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  • Munich migrates to Linux despite E.U. debate

    Posted September 30, 2004 - 10:59 am

    If Microsoft Corp. had any hope of seeing Munich back away from its landmark decision last year to abandon Windows software in favor of open source Linux, that hope faded Wednesday when city officials decided to move ahead with their migration project.
  • Microsoft: We can beat Linux without Longhorn

    Posted September 29, 2004 - 2:29 pm

    With Microsoft's next-generation Longhorn operating system still two to three years off, a company official has stated that current generations of Microsoft OSes are ready to take on Linux now. He also reveals that Microsoft keeps an extensive lab running "every Linux distribution" for research purposes.
  • Microsoft updates 'Get the Facts' campaign

    Posted September 29, 2004 - 2:24 pm

    Microsoft's "Get the Facts" campaign, which seeks to prove concretely that Windows has a lower total TCO than Linux, has been controversial since its inception. But it appears that Redmond feels that it is effective, as the company plans to update the campaign with new studies.
  • Munich set to approve Linux despite patent worries

    Posted September 29, 2004 - 2:19 pm

    The city of Munich announced more than a year ago that city computers would be moving to Linux, but the migration has been held up by EU patent worries. Now the city council is finally poised to make the switch.
  • Rat Hat Enterprise Linux 4 to support Indian languages

    Posted September 29, 2004 - 11:13 am

    Red Hat Inc.'s Enterprise Linux 4 products, scheduled for release early next year, will support five Indian languages, reflecting the growing importance of the Indian market, according to an executive of the Raleigh, North Carolina-based Linux company.
  • Microsoft open sources Web authoring application

    Posted September 29, 2004 - 8:53 am

    Continuing its flirtation with open source, Microsoft Corp. on Monday posted the code of a little-known collaboration application to open-source development site
  • Former BEA execs, VC heavyweights launch open source startup

    Posted September 28, 2004 - 4:58 pm

    SourceLabs, a new startup formed by former BEA officers, is aiming to be the "Dell of open source." The company will assemble existing open source components into stacks that they will certify and support for a client's specific business needs.
  • OpenOffice XML may satisfy ISO

    Posted September 28, 2004 - 4:52 pm

    While OpenOffice hasn't achieved desktop domination yet, the XML format in which it stores information is turning heads. In fact, the format may soon be certified as a standard by the ISO - which could unleash a slew of compatible programs and increase interest in the open source office suite.
  • Sun pushes Solaris 10 as a Linux alternative

    Posted September 28, 2004 - 4:42 pm

    For years, Sun has had an ambivalent relationship with Linux. But with the upcoming release of Solaris 10, Sun looks set to treat the open source OS as a straight competitor - and fight it on its own terms.
  • Project penguin: Novell CIO discusses Linux desktop migration project

    Posted September 27, 2004 - 6:03 pm

    In a move to eat its own dog food, as they say in the industry, Novell recently moved 6,000 of its employees' desktops from Windows to Linux. In this interview, Novell CIO Debra Anderson discusses the migration process.
  • 3Com prepares Linux-based IP PBX

    Posted September 27, 2004 - 5:58 pm

    3Com is releasing an open source-based version of its popular IP PBX appliance. The appliance is aimed at companies with more than 1,000 users, and 3Com hopes to woo organizations that are trying to avoid proprietary solutions.
  • Doing the desktop waddle

    Posted September 27, 2004 - 5:47 pm

    By some metrics, Linux has passed Mac OS to become the #2 desktop operating system. But experts vary on what the upstart can do to even be in the same league as Microsoft when it comes to market share.
  • Linux support a 'black hole'

    Posted September 27, 2004 - 9:45 am

    Industry murmurs about a lack of commercial support for Linux are justified, according to Education in the Workplace Institute director Ihian Mackenzie who believes the "free" nature of Linux is stifling its penetration in the business market.
  • Sun said to table Linux purchase

    Posted September 23, 2004 - 4:59 pm

    Scuttlebutt had it that Sun was interested in acquiring specialty Linux distributor MontaVista, but the deal has been tabled for now. Analysts are questioning the wisdom of the potential move.
  • 'Live distributions' help users test-drive Linux

    Posted September 23, 2004 - 4:44 pm

    Installing Linux has always been enough of a chore to scare off many interested users. But many Linux distributors are making available so-called "live distributions," which run entirely off of a CD and can be used as a test-drive.
  • Unix Tip: Changing chown

    Posted September 22, 2004 - 5:19 pm

    If you have tried to give away any files lately on any of your Unix systems (i.e., without first becoming root), you may have been surprised to learn that you can't. On most Unix systems today, any non-root user is likely to get errors such as these when he or she tries to change ownership on a file.
  • JBoss 4.0 released

    Posted September 21, 2004 - 8:59 pm

    JBoss released version 4.0 of its flagship open source J2EE server this week. The move comes in the wake of a number of announcements and partnerships that have left the company flying high.
  • Novell gives sneak preview of Mono 2

    Posted September 21, 2004 - 8:51 pm

    Novell unveiled a list of new features that will be built into the next version of Mono, its open source .Net clone. The new version will feature a Visual Basic compiler and support for Windows Forms.
  • Can you leave Linux for half-price Solaris?

    Posted September 21, 2004 - 8:47 pm

    Sun launched a series of aggressive pricing moves for its servers in what the company called a war to win back market share lost to low-cost x86/Linux machines.
  • Microsoft provides Office source code to governments

    Posted September 20, 2004 - 11:02 am

    Facing growing competition from open source software providers, Microsoft Corp. has decided to allow governments and international organizations access to source code for its Office 2003 productivity suite.
  • Interview with Microsoft Linux strategist Martin Taylor

    Posted September 17, 2004 - 9:34 am

    Microsoft's chief Linux strategist has some interesting things to say about the open source OS. For instance, he sees Novell as the Linux company to beat, and feels that many potential Linux customers are quite interested in indemnification against SCO-style lawsuits.
  • Database makes peace between Linux and Windows

    Posted September 17, 2004 - 9:30 am

    Gupta Technologies has released an embedded Linux database that it says will help ease the transition from Windows to Linux.
  • Hacking XML

    Posted September 16, 2004 - 3:08 pm

    Looking for tips and tricks that will make working with XML easier? Check out this book excerpt.
  • Redmond looks to battle specific open source rivals, capture 'coolness' factor

    Posted September 16, 2004 - 2:46 pm

    In a change in tactics in its battle against Linux, Microsoft plans to promote its specific products against specific products of competitors such as Red Hat or IBM, rather than lashing out at "Linux" as a general category. A company official also said that Redmond needs to figure out how to best Linux at being the "first to cool."
  • Linux patent risks: Things to consider

    Posted September 16, 2004 - 1:08 pm

    In August, Open Source Risk Management (OSRM) announced research that indicated that Linux infringes 283 patents. Thomas C. Carey, a partner at Bromberg & Sunstein LLP, Boston, believes that Linux users need to protect themselves when it comes to potential patent infringement; however, he has his doubts about OSRM's methods. He points out that OSRM has a financial interest in raising fears about Linux patent problems, and points out that "OSRM ... is offering something that looks and smells like insurance; but, as OSRM admits, it is not licensed as an insurance company."
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