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Microsoft Corp., already under government scrutiny over its behavior toward competitors, told manufacturers of iPod-like portable audio devices that under a new marketing program they would not allowed to distribute rivals' music player software but pulled back after one company protested.
The Justice Department said it decided to drop the issue because Microsoft agreed 10 days later to change the proposal.
[ED - And the Justice department believe MS precisely Why? ]
NEW YORK - A quiet revolution is transforming life on the Internet: New, agile software now lets people quickly check flight options, see stock prices fluctuate and better manage their online photos and e-mail. Such tools make computing less of a chore because they sit on distant Web servers and run over standard browsers. Users thus don't have to worry about installing software or moving data when they switch computers.
Three recent moves by eBay, Google and Oracle are aimed at building global online communities that thrive on open standards.
When you install an application package in a Debian-based system, sometimes prerequisite application packages are unavailable. These missing packages are known as broken dependencies. Left unresolved, they can cripple your system's ability to install new packages. They're a disaster that isn't supposed to happen in Debian, thanks to the Advanced Packaging Tool (APT) and the scripts contained in Debian packages. That makes broken dependencies all the more devastating when they happen. Some users have even been known to reinstall the whole operating system, despairing of otherwise having a functioning package management system. However, depending on how the broken dependencies arose, you have several options to try before you consider reinstalling.
Free open source software took a further step toward meeting the needs of business users today with the release of Sequoia Open Source ERP. This suite of business applications brings a low cost, flexible, and scalable solution to businesses worldwide.
Why would you want to use a beta of Firefox when you an have a more stable release? The version that comes with Breezy Badger has a bad memory leak - and 1.5 runs faster.
The department has signed an umbrella contract with Novell that sets out the terms and conditions on which it can buy the SuSE distribution of Linux as well as a range of proprietary Novell software products. These include NetWare and ZenWorks, which it uses to handle email and project management.
If buzzwords such as tagging, blogging and feeds make as much sense to you as Uzbekistani politics, Flock isn't the browser for you.
On the other hand, anyone who writes daily blog posts, subscribes to Stuff's RSS news feed and shares their photos on Flickr will have cause to celebrate at Friday's preview release of the new software.
More and more software companies are developing applications on multiple platforms. Testing their applications on multiple platforms is a big challenge. In order to shorten the testing effort, they want to write their test scripts once and run them on multiple platforms. This article will walk you through the multiple platform automation coding process with an automation project for Windows and Linux using the Rational Functional Tester.
The universe of products is large and code quality varies from impressive to unreliable. But if IT managers choose the open source community's top products, they will find many solid programs that meet or exceed the capabilities of more expensive commercial alternatives, experts say.
[David Wheeler wrote this editorial in September. We link to it as it provides an unique perspective of issues. -ED]
A small UK graphics software house is desperately trying to fight its corner against Microsoft by giving away its software to any Linux user prepared to help the company.
Xara received some good news and some bad news in September. First Adobe acquired Macromedia, eliminating one of Xara's rivals and elevating the firm to number three in the UK vector graphics software league table.
Logicalware Ltd, publisher of MailManager the Open Source email response management solution announced today that MailManager has now been ported to MySQL and has been tested and certified for MySQL Network.
This tutorial covers the installation of a web-, email- and ftp server using the new Ubuntu 5.10 (Breezy Badger). Though Ubuntu is primarily targeted at desktop systems, you can also use it to run a rock-solid web server, and this document shows both Linux newbies and experienced users how to do that.
Three computer games technology students at Abertay University have won prizes for their work from computer games giant Sony.
The prizes were presented for outstanding development work on a PlayStation 2 Games Console during academic year 2004/05.
First prize, a PlayStation2-Linux games development kit, a cheque and a certificate signed by Sony's vice-president of technology Paul Holman, was awarded to James Bird.
As posted by ZDNet's Martin LaMonica, a small company called Scientigo laying claim to XML, of all things. That's sort of like someone trying to claim royalities from HTML or ASCII usage.
Zandre Rudolph, business manager at IT distributor Rectron, says open source software is now ready for commercial use at desktop level, due to publicity over the last year thanks to the work of the likes of the Go Open Source campaign. Rudolph says this has resulted in an increase in the adoption of open source software by South African businesses.
Thomas L. Friedman recently wrote “The World is Flat.” He described Ten Forces that Flattened the World. The following is a condensation of his ten forces:
Despite unabating pressure on prices and growth forecasts for Germany having been adjusted downward the high-tech industry is showing itself upbeat ahead of the computer trade fair Systems. Although on account of the ongoing collapse of prices in the telecommunications sector, sales revenue expectations had had to be lowered, the General Executive Manager of the German industry association Bitkom, Bernhard Rohleder, said yesterday in Munich, other areas such as IT services were developing quite nicely.
I wrote a chapter for O'Reilly's Open Sources 2.0 last year, and it's finally hitting the shelves. Not sure as to the reason behind the delay, but I'm looking forward to getting a copy. No, not because of what I wrote (I've already read that), but because of the other interesting perspectives Danese, Chris, and Mark collected on the present and future of open source business. If this book is anything like the 1.0 rev (Open Sources: Voices from the Open Source Revolution), it will be well worth the price of admission. 1.0 centered around the disruptive development model; 2.0 focuses on open source as a disruptive business model.)
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