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  • Gartner: Linux source code could still be an issue for enterprises

    Posted June 9, 2004 - 7:25 pm

    In the wake of the uncertainties caused by the SCO lawsuite, Linus Torvalds has established a stricter regimen for adding code to the Linux kernel. But a report by Gartner says that enterprises that use Linux are still potentially vulnerable to legal challenges.
  • Geronimo project joins Apache

    Posted June 9, 2004 - 7:20 pm

    Geronimo, the Apache Foundation's open source J2EE application server, has moved from "incubator" status to a full project, indicating that it's ready to see some real-world use.
  • Intel to open BIOS code project

    Posted June 9, 2004 - 7:13 pm

    As Intel moves forward with its next-generation BIOS initiative, rewriting the software that runs at the lowest level on a PC, it has decided to follow an open source track.
  • Free Software Foundation not well with Mono

    Posted June 9, 2004 - 7:07 pm

    There are currently two projects aiming to build open source implementations of Microsoft's .Net framework: the Free Software Foundation's DotGNU and Ximian's Mono. The fact that there are two projects - and the differences in philosophies between the two groups - are indicative of larger issues within the open source community.
  • Sabre flies to open systems

    Posted June 9, 2004 - 7:01 pm

    Sabre, the company that backs air ticketing services from Travelocity to your local travel agent, is making a big move away from its mainframe-based systems. The company will be basing its infrastructure on commodity hardware running Linux and other open source software.
  • Users praise plan to make Ingres database open source

    Posted June 9, 2004 - 6:56 pm

    Users of the venerable Ingres database roundly acclaimed CA's plan to make the product open source within the next 90 days. "Now I don't have to apologize for my database," said one longtime Ingres DBA.
  • JBoss runs afoul of The Middleware Company

    Posted June 9, 2004 - 6:51 pm

    A spat has developed between JBoss, makers of the an open source Java application server, and The Middleware Company, which runs Java-related Web sites like TheServerSide and JavaLobby. The dispute arose when The Middleware Company accused JBoss employees of "astroturfing" - using fake names to post comments praising JBoss and attacking competitors on The Middleware Company's online discussion boards.
  • Eclipse to name executive director

    Posted June 9, 2004 - 6:46 pm

    Taking another step towards independence from original sponsor IBM, the Eclipse foundation named a former Oracle executive as its new executive director.
  • A new Cocoon from Apache

    Posted June 9, 2004 - 6:40 pm

    The Apache Foundation has released the latest version of Cocoon, its Java- and XML-based publishing and application framework.
  • SCO aims to restrict Solaris, push IBM trial back

    Posted June 9, 2004 - 6:14 pm

    Less than one week after Sun's chief operating officer pledged to open source the Solaris operating system, The SCO Group has stated that licence restrictions prevent Sun from contributing its work under the GPL.
  • Sun: No decision on open source Java

    Posted June 4, 2004 - 5:02 pm

    Contrary to published reports, Sun Microsystems Inc. has not made a decision as to whether or not to release its Java platform under an open source software license, company executives said on Friday.
  • SCO seeks more code from IBM

    Posted June 4, 2004 - 9:29 am

    In documents filed in a federal court last week, SCO asked the court to order IBM to produce more materials documenting the development of its AIX and Dynix operating systems, and argue that the files that IBM has produced to date are "incomplete."
  • Sun official: Open source Java 'will happen'

    Posted June 4, 2004 - 8:31 am

    Raghavan Srinivas, Sun's Java technology evangelist, told a reporter that open source Java "will happen." However, he also said that Sun hasn't figured out how to do it yet - and that the move could come tomorrow or two years down the road.
  • Weighing the costs of open source: One company considers - and rejects - MySQL

    Posted June 3, 2004 - 3:14 pm

    When credit card processing company TSYS was considering upgrading its databases, MySQL was on its list. But after further research into the open source database's TCO, TSYS decided that Microsoft's offering was still cheaper. Read on to find out what factors went into this decision. (Free registration required to access site.)
  • Open source suppliers and demand

    Posted June 3, 2004 - 3:10 pm

    Can a service-based open source economy really support the programming industry and individual programmers? It's an argument that's been commonly made - most recently by Eric S. Raymond in "The Magic Cauldron" - but in this opinion piece, tech expert John Carroll casts a critical eye on the proposition.
  • An interview with Red Hat CEO Matt Szulik

    Posted June 3, 2004 - 3:05 pm

    In this interview, Red Hat's CEO speaks out on Linux's place in the business world, the SCO case, and other topics.
  • Exhibit 28B: List of AIX Files and lines in code drop for Linux 2.2.12

    Posted June 3, 2004 - 2:54 pm

    Wondering just what lines of AIX code can be found Linux, and what the legal implications are? Check out this legal exhibit submitted by IBM in its case against SCO and decide for yourself. (Exhibit is in PDF format.)
  • OSRM Chairman Daniel Egger on open source insurance

    Posted June 3, 2004 - 2:48 pm

    Open Source Risk Management made a splash recently when it became the first to offer vendor-neutral IP indemnification for Linux. In this interview, company chairman Daniel Egger explains his goals and outlines how he sees his enterprise helping the open source community.
  • Sun to upgrade Linux desktop software

    Posted June 3, 2004 - 2:36 pm

    Sun's Linux distribution for desktops, dubbed the Java Desktop System, hasn't been on the market for long. But Sun has already released its second version of the product, with new management and programming features included.
  • How to get your hands on SuSE Linux

    Posted June 3, 2004 - 2:31 pm

    If you're a loyal Novell customer, you're probably wondering the best way to go with the flow of Novell's new Linux-based strategy. This tip will explain how to use Novell's current product and service offerings to prepare yourself for the transition.
  • In the wake of the SCO case, an open source call to arms

    Posted June 3, 2004 - 2:26 pm

    Open source community leader Bruce Perens thinks that the community shouldn't take the implications of SCO's lawsuits lightly. He advocates a multipronged approach to protecting open source, from lobbying on patent issues to creating a vendor-neutral indemnification program.
  • BayStar's SCO refund dream comes true

    Posted June 3, 2004 - 9:02 am

    In April, BayStar Capital II LLP said it wanted the money it invested in The SCO Group Inc. back. Now the venture capital firm is getting its wish.
  • Sun to open source Solaris

    Posted June 2, 2004 - 4:23 pm

    After months of hinting about its intentions, Sun Microsystems Inc. on Wednesday confirmed that it will release source code from its Solaris operating system under an open source licence.
  • Dutch court denies injunction, fines Microsoft in Lindows case

    Posted June 2, 2004 - 10:34 am

    Lindows Inc. claimed a victory in its latest trademark tussle with Microsoft Corp. this week after a Dutch court denied a request by Microsoft that the Linux-based software vendor be barred from using the Lindows name in connection with sales of its products in the Benelux countries: Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg.
  • Take LPI certifications at Cebit America

    Posted June 1, 2004 - 12:22 pm

    Looking to take the LPI Linux certification tests? If you're going to be attending the Cebit America conference in New York, you can get certified right on the show floor.
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