Con Kolivas released on updated version of his staircase CPU scheduler. Con explains, "Version 7.7 was nice and stable but probably underperformed about 4 minor versions before it. The stability was necessary, though, because a whole swag of little annoying starvation issues made it into 7.4. This version adds a few more planned features, and has improved the performance substantially, and improved the fairness of the non-interactive and computational scheduler settings."
BEA Systems on Wednesday cast its vote in favor of Sun Microsystems making parts of its Java technology open source, ratcheting the debate up a notch. "We'd like to go on the record publicly in favor of open-sourcing J2SE, and we've been working behind the scenes on this," said Scott Dietzen, BEA's chief technology officer, during a speech at the JavaOne show in San Francisco Wednesday evening.
The on-again, off-again issue of having Sun Microsystems participate in the Eclipse open source tools initiative may soon be on again. Sun’s Jeff Jackson, vice president of Java developer tools at the company, said during the 2004 JavaOne conference on Wednesday that he will be meeting next week with the new executive director of Eclipse, Mike Milkinkovich, to discuss issues related to Eclipse and Sun’s own open source tools platform, NetBeans.
The Chinese government has shown that it is willing to try out and incorporate a number of different software systems, including Windows arch-nemesis Linux.
Fujitsu this week announced an expanded collaboration with Microsoft on servers for mainframe computing, but the Japanese hardware giant is also investing in open source, paving the way for a handful of new PostgreSQL functions that will benefit all of the open source database's users.
Remember the days of Linux Expo (Raleigh), Atlanta Linux Showcase, and other great community conferences? This October, the second annual LUG managed Ohio LinuxFest will be held, and it has the markings of a true community event.
Several readers took exception to a newsletter last week, which reported on a new Microsoft-based study that claimed Windows 2003 Server is faster at file-and-print serving than Red Hat Linux. (Do we report on these studies just to stir up reader emotions? You bet!)
Founded in 2003, by some of the key employees of Open Care, the first European Linux support company, Edge-IT focuses on the delivery of services and support to the corporate market in France. It has 6 employees and counts among its customers, OECD, the world economic organization, Fondation Nationale des Sciences Politiques, an elite French Political Science School, and Prisma Presse, one of the top press group in France.
After years of work, Novell Inc. announced Wednesday the availability of Mono 1.0, an open-source development platform based on Microsoft Corp.'s .Net framework.
Automating software testing allows you to run the same tests over a period of time, ensuring that you are really comparing apples to apples and oranges to oranges. In this article, Linux Test Project team members share their methodology and rationale, as well as the scripts and tools they use to stress-test the Linux kernel.
With a low barrier to entry, high developer popularity, and good software integration, PHP scripting language appealed to Victorian start-up Komodo for its development of a commercial, enterprise-grade content management system.
Why isn't Free Software seeing more rapid growth in Eastern Europe? One might think that Eastern Europe would be fertile ground for Linux and Free Software. Conventional wisdom suggests that in areas where populations are well-educated but have fewer economic resources, Linux would be an attractive option. One would think that better, more reliable code and lower costs would result in wide adoption; but this is not enough, and Free Software faces an uphill struggle in these regions.
Having converted quite a few people to the world of GNU/Linux, I am often asked by parents, "Can I set up parental Web filters for my children using Linux?" The answer is yes, and here's how.
Interview with Sérgio Amadeu da Silveira, the Brazilian government member Microsoft wanted to sue.
The state of Mississippi today put Linux at the heart of its crime-fighting initiatives. A Linux-based mobile system that links local authorities and agencies to public safety information rolled out today in three counties. The Mississippi Automated System Project enables police officers, for example, to have access to mug shots and arrest warrants from their vehicles.
With Microsoft's new Windows CE 5.0 operating system, all licensees will be able to ship products commercially built from their modifications of the operating system's shared source code, Microsoft Corp. announced at this week's Microsoft Windows Embedded Developers' Conference (DevCon) 2004.
Microsoft has dismissed high-profile European government defections to Linux, such as the city of Munich, but admitted Europe will be a key battleground in the ongoing Windows versus Linux war. Speaking to silicon.com at the Tech Ed 2004 conference in Amsterdam this week, Microsoft's European general manager Philippe Dumont said there are cultural reasons for some governments wanting to limit dependency on US-based multinationals.
As Java industry leaders prepare to debate at JavaOne 2004 whether Java's stewardship might be better in the open-source community than with Sun Microsystems, the technology's creator James Gosling weighed in on why he thinks open-sourcing Java remains a tricky issue.
Apple Computer has published updated source code to its Rendezvous network-configuration technology for use in Windows, Linux, Unix and Java applications.
Sun has brought the debate over who is "more open source" down to the playground level, and both companies could do better at it.