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Microsoft Thailand Plays Catch-Up With Linux

Microsoft originally refused to support a similar program initiated by the Thai government last May, although Linux accepted. Microsoft started to lose market share to Linux and eventually began offering the Windows XP Home and Office standard editions to those buying budget PCs under the project for about $37 US. Microsoft has also put out a simpler and cheaper version of its Windows XP family for Thai users.

Is Linux hard to install?

  • Australian IT (Posted by dave on Feb 26, 2004 7:52 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
A recent article on the "hype cycle" which claimed Linux is difficult to install sparked a furious response. Read Your Say!

Open source embeddable database achieves milestone release

  • (Posted by dave on Feb 26, 2004 7:51 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The Firebird Project has released version 1.5 of the Firebird database engine, a fairly small yet full-featured database that runs on Linux. Firebird evolved from the July, 2000 release of InterBase by Borland.

Sun Is Mum On IBM Pitch For Open Source Java

Sun Microsystems Inc. on Thursday said it had nothing to say for now on IBM's call for discussions on making Java technology open source.

Reuters Summit-Global Linux adoption drives competition-Red Hat

The global spread of freely available Linux software is the biggest competitive threat to Microsoft Corp. and other developers that keep the inner workings of their programs confidential, Red Hat Inc. Chief Executive Matthew Szulik said on Thursday.

Linux Servers Post Volcanic Growth

  • (Posted by dave on Feb 26, 2004 1:48 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: IBM
With Linux-based machines proving to be the most successful growing server segment, IBM saw its total server sales balloon 10 percent from 2002 to 2003, while Sun Microsystems dropped 15 percent for the same period, according to the latest figures from research company Gartner.

Cray buys into AMD supercomputing

  • CNET (Posted by dave on Feb 26, 2004 12:52 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Supercomputer specialist Cray has signed a deal to acquire OctigaBay, a maker of special-purpose computers that are based on Advanced Micro Devices' Opteron processor.

Qt object adds advanced spreadsheet-like user interface elements

  • (Posted by dave on Feb 26, 2004 12:52 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Integrated Computer Solutions (ICS) has released a "grid/table object" for Qt under both commercial and free licenses that it claims simplifies the inclusion of user interface elements with sophisticated spreadsheet-like functionality. QicsTable works with Qt, a cross-platform development framework that enables Windows, MacOS, Linux, and UNIX binaries to be compiled from a single source tree.

The LDP Weekly News - Feb 25, 2004

  • (Posted by dave on Feb 26, 2004 11:53 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The Linux Documentation Project Weekly News Issue Number : 8 Publication Date : 2004-02-25 Table of Contents 1. New documents @ TLDP 2. Documents submitted for review 3. New document proposals 4. Updated HOWTOs, FAQs and Guides 5. News in The LDP ...

Immunix alert: Immunix Secured OS 7+ kernel update

  • Mailing list (Posted by dave on Feb 26, 2004 11:52 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Security; Groups: Immunix
Paul Starzetz and Wojciech Purczynski report finding a flaw in the mremap(2) system call due to a missing function return value check. While they found the flaw on the 2.4 series of Linux kernels, the 2.2 series of Linux kernels is also vulnerable to the same problem.

Rome plans move to Desktop Linux

  • (Posted by dave on Feb 26, 2004 9:48 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The municipality has about 9,500 clients and plans to spend the cost savings from licensing fees for training.

IBM's Deepening Commitment to Linux

  • NewsFactor Network (Posted by dave on Feb 26, 2004 8:51 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: IBM
IBM's enhancements to its eServer p690 reflect the firm's commitment to a server strategy that is putting Big Blue in the industry's driver seat. The road has not been a straight shot, but it has certainly been smoothed over by the advent of Linux.

The Luxury of Ignorance: An Open-Source Horror Story

  • Eric S. Raymond (Posted by dave on Feb 26, 2004 8:34 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
"I have uttered a rant on the way that cluelessness about good UI design is the main obstacle betweeen us and world domination. The particular target of my ire is CUPS, but there are lessons here for a thousand projects."

LinuxCertified keeps expanding its range of services

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Feb 26, 2004 8:31 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Not long ago, it seemed all LinuxCertified did was run "Linux Boot Camps" that helped new users master the operating system's basics in a few days of intense instruction. Now the company is moving into more online Linux training and general Linux migration consulting, and is pushing hard to position itself as a major vendor of laptops preloaded with Linux.

[UK] MPs call for to switch to open source (maybe)

Central government should replace Microsoft software with open source equivalents - if trials show the switch is practical, the Public Accounts Committee said yesterday.

Eben Moglen on Microsoft's Caller ID Patent License

Eben Moglen -- professor of law at Columbia Law School and General Counsel for the Free Software Foundation -- said this morning that Microsoft's new spam-thwarting plan, dubbed Caller ID for E-mail, appears to be encumbered with unclear and unnecessary patent license claims.

Breach Candy Hospital Diagnosed With Linux Dilemma

  • (Posted by dave on Feb 26, 2004 6:22 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Here's a warning signal for companies blinded by Linux’s low TCO tag: Look before you leap. Breach Candy Hospital is one amongst a list of many, who has jumped on to the Linux bandwagon too soon, and is now left to fend for itself in the lair of repent.

IBM's Open Letter to Sun

Here is the text of IBM's open letter to Sun.

Suite of 3G and WiFi development toolkits supports embedded Linux

  • (Posted by dave on Feb 26, 2004 3:41 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Radvision has added 3G and WiFi features to its line of toolkits for broadband mobile wireless application development that support Linux, among other OSes. Radvision's "Ensemble" toolkits now support "all the main application protocols needed for the delivery of one-way, bidirectional, and multipoint data and multimedia content over a broadband mobile network," the company claims.

Head to Head: Red Hat vs. SuSE

In the battle for commercial Linux supremacy, there are two heavyweights slugging it out: Red Hat and SuSE. But picking a winner is a difficult call and, in the end, may come down to a matter of personal preference.

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