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  • 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.
  • 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.
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