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  • Microsoft defends XML patent, offers royalty-free licence

    Posted February 5, 2004 - 3:42 am

    Microsoft's move to patent an XML process that it uses in its Office software has open standards advocates up in arms. But the software giant claims that it is only protecting extensions to XML that it developed - and that it has no plans to charge any money based on the patent
  • NTT joins open source Linux initiative

    Posted February 3, 2004 - 10:14 am

    Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corp., the holding company of the NTT Group that includes NTT DoCoMo Inc., has joined the Open Source Development Labs consortium.
  • Linux beats a path to the datacenter

    Posted February 3, 2004 - 2:20 am

    The release of version 2.6 of the Linux kernel may not mean much to desktop users and hobbyists. But many features in the new kernel make the upstart OS much better suited to enterprise datacenters - and ready to take on Unix.
  • Eclipse project names new board members

    Posted February 3, 2004 - 2:14 am

    As expected, the Eclipse open source tools project founded by IBM announced on Monday that it has been reorganized into a not-for-profit corporation. The group named the first members of its new board of directors.
  • Open source group gets Chinese member

    Posted January 30, 2004 - 2:06 pm

    Recent moves by the Chinese and Japanese governments have indicated that Asia is Linux's next big frontier. Now, with the membership of a Chinese group in the Open Source Developer Labs Consortium, it looks like Linux in China is really taking off.
  • Fedora Legacy offers another option for Red Hat users

    Posted January 29, 2004 - 11:55 am

    When Red Hat announced that it was ending support for older versions of its Linux distro, many users were unsettled. Now a community-based called Fedora Legacy is launching a project whereby Red Hat's installed base will work together to provide continuity and support.
  • 'Mini-apache' touts security, targets embedded Linux

    Posted January 28, 2004 - 2:03 pm

    As Linux find more and more homes in the embedded space, Mbedthis Software has developed a small-footprint version of Apache to go with it. The AppWeb server is Web services, offline applications, and embedded device management.
  • Open source activists decry anti-Linux lobbying

    Posted January 28, 2004 - 1:49 pm

    Proprietary software companies like Microsoft and the SCO Group are starting to lobby the U.S. Congress and state legislatures against Linux and other open source software. Open source advocates are crying foul - but their opponents claim that they're just countering open source lobbying efforts.
  • The most secure OS of all?

    Posted January 27, 2004 - 3:54 am

    The open source nature of the Linux kernel has prompted many specialized Linux variations, including those that focus on security. This review takes a look at those distributions that aim to make Linux as secure as possible.
  • Personal server offers painless backup and remote access

    Posted January 27, 2004 - 3:49 am

    The Linux-based Mirra Personal Server brings a file serving appliance to small networks for under $500. Read on to find out if it will fit into your architecture.
  • Working with Linux log files

    Posted January 27, 2004 - 3:45 am

    If you want to keep your Linux machine healthy, you should know which log files to keep a close eye on. This tip will help. (Free registration required to access site.)
  • SuSE Linux demonstrates that old PCs still have use

    Posted January 27, 2004 - 3:39 am

    One way open source can save money is by keeping older hardware useful. This review of SuSE Linux 8.2 takes an interesting angle: it looks at how this distro runs on a relatively ancient 150 Mhz Pentium machine.
  • A buyer's guide to alternative office suites

    Posted January 27, 2004 - 3:35 am

    Looking to avoid spending $399 or more on Microsoft Office? This buyer's guide looks at the alternatives, both proprietary and open source.
  • How to use GIMP rather than PhotoShop for photo and image editing

    Posted January 27, 2004 - 3:31 am

    If you're looking to cut costs, you can replace expensive graphic programs like Adobe PhotoShop with the open source GIMP software. Read on to find out how.
  • Build it: Save money with a Linux media jukebox

    Posted January 27, 2004 - 3:19 am

    If you need to store a large number of video or audio files, you have an alternative to Windows XP Media Center Edition. This tutorial steps you through the process of building your own open source media center for a lot less using Linux and other free software.
  • Why open source software? Look at the numbers!

    Posted January 27, 2004 - 3:14 am

    In this rather extensive research paper, IT expert Dan Wheeler breaks down the numbers to show that open source solutions are better and more cost effective than their proprietary counterparts.
  • Is the GPL good for the economy?

    Posted January 27, 2004 - 3:10 am

    In the short term, the GPL may be good for individuals or companies - but it is good for the national and world economies? Check out this spirited Usenet discussion archive to see what your fellow pros think.
  • Infotopia keeps Linux, cuts costs with outsourcing

    Posted January 27, 2004 - 3:06 am

    In this interview, the CTO of tech firm Infotopia describes how his company moved from an in-house, ad-hoc IT model to an outsourced model - all while keeping Linux at the foundation. (Free registration required to access site.)
  • Oracle moves to support Linux desktops

    Posted January 27, 2004 - 3:02 am

    Database giant Oracle is moving to build Linux support into both the client and server sides of its applications. In this interview, Oracle's Linux head speculates on the financial drivers that are leading Oracle's customers to demand this support. (Free registration required to access site.)
  • Open source battle is heating up

    Posted January 27, 2004 - 2:55 am

    A new law under consideration in the Massachusetts state legislature would require that the state consider open source alternatives whenever possible for its IT needs. This is one battle in a war sure to be fought in legislatures around the world
  • Gartner: Linux desktop rarely cost effective

    Posted January 27, 2004 - 2:51 am

    One of the major appeals of Linux is that its licensing costs are much lower than those for Windows software. Yet a recent report from Gartner indicates that, on the desktop anyway, Linux isn't a money saver.
  • Red Hat eyes client opportunities

    Posted January 26, 2004 - 4:17 pm

    Red Hat Inc. is accelerating development of Linux for the desktop and handheld clients, but sees considerable work to complete before facing Microsoft Corp. in the consumer market, according to the company's CEO.
  • Red Hat building open source community in India

    Posted January 26, 2004 - 10:41 am

    Linux vendor Red Hat Inc. is investing in India to build an open source community in the country, with educational institutions likely to be a key focus, according to the company's top executive.
  • Open source shifts spell an end for UnitedLinux

    Posted January 23, 2004 - 3:59 pm

    The UnitedLinux consortium was launched to combat the dominance of Red Hat in the Linux market. But radical changes in the Linux market - including the dramatic change of heart of UnitedLinux member SCO - has left the organization essentially moribund.
  • SCO to Congress: Linux hurts the U.S.

    Posted January 23, 2004 - 9:56 am

    The SCO Group Inc. has taken its fight with the Linux community to Capitol Hill. Earlier this month, the company sent the 535 members of the U.S. Congress a letter that called Linux and open source software a threat to the security and economy of the U.S., SCO confirmed on Thursday.

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