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  • 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.
  • Commentary: The open source bargaining chip

    Posted April 27, 2004 - 11:02 am

    Linux and open source are associated in the minds of many with cost savings. According to one commentator, this means that companies who aren't particularly interested in open source solutions can now use the threat of a migration as a bargaining chip.
  • J2EE 1.5 previewed

    Posted April 27, 2004 - 9:27 am

    J2EE 1.4 is just out the door, but Sun has already begun to preview the next iteration of the enterprise Java platform, with an emphasis on ease of development.
  • Case study: A sunny forecast for open source at Weather.com

    Posted April 27, 2004 - 9:21 am

    Four years ago, Weather.com moved from a proprietary IT infrastructure to one based on Linux, Apache, and Tomcat. Despite a few bumps along the way, the high-volume Web site is extremely pleased with the results.
  • Foreign exchange traders to use Jabber IM platform

    Posted April 27, 2004 - 8:43 am

    The open source and XML-based Jabber instant messaging platform just got a big boost from big business. Currency brokers for EBS, a partnership among some of the largest foreign exchange banks, will use a Jabber-based application to communicate.
  • JBoss ponders open source enterprise service bus

    Posted April 27, 2004 - 8:38 am

    JBoss is best known for its open source J2EE app server, but the company has its eyes on other offerings in similar markets. JBoss may be looking to acquire an enterprise service bus (ESB) and other products that it can release under various open source licenses.
  • 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.
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