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  • Getting W2K apps to run on Linux clients

    Posted April 26, 2004 - 10:06 pm

    Can you run Windows 2000 applications on Linux clients with resorting to emulators like WINE or VMware? This tip will help you use Windows Terminal Services to do just that.
  • Open source BIND gets tech support

    Posted April 26, 2004 - 9:58 pm

    The open source BIND software is crucial to running most of the routers on which the Internet depends. Now the Internet Systems Consortium has begun offering paid BIND support.
  • Release of new Java spec may not be cause for celebration

    Posted April 26, 2004 - 9:48 pm

    Version 1.4 of the J2EE platform is finally hitting release status. But some tech commentators note that such a milestone isn't the cause for celebration that it might once have been.
  • IBM's Mills on Java, Sun, and SOAs

    Posted April 26, 2004 - 9:44 pm

    Check out this wide-ranging interview with said Steve Mills, senior vice president and group executive of IBM's Software Group. He explains why he thinks Java should be open source, and why IBM's focus on service-oriented architectures represent the wave of the future.
  • The state of XML

    Posted April 26, 2004 - 9:39 pm

    Read this adapted version of the keynote speech delivered at the XML Europe 2004 conference in Amsterdam. You'll see how the language has moved from a disruptive technology to an essential one.
  • IBM pushes service-oriented architecture with new products, services

    Posted April 26, 2004 - 9:34 pm

    A service-oriented architecture (SOA) is a hot ticket among IT departments today, and IBM is moving aggressively to court that market, releasing a slew of products and services that aim to help companies set up SOAs.
  • Red Hat seeks to reawaken SCO case

    Posted April 26, 2004 - 9:30 pm

    Red Hat is continuing its aggressive moves against the SCO Group. The Linux distributor is seeking a declaration that it isn't violating SCO's copyrights or trade secrets. The suit was stayed pending results of the SCO-IBM battled, but Red Hat wants to move forward.
  • Linux creator calls backporting 'good thing'

    Posted April 26, 2004 - 9:24 pm

    Linus Torvalds has weighed in on the backporting debate, calling the practice taking new features from new Linux kernels and porting them to older kernels a "good thing."
  • Novell touts Linux as force for innovation

    Posted April 26, 2004 - 9:18 pm

    As an old-school tech company that's now betting on Linux, Novell might be expected to have some interesting ideas of where Linux fits into the tech industry. At the recent LinuxUser and Developer Expo, Matt Asay, Novell's director of Linux business, said that open source software won't make proprietary software obsolete - but will force Microsoft and others to innovate.
  • VMware pledges to support 64-bit extended Windows, Linux

    Posted April 26, 2004 - 9:13 pm

    As 64-bit computing hits both the processor and operating system market, the VMware emulator mut move to match. EMC, VMware's parent, announced that the popular emulator will soon support 64-bit extensions for both Windows and Linux.
  • Researchers envision the Linux of routing

    Posted April 26, 2004 - 8:11 pm

    Internet Protocol (IP) routers form the backbone of most networks and the Internet. Researchers working on a new open source routing platform hope that their product, which will run on standard PC hardware, will transform the router business just as Linux transformed the server business.
  • SuSE CTO takes issue with 'backporting'

    Posted April 26, 2004 - 8:06 pm

    SuSE's chief technical officer spoke out against "backporting" - the process of putting features from newer versions of the Linux kernel into older versions. He claims it interferes with the standardization of the operating system.
  • Linux backers see desktop gains

    Posted April 23, 2004 - 9:13 am

    Linux advocates aren't satisfied with data center dominance. At the Desktop Linux Summit in San Diego, prominent members of the Linux community are discussing what Linux needs to find desktop success.
  • Sun desktop wares lure OEMs

    Posted April 22, 2004 - 9:41 am

    Sun Microsystems Inc. has exceeded its own expectations by signing 21 original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) for several products the company offers as alternatives to Microsoft Corp. desktop software, Sun announced Thursday at the Desktop Linux Summit in San Diego.
  • Microsoft on competition from Linux: 'Bring it on'

    Posted April 21, 2004 - 4:33 pm

    As Microsoft faces stiffer competition from Linux on the desktop, one Microsoft exec claims that this rivalry will only make Windows stronger. Bradley Tipp, Microsoft's national system engineer, told the LinuxUser and Developer Expo that "Microsoft does its best work and is most innovative when it has competition, so bring it on."
  • Microsoft Germany hires salesman from SuSE

    Posted April 21, 2004 - 4:22 pm

    Microsoft Corp. has been moving quietly but diligently in recent months to bolster its sales efforts in Germany's huge public sector market where open source software, particularly the Linux operating system, is becoming increasingly popular. Karl Aigner, the SuSE Linux account manager who persuaded the Munich city government to dump Microsoft in favor of Linux last year, jumped ship at the beginning of this month.
  • Linux wins Canadian convert

    Posted April 20, 2004 - 2:24 pm

    Government IT departments with shrinking budgets are definitely considering Linux migration. That was the word at the Real World Linux conference, where a rep from HP explained how his company moved the city of Calgary's IT infrastructure from Unix to Linux.
  • Three wishes on every development team's list

    Posted April 20, 2004 - 2:16 pm

    What to developers really want? Well, in the opinion of one commentator, they want open standards that will help simplify development.
  • Developer: Hardened Linux will soon gain broad acceptance

    Posted April 20, 2004 - 2:11 pm

    Security Enhanced Linux, a "hardened" version of the open source software that was helped into existence by a U.S. spy agency, is on the verge of gaining broad acceptance as its functionality is rolled into Red Hat's Fedora distribution.
  • An open source adoption plan

    Posted April 20, 2004 - 2:07 pm

    You should be aware of the risks involved with open source adoption - but that shouldn't stop you from moving forward in those areas that will benefit you, says one analyst. In this article, he offers a five-step "open source adoption funnel" to help you decide when and how you adopt open source technologies.
  • Linux headed for 'real world' show

    Posted April 20, 2004 - 2:03 pm

    Linux users are coming to Toronto for the Real World Linux show, aiming to move the open source OS further into the mainstream. This year's conference takes an aim at high-performance computing.
  • MySQL offers preview of clustered database

    Posted April 20, 2004 - 1:59 pm

    Setting its sights on the enterprise, MySQL is finalizing a clustered version of its flagship open source database.
  • MySQL takes its cue from the master

    Posted April 20, 2004 - 1:49 pm

    The open source MySQL database has been undeniably gaining marketshare over the past few years. One of the most intriguing aspects of its story is that it seems to have borrowed many of its business practices from Microsoft - and that's a good thing. Read on to find out more.
  • What is XML switching?

    Posted April 20, 2004 - 1:45 pm

    As XML becomes a more and more important part of enterprise computing, new products billed as "XML switches" are emerging. These tools aim to offload most of the work of processing XML onto a separate process or appliance. What's this involve in practice? Read on to find out.
  • Will Web services players get along now?

    Posted April 20, 2004 - 1:42 pm

    The recent Sun/Microsoft settlement may boost the possibility of true industry-wide Web services interoperability, according to optimistic analysts. But others aren't so sure.
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