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SAN FRANCISCO -- If there is a headline you can use to describe this week's LinuxWorld Conference& Expo at the Moscone Center, look no further than the one right above this story. LWCE is up to 190 exhibitors and more than 90 educational sessions, the most ever in its six-year history, and growing in importance each year. More CxOs are finding time to mingle and make deals here than ever before, and fewer independents are making the trek to the Left Coast.
As Desktop Linux matures, new users are flocking to the community. They tend to be young, have significant user experience, have an interest in learning more about Linux, like to get under the hood, have or use current or recently purchased equipment, or like to revive existing computers. These "migrating users" quickly discover the wealth of online Linux information and help, but they have a lot of questions. In this interesting article at DesktopLinux.com, contributing editor Tom Adelstein examines the characteristics and needs of migrating Desktop Linux users, and offers some strategies for veterans and others to help them toward the goal.
Our senior editor sees a deeper role developing for open source in business.
Cloudscape is a lightweight, embeddable relational engine in the form of a Java class library. Its native interface is Java Database Connectivity (JDBC), with Java-relational extensions. It implements the SQL92E standard as well as many SQL 99 extensions.
The Mozilla Foundation today released new versions of the Mozilla 1.7 suite, Firefox 0.9 and Thunderbird 0.7, addressing three security vulnerabilities.
the first Beta release of Mandrakelinux 10.1 is now available for download and tests.
LINUXWORLD -- Open-Xchange Server, the Microsoft Exchange Server workalike, is being released under the GPL at the end of August. Open-Xchange Server is the engine behind Novell/SUSE's Openexchange Server, and is produced by Netline Internet Service. Netline CEO Frank Hoberg will be in the Novell booth during most of the LinuxWorld Conference& Expo, displaying what a company press release describes as "the industry's top-selling Linux-based groupware, collaboration, and messaging application."
To make sure the company gets "it right," Novell is taking its time with its Linux desktop, demoing only a version of it at LinuxWorld for the purpose of user reaction.
Computer Associates International Inc. (CA) will turn to open-source software developers to help businesses migrate to its Ingres relational database software, it said Wednesday.
SAN FRANCISCO--IBM on Wednesday promised not to use its formidable collection of technology patents against Linux and challenged other companies to do the same, working to dispel one cloud that hangs over the open-source programming movement.
IBM may announce within minutes that it will never use its patent portfolio against Linux.
The City of Munich has put its Linux plans on hold in response to fears over software patents.
SAN FRANCISCO -- The open source community needs fewer licenses and the large number of software licenses used to release open source code is becoming a significant issue for developers and users, said a senior Hewlett-Packard Co. (HP) executive speaking at the Linuxworld Conference& Expo here Tuesday.