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  • IBM open sources speech recognition tools

    Posted September 13, 2004 - 11:12 pm

    IBM said Monday it will release as open source code some of its software for speech-enabling applications. The move is intended to spur development in the field and outflank rivals by making IBM's free technology the industry standard.
  • Linux group pushes for greater standardization

    Posted September 13, 2004 - 12:23 pm

    Linux Standards Base 2.0 is about to get a big boost from a variety of Linux players, according to the Free Standards Group, which backs LSB. Plan backers include both Linux developers like Red Hat and Novell and hardware manufacturers like IBM, Intel, Hewlett-Packard, Dell, and AMD. The move is seen as countering Microsoft's contentions that Linux is really a series of slightly different and incompatible operating systems.
  • Open source? Proprietary? Novell seeks best of both worlds

    Posted September 13, 2004 - 12:17 pm

    At Novell's recent BrainShare Europe conference, the company's CEO declared that the future of software lied with companies that embrace both open source and proprietary software, using both in niches where they made sense.
  • Microsoft tab key patent 'not worth the bother'

    Posted September 10, 2004 - 10:00 am

    In 1997, Microsoft somehow managed to patent the use of the tab key to move between hyperlinks on a Web page. Redmond could use its patents to launch a new patent war against just about every other browser maker, but most analysts believe that it just wouldn't be worth the trouble.
  • IBM hopes Linux will aid adoption of Power-based servers

    Posted September 10, 2004 - 9:49 am

    In an attempt to promote its Power chip architecture, IBM is launching a line of low-cost Power servers that run only Linux. The machines will not run AIX or i5/OS, IBM's usual server OSes.
  • The numbers are in, and Linux is up

    Posted September 10, 2004 - 9:44 am

    Servers that ship with Linux pre-installed continue to be a hot commodity. IDC research indicates that revenue on such servers grew 50 percent this past quarter when compared to the same quarter a year ago.
  • IBM opens Linux center in Brazil

    Posted September 10, 2004 - 9:34 am

    IBM will spend more than $1 million to help fund a Linux technology center in Brazil. The center, created in conjunction with the Brazilian government, aims to train 700 public service professionals on the use of Linux by year's end.
  • SCO's 'Linux doesn't exist' claims slammed

    Posted September 9, 2004 - 11:01 am

    The SCO Group Inc.'s Australia and New Zealand managing director Kieran O'Shaughnessy's recent claims that Linux doesn't exist and is just an unlicensed version of Unix have been labelled 'stupid' by former Australian Unix Users' Group president and 25-year Unix veteran Greg Lehey.
  • Wrestle HTML into shape with Python

    Posted September 9, 2004 - 10:24 am

    Do you have a lot of poorly formed HTML that you want to parse into XML? This tutorial shows you how to use Python to do just that.
  • Intel aids 'carrier grade' Linux

    Posted September 9, 2004 - 10:18 am

    Chipmaking giant Intel has released software that will help VoIP and other telecom providers build low-cost systems based on Linux.
  • Bruce Perens: The Linux colonel talks

    Posted September 8, 2004 - 5:04 pm

    Former HP open source guru and current UnitedLinux backer Bruce Perens covers a wide range of topics in this interview. He explains why many open sourcers are dissatisfied with Red Hat and SuSE, where UnitedLinux fits into the mix, and why OpenOffice may ultimately be more important than Linux in unseating Microsoft.
  • Analyst: Desktop Linux set to take on Longhorn

    Posted September 8, 2004 - 4:56 pm

    Though there are still a few kinks to work out, one U.K. analyst believes that desktop Linux distributions will offer serious competition for Microsoft's Longhorn when the latter is released in 2006.
  • Microsoft sees open source as immediate threat

    Posted September 8, 2004 - 12:29 pm

    Microsoft Corp. sees open source software as a more pervasive threat than ever, according to a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. The 10-k filing, submitted at the beginning of this month, cites open source as a threat to Microsoft's businesses in servers, clients, productivity software and even handheld computers, as well as posing a challenge to the company's general business model.
  • JBoss gets into business process management

    Posted September 7, 2004 - 4:05 pm

    JBoss, the company that makes the open source Java application server of the same name, is readying a new open source offering for business process management.
  • Red Hat offers bug fixes, security upgrades

    Posted September 7, 2004 - 3:56 pm

    Red Hat has released Enterprise Linux 3 Update 3, which offers improved security, fixes of bugs, and support for IBM's Power5 servers.
  • How to get started in Linux

    Posted September 7, 2004 - 3:50 pm

    It's obviously going to help your career to know more about Linux. But how do you start the process? One tech expert offers his suggestions.
  • Open source 'too risky' for Aussie government

    Posted September 7, 2004 - 10:47 am

    Open source software is too risky for the Australian government. The authorities down under has ruled out mandating government use of open source software because the failure of a high profile project following such a move is simply too risky.
  • Ballmer bullish on future, bearish on Linux

    Posted September 1, 2004 - 2:52 pm

    Microsoft Corp. Chief Executive Officer Steve Ballmer addressed a gathering of software industry leaders in Boston Wednesday, touting his company's vision for a bright future, while casting doubt on alternatives to his company's Windows operating system, in particular Linux.
  • SCO caps legal costs as losses mount

    Posted September 1, 2004 - 9:47 am

    With its cash reserves dwindling and losses continuing to mount, The SCO Group Inc. is taking measures to cut its expenses and ensure it will have enough cash to process its lawsuit with IBM Corp, the company announced during its quarterly earnings conference call Tuesday. SCO reported a loss of US$7.4 million on revenue of $11.2 million for the third quarter - a loss that was affected by the $7.2 million in legal expenses the company incurred during the quarter, which ended July 31.
  • Open rival for Exchange emerges

    Posted August 31, 2004 - 11:39 am

    Open-Xchange Server, the technology behind SuSE's OpenExchange offering, has been released to the GPL by its designers, Netline Internet Service. The company hopes that the open source community can improve the product even further.
  • Novell consolidates business units

    Posted August 31, 2004 - 11:31 am

    In a move to rationalize its operations after a glut of acquisitions, Novell will be consolidating its business units. As part of the reorganization, the company's Nterprise and SuSE Linux divisions will be combined into a single group that will be called Platform and Application Services.
  • Coming soon to a TV near you: Ads for desktop Linux

    Posted August 31, 2004 - 11:17 am

    If TV is the ultimate guide of popularity in the modern world, then Linux may have finally hit the big time. Ads for desktop computers running Linux have it the airwaves in both the U.S. and Mexico.
  • Server sales favor Linux

    Posted August 30, 2004 - 4:09 pm

    Shipments of Linux servers grew by 61.6 percent, driving Linux revenue up 54.6 percent in the second quarter, according to a new survey by the Gartner Group. The boost gave Linux a 9.5 percent share of overall server operating system (OS) revenue, while Windows still leads with 34.4 percent of total server OS sales.
  • Ad watchdog warns Microsoft to 'Get the Facts'

    Posted August 27, 2004 - 10:09 am

    According to Microsoft's "Get the Facts" print ad campaign, it demonstrated that "Linux was found to be over 10 times more expensive than Windows Server...for Windows-comparable functions of file serving and Web serving." However, a U.K. advertising standards body has warned that the campaign could be misleading.
  • Open source community skeptical about Microsoft's sender ID license

    Posted August 27, 2004 - 9:03 am

    The open-source community wants access to Microsoft's Sender ID framework - a caller ID system for e-mail designed to help prevent spam. However, Microsoft's licensing requirements aren't compatible with many open-source licenses, prohibiting those implementations.
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