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  • J2EE update sparks tools debate

    Posted May 6, 2004 - 5:28 pm

    As J2EE 1.5 approaches, the various enterprise Java players are debating to what extent their development tools should interoperate.
  • Groklaw's PJ: Sun shows its true colors

    Posted May 6, 2004 - 5:24 pm

    Recent comments from Sun execs in the wake of the company's agreement with Microsoft have observers scratching their heads. Groklaw's Pamela Jones thinks that Sun is repeating Caldera's trajectory - and could soon be a big threat to the open source community.
  • JBoss's Fluery: The 'benevolent dictator' is good for Java

    Posted May 6, 2004 - 5:20 pm

    JBoss is best known for its open source J2EE app server. Thus, it may come as a surprise that the company founder doesn't favor the open sourcing of Java. He explains why in this interview.
  • W3C inks key Web services language

    Posted May 6, 2004 - 5:16 pm

    The W3C has approved Web Services Choreography Description Language as a standard for coordinating business processes. But IBM and Microsoft have a competing XML dialect in the works, so this story isn't settled yet.
  • Shifting alliances with J2EE 1.4

    Posted May 6, 2004 - 5:11 pm

    As J2EE 1.4-based products enter the marketplace, enterprise Java players are setting aside their differences to concentrate on interoperability.
  • Novell launches Mono beta

    Posted May 6, 2004 - 4:40 pm

    When Novell acquired Ximian last year, it acquired the Mono project, which aims to develop a version of Microsoft's .Net framework for Unix and Linux systems. Novell has now announced the release of a beta version of the framework.
  • French Linux users: Don't pirate Microsoft

    Posted May 6, 2004 - 4:35 pm

    A French Linux users group is urging a crackdown on piracy of Microsoft products, and wants labeling to reveal how much the cost of bundled OSes and office suites add to the price of a computing. Read on to find out how these moves might help Linux adoption.
  • Retail group calls SCO claims unfounded

    Posted May 6, 2004 - 8:45 am

    A large retail trade association believes that The SCO Group Inc.'s claim that it owns some of the intellectual property within the Linux operating system is "unfounded," according to a statement it released Wednesday.
  • Microsoft MD defines open source, Linux gap

    Posted May 5, 2004 - 9:38 am

    Open source is not Linux which means users should assess them separately, said Microsoft Corp.'s Australia's managing director Steve Vamos. Stressing that Linux is "not free," Vamos said open source is a development methodology and should not be confused with the commercial, non-free nature of Linux distributions.
  • Sun pushes open source in new EU

    Posted May 4, 2004 - 1:56 pm

    Sun Microsystems Inc. began sinking its teeth into the "new" European Union this week, saying that it has signed a no-charge education licensing program with the Hungarian government that will make its StarOffice 7 productivity suite available to 5,500 schools and 67 higher educational institutions in the country.
  • Red Hat's Szulik sees desktop Linux take off

    Posted May 4, 2004 - 1:43 pm

    Red Hat Chairman and CEO Matthew Szulik talks about Linux, the desktop market, and the future of software distribution.
  • Will open source prevent your company from being acquired?

    Posted May 4, 2004 - 11:22 am

    You may have built much of the value of your company on open source software - but when it comes time for an investment group to buy you out, they may be scared off by the open code in your portfolio. This article examines the issue, and takes a look at ways investors can educate themselves and companies can protect their own value.
  • OASIS approves XML business documents specification

    Posted May 4, 2004 - 11:17 am

    The OASIS standards group approved Universal Business Language 1.0 as a common draft. This XML dialect aims to ease business integration.
  • White paper: Linux vulnerable to infiltration

    Posted May 4, 2004 - 11:13 am

    A white paper from Green Hills Software has declared that Linux is unsafe for use in national security settings. The paper claims that hostile foreign groups or governments could be planting malicious code in an OS that they know will be used in sensitive areas by the US government.
  • Australian government: Proprietary software not a security risk

    Posted May 4, 2004 - 11:06 am

    The Australian federal government has rejected warnings from an open source lobby group that closed source proprietary software presents a serious risk to Australia's national security and ought to be chucked out in favor of more transparent software.
  • Sun considers GPL license for Solaris

    Posted May 4, 2004 - 9:36 am

    Sun Microsystems may be selling servers running Linux, but that doesn't mean it is cutting back on the evolution of Solaris. Among its plans, the company is considering offering a free, open source version of its flagship operating system, and offering Solaris with a version of its Java Desktop System, said Jonathan Schwartz, the company's recently appointed president and chief operating officer.
  • Red Hat launches new desktop Linux

    Posted May 4, 2004 - 7:39 am

    Red Hat Inc. on Tuesday will unveil a new version of the Linux operating system software designed for the corporate desktop.
  • End of the line for Red Hat 9

    Posted April 30, 2004 - 10:25 am

    April 30 is the last day that Red Hat will support its Red Hat 9 product. The company is hoping that users will migrate to Red Hat Enterprise Linux, but some are looking at other alternatives.
  • Plugging the holes in Linux software offerings

    Posted April 30, 2004 - 10:17 am

    As good office and Internet software becomes more and more prevalent on Linux, some more holes are becoming obvious, particularly in terms of accounting software. Linux experts weigh in on what is needed in this report.
  • DaimlerChrysler responds to SCO lawsuit

    Posted April 29, 2004 - 11:35 am

    DaimlerChrysler AG has asked a Michigan court to dismiss a lawsuit brought against it by Unix vendor The SCO Group Inc., saying that there is "no genuine issue of material fact" in SCO's case.
  • Red Hat Linux is proprietary, claims Sun boss

    Posted April 28, 2004 - 1:57 pm

    A new front opened in the simmering imbroglio between Sun Microsystems Inc. and the open source community when Sun's president and COO Jonathan Schwartz said that Red Hat Linux' kernel was proprietary.
  • AutoZone requests stay in SCO lawsuit

    Posted April 28, 2004 - 10:13 am

    One of the two Linux users sued by The SCO Group Inc. last month has asked that its case be stayed until three other lawsuits involving SCO are resolved. The company, auto parts retailer AutoZone Inc., further claims that SCO has failed to identify which, if any, of SCO's copyrights it has violated.
  • Multibyte-character processing in J2EE

    Posted April 27, 2004 - 11:22 am

    If you're building J2EE apps for use in East Asia, you'll need to have them ready to use double-byte character sets like the kind used to render Chinese. This tutorial will get you started.
  • AutoZone's Motion to Stay or for a More Definitive Statement

    Posted April 27, 2004 - 11:14 am

    AutoZone is fighting back against SCO in the latter's suit against its former Linux clients. Check out the latest documents in the case.
  • Book review: Samba 3 By Example

    Posted April 27, 2004 - 11:07 am

    Samba is a necessity for anyone operating a mixed Linux-Windows environment. Check out this Slashdot book review on the latest Samba-related publication.
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