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  • Much ado about Web services standards

    Posted April 20, 2004 - 10:28 am

    Many big IT players, like IBM and Microsoft, have made a big show of late of collaborating on a number of Web services standards that aim to make Web services truly interoperable. But some observers are beginning to wonders if these companies are deliberately dragging their feet so as to steer consumers to more proprietary - and profitable - solutions.
  • SCO investor wants out of deal

    Posted April 19, 2004 - 9:23 am

    BayStar Capital, the investment firm that Microsoft introduced to The SCO Group, is looking for a way out of its $20 million investment in the Unix company, according to a SCO spokesman.
  • Multiple Linux security flaws reported

    Posted April 16, 2004 - 3:47 pm

    Security researchers at iDefense have released information about a critical buffer overflow vulnerability that affects all versions of the Linux kernel from 2.4 on.
  • Linspire offers free OS download

    Posted April 16, 2004 - 9:41 am

    Linspire (formerly Lindows) is looking to drum up some good publicity in the wake of its abandonment of its potentially infringing name. To that end, the company is making its Linux distribution available for free download - something many other Linux distributors do, but which Linspire had so far resisted.
  • Microsoft opens up Visio schemas

    Posted April 15, 2004 - 4:16 pm

    In another step in the direction of open standards, Microsoft has released the specs for DatadiagramML, the XML-based schemas used by the company's Visio diagramming tools.
  • MySQL gets ready for its close-up

    Posted April 15, 2004 - 4:11 pm

    The open source MySQL database is about to add a host of new features, including clustering, Unicode, stored procedures, triggers and views. While MySQL still can't match Oracle's feature set, MySQL co-founder David Axmark thinks that their product will be perfect for the 90 percent of the market that doesn't need Oracle's more esoteric features - or Oracle's price.
  • Lindows changes OS name to Linspire

    Posted April 14, 2004 - 8:58 am

    Embattled Linux-based software vendor Inc. formally changed the name of its desktop operating system from LindowsOS to "Linspire" on Wednesday, after a two-year trademark dispute with Microsoft Corp.
  • Linux-IBM behind Sun-Microsoft deal

    Posted April 7, 2004 - 8:41 pm

    When Sun and Microsoft patched up their differences and announced a number of joint initiatives, the industry's collective jaw dropped. One commentator believes that this unlikely alliance is aimed at defeating a join enemy: a newly energized and Linux-centric IBM.
  • Latest Linux/Windows research reports questioned

    Posted April 7, 2004 - 8:35 pm

    Large questions have appeared over the accuracy of two recent reports comparing the relative costs and benefits of the Linux and Windows operating systems in which Windows was painted as being superior to its open-source rival.
  • Commentary: A new test for trash-driven technology

    Posted April 7, 2004 - 8:31 pm

    The Simputer, a device aimed at poor, rural Indians, is a Linux-based handheld device. So why does it cost almost as much as proprietary PDAs? One tech commentator sees it as an example of the importance of volume buying and the limits of open source savings.
  • Build a service-oriented architecture

    Posted April 7, 2004 - 8:25 pm

    With Web services becoming more and more important, most developers want to build systems that are service-oriented from the ground up. This tutorial will help you get started if you're coding in Java.
  • OASIS: ISO approval may spark ebXML critical mass

    Posted April 7, 2004 - 8:20 pm

    ebXML has been bouncing around for a while, but with ISO certification, it may be finally be adopted in a number of real-world situations. In this interview, OASIS vice presidents Karl Best and James Bryce Clark discuss their excitement for ebXML's prospects. (Free registration required to access site.)
  • The GPL: A simple guide

    Posted April 7, 2004 - 8:15 pm

    The GPL and open source licenses like it are the bedrock of the open source movement, but many in the business world still don't fully trust or understand them. This article, written by researcher Robin Bloor, breaks it down into terms that are meaningful to the average executive.
  • A history of SCO: Caldera, Inc./ Caldera Systems, Inc. 1998 Asset Purchase and Sale Agreement

    Posted April 7, 2004 - 8:11 pm

    One of the reasons that the SCO lawsuit is so slippery is that it's difficult to tell just what corporations the current SCO Group, which can be variously seen as the heirs to both Caldera and the Santa Cruz Operation, inherited IP from. Groklaw has posted a 1998 sale agreement that helped form the current company.
  • Product profile: Mandrakelinux 10.0 Community

    Posted April 7, 2004 - 8:06 pm

    The latest Mandrake distribution, based on version 2.6 of the Linux kernel, has been released to the community online ahead of its commercial debut. Find out what's in store in this profile.
  • Print serving with CUPS

    Posted April 7, 2004 - 8:01 pm

    Looking to turn your Linux box into a print server? This tutorial will help you use CUPS to get things set up right.
  • to change name outside the U.S.

    Posted April 7, 2004 - 4:15 pm Inc. is raising the white flag and will change its name outside the U.S. instead of fighting Microsoft Corp. in international courts, the company said Tuesday.
  • Yankee Group: Linux not superior to Unix, Windows

    Posted April 7, 2004 - 2:42 pm

    Switching to Linux does not give large enterprises a lower total cost of ownership over Microsoft Corp.'s Windows Server 2003 and Unix, according to a survey by The Yankee Group.
  • Sun: Pact with Microsoft not a blow to standards

    Posted April 6, 2004 - 7:23 pm

    After Sun gained interoperability concessions from Microsoft when the two companies signed their legal settlement, some observers feared that Sun was backing away from open standards. Sun CEO Scott McNealy insists that this is not the case - and that the pact could bring Microsoft closer to the standards side of things.
  • Progeny to offer Red Hat 9 support

    Posted April 6, 2004 - 7:19 pm

    Red Hat 9 is nearing its end of life, and Red Hat is urging corporate customers to migrate to Red Hat Enterprise Edition. But for those unwilling to make that move, another alternative is emerging: Progeny, a company founded by Debian Linux cocreator Ian Murdoch, will offer paid support for Red Hat 9.
  • Microsoft goes open source with WiX tool

    Posted April 6, 2004 - 9:09 am

    Anyone who thought Microsoft Corp.'s settlement on Friday with long-time nemesis Sun Microsystems Inc. seemed surreal were in for another shocker Monday, when the Redmond, Washington, software giant made some of its source code freely available on the Internet.
  • JBoss warms to Sun, drops shadow conference

    Posted April 5, 2004 - 9:22 am

    There will be no JBoss shadow conference at JavaOne this year. The JBoss Group LLC, the Atlanta company that last year hosted its JBossTwo event in conjunction with Sun Microsystems Inc.'s JavaOne developer show in San Francisco, has decided to discontinue its rival conference and take a booth at JavaOne.
  • Why SCO thinks it can win: An interview with Darl McBride

    Posted April 2, 2004 - 5:27 pm

    Many people in the open source community dismiss the SCO Group's chances of a legal victory in its cases against IBM and other Linux vendors. But in this interview, SCO CEO Darl McBride and Senior Vice President Chris Sontag explain why they're confident of victory.
  • Torvalds wanted to see SCO's code

    Posted April 2, 2004 - 5:22 pm

    In a recent interview, SCO Group CEO Darl McBride said that Linux creator Linus Torvalds refused to examine SCO's code because "he didn't want to be tainted by it." But Torvalds is responding that he is interested in seeing the code - but not in signing SCO's NDA.
  • Open source vulnerability database opens

    Posted April 2, 2004 - 5:10 pm

    One of the selling points of open source is that vulnerabilities can quickly be fixed by the community at large. That process is getting a boost with the opening of the Open Source Vulnerability Database, which catalogs hardware and software vulnerabilities. The database's maintainers pledge to add at least one alert per day.
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