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  • Oracle goes SOA with Collaxa buy

    Posted July 12, 2004 - 11:42 pm

    Choosing to buy rather than build, Oracle has put out a new SOA product based on the assets obtained in its purchase of Collaxa.
  • Open source apps losing desktop battle with Microsoft

    Posted July 12, 2004 - 11:18 pm

    Despite two years of efforts, open source desktop productivity software hasn't made a dent in Microsoft's bottom line. Why? One observer thinks that Redmond is winning on cost.
  • Sun software EVP sheds light on plans to open source Solaris

    Posted July 12, 2004 - 11:14 pm

    At June's JavaOne conference, Sun released the first details of its plans to release the Solaris operating system as open source, but it's still not clear how the gambit will play out.
  • Despite Java's 'ubiquity,' Sun's financial benefit from technology remains unclear

    Posted July 12, 2004 - 11:08 pm

    At June's JavaOne conference, Sun officials demonstrated that Java technology has infiltrated all aspects of the IT ecosystem. What they failed to demonstrate, however, is that such ubiquity boosts Sun's bottom line.
  • Eclipse director discusses new 3.0 development platform

    Posted July 12, 2004 - 11:05 pm

    Many people think of the open source Eclipse IDE as just a Java tool. But, as the Eclipse Foundation's executive director explains in this interview, the platform has much wider-reaching ambitions.
  • JBoss closing in on J2EE certification

    Posted July 12, 2004 - 11:00 pm

    JBoss, creator of an eponymous open source J2EE server, has had a rocky relationship with Sun. But now the company is closing in on formal J2EE certification for its flagship product.
  • FreeBSD to interoperate with Unix platfoms

    Posted July 12, 2004 - 10:50 pm

    Most people think of FreeBSD as "the other free Unix," but in fact the project hasn't had access to the POSIX Unix interoperability standard - until now. The IEEE and the Open Group have now given their permission for that access, which will open up a world of interoperability for BSD users.
  • D-Link India develops low-cost Linux networking gear

    Posted July 12, 2004 - 10:39 pm

    D-Link India has developed low-cost, Linux-based networking equipment such as routers and firewalls, and VOIP (voice over Internet protocol) phones, specially designed for the requirements of emerging economies, according to an executive of the company.
  • Munich opens gates to Linux

    Posted July 12, 2004 - 10:34 pm

    You've no doubt heard about the city of Munich's decision to move from Windows to Linux. In this interview, the city's technical head talks about the motivations for the move.
  • Creating XML with Genx

    Posted July 12, 2004 - 10:20 pm

    Genx is a C library that creates well-formed, canonical XML output. Read on to find out how you can integrate it into your own projects.
  • Linux in government: Winning in the big enterprise space

    Posted July 12, 2004 - 10:17 pm

    Several Linux vendors have teamed up in an alliance with big IT players like Oracle and HP. The group has scored a big win by winning a contract to migrate the federal courts' administrative computers to Linux.
  • SCO: IBM 'mischaracterizes' lawsuit

    Posted July 12, 2004 - 4:18 pm

    The SCO Group Inc. on Thursday submitted written arguments explaining why a Utah judge should not issue a summary judgment dismissing its multibillion-dollar lawsuit against IBM Corp.
  • Linux wins another European government contract

    Posted July 12, 2004 - 3:53 pm

    The French Ministry of Equipment is to migrate 1,500 aging Windows NT servers to a specially developed version of MandrakeSoft SA's Mandrake Linux Corporate Server, amid growing evidence that large European organizations are treating open-source software as a serious alternative to proprietary offerings.
  • France lends support to new open-source license

    Posted July 12, 2004 - 9:56 am

    Researchers at three French government-funded research organizations have revealed something they hope will increase the spread of free, open source software in the country: a new license they say is compatible with the Free Software Foundation Inc.'s GNU General Public License (GPL).
  • Open source leading Massachusetts' IT overhaul

    Posted July 9, 2004 - 10:03 am

    Under its new CIO, the state of Massachusetts has moving to implement an IT plan much like a large corporation - and open source is playing a major part in that move. (Free registration required to access site.)
  • Open source market share to double

    Posted July 9, 2004 - 10:01 am

    Businesses and governments in Western Europe are buying more services around open-source software, and spending will more than double in the next four years as open source becomes mainstream, according to a new study from IDC.
  • Using open source as a weird form of outsourcing

    Posted July 9, 2004 - 9:59 am

    Niku Corp. is opening most of the code for its decade-old scheduling app. Observers believe that the move is less about contributing to the open source community and more about gaining incremental improvements to the software without having paid staff developers working on such a project.
  • Novell makes public-sector pact

    Posted July 9, 2004 - 9:54 am

    The U.S. federal government's SmartBuy Program, designed to gather up all federal tech spending under one roof and encourage bulk purchasing, hasn't caught on among vendors yet. But now Linux maker Novell has signed on, bringing the possibility of extensive Linux buying by the government.
  • Sun's Gosling defends Java open source stance

    Posted July 9, 2004 - 9:48 am

    James Gosling, a Sun vice president and the inventor of the Java language, is defending his company's stance on the open sourcing of its flagship Java product line. Among other things, he declares that "There
  • Who wrote Linux?

    Posted July 9, 2004 - 9:43 am

    A recent Microsoft-funded report declared that it was impossible for Linus Torvalds to have written Linux in six months, and many in the open source community bristled at the implication that he stole code. But, as one commentator pointed out, Torvalds didn't write all of Linux so quickly - he had a wealth of GNU tools to build on.
  • BEA favors making Java open source

    Posted July 1, 2004 - 9:27 am

    BEA Systems Inc. on Wednesday cast its vote in favor of Sun Microsystems Inc. making parts of its Java technology open source, ratcheting the debate up a notch.
  • Novell releases Mono 1.0

    Posted June 30, 2004 - 4:59 pm

    Open source developers now have an alternative to Microsoft Corp.'s .Net application development platform, thanks to Novell Inc., which on Wednesday released version 1.0 of its Mono development platform.
  • JAVAONE: BEA to enter fray over open-source Java

    Posted June 29, 2004 - 9:16 am

    BEA Systems Inc. will jump into the debate over whether Java should be made open source on Wednesday, and comments from one of its senior executives suggest the application server vendor is leaning in favor of the move.
  • JAVAONE: Sun opens Looking Glass, sees more Java clients

    Posted June 29, 2004 - 8:33 am

    Sun Microsystems Inc. is releasing the source code for a user interface technology that provides users with a 3D view of their PC desktop, part of an effort to drive greater use of Java on PCs and other client devices.
  • Novell outlines open-source transition

    Posted June 28, 2004 - 4:55 pm

    As part of its transition to an open-source software model, Novell Inc. will scale back its investment in some proprietary technology that competes with open-source alternatives, a company executive said Monday.

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