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'Open source' products a growing concern

  • Salt Lake Tribune (Posted by dave on Jul 1, 2005 2:09 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The SCO Group's controversial Linux-related lawsuit against IBM does not go to trial for another year, but the Utah company's litigation already has corporate software buyers worried. Information technology professionals identify indemnification of "open source" products, such as the freely distributed Linux operating system, as a primary and growing concern, according to a new survey of 200 United States-based IT professionals.

Linux for Scaredy Cats

There are compelling reasons for Windows users to switch to (or at least evaluate) Linux, but when you know no other world than Windows or don’t want to even think about partitioning your precious hard drive, it can be one heck of a leap of faith! As a Windows user wanting to try Linux but scared of losing the world as I knew it, I found a risk-free method of trying Linux without threatening the installation of Windows safely installed on my PC. Mandriva Move and Knoppix are two different flavours of Linux that reside entirely on a bootable LiveCD.

African free software on show at world education conference

  • Tectonic (Posted by dave on Jul 1, 2005 12:17 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
African open source advocates will be putting their best foot forward next week when they showcase many of their open source education solutions at the World Conference on Computers in Education. WCCE, which is held every four years, will be held in Stellenbosch from 4 to 7 July.

Opinion : Sun's road to open source

  •; By John Thompson (Posted by VISITOR on Jul 1, 2005 10:50 AM EDT)
  • Groups: Sun
Sun Microsystems, the developers of Java, recently opened the great gates to their coding. Before we all jump with joy, however, it is important to determine exactly what coding was open sourced. Sun open sourced Java EE 5, otherwise known as Java Enterprise Edition 5.

The Practical Manager's Guide to Open Source

  • OSDir (Posted by dave on Jul 1, 2005 9:24 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Measuring return on investment is always a tricky prospect. Properly assessing a software's future value and savings versus it's roll-out cost requires more than a peripheral knowledge of the software involved. This guide attempts to enable the reader to ask the right questions.

Open source Java seeks commercial contributions

  • (Posted by dave on Jul 1, 2005 7:58 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Project Harmony is seeking code donations from commercial vendors of Java Virtual Machines to kick-start the development of its new open source Java project. "There is a lot of software out there that we are hoping can be donated. We are hoping that we will get seeded with some code from exiting production Virtual Machines," Geir Magnusson, director of the Apache Software Foundation, said at the JavaOne conference in San Francisco.

Red Hat gets ahead

Commercial Linux developer Red Hat has reported Q1 revenue up 46%, following strong sales in both public and private sectors.

Conference on Localisation of Free Software in Belgrade

  • Metamorphosis (Posted by dave on Jul 1, 2005 6:05 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Linux Centre from Belgrade, Serbia and Montenegro organises conference on localisation of free software. The Conference will bring together the free software activists working in the Balkans to discuss about localisation/translation issues and to unite their efforts in these spheres.

Sun mulls open-source move for Java Desktop System

Sun Microsystems Inc. is pulling back plans to market and sell its Linux-based desktop operating system and is considering giving the technology to the open-source community, the company quietly acknowledged at JavaOne this week.

Microsoft keeps its open source enemies close

Are the software giant's recent attempts to reach out to the open source community genuine or just another example of its embrace, extend and extinguish strategy?

Brazil may build $100 laptops

Brazil is seriously considering a plan to build 2 million low-cost laptops, with half to be distributed for free in local schools while the other half would be exported, officials said Thursday. Ed: (Guess what O/S these laptops will run?)

Oracle throws weight behind open source

  • Search Webservices (Posted by dave on Jun 30, 2005 5:07 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Oracle
Oracle Corp. made significant strides in the Java and open source communities at JavaOne this week, taking a leadership role for a key Java specification and announcing that it will spearhead several projects to further the Eclipse open source development effort.

Integrated GUI framework for Eclipse, XML and STAF

Remote System Management Tool is a lightweight Linux based Eclipse plug-in that provides an integrated graphical user interface (GUI) environment for remote system management, including file systems, users, and processes on any UNIX or Windows server.

Red Hat revenue surges 46 percent

  • CNET; By Alorie Gilbert (Posted by dave on Jun 30, 2005 4:05 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Red Hat; Story Type: News Story
The Linux supplier attributes record billings to growing global demand for open-source software.

Know your Linux options

Low cost and reliability have made Linux the right server operating system choice for thousands of SMBs. Choosing the right flavor of Linux, however, can be daunting.

SWUP -- Another reason why Trustix has a lower TCO than Microsoft

Trustix answers high Linux TCO concerns by pointing to superior patching capabilities of SWUP automated update mechanism.

Open-source spam filter advances

  • IT Week (Posted by dave on Jun 30, 2005 1:51 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Open-source spam filter ASSP has been upgraded with a much improved administration interface, Sender Policy Framework (SPF) support, SMTP session limits, IP connection limits and a much better statistics page for reporting on mail traffic. ASSP is a Perl program...

Novell loses bid to dismiss SCO suit

  • CNET; By Stephen Shankland (Posted by dave on Jun 30, 2005 1:35 PM EDT)
  • Groups: SCO, Novell; Story Type: News Story
A judge rules that Novell can't use a motion to dismiss to get the court to assess and support its ownership claims on Unix copyrights.

BEA courts open source frameworks

  • Search Webservices (Posted by dave on Jun 30, 2005 1:02 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
BEA announced that its next J2EE development platform will support "all major open source frameworks," including Apache Beehive and the Spring Framework. He even demonstrated how an application could be migrated from Apache Tomcat to BEA's WebLogic Server.

Open Source Serves Baskin-Robbins-Like Choices Of Software

  • Investor's Business Daily (subscription) (Posted by dave on Jun 30, 2005 10:49 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Most of the time, an abundance of choice is a good thing. Who could argue against 31 flavors of ice cream or 57 varieties of condiments? But when it comes to open-source software licenses, less might be more.

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