Linux is going to be handling a third of all travel bookings in the world now that IBM has persuaded Cendant Corporation to switch its Galileo 360 eFares engine to Linux-based xServers.
Open Source software continues to make inroads across all verticals, and with the latest release of the tool Blender3D, it looks like animation may be next. Blender3D version 2.33, released this week, includes numerous significant enhancements, most notably the restoration of some of the core functionality it had when it was a proprietary, closed source program. Blender began its life as a closed source program and officially became open source under the GPL license in October 2002.
If there were no other reason to switch from Microsoft Windows to GNU-Linux, the Linux Virtual Desktops would be more than reason enough to make the switch.
Novell's Mono Program, which promises to allow .Net developers to develop Linux applications, should enable companies to make the best use of their developers.
Wireless operators and telcos are attracted to Linux and open source for the usual reasons of cost savings and avoiding vendor lock-in, but Berkeley DB's recent selection for use in bmd wireless network messaging solutions highlights that open source is living up to a good reputation of quality in the wireless and telecom industries.
After a long period as an area of specialist interest, Linux and open source have finally achieved a commercial presence, and the tipping point is now in sight. An alternative to Microsoft means contractors and employees face a new set of issues. The most obvious opportunity is a wider pool of potential roles using open source technologies, providing another avenue of employment for IT professionals.
The Xandros Desktop OS is known for their intuitive graphical environment that works right out of the box. Their polished desktop product is based on KDE. Your humble Dot editor had the privilege to talk to Rick Berenstein, Xandros Chairman and CTO and Ming Poon,Vice President for Software Development about Xandros and their products and the relationship between Xandros and the KDE project. Without further due ... enjoy the interview!
By switching to IBM from a Unix-based fare-pricing system, the company will over three years save 90% of the IT costs associated with its Galileo 360 eFares system, said Robert Wiseman, chief technology officer at Cendant TDS.
Open source developers are not students and hobbyists; three in four are employed, while a third believe open source expertise improves job opportunities. These survey conclusions have sparked deeper investigation of the movement and its impact on European e-government. The original survey took place under the IST project FLOSS. "At the time, there was little information on open source/free software," says coordinator Rishab Ghosh, from the Merit/Infonomics research institute in The Netherlands. A better picture emerged after two surveys of the field. "We got 2,800 responses from developers worldwide and 1,500 from user organisations, mostly in Europe." The resulting 2002 report has proved very popular, with 200,000 downloads and 80,000 links on the Google search engine.
Many of today's Windows applications will break on high-end Longhorn tomorrow, but why bother with Longhorn when you can run Windows apps better on Linux today? Now here's a thought: In all the debate over Longhorn versus Linux 2.6—or, as I like to pose it, vaporware vs. "Red Hat Fedora is running on my desktop right now"—has anyone ever considered that legacy Windows users might be better off running their applications on—drum roll, please—Linux?
I've been using Fedora Core 1 on my desktop since its release. This week, coinciding with the purchase of a brand new monitor, I decided to try an upgrade to Fedora Core 2 test 3. Here are a few of my thoughts.
Sunnyvale, CA-based StarNet Communications Corp has announced a free technical support service for Linux. Called StarNet Linux Support, the new service covers issues related to server and workstation Installation, Configuration and System Administration on Linux systems.
In this briefing, Linux experts examine the large scale adoption of Linux as the computing platform of choice in governments and large corporations, and how you can benefit by adopting Linux. You'll learn what IBM brings to Linux through middleware, hardware, services, and IBM's contributions to open source development. Briefings are held worldwide, upcoming events include: Costa Mesa, CA (May 11), Seattle, WA (May 18), San Francisco, CA (May 20).
Linux has only recently begun to regain credibility in the financial markets since its speculative debut. However, its licensing model, hefty competition, and lack of maturity still worry investors. Companies such as Red Hat, long past its 1999 speculative highs, are slowly gaining ground while other Linux companies, such as Linspire, are planning initial public offerings. Is Linux finally becoming a viable alternative to proprietary operating systems, or is this rise simply a byproduct of a mini-tech bubble (as Bill Gates so eloquently put it)?
More than 70 people who work on free and open source software in Africa gathered in Namibia between March 15 and 19 to teach, to learn, and to network. This meeting, called Africa Source, was the first event of its kind, bringing together developers from roughly 25 countries on the continent, as well as visitors from a dozen countries outside Africa.
A new report from Japan's Techno Systems Research Co says that BakBone led the market for Linux server backup products in 2003 with 79% of the market. BakBone develops data protection solutions for Linux that manage, access and protect business-critical data.