Microsoft's efforts to improve the security of Windows have paid off, leading to significant improvements in patch management and other areas, according to executives from North American companies surveyed by Yankee Group.
Open-source vendors of enterprise application software will have competitive advantages over established proprietary license vendors, especially in the SMB field, says Larry Augustin, CEO of Medsphere Systems, during the Open Source Business Conference.
A vocal group has long protested Linus' use of BitKeeper, considering Linux the free and open source flagship product. GNU Project founder Richard Stallman is among the protestors, harshly criticizing Linus' decision to use a non-free (as in freedom) tool. However, most acknowledge that no free tool currently exists that is as powerful as BitKeeper, offering the ability to perform truly distributed development. Attempts to reverse engineer some of BitKeeper's features have lead to repeated cautions by BitMover. Most recently two such reverse engineering attempts have contributed to BitMover's decision to end the development and availability of the free BitKeeper product.
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Desktop Linux Making Inroads on Campaign for Wider Retail Distribution
The final article in this series described the implementation of a VPN server to enable encrypted Wi-Fi transmissions.
About three years ago, the team behind the open source window manager Enlightenment (E) began rewriting the software from the ground up. Although E was being maintained, receiving the minor updates necessary to keep it from obsolescence, the team has been conscienciously working on the new development release (DR) 17. Despite the popularity of the current version (DR16), the prolonged development cycle necessary for the new one has led anxious fans to largely forget about it. But lead developer Carsten Haitzler (Rasterman) assures us that the project is not stagnant, just moving slower than other, better-known window manager development projects.
Open-source operating systems will not spread unless users have applications to run on them. As Linux matures and customers more seriously consider adopting it and its cousins, developers are constructing programs that increase the operating system's appeal.
Users of Portland Group PGI(R) Compilers Invited to Upgrade to the Higher Performance of the PathScale EKOPath(TM) Compiler Suite for FORTRAN, C and C++ PathScale's Award-Winning Compilers Are Well-Known as the World's Fastest 64-Bit x86 Compilers for Linux(R)
With IDS v10, IBM has optimized native 64-bit editions for all major Linux platforms.
Apache recently held a week-end “infrathon” to sweep the dust out of the corners, squash a few old bugs, drink a wee bit of ale (and maybe a wee bit more than a wee bit) and get their hands dirty with the Zen of maintaining their infrastructure. MadPenguin.org crashed the party in search of the secrets of getting into the “zone” while peeking into the grittiest of the nitty gritty of one of the darling projects of open source, Apache.
Sun Microsystems has announced the five individuals selected to participate on the OpenSolaris Community Advisory Board (CAB), created to steer Sun’s OpenSolaris open source developer community towards self-governance.
Windows and Linux are neck-and-neck when it comes to the cost of maintenance. Analyst Yankee Group questioned 509 companies and organisations of all sizes in North America about the total cost of ownership (TCO) and return on investment (ROI) of the two systems, and found that more than half of those surveyed planned to install Linux in parallel with, or in addition to existing Windows systems.
VA Linux Systems Japan K.K. (VA Linux), a leading provider of Linux solutions for the telecommunications and enterprise systems markets, today announced that it is ready to offer a brand-new professional service called 'VA Quest', a Failure Analysis Solution Service for the Linux Kernel, which makes full use of the power of VA Linux's Linux kernel experts.
A Hurd live CD has recently seen the light for everybody who would like to give it a try without installing the system. Noèl Köthe reported during the CeBIT exhibition that some German government agencies have switched to Debian recently. Kenshi Muto has recorded an installation of Debian sarge which can be watched by using telnet.
Sun announces the five members of its OpenSolaris Community Advisory Board, which includes open-source luminary Roy Fielding.
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The Linux Professional Institute announced today the addition of its most recent "Platinum Sponsor": Linux Journal
Although KOffice may not yet be at the level of functionality of OpenOffice, it is still a pretty powerful office suite albeit with relatively little coverage. This is the first of my series of easy How-To's for KOffice that hopefully anyone can follow. The first How-To, including screenshots, shows you how you can easily make use of the mail merge feature in your KWord documents.
Some businesses haven't jumped on the Firefox bandwagon because they think the Mozilla Foundation's browser is just for home users. But they're missing a ride to safer and more secure browsing, according to John Hedtke, co-author of Firefox & Thunderbird Garage, which is being released by Prentice Hall PTR in mid-April. Hedtke recently spoke to SearchEnterpriseLinux.com about why he feels that Firefox fits the business mold. He also described new Firefox extensions like MouseGestures and explained why those considering a transition might not want to dump Microsoft Internet Explorer (IE) just yet. Here are some excerpts from that conversation: