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Before Airtel deployed a voicemail application built on Red Hat Enterprise Linux, its top management was understandably concerned. Like in many other enterprises in Asia, Linux was not a common operating system (OS) of choice for Airtel, and they had concerns about using it.
What do we in the free software community do when faced with allegations of code theft? On the other hand, what do you as a businessman or developer do if you suspect free software developers have stolen your proprietary code? These two questions are coming up more often nowadays, both as genuine issues and as weapons used by failing proprietary software firms. We asked several industry experts for their opinions on these issues.
The world of Web browsing has reached a tipping point. Microsoft's Internet Explorer browser has been and remains the de facto standard for Internet users. But for the first time since the late '90s, when Redmond quashed Netscape, Microsoft has some real competition.
A potential open source business process management challenger to packages from platform vendors has been picked up by the Apache Software Foundation.
I maintain both a Linux and a Windows machine for my own use. I like the Windows interface, but whenever possible I avoid Microsoft's bundled applications. When the recent installation of Windows XP Service Pack 2 forced me to accept or decline Windows Media Player 9 and its digital rights management features, I declined, and found two open source alternatives I couldn't be happier with.
Two recently released reports have reinforced what open source advocates have known for years: Open source has positioned itself as a strong and fundamental commercial force.
The grand nabob of the world's software giant, Microsoft, Bill Gates, has told technologists that he is not afraid of Linux. Speaking at a shindig at the Computer History Museum, Gates said that he had seen other threats to Vole's dominance come and go and Linux will eventually go the way of OS/2.
Red Hat Inc's acquisition of Netscape security technologies from America Online Inc has given it the platform it needs to move forward its Open Source Architecture with new projects, according to its VP of engineering.
Connect Computing publishes "Trying Linux with Knoppix 3.6" which includes a 30 page manual and a full version of Knoppix Linux on CD.
This week the Gentoo Weekly Newsletter has news about the Gentoo Foundation's website redesign contest, a report and pictures from the Gentoo PPC Developer Meeting in Germany last week, and plenty of community coverage, international news, and 'Gentoo in the press' references.
"The pre-rc2 release is a preview of new features we hope to add to the next release candidate. This release is an opportunity to get some wider testing of our most recent improvements to the installer before we declare it stable and ready for the release of sarge."
When Perl isn't fast enough, you can have applications interact with Oracle databases by using C.
Trashware often means "badly designed or useless software," but in recent years the term has came to indicate something else which could have an important impact on computer users. I use trashware to refer to trashed hardware. We all see perfectly good working computers dumped as soon as the latest and cutest software slows them down. But trashware is not trash, and a number of groups are working to save those "obsolete" computers from the landfill and using free software to make them useful again for fun, profit, or service.
Leading distributor of Linux open source solutions to the enterprise Red Hat, Inc has entered into a definitive asset purchase agreement with America Online, Inc to acquire certain assets of Netscape Security Solutions.
TCM's Conference Will Feature Major Corporations Such as Red Hat, FEMA, Oracle, IBM and Northrop Grumman
Novell, the leading provider of information solutions, announced today at GITEX Dubai 2004 that it continues to appoint new channel partners to support the growing demand in the Middle East for Linux-based solutions.
Recent news about Ubuntu had peaked my interest. Debian based, good development team, the Ubuntu philosophy and an active community.
A smashingly successful Ohio LinuxFest has just finished, and our on-the-scene (and anonymous) reporter has written an excellent (and at times hilarious) roundup of the event. Congratulations go out to the organizers of the OLF, and a special thanks to maddog for helping them with last minute needs. Well done all!
Statistics and feedback from the 2004 Ohio Linux Fest. There's a story here of community. Jon (Maddog) Hall helped save the event by providing last minute funding, which IBM quickly covered. The planners have chosen a format that works (the time is just right, not too long, not too short) and the venue is perfect.
The Mozilla Foundation today released Firefox 0.10.1, which patches a security hole that was discovered this week. Users can download a new build of Firefox, wait for the automatic update to prompt you to upgrade, or install the XPI to upgrade it. Users are urged to upgrade Firefox. The hole is not known to affect any other Mozilla applications.