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  • Linux startup develops David to take on Windows Goliath

    Posted August 3, 2004 - 11:37 am

    A secretive Manila-based startup is developing software that, it claims, will allow virtually any Windows application to run on the Linux operating system. While fuzzy on details, the company, called SpecOps Labs, says that it has developed a novel approach to the problem, one that uses both existing open-source software as well as proprietary code the company has written itself.
  • IBM offers Cloudscape as open source code

    Posted August 3, 2004 - 10:19 am

    IBM Corp. has found a new home for the Cloudscape database software it picked up in 2001 through its acquisition of Informix Corp. The company plans to give Cloudscape to the Apache Software Foundation, which will oversee Cloudscape as an open-source project.
  • SCO CEO: No need to sue more customers

    Posted August 3, 2004 - 8:53 am

    At the SCO Forum convention in Las Vegas this week, one question on many attendees' minds will be whether the company's future will be as a software vendor or as a litigator. In this interview, SCO Chief Executive Officer Darl McBride talks about the direction of the company, the likelihood of more customer lawsuits, and his company's recent decision to revive the Unix System Laboratories name.
  • Unisys puts Linux on high-end Intel servers

    Posted August 2, 2004 - 10:45 am

    Unisys Corp. will now support Linux on its ES7000 series high-end servers, the company announced Monday. The Blue Bell, Pennsylvania, company already offers Linux on 2-way or 4-way servers based on Intel Corp. microprocessors, and is now adding support for Linux on a range of multiprocessor machines containing up to 32 Intel 32-bit or 64-bit processors.
  • IBM case to steal limelight at SCO conference

    Posted July 30, 2004 - 3:41 pm

    At the SCO Group's customer and partner conference next week, the company will aim to promote the upcoming version of its OpenServer Unix software. But much of the world's attention will be directed to the company's ongoing legal struggle against IBM and the Linux world.
  • Linux gives new lease on life to legacy Cobol

    Posted July 30, 2004 - 3:37 pm

    With new technology from Acucorp, organizations with heavy investments in Cobol can port that legacy code to 64-bit Linux platforms.
  • Microsoft popular with some in open source crowd

    Posted July 30, 2004 - 3:33 pm

    Microsoft is traditionally viewed as anathema to open source developers. But two Microsoft projects released on SourceForge under an open source license have proved very popular with the open source community - and more open source packages from Redmond could follow.
  • Research: Linux servers mostly hack-free

    Posted July 30, 2004 - 3:14 pm

    New research from Evans Data indicates that a substantial majority of Linux servers have never been compromised or infected by a virus. But some are questioning the study's methodology.
  • Xandros puts Linux into business Windows world

    Posted July 30, 2004 - 11:01 am

    Xandros Inc. has released a new version of its business Linux desktop with upgraded Windows integration features. The OS is an evolution of Corel Corp.'s Debian-based distribution, acquired in August 2001.
  • SCO tries to revive Unix System Labs name

    Posted July 30, 2004 - 10:40 am

    The SCO Group Inc. is trying to revive the name of the AT&T Corp. subsidiary that once owned the rights to the Unix operating system and, in the process, stirring up controversy with the industry group that claims ownership of the Unix trademark.
  • XHTML: Liberating or evil?

    Posted July 29, 2004 - 1:29 pm

    Does coding Web pages in XHTML - an XML dialect that (in theory) is compatible with HTML and can be read by Web browsers - aid in Web development? Or does it add needless complexity that causes bugs? This article contains a summary of the debate on this subject that took place on the XML-DEV mailing list.
  • Dell releases new Linux workstation

    Posted July 29, 2004 - 1:25 pm

    Dell is releasing a new Linux-based workstation that features Intel's 64-bit extensions. The release is timed to coincide with next week's LinuxWorld conference.
  • Whatever happened to UnitedLinux?

    Posted July 29, 2004 - 1:21 pm

    In May 2002, SUSE Linux, the former Caldera International (now known as The SCO Group), Turbolinux, and Conectiva SA joined forces to create UnitedLinux, a standardized, international version of the Linux OS. As you might guess from that list of companies, a lot has happened between now and then. A UnitedLinux distro was released in November 2002 - but what's happened since?
  • Accelerating Linux in the enterprise

    Posted July 29, 2004 - 12:07 pm

    In this interview, William Weinberg, a new architecture specialist at WSDL, talks about Linux in the business world, desktops vs. servers, and looming threat of more legal crises.
  • SCO gets KO'd

    Posted July 29, 2004 - 12:00 pm

    SCO's case against DaimlerChrysler went before a judge this week. According to one observer's interpretation, SCO got crushed - and that's a signal of things to come.
  • Getting behind the Open Source versus everyone else FUD

    Posted July 27, 2004 - 10:29 am

    The open source versus proprietary debate is still raging, the usual myths and misinformation are doing the rounds, and, somewhere along the line, the most pertinent issue - business' IT requirements - seems to have been forgotten.
  • Linux drifts from Sun orbit

    Posted July 26, 2004 - 2:34 pm

    Two years after Sun began its move into the Linux marketplace, the company is signaling that it intends to compete with Red Hat on the strength of its own Solaris operating system.
  • DataPower integrates XML, non-XML data

    Posted July 26, 2004 - 2:30 pm

    DataPower has released a new product that promises to merge XML and non-XML data, and integrate mainframe equipment into a modern data network.
  • Apache's Geronimo hits a snag

    Posted July 26, 2004 - 2:24 pm

    Geronimo, the Apache Project's open source J2EE server, won't be released on August 6 as originally planned, a project spokesperson said.
  • Red Hat adds module to ease use of Microsoft Exchange with Linux

    Posted July 26, 2004 - 2:20 pm

    Red Hat's latest beta release contains Ximian's Evolution Connector for Microsoft Exchange Server, allowing greater Windows-Linux integration.
  • EmergeCore IT-in-a-Box SMB server

    Posted July 23, 2004 - 12:15 pm

    EmergeCore has used Linux in a line of $1395-$2450 office servers for small-medium businesses (SMBs). The IT-100 and IT-500 include a range of open source software providing basic Internetworking capabilities, along with basic e-mail, LAN, and Internet server software required by SMBs.
  • Interview: MySQL minnow attracts giants

    Posted July 23, 2004 - 9:49 am

    Zack Urlocker, MySQL's vice-president of marketing, recalls a time when checks sent to his company didn't get cashed because, as he put it, "everyone was writing code." In this interview, he describes the MySQL database's shift from one that is installed "from below" by curious techies to one that is mandated from above by CIOs.
  • XML on the Web has failed

    Posted July 22, 2004 - 11:10 am

    Any techie knows that XML has moved into a variety of computing niches. But one observer believes that the Web -- an area where XML was supposed to be in its element -- has failed to embrace and benefit from the standard.
  • Court dismisses bulk of SCO's DaimlerChrysler lawsuit

    Posted July 21, 2004 - 5:08 pm

    The SCO Group Inc. has been dealt a setback in its quest to hold customers accountable for its copyright claims. On Wednesday, a Michigan judge granted a motion dismissing all but one of the software vendor's counts in its lawsuit with auto giant DaimlerChrysler AG, according to DaimlerChrysler spokeswoman Mary Gauthier.
  • HP memo warned of Microsoft assault on open source

    Posted July 21, 2004 - 11:33 am

    A two-year-old internal Hewlett-Packard Co. memo that surfaced Monday reveals that the company expected Microsoft Corp. to launch an all-out legal assault on open-source software.
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