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  • Big strides for civic Linux

    Posted June 19, 2004 - 3:04 pm

    With Linux being adopted by the cities of Bergen and Munich - and with Bangalore perhaps not far behind - Linux seems to have discovered a sweet spot in municipal governments.
  • SCO constructs a Potemkin village

    Posted June 19, 2004 - 3:00 pm

    The SCO Group recently released a number of updates to its Unix line, as if to assert that it has more interests than suing Linux users. But one observer believes that assertion to be no more than a smokescreen - and that the company is on the verge of financial ruin.
  • XML rich client technology strengthens Java

    Posted June 19, 2004 - 2:57 pm

    J2EE is dominant on the server, but .Net is beginning to make inroads on the client because of its superior rich-client capabilities. One tech experts believes that Java, used in conjunction with XML tech, can provide a compelling user experience on the client side and keep up with Microsoft.
  • Microsoft-funded study: Microsoft is cheaper to support than Linux

    Posted June 19, 2004 - 2:52 pm

    According to a study funded by Microsoft, Windows costs less to support than various flavors of Linux. Unsurprisingly, a representative from Novell's SuSE division had some harsh words to say about the study's methodology.
  • Foremost: A Linux computer forensics tool

    Posted June 19, 2004 - 2:49 pm

    Looking for a tool that will help you find erased and hidden files on a Linux hard drive? Foremost, a program written by the U.S. Air Force internal investigations team and licensed under the GPL, is free to download and try out. The tool examines the physical hard drive of the target computer.
  • SCO tries to reinvigorate product line

    Posted June 19, 2004 - 2:42 pm

    As its financial losses mount and its goodwill evaporates, The SCO Group is trying to prove that it produces more than just lawsuits. The company released a slew of updates to its Unix product lines this week.
  • Brazilian Linux push for IBM

    Posted June 19, 2004 - 2:38 pm

    IBM is taking its Open Software Client Services offering, under which it offers desktop support for a variety of Linux distributions, to Brazil. The company hopes that the developing world will be a fertile market for lower-cost software, such as Linux.
  • IBM ships Linux-based content manager

    Posted June 19, 2004 - 2:33 pm

    IBM is shipping a Linux-based version of its content management offering. The company hopes that this will put content management within the grasp of smaller companies without a lot of cash to spend.
  • Open source on the desktop: Hurry up and wait

    Posted June 19, 2004 - 2:22 pm

    Open source advocates point to the plethora of packages available in saying that Linux and open source are ready for the desktop. But the author's attempt to set up a calendering program on Linux has convinced him that open source is still too intimidating for the average user.
  • Linspire and Xandros: A Linux desktop bonanza

    Posted June 19, 2004 - 2:18 pm

    Red Hat and SuSE may be the best known Linux distros, but this article takes a look at two distributions that are gunning for the desktop.
  • 10 gigabit Ethernet comes to Linux servers

    Posted June 19, 2004 - 2:14 pm

    Silicon Graphics has introduced a line of Linux servers with PCI-X 10 gigabit Ethernet network cards.
  • French government looks to open source

    Posted June 19, 2004 - 12:27 pm

    The cash-strapped French government is looking to open source software as it prepares to upgrade its millions of computers. Government officials say that the move is not a blow against Microsoft, but an attempt to cut costs - and estimate that they can save up to 50 percent on their IT bills.
  • Open source IP screening company hires legal muscle

    Posted June 19, 2004 - 12:18 pm

    Black Duck Software, which offers products that help open source users determine who owns the rights to the code they run, has added some legal muscle itself in the form of a prominent intellectual property attorney.
  • Software companies using open source as a weapon

    Posted June 18, 2004 - 1:33 pm

    Open source got its start with high-minded ideals about sharing and openness. But industry observers are noting that many companies are open sourcing products specifically to undermine their competitors, using it as a weapon.
  • Google sysadmin preaches Debian for software management

    Posted June 18, 2004 - 11:15 am

    Caught up in the tangle of manually installing and updating software, enterprises can find a tip or two in the open source community's book on how to streamline the process, according to Google Inc. senior system administrator Marc Merlin.
  • Red Hat Linux tops 300,000 subscribers

    Posted June 18, 2004 - 11:04 am

    Red Hat now has over 300,000 subscribers to its Red Hat Enterprise Linux support service, the company said Thursday, during a conference call reporting the results of its first quarter of fiscal 2004. The company reported revenue of US$41.6 million and net income of $10.7 million, or $0.05 per share, for the quarter, which ended May 31.
  • IDC: Linux to take 29 percent of 2008 server shipments

    Posted June 17, 2004 - 4:02 pm

    The Linux operating system will account for 29 percent of units shipped into the worldwide server market in 2008, up from 12 percent last year, IDC predicts.
  • Munich agrees to Linux migration plan

    Posted June 17, 2004 - 9:27 am

    Local government officials in Munich approved Wednesday a plan for rolling out the Linux operating system and other open source applications in more than 14,000 city administration computers.
  • Linux wins another city over Windows

    Posted June 16, 2004 - 10:17 am

    Linux has won another battle proprietary software with the decision yesterday of Bergen, Norway's second-largest city, to consolidate older Windows and Unix servers on Novell's Suse Linux Enterprise Server 8.
  • Munich to decide on Linux deployment plan

    Posted June 16, 2004 - 9:19 am

    One year after deciding to drop Microsoft Corp.'s Windows in favor of Linux, the Munich city government is set to approve a plan for deploying the open source operating system and other open source desktop applications across all departments.
  • Is open source IP telephony ready for prime time?

    Posted June 10, 2004 - 5:14 pm

    More and more companies are moving away from traditional PBXs and implementing IP-based telephone systems. Are the open source solutions in this space ready for the enterprise? In this article, two tech experts debate the merits of the current offerings.
  • SCO financial losses mount

    Posted June 10, 2004 - 11:43 am

    The SCO Group Inc. posted a net loss of almost $15 million for its most recent financial quarter Thursday, as the company continues to struggle to realize revenue from its controversial SCOsource software licensing program.
  • Opera made default browser on free Xandros Linux system

    Posted June 10, 2004 - 11:16 am

    Linux software vendor, Xandros Inc. has tapped Norway's Opera Software ASA to provide the default Web browser for the free Open Circulation Edition of the Xandros desktop operating system launched Wednesday.
  • Linux, technological innovation, and originality: Whose invention is it, anyway?

    Posted June 10, 2004 - 9:25 am

    Some of the broad claims made by SCO and others against Linux have attempted to tar Linux as a "copycat" OS: even if code wasn't directly stolen, according to these claims, Linux still imitates Unix functionality. One technologist muses on just what constitutes "originality" in an evolutionary field like computer science.
  • Big Blue, Blue Titan boost SOAs

    Posted June 10, 2004 - 8:46 am

    As enterprises are moving to service-oriented architectures (SOAs), a number of vendors, including IBM, are retrofitting their existing product lines to fit into the SOA worldview.
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