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  • Normalizing syndicated feed content

    Posted April 20, 2004 - 11:42 am

    So you think it's an easy task to write an app that takes syndicated RSS and Atom feeds and collates them into a single information UI? Think again. This tutorial will help you figure out the differences in the standards.
  • The changing face of open source

    Posted April 20, 2004 - 11:36 am

    As the open source movement has evolved, so too has the open source developer. Today's open source developer is much more likely to be a professional developer on a corporate payroll, rather than a lone programmer working out of his or basement.
  • A vintage year for new WINE?

    Posted April 20, 2004 - 11:32 am

    Though it's spent more than 10 years in alpha status, the WINE project, which allows Windows applications to run unaltered under Linux, is looking sharper and sharper, and may make further gains this year.
  • Lindows files to go public

    Posted April 20, 2004 - 11:20 am

    Lindows Inc., the developer of Linux-based software best known for its ongoing trademark tussles with Microsoft Corp., has begun the process to become a publicly traded company.
  • Linux pressures Windows but experts disagree on cost benefits

    Posted April 20, 2004 - 10:59 am

    Linux has undeniably become a competitor to Microsoft in the server and desktop markets. But as recent research suggests, experts are divided on whether Linux is really cheaper - and even on whether cost should be the determining factor in your deployment decision.
  • SCO business 'plan' is a flop

    Posted April 20, 2004 - 10:54 am

    The SCO Group's legal case against IBM and Linux has yet to be ruled on in court. But one tech commentator believes that the company's business plan - which he sees as consisting mainly of suing SCO's own customers - is already a dismal failure.
  • Challenges ahead for union of Java and .NET

    Posted April 20, 2004 - 10:49 am

    With the end of the legal struggles between Sun and Microsoft, many are expecting a union - or at least greater cooperation - between the enterprise Java and .NET communities. But tech observers note that therae are a lot of technical and organizational hurdles that must be overcome first.
  • PyCon 2004: Making Python faster and better

    Posted April 20, 2004 - 10:45 am

    Looking to hear the latest buzz around the open source Python programming language? Check out this write-up of last month's PyCon convention.
  • Getting in touch with XML contacts

    Posted April 20, 2004 - 10:40 am

    Looking to develop an XML-based address book system without reinventing the wheel? This tip will point you to the current standards out there.
  • Much ado about Web services standards

    Posted April 20, 2004 - 10:28 am

    Many big IT players, like IBM and Microsoft, have made a big show of late of collaborating on a number of Web services standards that aim to make Web services truly interoperable. But some observers are beginning to wonders if these companies are deliberately dragging their feet so as to steer consumers to more proprietary - and profitable - solutions.
  • SCO investor wants out of deal

    Posted April 19, 2004 - 9:23 am

    BayStar Capital, the investment firm that Microsoft introduced to The SCO Group, is looking for a way out of its $20 million investment in the Unix company, according to a SCO spokesman.
  • Multiple Linux security flaws reported

    Posted April 16, 2004 - 3:47 pm

    Security researchers at iDefense have released information about a critical buffer overflow vulnerability that affects all versions of the Linux kernel from 2.4 on.
  • Linspire offers free OS download

    Posted April 16, 2004 - 9:41 am

    Linspire (formerly Lindows) is looking to drum up some good publicity in the wake of its abandonment of its potentially infringing name. To that end, the company is making its Linux distribution available for free download - something many other Linux distributors do, but which Linspire had so far resisted.
  • Microsoft opens up Visio schemas

    Posted April 15, 2004 - 4:16 pm

    In another step in the direction of open standards, Microsoft has released the specs for DatadiagramML, the XML-based schemas used by the company's Visio diagramming tools.
  • MySQL gets ready for its close-up

    Posted April 15, 2004 - 4:11 pm

    The open source MySQL database is about to add a host of new features, including clustering, Unicode, stored procedures, triggers and views. While MySQL still can't match Oracle's feature set, MySQL co-founder David Axmark thinks that their product will be perfect for the 90 percent of the market that doesn't need Oracle's more esoteric features - or Oracle's price.
  • Lindows changes OS name to Linspire

    Posted April 14, 2004 - 8:58 am

    Embattled Linux-based software vendor Inc. formally changed the name of its desktop operating system from LindowsOS to "Linspire" on Wednesday, after a two-year trademark dispute with Microsoft Corp.
  • Linux-IBM behind Sun-Microsoft deal

    Posted April 7, 2004 - 8:41 pm

    When Sun and Microsoft patched up their differences and announced a number of joint initiatives, the industry's collective jaw dropped. One commentator believes that this unlikely alliance is aimed at defeating a join enemy: a newly energized and Linux-centric IBM.
  • Latest Linux/Windows research reports questioned

    Posted April 7, 2004 - 8:35 pm

    Large questions have appeared over the accuracy of two recent reports comparing the relative costs and benefits of the Linux and Windows operating systems in which Windows was painted as being superior to its open-source rival.
  • Commentary: A new test for trash-driven technology

    Posted April 7, 2004 - 8:31 pm

    The Simputer, a device aimed at poor, rural Indians, is a Linux-based handheld device. So why does it cost almost as much as proprietary PDAs? One tech commentator sees it as an example of the importance of volume buying and the limits of open source savings.
  • Build a service-oriented architecture

    Posted April 7, 2004 - 8:25 pm

    With Web services becoming more and more important, most developers want to build systems that are service-oriented from the ground up. This tutorial will help you get started if you're coding in Java.
  • OASIS: ISO approval may spark ebXML critical mass

    Posted April 7, 2004 - 8:20 pm

    ebXML has been bouncing around for a while, but with ISO certification, it may be finally be adopted in a number of real-world situations. In this interview, OASIS vice presidents Karl Best and James Bryce Clark discuss their excitement for ebXML's prospects. (Free registration required to access site.)
  • The GPL: A simple guide

    Posted April 7, 2004 - 8:15 pm

    The GPL and open source licenses like it are the bedrock of the open source movement, but many in the business world still don't fully trust or understand them. This article, written by researcher Robin Bloor, breaks it down into terms that are meaningful to the average executive.
  • A history of SCO: Caldera, Inc./ Caldera Systems, Inc. 1998 Asset Purchase and Sale Agreement

    Posted April 7, 2004 - 8:11 pm

    One of the reasons that the SCO lawsuit is so slippery is that it's difficult to tell just what corporations the current SCO Group, which can be variously seen as the heirs to both Caldera and the Santa Cruz Operation, inherited IP from. Groklaw has posted a 1998 sale agreement that helped form the current company.
  • Product profile: Mandrakelinux 10.0 Community

    Posted April 7, 2004 - 8:06 pm

    The latest Mandrake distribution, based on version 2.6 of the Linux kernel, has been released to the community online ahead of its commercial debut. Find out what's in store in this profile.
  • Print serving with CUPS

    Posted April 7, 2004 - 8:01 pm

    Looking to turn your Linux box into a print server? This tutorial will help you use CUPS to get things set up right.

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