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  • 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."
  • Sun-Microsoft deal raises Open Office questions

    Posted September 16, 2004 - 11:49 am

    Microsoft Corp. on Wednesday said that is looking for ways to work more closely with developers of the Open Office open source project, while at the same time, apparently reserving the right to sue them, according to a legal agreement between Microsoft and Open Office's major sponsor, Sun Microsystems Inc., made public this week.
  • Linspire me: Michael Robertson talks

    Posted September 15, 2004 - 9:43 am

    In this wide-ranging interview, Linspire CEO Michael Robertson talks about what it will take to get Linux on the desktop everywhere, why his startup can achieve that better than Red Hat, SuSE, or Sun -- and whether or not Microsoft's lawsuit against his company came as a surprise to him.
  • OSDL looks to boost Linux standard adoption

    Posted September 15, 2004 - 9:38 am

    The Linux Standard Base aims to prevent Linux fragmentation by creating a standard that application developers can write for to ensure that Linux apps work with all major distributions. Now the Open Source Development Labs has agreed to provide infrastructure and support to developers writing LSB-compliant.
  • Novell ties up partnerships to boost Linux

    Posted September 15, 2004 - 9:28 am

    As Novell readies the release of SuSE Linux Enterprise Server 9, the company has inked a number of deals with OEMs and third-party software vendors in an attempt to build marketshare for the product from the word go.
  • ObjectWeb plans open source BPEL server

    Posted September 14, 2004 - 4:53 pm

    ObjectWeb will begin distributing an open source BPEL server in the coming weeks, expanding the available options for a middleware technology used to link several applications and data sources into a larger business process. It will be the second open source BPEL server released in recent weeks.
  • Novell readies streamlined Linux desktop

    Posted September 14, 2004 - 9:49 am

    SuSE Linux Desktop 9, Novell's new desktop Linux offering, is entering beta testing. Company sources say that the desktop will be simple and stripped down, in accordance with corporate needs.
  • SugarCRM offers open source sales app

    Posted September 14, 2004 - 9:43 am

    SugarCRM has released its flagship commercial product: an open source CRM app that runs on multiple platforms. Company CEO John Roberts says "Yes, it is open-source, but a real company is there to support it."
  • Telstra lets fly with Linux data warehouse

    Posted September 14, 2004 - 9:06 am

    Showing that Telstra Corp. Ltd. CIO Jeff Smith hasn't lost his enthusiasm for Linux, the telco last week celebrated the launch of a new billing system codenamed Raptor-E. The launch at a gala event in Melbourne came two months after Smith said Telstra had deployed a "data mart" as a "world-first solution using standard Intel servers and the Linux operating system."
  • SCO stalls for time

    Posted September 13, 2004 - 11:46 pm

    The SCO-IBM Linux lawsuit may come to head this week, with SCO hoping that a judge will give it more time to prove its case.
  • 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.
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