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The reinvention of Progeny: How one FOSS company survived the dot-com crash

  • IT Manager's Journal (Posted by dave on Mar 29, 2005 7:58 AM EDT)
  • Groups: Progeny; Story Type: News Story
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.

US Navy R&D project looks to open-source use

  • Computerworld New Zealand (Posted by dave on Mar 29, 2005 7:58 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
For the second time since 2001, the US Navy is looking to increase its use of open-source software through a research and development programme with the Open Source Software Institute (OSSI) and a growing group of IT vendors.

Insights into Linux Web site deployment

  • Builder AU (Posted by dave on Mar 29, 2005 7:57 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Peter Harrison, author of the Linux Quick Fix Notebook, discusses the Web site hosting decision making process and shares his thoughts concerning the future of Linux, what is holding it back, and what can be done about it.

Using KOffice to create good-looking reports

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Mar 29, 2005 6:30 AM EDT)
  • Groups: KDE; Story Type: News Story
How can you quickly produce a professional-looking report? If you're using KDE, you can turn to KOffice's KSpread spreadsheet and KWord word processor.

LinuxForce Acquires Web Host Cyber Loft

  • Web Host Industry Review (Posted by dave on Mar 29, 2005 6:14 AM EDT)
  • Groups: Debian, GNU; Story Type: News Story
LinuxForce, a provider of Debian GNU Linux outsourced systems administration services, announced last week that it had signed an agreement to acquire the assets of Web hosting provider Cyber Loft. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

KDE Desktop Usability Survey

  • KDE Dot News (Posted by dave on Mar 29, 2005 6:11 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: KDE
The HASE (Human Aspects of Software Engineering) group at the University of Maryland Baltimore County is conducting two online surveys for KDE users. They expect to obtain results that will lead to useful discussions about the overall usability of KDE. The results of this research will be shared with the KDE community. The surveys take about 15 minutes to complete.

Linspire: Linux With Strings Attached

The newest edition of this distribution offers Windows-like features but tosses a few sales pitches as well.

Open-source approach finds financial backing

  • Denver Post (Posted by dave on Mar 29, 2005 5:29 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
A growing number of companies along Colorado's Front Range is finding ways to make money from the "open source" movement, a sharing of software code between programmers all over the globe.

Novell adds to JBoss open source middleware

Delegates at Novell's Brainshare conference last week were given an insight into how Novell plans to make Linux attractive as an operating system on which applications could be developed and hosted.

Linux, others are used behind the scenes

Corporations, government agencies and even consumers are tinkering with open-source software, which can be downloaded free from the Internet. The best-known open-source software includes Linux, the operating system, and Mozilla Firefox, the Web browser downloaded by 25 million people since its launch in November at http://www.mozilla.org

Mozilla Awards Bug Bounties

Michael Krax credited with five bug bounty submissions

Black Duck Expands to Service Model

  • eWEEK Linux (Posted by dave on Mar 29, 2005 3:48 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Compliance-management solution ProtexIP is now available as an on-demand subscription, rendering it an affordable choice for small ISVs.

Alan Cox names Linus' successor

Alan Cox names Linus' successor, should the great Finn ever pass his baton on. Talking to LugRadio, he also discusses how Trusted Computing type initiatives could affect Linux and describes his research on what people want from desktop Linux.

The reinvention of Progeny: How one FOSS company survived the dot-com crash

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.

How the MGM/Grokster case will affect free software

  • Mad Penguin; By Christian Einfeldt (Posted by VISITOR on Mar 28, 2005 3:40 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Interview; Groups: Community
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.

HASE GNOME Desktop Usability Survey

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 Stays on Par with Rivals

  • eWEEK Linux (Posted by dave on Mar 28, 2005 11:04 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Mandrakelinux Corporate Server 3.0 keeps pace with other Linux distributions, but it won't compel RHEL and SLES shops to switch.

Pharmaceutical services company opens door to open source

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Mar 28, 2005 10:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
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.

The Portland Group Announces Availability of 64-bit PGI Compilers and Tools

  • PR Newswire; By Press release (Posted by dave on Mar 28, 2005 10:21 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release
PGI Workstation 6.0 Broadens Cross-Platform Support and Delivers Increased Performance on Applications and Benchmarks

BrainShare shift: NetWare to Linux

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.

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