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  • 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.
  • IBM urges Sun to make Java open source

    Posted February 26, 2004 - 9:30 am

    IBM has built much of its recent strategy around open source and open standards; in particular, many of its tools have been refocused to center on the Java platform and language. Now Rod Smith, IBM's vice president of emerging technology, has joined open source advocate Eric S. Raymond in publicly calling for Sun to make Java open source.
  • WS-I outlines Web services security scenarios

    Posted February 26, 2004 - 9:24 am

    The WS-I organization, which is traditionally focused on Web services interoperability, has issued a report focusing on the security issues faced by Web services implementers.
  • VMWare revises mid-range virtual server

    Posted February 24, 2004 - 11:50 am

    The new version features 3.6 gigabytes memory, Windows and Linux integration, and several networking-related capabilities.
  • Google spurns RSS for rising blog format

    Posted February 23, 2004 - 12:22 pm

    Bloggers have been divided for some time between using the RSS dialect of XML to syndicate their posts and using the up-and-coming Atom format. Now Google, the parent company of Blogspot, is wading into the fray by embracing Atom.
  • Fixing statistical errors in spreadsheet software: The cases of Gnumeric and Excel

    Posted February 23, 2004 - 12:17 pm

    When considering the differences between Microsoft Excel and the open source Gnumeric spreadsheet, consider this: according one statistician, Gnumeric's statistical analysis tools are more accurate than Excel's. (Paper is in PDF format.)
  • Lindows 4.5 Developer Edition reviewed

    Posted February 22, 2004 - 8:11 pm

    The Lindows Linux distribution aims to supply a Windows-like interface, and has been viewed with suspicion by many in the open source community. But this review shows that at least one techie has fallen under its spell.
  • HOWTO: VoIPv6 on Linux with VOVIDA

    Posted February 22, 2004 - 8:06 pm

    Voice over IP (VoIP) is an exciting frontier that has the capability to render existing phone services obsolete. This HOWTO shows you how you can use Linux systems as a backbone for a VoIP service.
  • Customizing a 2.6-based kernel

    Posted February 22, 2004 - 8:01 pm

    One of the great advantages of open source software is that you can modify it to fit your needs. But do you dare tackle something as large as the Linux kernel? This article will get you started.
  • MySQL AB to tweak open source license

    Posted February 22, 2004 - 7:49 pm

    The open source MySQL database has long been popular, but its particular license terms have confused some. Now the MySQL AB company is changing the license in hopes of increasing adoption.
  • SCO's Linux user deadline puts Lehman Brothers in spotlight

    Posted February 22, 2004 - 7:35 pm

    The SCO Group has announced its intention to take its legal fight to Linux end users, though it hasn't filed any such lawsuits yet. This article takes a look at how one company is responding to the pending threat.
  • Groklaw

    Posted February 22, 2004 - 7:30 pm

    If you want to know about the intersection of law and open source software, Groklaw ought to be the first place you go. This collection of resources, put together by a paralegal researcher, is an invaluable resource.
  • Book review: J2EE Security

    Posted February 22, 2004 - 6:58 pm

    Complex distributed systems, like those built on J2EE, are often hard to lock down. Check out this Slashdot book review on J2EE Security, then see what your fellow techies think.

  • Googling for XML: Finding the files you want

    Posted February 22, 2004 - 6:50 pm

    Looking for documents specifically in XML format? This tip shows you how to plumb the Google search engine to get the data you want in the format you want.
  • What is a 'standard' these days, anyhow?

    Posted February 22, 2004 - 6:44 pm

    The idea of open standards has been embraced by virtually everybody in the IT field today - but according to this tech expert, its very omnipresence threatens to make the term meaningless.
  • Linux faces a growing tide of attacks

    Posted February 20, 2004 - 2:52 pm

    A recent study has shown a spike in successful attacks against government-run Linux servers. According to the study's authors, the problem lies in rapid Linux adoption without corresponding security training.
  • Novell CEO: 'Linux is simply good business'

    Posted February 20, 2004 - 1:52 pm

    At his LinuxWorld Expo keynote, Novell CEO Jack Messman succinctly described the Linux and open source value proposition: "With Linux you can simply do more for less."
  • An open source primer for non-profits

    Posted February 20, 2004 - 1:47 pm

    For cash-strapped nonprofits looking to save money on IT, this primer can show the way. It includes resources and case studies relating to the use of open source software in the nonprofit field to save money. (Primer is in PDF format.)
  • Constructing a corporate open source policy?

    Posted February 20, 2004 - 1:40 pm

    Corporations thrive on policies and procedures, which is why the somewhat amorphous open source world seems scary to corporate leaders. How can corporate IT staff write sane policies that promote open source software but also protect the company that uses it? The Slashdot community hashes it out in this discussion.
  • Opinion: A SCO win could hurt Microsoft, too

    Posted February 20, 2004 - 1:36 pm

    Convention wisdom has it that Microsoft is rooting - and maybe even funding - the SCO Group in its legal battle against IBM and Linux. But one analyst thinks that a SCO victory could paradoxically hit Redmond where it hurts most - at the bottom line.
  • Microsoft takes case against Lindows to Canada

    Posted February 20, 2004 - 10:33 am

    After suing in the U.S. and several European countries, Microsoft Corp. is taking its trademark infringement case against Linux vendor Inc. to Canada.
  • W3C risks patent tussle in standards push

    Posted February 19, 2004 - 8:50 pm

    The W3C is moving ahead with the process of approving the VoiceXML 2.0 standard - despite the fact that it may infringe upon an existing patent. Some analysts see this leading to a legal tussle worse than the current SCO lawsuit against IBM.
  • FSF: Apache license (still) not GPL-compatible

    Posted February 19, 2004 - 3:11 pm

    The latest version of the Apache license is still not compatible with the GNU Public License, which may complicate free software efforts. Join the crowd on Slashdot to see how the tech community is reacting.
  • Mozilla launches European support arm

    Posted February 19, 2004 - 10:11 am

    European developers and users of open source Internet applications from the Mozilla Foundation can now turn to a local group for support.
  • Intel to speed lagging Linux support

    Posted February 18, 2004 - 8:19 pm

    Chipmaking giant Intel announced that it will release Linux drivers for its chipsets in the "same release cycle" as their Windows drivers from now on. The move is indicative of the influence that Linux-using programmers wield.

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