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  • InfiniBand could boost Linux supercomputing

    Posted June 23, 2004 - 3:33 pm

    Infiniband is a high-speed networking technology that many distributed supercomputing clusters use. Linux doesn't support it yet, but a new open source project, backed by several industry titans, aims to change that - and put Linux on the supercomputing map.
  • IBM to showcase Java tools research

    Posted June 23, 2004 - 3:28 pm

    At this week's JavaOne show, IBM will be showcasing a number of Java tools from its experimental alphaWorks division. Among the tools is a bridge designed to help coordinate Java and .Net components.
  • Java IDEs promise productivity gains

    Posted June 23, 2004 - 3:18 pm

    Two revised Java IDEs - the open source Eclipse platform and Sun's Java Studio Creator - promise enhanced developer productivity with their host of easy-to-use features. Eclipse is particularly promoting its IDE's "rich client" software.
  • Novell sets July date for Mono rollout

    Posted June 23, 2004 - 2:06 pm

    Novell's Ximian division will release Mono, and open source version of .Net for Linux, in July 2004. In the word's of Ximian head David Patrick, "Java is cross-platform and [Mono] makes .Net cross-platform too."
  • IBM and Linux aim for supercomputer top spot

    Posted June 23, 2004 - 1:52 pm

    NEC's Earth Simulator currently rules the supercomputing roost. But IBM plans to best it by June 2005 with the latest version of its Blue Gene system. Blue Gene runs a modified version of Linux on thousands of low-powered PowerPC processors.
  • Commitment to open source standards expands

    Posted June 22, 2004 - 2:58 pm

    Building on its contributions to the Open Source community and commitment to interoperability, Novell Inc. has announced that it is sponsoring the Openswan project - a Linux implementation of the IPsec standard that aims to provide a common approach to securing Internet-based communications.
  • Linux: Growing, but how profitably?

    Posted June 19, 2004 - 3:07 pm

    Red Hat this week released its quarterly earnings, which were generally favorable - and then its stock price promptly dropped 10 percent. Why? One observer thinks that it has less to do with Red Hat's actual business and more to do with the marketplace's unrealistic view of the Linux industry.
  • 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.
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