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  • 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.
  • Interview: Trolltech's Eirik Eng and Matthias Ettrich

    Posted April 20, 2004 - 1:37 pm

    Trolltech is the company that brought you Qt; Matthias Ettrich, director of software development at Trolltech, is the founder of the KDE project. This lengthy interview with Ettrick and Trolltech President Eirik Eng covers a lot of open source ground, including open source licensing and open source business models.
  • Free but shackled: The Java trap

    Posted April 20, 2004 - 11:52 am

    GNU Foundation founder Richard Stallman isn't shy about proclaiming his philosophy of free software. In this commentary, he notes that many Java programs licensed under the GPL still depend on Sun's proprietary libraries - and thus cannot be considered truly free.
  • Commentary: Where is Java in the settlement?

    Posted April 20, 2004 - 11:48 am

    Javalobby founder Rick Ross here reveals his thoughts on the Microsoft/Sun settlement. While he doesn't condemn the settlement outright, he is nervous about its implications for the future of Java.
  • 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.
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