In June 2001, Progeny Linux Systems was in crisis. Looking around, co-founder and CEO Ian Murdock realized that the company needed fundamental changes to survive. Four years later, Progeny is back up to its former staffing levels and showing modest profits. It is also one of the few Free/Open Source Software (FOSS)-based companies from that era to survive. Murdock's assessment of where the company went wrong and his story of how it reinvented itself offer some practical suggestions for other start-ups, especially FOSS-based ones. Progeny Linux Systems was founded in early 2001 with modest funding from the Linux Capital Group, a short-lived venture in which Bruce Perens was co-founder and president. By May, Progeny was hiring rapidly and beginning develop Linux NOW (Network of Workstations), an updated version of Sprite, a research operating system developed at the University of California-Berkeley that provided a single system image to a cluster of work stations.
This week will see oral arguments in the US Supreme Court in the case of MGM versus Grokster, a case of titanic dimensions for the rip, mix and burn culture. At issue in the case is whether a product manufacturer can be held liable for copyright infringements by downstream users.
We are sure that you will find them interesting and learn more about some usability issues. We expect to obtain results that will lead to useful discussions and decisions which will improve the overall usability of GNOME even more. The results of this research will be shared with the GNOME community.
Mandrakelinux Corporate Server 3.0 keeps pace with other Linux distributions, but it won't compel RHEL and SLES shops to switch.
EXP Pharmaceutical Services Corp. of Fremont, Calif., is finding freedom from huge licensing fees and increasing its ROI thanks to a recent migration from Windows and a proprietary software infrastructure to Linux and open source solutions.
PGI Workstation 6.0 Broadens Cross-Platform Support and Delivers Increased Performance on Applications and Benchmarks
Novell last week tried to give customers even more reason to buy into its open-source-oriented strategy, which is designed to meld the best of Linux and NetWare services. The company announced that its GroupWise messaging and collaboration system will come bundled with SuSE Linux, and its ZENworks systems management offering will be able to control Windows workstations from Linux servers.
Black Duck Software is rolling out an on-demand service that will help small companies establish their software compliance processes at a modest cost. This puts open source licensing analysis capabilities within reach of small software development shops, law firms involved in intellectual property litigation and venture capitalists doing due diligence.
Red Hat Linux Desktop is in a class of its own.
Veteran financial services executive and director at PeopleSoft and Interwoven brings Wall Street experience to advancing Linux at OSDL
Several new features of the recently released OpenOffice.org 2.0 beta require a Java Runtime Environment (JRE). Since Java's license is neither free nor open source, a small but vocal minority has responded both strongly and negatively. For instance, when NewsForge recently published a review of the beta, no other feature attracted as much comment. Some groups, including members of the major GNU/Linux distributions, most of whom repackage OpenOffice.org (OOo), have responded by looking for alternatives, often while cursing the project for the extra work it has dumped on them. How did OpenOffice.org come to rely on Java? What problems is it likely to cause? How are GNU/Linux distributions reacting to this change in a key piece of software?
Usually, you want a shell script to just run to completion, one command after another. There are times, however, when a sequence of events includes a step upon which subsequent steps depend for successful execution. For these times, two useful commands are wait and sleep, both of which cause a delay in the script execution.
Well, well, what have we here? SCO has put up its own legal documents page after all. Evidently the generic brand anti-Groklaw websites that coincidentally sprang up just when theirs didn't were not a huge success. So they have put up their own page here: http://www.sco.com/scoip/ All they have there so far are some of the legal documents in all their cases. But Frank Sorenson noticed one little thing: it appears the defenders of their most holy IP grabbed the PDFs from Groklaw and Frank's tuxrocks.com site, without giving us credit for doing the work of obtaining the documents from the court and scanning them to create the PDFs. Oops.
The long awaited 2005.0 release of Gentoo Linux is the first and most prominent news in this week's Gentoo Weekly Newsletter! Regular visitors to the Gentoo website may have noticed that the PayPal donation button is back, and the Gentoo bugzilla now supports SSL encrypted connections. Other features this week: a developer portrait of UK-based Marcus D. Hanwell, an after-show report from the Open Source Conference in Tokyo held last weekend, and plenty of news from the community, press clippings, developers leaving the project and new ones arriving, and of course the regular sections of bugzilla statistics and security alerts. Enjoy reading!
An interview with Matthew Szulik in India at LinuxAsia 2005.
Leading Asset Management Company to Expand Novell's Award-Winning ZENworks Suite
In this document I will walk you through the process of creating a Debian package for Xandros 3.0.
Welcome to Security Alerts, an overview of recent Unix and open source security advisories. In this column, we look at problems in KDE, MySQL, Perl, Ximian Evolution, GnuPG, OpenSLP, Ringtone Tools, LuxMan, and Ethereal.
Relax, this isn't another newsletter about the latest Microsoft anti-Linux campaign.
The worldwide.kde.org contributors map has hot fresh updates. The contributor map on worldwide.kde.org shows developers, translators, doc writers, artists, packagers and other contributors of KDE in all the world. If you are a contributor to the KDE Project, submit your coordinates.