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  • Free Linux/OSS support: Why one sysadmin became a convert

    Posted December 15, 2003 - 2:10 am

    Proprietary vendors call free OSS support "worthless"; but one sysadmin claims that mailing lists and Web-based documentation have solved almost all of his open source problems, while proprietary support often consists of a "closed group of often poorly trained techs [who] frequently don't have the ability to provide the same answers that a varied actual user base can provide." (Check the links at the bottom of the page to earlier installments in this series on open source support. Free registration required to access site.)
  • Reader's view: Proprietary support breeds lazy IT pros

    Posted December 15, 2003 - 2:05 am

    Support for closed-source systems comes in the form of answers dispensed by vendors to sysadmins who can't really evaluate or modify those solutions. According to one sysadmin, this breeds lazy thinking and results in less creative and less productive IT staffers. (Free registration required to access site.)
  • HP to sell, support SuSE Linux

    Posted December 15, 2003 - 2:01 am

    SuSE and Hewlett-Packard have forged an alliance under which HP will sell its ProLiant servers running SuSE Enterprise Linux. HP will also supply support services for these servers. (Free registration required to access site.)
  • Fury brims over Red Hat support charges

    Posted December 15, 2003 - 1:56 am

    As Red Hat moves to a new business models that focuses on its more lucrative enterprise-level products, many users of lower-level Red Hat versions find themselves in an uncomfortable situation: either pay significantly more for enterprise-level support, do with support, or find a new distro. (Free registration required to access site.)
  • Sun inks deal with EDS for Java desktop support

    Posted December 15, 2003 - 1:53 am

    Showing that it's serious about promoting its Linux-based Java Desktop Environment, Sun announced a deal with IT services firm EDS, under which the latter will supply training and support for Sun clients who choose JDE.
  • Wind River's next embedded Linux step: Development services

    Posted December 15, 2003 - 1:48 am

    Embedded development company Wind River is taking an interesting tack to Linux: it's not offering its own Linux products, but its experienced support staff will help support and develop for embedded Linux platforms started by others.
  • IBM commits to Linux

    Posted December 15, 2003 - 1:44 am

    IBM's commitment to Linux got stronger as the company added a Linux-centric center in New Zealand. According to one official there, IBM plans to make much of its money on support services.
  • Mitch Kapor on the Open Source Applications Foundation

    Posted December 15, 2003 - 1:39 am

    Mitch Kapor founded the Lotus Development Corp. and co-founded the Electronic Frontier Foundation. His latest project involves building an open source architecture for a personal information manager (PIM).
  • Open source software for 500,000 U.K. civil servants possible after sun deal

    Posted December 15, 2003 - 1:34 am

    The British government has announced its intention to move to an open source architecture for its operations - and Sun has stepped in to lay the groundwork.
  • OMB tech chief: Management key to tech changes

    Posted December 15, 2003 - 1:30 am

    The future of technology is shifting away from proprietary systems and towards architectures built from open source components. That's what the tech chief of the U.S. Office of Management and Budget has to say - and it could have big implications for government computer spending.
  • Red Hat looks beyond Linux

    Posted December 15, 2003 - 1:26 am

    Red Hat's entrance into the architecture market looks to be a bid by the company to move beyond the single product - Linux - that has made its fortune to this point.
  • Open source architecture for affordable e-governance

    Posted December 15, 2003 - 1:21 am

    India is a tech-savvy, densely populated nation that can't afford Microsoft licenses for it's billion-plus people. This presentation outlines an open source architecture for Indian e-government that uses open source components to save money. (Presentation is in Microsoft PowerPoint format.)
  • The Open Source Architecture: Red Hat's technology strategy

    Posted December 15, 2003 - 1:17 am

    Red Hat is betting that corporate customers want more than just an operating system: the company is now offering a complete architecture that includes "distributed system management, integrated security, system virtualization, data management, and web application frameworks."
  • Gartner tips for down times: Consolidate, consider Linux

    Posted December 15, 2003 - 1:11 am

    Though the economy shows signs of life, IT departments are still strapped. In this interview, one Gartner analyst urges companies to consider Linux as a cost-savings aid. (Free registration required to access site.)
  • Study: Windows cheaper than Linux

    Posted December 15, 2003 - 1:07 am

    Microsoft has made quite a bit of hay of late over a study from Giga that pegged Microsoft's Web portal development tools as cheaper overall than Linux and Java used in combination. But since the study itself was so narrowly focused - and was actually commissioned by Microsoft - some in the industry remain skeptical.
  • With Linux, fisheries authority hauls in ROI

    Posted December 15, 2003 - 1:02 am

    The Australian Fisheries Management Authority was only looking to upgrade its database - but while its IT team was figuring out how to do so, it became obvious that moving to Linux could save boatloads of cash. The Authority's IT team leader discusses the decision in this interview. (Free registration required to access site.)
  • Win4Lin a win for transitioning to Linux

    Posted December 15, 2003 - 12:58 am

    Looking for a lower-cost way to run Windows apps smoothly under Linux? One reviewer feels the Win4Lin is a winner.
  • The dosemu HOWTO

    Posted December 15, 2003 - 12:55 am

    dosemu is a utility that will let you emulate DOS under Linux. Wondering why you would want to do such a thing? This HOWTO guide will explain its usefulness.
  • How to compile C under Z/OS? Let me count the ways

    Posted December 15, 2003 - 12:50 am

    Linux emulators have become an important bridge between the microcomputer and mainframe worlds. This article explains how such emulators can help port C and C++ code to big iron. (Free registration required to access site.)
  • Wine on Linux can run Windows apps - but not the ones you'd want

    Posted December 15, 2003 - 12:41 am

    The Wine emulator promises to run Windows applications natively on Linux - but does it deliver? According to this reviewer, it leaves a bit to be desired.
  • Oracle Linux vs. Oracle Windows: A benchmark war

    Posted December 15, 2003 - 12:37 am

    Thanks to the Wine emulator, Oracle databases can now run on x86-based servers under either Windows or Linux. But which OS is best? Find out what the debate's all about.
  • Wine HQ

    Posted December 15, 2003 - 12:31 am

    There are several Windows emulation options available for Linux, but Wine is particularly intriguing: it emulates the Windows libraries, so that Windows apps can be run without an instance of the Windows OS. Check out this projects progress here.
  • Wording on software and IPR reflects tough battle

    Posted December 11, 2003 - 2:54 pm

    The World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) is not just about bringing computers and Internet access to the poor. It's also about making money from selling hardware, software and services. That partly explains the long and often heated debate over two particularly thorny issues: open software and intellectual property rights, or IPR.
  • Australian territory mandates open source consideration

    Posted December 11, 2003 - 11:54 am

    The Australian Capital Territory has become the first Australian jurisdiction to mandate the consideration of open source software for government entities after a bill proposed by ACT Democrats leader Roslyn Dundas was passed into law overnight.
  • Microsoft battle with Lindows moves to Europe

    Posted December 9, 2003 - 11:14 am

    The trademark dispute between Linux-based software vendor Lindows.com Inc. and Microsoft Corp. has moved to Europe where Lindows Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Michael Robertson said he is on a tour this week meeting with resellers who have been caught in the crossfire.
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