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  • 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.
  • Secure Web services interoperability

    Posted March 2, 2004 - 10:24 pm

    Web services promise a world of interoperability, and this tutorial shows you how to really make that world a reality: it will illustrate how you can set up a client written under Microsoft's .Net framework that accesses a Web service written in Java.
  • Building a Web services container in Python

    Posted March 2, 2004 - 10:19 pm

    Interested in using the lightweight Python language to build a Web services container? This article will help you get started.
  • Open letter to Sun: Let Java go

    Posted March 2, 2004 - 10:13 pm

    Open source advocate Eric S. Raymond ignited a storm when he publicly called on Sun to make Java open source. Read his original open letter to see how it started.
  • Open source databases going mainstream

    Posted March 2, 2004 - 9:53 pm

    The database is the latest software product to go open source. Analysts say that cost-cutting IT shops may be turning more and more to open source databases in the near future - with Linux backers IBM and Oracle being the main victims of the trend.
  • The myths of open source

    Posted March 2, 2004 - 9:49 pm

    This in-depth article takes a comprehensive look at some of the most prevalent myths of open source - that its main attraction is low cost, that its savings aren't real, that it's not ready for the desktop - and demolishes them, one by one.
  • Evaluating the ROI of open source on the desktop

    Posted March 2, 2004 - 9:39 pm

    Looking for hard numbers that show how much money Linux and OpenOffice can save your company? This tutorial will show you how to come up with data that you can show your CFO.
  • Commentary: Marketing's new, improved 'customer experience'

    Posted March 2, 2004 - 9:35 pm

    According to one commentator, open source developers in particular can learn from an emerging industry consensus: that "software is no better than pet food or cereal or tires."
  • Open source technology by the book

    Posted March 2, 2004 - 8:52 pm

    Check out these quick reviews of books on a variety of open source and open standards topics. Areas include Linux, XML, and OpenOffice.
  • Long distance relationship: Access Linux files and applications remotely

    Posted March 2, 2004 - 8:42 pm

    If you're new to Linux, you may not be familiar with the wide variety of tools that are available to access file and applications on remote Linux machines. These tips will show you how to exploit these capacities and make your workforce truly mobile.
  • EV1's head comments on SCO contract

    Posted March 2, 2004 - 8:38 pm

    Hosting company EV1Servers was recently revealed as one of the Linux-using companies that paid SCO's Intellectual Property license. In a gutsy move, company head Robert Marsh posted his explanation for this action to the company's public forums. See what the community has to say about it.
  • Corrections in the media from SCO

    Posted March 2, 2004 - 8:15 pm

    The SCO Group hasn't shied away from aggressive moves and assertions in the course of its lawsuits against IBM and other interested Linux parties. This page, frequently updated, gives SCO's side of the story when the company feels that its been wronged in the press.
  • Groklaw's Pamela Jones looks beyond SCO

    Posted March 2, 2004 - 8:11 pm

    Pamela Jones' Groklaw Weblog has gone from one paralegal's private musings to a must-read for anyone interested in legal issues and open source. In this interview, she talks about the site, the SCO Group, and her future projects.
  • SCO to launch first end-user lawsuit

    Posted March 2, 2004 - 11:21 am

    The SCO Group Inc. on Tuesday will launch its first lawsuit against a Linux user for alleged violations of SCO's intellectual property, SCO Chief Executive Officer Darl McBride said Monday.
  • SCO backs off in Germany

    Posted March 2, 2004 - 2:55 am

    SCO is losing ground in Europe. Last month it agreed, on pain of a 10,000 € fine, not to make many of the statements that serve as the foundation of their legal case against IBM. Read the summary and then participate in the discussion at Groklaw.
  • Microsoft sparks Web services for eBay

    Posted March 2, 2004 - 2:50 am

    Web services have promised to create an interoperable world based on open standards, but practical applications have been scarce. Thus it is perhaps a bit ironic that one of the first high-profile pushes for Web services comes from Microsoft, which has announced a program with eBay to create auction-based Web services with Microsoft Office.
  • McBride: SCO to launch first end-user lawsuit Tuesday

    Posted March 2, 2004 - 2:14 am

    The SCO Group on Tuesday will launch its first lawsuit against a Linux user for alleged violations of SCO's intellectual property, SCO Chief Executive Officer Darl McBride said Monday.
  • SCO alters claim in IBM case, signs licensee

    Posted March 1, 2004 - 3:42 pm

    The SCO Group Inc. has dropped trade secret claims against IBM Corp., replacing them with copyright infringement claims, Blake Stowell, SCO's corporate communications manager said Monday.
  • Usenix blasts SCO 'hypocrisy'

    Posted March 1, 2004 - 9:57 am

    Usenix, a respected computer users group, has begun lobbying the U.S. Congress to ignore arguments against open-source software made by Unix vendor The SCO Group Inc. In an interesting twist, both a Microsoft Corp. research engineer and a computer executive fired by his company for criticizing Microsoft have contributed to the effort.
  • Ballmer: Windows TCO beats Linux

    Posted February 27, 2004 - 4:46 pm

    At a recent talk in Toronto, Microsoft CEO pushed hard on the idea that Windows had an overall lower TCO than Linux, going so far as to say that he'd "fall on his sword" if Linux was cheaper.
  • FUDBusters: Microsoft and XML

    Posted February 27, 2004 - 3:30 am

    Some observers fear that Microsoft's recent moves mean that it will do to XML what it once did to Rich Text Format - throttle it and make it an essentially proprietary standard. But one observer says that the very nature of XML makes such a move impossible.
  • IBM approaches Sun about open-source Java

    Posted February 26, 2004 - 5:03 pm

    IBM Corp. and Sun Microsystems Inc. have a new favorite weapon in the public wrangling over Java development leadership: The open letter. IBM's Rod Smith, vice-president of emerging technologies for the company's software group, fired off the latest salvo Wednesday, jumping on Sun technology evangelist Simon Phipps' suggestion at the recent EclipseCon that IBM give its Java implementation to the open-source community.
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