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What the XenSource deal says about open source

Very little, in my opinion. While Matt Asay sees the deal as "a big win for open source... mostly because it pegs the value of an open source company quite high" I'm not sure that's true in this case. I've got to agree with Raven Zachary over at The 451 Group when he writes that "It wasn’t open source that provided the 150x multiplier." Yes, the open source Xen project is at the heart of XenSource's business, but Citrix did not pay $500m for the Xen project. As Savio Rodrigues notes if Citrix was after Xen it could have got its hands on it for a lot less than $500m

Linux text editors: Do any make the grade?

  • Computerworld; By Sharon Machlis (Posted by Sander_Marechal on Aug 17, 2007 8:49 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews
Linux buffs tend to scoff at one of the major reasons that Windows users like me haven't switched yet: We don't want to give up our favorite applications. With countless open-source options, plus a rising number of commercial apps for Linux, their argument goes, we can certainly find a replacement for whatever software we're running on XP or Vista. I spend a good chunk of keyboard time dealing with text in varied forms, so one of my top requirements is a robust application that can elegantly handle plain ASCII text and rudimentary HTML.

Is it time to exit from Windows?

The offer of pre-installed Linux by mainstream PC makers doesn't mean the open-source operating system is poised to sweep aside Microsoft’s; but while its cost advantages may never be compelling, finance departments must prepare to consider the merits of switching their own operations to Linux – and to hear a stronger case for its company-wide adoption.

Open Source Security, Part 1: Securing Credibility

Some quarters in the software industry still carry a bias against the credibility of open source security applications. Open source network gateway developer Untangle did not expect to find its request for certified testing of the popular open source virus security product ClamAV shunned. When it was, Untangle decided to do its own test. "We found that ClamAV was the quickest with the least drained resources. We also noticed that same thing with other types of open source security products," Dirk Morris, Untangle's founder and CTO said. "I didn't believe that open source was better. Now I do."

Giving proprietary vendors a run for their money

A new business model has emerged based on the concept of products that are community-based and available with the source code at no cost – the open source movement. The open source effect is now making itself felt in the integration marketplace, where Mule from MuleSource has become established as a popular ESB and integration platform. As businesses look to become less dependent on software vendors to solve their integration issues there is a groundswell of support for open source solutions.

SCO Just Won't Quit

SCO may have lost a major legal battle with Novell, but it refuses to admit that it may have lost its Linux IP war. When the U.S. District Court in Salt Lake City ruled that Novell, and not SCO, owned Unix's intellectual property, many SCO watchers assumed that it was game over for SCO's long war against Linux and the companies--Novell, IBM and Red Hat--that supported it. Never one to stay down for long, despite numerous setbacks, SCO CEO Daryl McBride insisted in a letter to SCO's partners and customers that it's not down for the count.

Ada Core Technologies: Free Software Business Model Is Viable

It has been said there is no such thing as a 'true' Free Software business. Blue GNU interviewed the Ada Core Technologies team to learn about the company that has been a 'true' Free Software business for over 20 years. Ada Core is one of a few businesses listed as such by the Free Software Foundation/GNU Project.

Novell won't pull a SCO

Yes, a judge has confirmed that Novell owns the copyrights to the Unix operating system, but that doesn't mean the company plans to start suing people for using Linux. It will leave such behavior to companies that don't own the copyrights. Like SCO. "We have absolutely no intention of using our Unix copyright ownership to attack Linux," Novell spokesperson Bruce Lowry told The Reg. "We've had those copyrights for the past 14 or 15 years. The fact that the court has reaffirmed them doesn't mean we're now going to change the way we operate. We've never indicated we would use those copyrights against Linux - and we wouldn't. In fact, we want to defend Linux."

Mint Takes on a KDE Flavor with New Release

Linux Mint, a community Linux distribution that includes some proprietary elements for a better "out of the box" user experience, is now available in an edition with KDE as its desktop environment. This 3.0 release is based on Bianca KDE Mint 2.2. Like that edition, Cassandra KDE Community Edition is compatible with all Ubuntu 7.04 Feisty Fawn repositories. Instead of the GNOME 2.18 interface that Linux Mint 3.0, Cassandra, the KDE version uses, the KDE 3.5.6 desktop. For those who want to live life on the 3D side of the Linux desktop, it also comes with Beryl 0.2.1 and the Beryl-Manager.

Tips from an RHCE: How can I make dd give me a progress report?

If you’ve been working with Linux very long, you’ve probably encountered dd, the deceptively simple utility for copying a stream of data from here to there. You may have used it to zero a disk before letting it leave the building, to benchmark io hardware by writing a certain number of bytes, to put a disk image on a floppy or usb drive, or even to back up an entire disk.

This week at LWN: On DTrace envy

When Sun looks to highlight the strongest features of the Solaris operating system, DTrace always appears near the top of the list. Your editor recently had a conversation with an employee of a prominent analyst firm who was interested, above all else, in when Linux would have some sort of answer to DTrace. There is a common notion out there that tracing tools is one place where Linux is significantly behind the state of the art. So your editor decided to take a closer look.

Information sharing at the NSA (video)

The topic of information sharing among US intelligence agencies, the FBI, and other federal agencies has attracted attention since 9/11. At Defcon XV, I had the opportunity to ask Tony Sager, chief of the National Security Agency's Vulnerability Analysis and Operations Group, about information sharing within the agency.

Windows Is Free

Since Linux, Windows and Mac are effectively equal, why doesn't the "Free as in Beer" of Linux trump the $200 price tag of Windows like a free offer does in every other marketing situation? Because Windows Is Free. The impact of pirated software on free software, by Dave Gutteridge on August 15, 2007, is an excellent exploration of the marketing effects of pervasive software piracy.

The LXer Interview: Bob Sutor of IBM

LXer Feature: 17-Aug-2007

An interview with IBM's Vice President of Open Source and Standards about their Open Source Strategy, the recent pledge of its patents for more than 150 open software standards, his take on the ODF vs. XML issue, and much more in The LXer Interview of Bob Sutor.

Mirth 1.6 Released!

We are excited to announce the release ofMirth 1.6! This is a significant upgrade which includes both critical bug fixes and new features. The functionality and stability of existing connectors has been improved to fully integrate with even more third-party systems. The user interface has also been enhanced to make channel development and maintenance even easier. Additionally, this release includes NCPDP support, real-time connection monitoring and plug-in functionality.

Unicon Systems Wins LinuxWorld 2007 Product Excellence Award

Unicon Systems, the developer of a Linux based platform of choice for mobile applications, has been awarded The LinuxWorld 2007 “Best of Show” Product Excellence Award.

Is VMware too close to Linux?

Maybe you've heard of VMware. You know, EMC's baby, huge IPO, Bloomberg called it the hottest tech stock since Google in 2004, drove a member of our staff mad? Virtualization has clearly become an industry darling, and VMware controls 55 per cent of that market. This kind of monster success tends to paint a big ol' target on a company — and a volley of the slings and arrows that accompany outrageous fortune are already on the way.

Quickies: Amarok 1.4.7, MEPIS KDE 4, Desktop Survey, Lugradio Talk

Amarok 1.4.7 was released with improved collection backend, new streams, altered icon and bugfixes. *** The annual Survey is under way. *** MEPIS released a KDE 4 Beta 1 live DVD using packages from Kubuntu. *** The videos from Lugradio Live are up including Ben Lambs' Conquering the Desktop with KDE 4. *** Finally, following the 10th anniversary of the free desktop last year, congratulations to another project which has gained double figures in age, but whatever did happen to those Scheme applets?

Hands-on Linux training at SHARE

San Diego -- Mainframe programmers and sysadmins get more than just sales pitches and informational talks at SHARE this week -- they also get real-world training. I sat in on a number of educational sessions and hands-on labs at the conference, taught by engineers from IBM, Novell, and independent software vendors.

Gimp 2.4 RC Released

The first release candidate for Gimp 2.4 has been released. Among the many improvements in this upcoming version, new version of several of the most used tools and an improved interface with redesigned menus and new icons for tools.

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