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  • Why SCO thinks it can win: An interview with Darl McBride

    Posted April 2, 2004 - 5:27 pm

    Many people in the open source community dismiss the SCO Group's chances of a legal victory in its cases against IBM and other Linux vendors. But in this interview, SCO CEO Darl McBride and Senior Vice President Chris Sontag explain why they're confident of victory.
  • Torvalds wanted to see SCO's code

    Posted April 2, 2004 - 5:22 pm

    In a recent interview, SCO Group CEO Darl McBride said that Linux creator Linus Torvalds refused to examine SCO's code because "he didn't want to be tainted by it." But Torvalds is responding that he is interested in seeing the code - but not in signing SCO's NDA.
  • Open source vulnerability database opens

    Posted April 2, 2004 - 5:10 pm

    One of the selling points of open source is that vulnerabilities can quickly be fixed by the community at large. That process is getting a boost with the opening of the Open Source Vulnerability Database, which catalogs hardware and software vulnerabilities. The database's maintainers pledge to add at least one alert per day.
  • Sun: Door still open on open source Java

    Posted March 31, 2004 - 5:34 pm

    Should Sun make its flagship Java platform open source? Although some earlier statements from the company indicated that the idea wasn't under consideration, one Sun exec says that it remains a possibility.
  • Novell gets top billing for SuSE from systems and services vendors

    Posted March 31, 2004 - 5:28 pm

    Novell showed how it plans to operate in the Linux market this month, cutting deals with giants IBM and HP to get SuSE Linux on a variety of server and desktop products.
  • GNOME 2.6 out to up Linux desktop sales

    Posted March 31, 2004 - 5:21 pm

    The latest version of the GNOME desktop is ready for release into the Linux ecosystem. While the desktop hasn't replaced Windows as its founder once hoped, it is improving in usability and making great strides in government circles.
  • ISO signs off on ebXML standard

    Posted March 31, 2004 - 5:16 pm

    The push to replace the older electronic data interchange standard with the new ebXML language got a boost when the International Standards Organization signed off on it. ebXML is a business-process-oriented dialect of XML that has been promoted by the OASIS consortium.
  • IBM releasing free tools for Java, XML, Unix

    Posted March 31, 2004 - 5:11 pm

    Continuing its push for open standards, IBM has announced the free release of a variety of application development tools for Java, XML, and Unix. The tools are available at IBM's alphaWorks site.
  • MySQL-PHP restriction fears unwarranted

    Posted March 31, 2004 - 5:00 pm

    MySQL recently changed the terms of its license - and then made further adjustments after some community complains that the change would make integration between MySQL and PHP more difficult. But one tech expert thinks that MySQL's response to the contretemps, while admirable, was ultimately unnecessary.
  • NT eyed as Windows-to-Linux migration link

    Posted March 31, 2004 - 4:55 pm

    As Microsoft stops supporting Windows NT, shops that have long relied on that OS are considering migration options. Several players in the Linux market - including IBM - see NT users as prime candidates for a Linux conversion.
  • Growing interest in XML seen at conference on content and records management

    Posted March 31, 2004 - 4:51 pm

    At the recent Association for Applied Interactive Multimedia (AIIM) CMS conference and exposition, the importance of XML as a record-keeping format really came to the fore. Read on to find out what the latest innovations are in the content-management industry - and to see how XML is finally coming into its own there.
  • LAMP: The open source all-stars

    Posted March 31, 2004 - 3:27 pm

    Looking to jump into an open source architecture? Then you should seriously consider the "all-stars" of open source products, denoted by the LAMP acronym: the Linux operating system, the Apache Web server, the MySQL database server, and the PHP scripting language.
  • MontaVista adds embedded Linux tools

    Posted March 31, 2004 - 3:19 pm

    Countering moves from embedded giant Wind River, MontaVista Linux has announced a partnership deal Real-Time Innovations (RTI) to move into the embedded Linux space. RTI will provide tools that will help developers build embedded apps for MontaVista Linux.
  • IBM chatting up VXML toolkits

    Posted March 31, 2004 - 3:14 pm

    The VoiceXML (VXML) standard has found its way into a variety of voice-based applications, from automated phone services to voice-powered car computers. Now IBM is releasing a series of VXML-based toolkits to help further the adoption of this technology.
  • IBM seeks knockout blow in SCO case

    Posted March 31, 2004 - 10:55 am

    A recent court filing from IBM Corp. appears to indicate a growing confidence on the part of the Armonk, New York, computing giant that it will prevail in its legal dispute with The SCO Group Inc., according to lawyers following the case.
  • Red Hat CEO trolls for new talent in Boston

    Posted March 30, 2004 - 8:03 pm

    Red Hat CEO Matthew Szulik had the air of a motivational speaker Monday evening, citing his company's improving finances and growing user base as evidence of a sea change in the IT industry and promising more Red Hat jobs for beleaguered Massachusetts workers.
  • Linux more expensive than Windows

    Posted March 26, 2004 - 3:27 pm

    Linux costs more than Windows - that is the conclusion of the latest survey into the two operating systems, according to The Yankee Group.
  • German company clogs SCO's legal machine

    Posted March 26, 2004 - 10:34 am

    A tiny German software company has thrown some sand in the gears of The SCO Group's roaring legal machine. Univention GmbH, a small startup software venture in Bremen, Germany, has successfully halted the Lindon, Utah, company from making copyright infringement claims in the country -- Europe's largest open source market.
  • SCO Linux licensee has second thoughts on deal

    Posted March 26, 2004 - 10:09 am

    Less than one month after becoming the first publicly announced purchaser of The SCO Group Inc.'s controversial intellectual property license for Linux, Houston-based Internet service provider Everyones Internet Ltd. is reconsidering the benefits of doing business with the Linux community's enemy number one.
  • Apple Xserve G5 challenges Linux

    Posted March 24, 2004 - 7:39 pm

    Linux built much of its following in the server world, where it ran reliably on commodity x86 hardware and undercut Windows and Unix on cost. Now it's facing competition from an unexpected direction, as Apple premiers G5 Xserves that cluster out of the box and feature the Mac's famed ease of use.
  • McNealy: Java won't be open source

    Posted March 24, 2004 - 7:33 pm

    Although there has been speculation that Sun would move the Java platform to an open source model, company CEO Scott McNealy firmly denied that any such thing would happen at the 2004 FOSE conference. "We're trying to understand what problem does it solve that is not already solved," McNealy said.
  • IBM, HP sign agreements with Novell on Suse Linux

    Posted March 24, 2004 - 2:33 pm

    Novell Inc. has signed agreements with IBM Corp. and Hewlett-Packard Co. to expand support for its Suse Linux operating system on their servers and PCs, respectively.
  • HP makes desktop Linux mainstream

    Posted March 24, 2004 - 10:54 am

    Hewlett-Packard Co., the world's largest PC maker, is to begin a large-scale push for Novell Inc.'s SuSE flavor of Linux on desktops, the company has confirmed.
  • Red Hat revenues jump to $37 million

    Posted March 24, 2004 - 10:05 am

    Linux vendor Red Hat Inc. saw its quarterly revenues jump by 43 percent, year-over-year, reaching $37 million for the fourth quarter fiscal 2004, the company reported Tuesday.
  • Novell to combine best of KDE and GNOME

    Posted March 23, 2004 - 8:57 pm

    The Linux community has for some time been divided between adherents of the GNOME and KDE desktop environments. But now Novell owns GNOME-backing Ximian and KDE-backing SuSE - and an initiative is in the works to combine the best of both projects.

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