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Linux leaders flee Novell

One of the leading lights behind SuSE Linux, before it was swallowed whole by Novell, has quit and headed for a future unspecific.

Apache takes on open-source Java

  • ZDNet (Posted by dave on May 10, 2005 1:49 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Sun
The Apache Foundation has proposed creating an open-source version of Java on the desktop, a plan that Sun Microsystems has initially welcomed.

OpenOffice 2.0 Faces Opposition over Its Use of Java

  • eWEEK Linux (Posted by dave on May 10, 2005 1:06 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Sun; Story Type: News Story
The popular open-source office suite OpenOffice.org is almost ready for the unveiling of its landmark 2.0 release, but it's creating foes because of its use of Sun's proprietary Java.

Learning lessons from open source

  • ZDNet UK (Posted by dave on May 10, 2005 12:23 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Proprietary software vendors can learn a valuable lesson from their open source counterparts when it comes to customer care and respect

A Microsoft-Red Hat warming trend?

CEOs Steve Ballmer and Matthew Szulik met for a meal recently, sources say. How's Microsoft feeling about open source these days?

Microsoft braced for Linux gains

Software giant Microsoft is facing serious growing threats to its monopoly in the UK public sector following admissions from local authorities that they plan to increase their adoption of open-source software.

Platform-specific Gecko-based browsers

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on May 10, 2005 11:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Among the goals common to most open source projects is cross-platform compatibility, which allows developers to expand their user base and allows users to deploy the software more widely. But while some users enjoy having consistent software across the various platforms that they use, sometimes a browser that's optimized for a particular operating system may be a better choice. The three open source Gecko-based browsers detailed here all use their respective operating systems' native widget toolkit to render their user interfaces.

Microsoft ready for open source in schools fight

Open source companies can't match us for application support, claims Microsoft, amid reports that schools can make big savings by choosing non-proprietary software

Indian firm unveils low-cost Linux-based PCs

  • CNET News.com (Posted by dave on May 10, 2005 10:35 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Encore Software, a Bangalore technology company, will offer its Mobilis desktop for about $230.

Black Duck Joins Open-Source Research Team

  • eWEEK Linux (Posted by dave on May 10, 2005 10:14 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The software company is a corporate member of the Open Source Software Institute and will serve as a technical contributor to a research and development program between the U.S. Navy and OSSI.

Indian firm unveils low-cost Linux-based computers

  • CNET News.com (Posted by dave on May 10, 2005 9:35 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Encore Software, a Bangalore technology company, will offer its Mobilis desktop for about $230.

The Free Software Challenge in Latin America

  • Dissident Voice; By David Sugar (Posted by dave on May 10, 2005 9:31 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
In 2002, then-US Ambassador to Peru, John Hilton, delivered a threatening letter to the Peruvian congress using his public office to act on behalf of a very powerful American private interest. The letter, which was leaked to the press, stated that the Microsoft Corporation and its chairman Bill Gates disapproved of Peru debating a proposed law, Special Bill 1609, which favored the use of free software in public administration. Hilton warned its passage would harm US-Peru relations.

IBM Launches Open Plan for Vertical Markets

  • eWEEK Linux (Posted by dave on May 10, 2005 8:47 AM EDT)
  • Groups: IBM; Story Type: News Story
In an effort to win over verticals and enhance its services opportunities, IBM plans to bundle open-source technology with open standards and release its patents.

Open source could slash school IT bills, says government

The open source community will receive a major boost this week from the UK government's ICT agency, which has investigated the potential benefits of using free and non-proprietary software in education.

Black Duck Software Joins Open Source Spftware [sic] Institute

  • I-Newswire.com (press release) (Posted by dave on May 10, 2005 8:04 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release; Groups: IBM
Black Duck Software, Inc., the leading provider of software compliance management solutions, today announced that it has become a corporate member of the Open Source Software Institute (OSSI), a U.S.-based non-profit organization dedicated to the development and implementation of open source software solutions within the United States federal, state and municipal governments agencies and academic institutions.

Novell Loses Another Open-Source Aficionado

Richard Seibt, the former president of SuSE Linux before its acquisition, leaves his post as president of Novell EMEA. A spokesman says his departure does not relate to two other recent executive resignations.

Novell Acquires Immunix, Delivers Industry's Best Application Security for Linux

  • PR Newswire; By Press release (Posted by dave on May 10, 2005 7:13 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release
Easy to Use, Open Source-Based Solution Protects Linux Environments Against Malicious Attacks and Viruses

Fedora Core 4 Test 3 Available

  • Mailing list; By Bill Nottingham (Posted by dave on May 10, 2005 7:13 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Announcements; Groups: Fedora
The Fedora Project would like to announce the release of Fedora Core 4 test 3; currently scheduled to be the final test release before Fedora Core 4.

Linux Gazette #114 is out!

  • Mailing list; By Ben Okopnik (Posted by dave on May 10, 2005 4:34 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Linux Gazette is a volunteer-run monthly web magazine dedicated to two simple ideas: making Linux a little more fun, and sharing ideas and discoveries.

Linux powering UCF/DARPA Grand Challenge vehicle

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on May 10, 2005 4:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
While enterprise and desktop discussions grab headlines, Linux is quietly infiltrating into much more mundane applications -- such as running the on-board computers of the University of Central Florida's entry for the DARPA Grand Challenge autonomous, unmanned vehicle competition. Prof. Kien Hua of the College of Engineering and Computer Science heads up the UCF program as team leader. Figure 1 shows the vehicle.

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