Most of the time, an abundance of choice is a good thing. Who could argue against 31 flavors of ice cream or 57 varieties of condiments? But when it comes to open-source software licenses, less might be more.
But with Windows or Linux? Sharing the stage at a panel at this year's World Economic Forum, in Davos, Switzerland, the two men seemed like old friends. Brazil's President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva and Microsoft's cofounder Bill Gates smiled at each other and cordially agreed on a number of issues. But as they departed from the meeting, the truth was that on the subject of software the two are at opposite extremes.
SCO’s Unix/Linux slander lawsuit against Novell is to enter the discovery stage, after Novell failed to convince a US court to throw out the case. The case is key for SCO as part of its attempt to convince the courts that it alone owns the source code for Unix. If successful, the company will be better placed to claim its code has been illegally used to build open source Linux solutions.
New Program Extends Cross-Platform Optimization and Support to ISV's Migrating Applications to 64-bit Platforms
The 6th annual Debian Developers Conference (DebConf) will be held in Helsinki, Finland from July 9th to July 17th 2005. Its target audience is Debian developers, though Debian users are welcome to attend as well. The event is based around talks, workshops, demos, coding parties and discussions. It is highly technical in nature.
Everyone has been speculating, but will Google finally make the move to purchase Mozilla's FireFox? Some say Google is secretly developing its own browser, but why would it? Google is a constant "plug" for FireFox and everything it offers
The general view of open source software is that it is free; however, as with many things in business, information technology is never that easy. Switching to open source needs to involve careful planning and consideration of the business benefits and potential downsides to such a migration.
HP has set an industry-first milestone by shipping more than 1 million Linux servers to customers since 1998, 45 percent more than any other major hardware vendor.
Welcome to this year's 26th issue of DWN, the weekly newsletter for the Debian community. Rafael Laboissiere wondered if bug reports for woody can now be closed, but Frank Lichtenheld added that they should be kept if they are security related and that others may be usefull to prevent others from reporting them again. Martin F. Krafft announced his new book that was introduced at LinuxTag.
What the heck does the Grokster decision mean for open source? I suspect that we are likely to find out. Up to now Hollywood has been satisfied in going after the commercial purveyors of P2P filesharing software. Undoubtedly, following the Grokster decision, they will continue to do so. However, that will not halt the use of P2P programs. As the commercial systems are shut down, it is likely that users will migrate to open source P2P projects. Indeed, a switch to various open source programs, such as BitTorrent, is already well under way.
New WYSIWYG Web Editor Has Improved Flexibility, Ease-of-Use
Mandriva today announces a new support contract with MACIF, a major personal insurance company in Europe, with a total of 4.5 million subscribers.
In part 1 of our look at Linux PAM, we learned how to remove the annoying failed-login delay, lock out users who have too many failed login attempts and how to set a restrictive fallback configuration. Today we'll look at Linux distribution differences, dig into the module types, what order to put things in, and what the different options mean. You should have part 1 handy so you can refer to the examples.
The Norwegian Minister of Modernisation, Morten Andreas Meyer, has promised that his government will stop using proprietary software and transfer to open source. Speaking at the eNorge 2009 conference Meyer outlined an initiative to digitise government relations. This includes a commitment that all public institutions will plan the introduction of open source systems by next year.
Riding herd on his family's northeastern Nevada ranch, a young Bobby Ewald's curiosity often soared above the dust of cattle drives and beyond the high desert's hazy horizons. "I've always had an inquisitive mind," he says. "I just want to know how it works, why things are the way they are." Today, that need to know has driven Ewald not to a life in the saddle, but to the CEO's chair at Utah's Linux Networx, a leader in the supercomputer industry.
FlameRobin is an open source, lightweight and cross-platform GUI administration and management tool for the Firebird database. FlameRobin V0.2.5 Alpha is available for download.
There was a time when Asteroids, Duran Duran, and Novell NetWare were all the rage. That time, sadly for some, has passed. When we last reviewed a Novell server offering, it was the aging NetWare platform, and we complained loudly about its shortcomings. But Novell's recent moves to embrace Linux are impressing us.
More open-source software projects are gaining the benefits of the latest code-checking software, as the programs' makers look to prove their worth.
Sun's stepped back from Linux on the desktop, but you can never shut down open source
Maria Winslow's "The Practical Manager's Guide to Open Source" doesn't just illustrate different solutions that can be created with OSS. It allows readers to determine for themselves what problems OSS will solve and at what gain. We take a look at what the book has to say about Open Source ROI