A biometrics company has launched a consumer products division that is shipping its first product -- a 256MB USB Flash drive loaded with Debian Linux. Bionopoly's FingerGear division will follow up next month with a Computer-on-a-Stick (COS) model incorporating a fingerprint scanner and LCD display.
Venture capital (VC) has returned to open source software, writes Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols in an eWEEK editorial published today. However, VCs today are more discriminating than in the go-go 90s, limiting investments to companies with solid fundamentals, especially those in markets such as development and deployment tools, telecom, and embedded.
The next version of the Firefox Web browser, which will be called Firefox 1.5, is slated for release later this summer, and development work continues on new features that include an automatic update service.
Last month, Sun Microsystems released the source code of its Solaris operating system to the general public in an attempt to increase community interest. Now they are at it again, with a far more ambitious plan. Sun COO Jonathan Schwartz has announced that the company plans to offer all of it's software for free.
A San Diego lawyer says California's state government should be forced to dump Microsoft in favor of open-source alternatives. But can free software get into politics without getting dirty?
Data is at the heart of any business, and access to it should be available with minimum downtime. In this article, take a look at the setup and implementation of a Linux High Availability solution for IBM DB2 Universal Database -- the database management system that delivers a flexible and cost-effective database platform for building robust, on demand business applications. Using this step-by-step guide, you can set up and run a highly available DB2 UDB database.
The third of four days of this year's Ottawa Linux Symposium started before I did in the morning but the remainder of the day offered a great deal of interesting information on Linux virtualisation, women in the community, and an update on the state of Canadian copyright law.
Some technology industry insiders say there seems to be a little bit of Linux just about everywhere in the corporate IT shops of Australia. But it can sometimes be difficult to quantify exactly where and how much.
After writing articles about OpenOffice.org over the last few years, I've noticed that, no matter what the exact subject is, I get the same comments from readers. This situation strikes me as deeply unfortunate. NewsForge readers, I know, are busy people. They don't have time to write long comments, or engage in endless email discussions. To spare them, I have devised a series of generic comments for articles about OpenOffice.org -- not just mine, but anybody's.
Users of open source tools and software looking for a new cache of interesting projects to peruse might find something interesting at swik.net.
Sun Microsystems president and COO Jonathan Schwartz on Thursday cited the company's plans to eventually offer all of its software for free as a way to build communities around its technologies. "The net upside of that is we get more people engaged in our community," Schwartz said of Sun's plans while speaking at the AlwaysOn conference in Stanford, California.
Officially, there's no word yet, but insiders say that the group will be ready to make major announcements by LinuxWorld in early August.
IBM has committed engineering resources to help in the development of Project Harmony, an initiative from the Apache Software Foundation (ASF) to create an open source implementation of the J2SE specification.
Not too long ago, Sun Microsystems proudly sold Linux for its line of x86 processor-based servers. If you had any doubts that this Linux love era has passed, then check out yesterday's press release describing a customer win with Ciena Corp. Love? Not even tolerance.
This months column is a loose commentary on the most impacting of the recent events, the european rejection of software patents, the G8 summit in relation to the "make poverty history" campaign and terrorism, in the sad spirit of the recent London bombing. This month was a month of a great victory as well as a great loss, but you're not left powerless about it.
In an effort to restart, the LinuxFund credit card program, intended to benefit the Linux and open source community, has named a new executive director and announced it will begin funding open source projects again.
A panel of high-profile industry players weighed in Thursday on whether the world will ultimately turn to open source as a means for solving its software needs, with the overriding view being "yes."
Greasemonkey illustrates the need to treat the tiniest sliver of code with the same critical concern as the most lumbering of applications
Venture capitalists are giving open-source businesses a multimillion-dollar twirl; care to follow their lead?
SugarCRM sees a bunch of guys making money off something they didn’t create. Well, that’s Open Source, guys, sorry. If someone sends you the free case of beer count yourself lucky. The way Mani’s explained it – we’ll wait for a rebuttal from the SugarCRM people – he has done nothing wrong, just been sharp about how he used a product.