • Analyst: JBoss a likely loser from Iona alliance

    Posted November 17, 2003 - 2:21 pm

    Iona's offer to provide consulting and support for the open source JBoss application server seemed to solidify JBoss's position in the enterprise market. But one analyst thinks that "Iona has little or no credibility as a commercial application server vendor," and that this deal could actually bode ill for JBoss
  • Linux users fret about desktop fate

    Posted November 17, 2003 - 2:17 pm

    Linux advocates have long claimed that their chosen OS belongs on the desktop, not just the back end. But with Red Hat's decision to move its desktop offering to the Fedora project, and Novell's acquisition of SUSE, some are wondering if the Linux desktop just took a step backwards.
  • Linux User Group HOWTO

    Posted November 17, 2003 - 2:12 pm

    Interested in starting your own Linux User Group? This HOWTO gives you suggestions on how to go about doing it, and ideas on activities an existing group can do for fun and profit.
  • Linux User Groups

    Posted November 17, 2003 - 2:08 pm

    There are Linux User Groups all over the world. Follow these links to find the one closest to you.
  • The Python Software Foundation

    Posted November 17, 2003 - 1:42 pm

    The open source Python language is gaining ground with Web developers and others. Find out more about it here, at the home page of the foundation that maintains it.
  • Python Conferences

    Posted November 17, 2003 - 1:39 pm

    The open source Python language has been gaining popularity. This conference page will help you find your way to relevant gatherings.
  • Open source and Linux events

    Posted November 17, 2003 - 1:34 pm

    Looking to get out from behind that keyboard and see your fellow open source gurus in person? This page will let you know what events are coming to your area in the near future.
  • The Business of Open Source conferences

    Posted November 17, 2003 - 12:00 pm

    Linux users know they have something to offer the enterprise - and know they have to work out how to make that clear. This Canadian users group sponsors a series of conferences on open source in business.
  • Open source conferences in Asia

    Posted November 14, 2003 - 7:05 pm

    The open source community streches beyond North America. This page contains links to a number of Asian open source gatherings.
  • O'Reilly Open Source Software Convention

    Posted November 14, 2003 - 7:00 pm

    Open source software is a community effort, and the O'Reilly Open Source Software convention is one of the places where that community gathers in person.
  • The future of J2EE

    Posted November 14, 2003 - 6:56 pm

    J2EE has increasingly become an important part of enterprise systems. But as it does more and more, the spec becomes more and more complicated - and correspondingly difficult to use. This opinion piece outlines future minefields in the technology's path.
  • Gartner: Ignore standards for Web services security

    Posted November 14, 2003 - 6:51 pm

    The recent release of the WS-Security specification holds the promise that an open Web services infrastructure can make use of an open standard for security. But one analyst warns that this spec is still immature, and recommends using proprietary solutions for Web services security for now.
  • Liberty Alliance releases ID standards for Web services

    Posted November 14, 2003 - 6:47 pm

    The Liberty Alliance has been working on a set of open standards that will allow identity-based Web services. The consortium recently released its second round of standard proposals. (Free registration required to access site.)
  • Build systems, not companies, on open standards

    Posted November 14, 2003 - 6:43 pm

    Open standards by their very nature become ubiquitous, and quickly become essential parts of the systems that drive businesses. Yet, as this opinion piece points out, companies that attempt to make money off of the standards themselves may have difficulty maintaining long-term profitability.
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