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Software2005: Open and Loosely Joined

In the near future, what trends can we anticipate within the software sector? It seems that you can’t read the table of contents in a technology-related trade magazine these days and not find an article about the growing open-source software phenomenon. So why is there a for-profit interest in a topic that’s most often associated with the word FREE?

About the Potential of E-democracy

  •; By José Monserrat Neto (Posted by VISITOR on Nov 14, 2004 2:48 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial
Speculations on the possibility of cooperative organizations to create a better economic system and to surpass current capitalism.

New Motorola Linux-Based Mobile Phones Built on Trolltech Platform

  • LinuxElectrons (Posted by dave on Nov 14, 2004 2:18 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Mobile News Trolltech, provider of leading technologies for Linux and cross-platform software development, has announced that Motorola has chosen Trolltech's Qt/Embedded Linux development platform as the foundation for its upcoming E680 and A780 mobile phones. The E680 and A780 represent the latest in a series of handsets Motorola is building on the Trolltech/Linux platform, following the Motorola A760 phone announced last year.

Firefox Available for Linux Java Desktop System

The JDSHelp Community has added several updated applications plus the LiveCD to the download site.

Microsoft Claims Mozilla Firefox Not a Threat to IE

ZDNet Australia is reporting that Microsoft does not believe Mozilla Firefox is a threat to Internet Explorer. Steve Vamos, who heads the software giant's Austrialian operation, does not believe IE's market share is under attack from Firefox. "I'm not sure that that is the reality," he said. "I have seen comments around that but there is nothing I can refer to that really supports that." Vamos admitted that he has never used Firefox.

Windows Media Player sound files 'edited with warez'

  • The Register - Software: Developer (Posted by dave on Nov 13, 2004 4:56 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
PC Welt, the German computer magazine, claims that Microsoft has shipped its popular Windows Media Player with sound files that are edited with an illegal copy of SoundForge, a commercially available Sony program for manipulating audio.

Venezuelan government institutions may adopt GNU/Linux operative systems

  • (Posted by dave on Nov 13, 2004 8:43 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: GNU
Venezuela's National Assembly (AN) has started a debate on a bill to implement “free software” in government institutions ... the proposal was introduced October 21 by AN deputy Luis Tascon and urges the five independent branches of Government: Executive, Legislative, Judiciary, Moral and Electoral including all official entities to adopt free software as an exclusive working platform via the GNU/Linux operative system.

VC Firm Joins Open Source Development Labs

  • Enterprise Linux I.T. (Posted by dave on Nov 13, 2004 8:42 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Voyager Capital has become the first I.T. venture capital firm to join the Open Source Development Labs, a non-profit organization that promotes the growth and adoption of Linux. Venture capitalists are showing an increasing level of interest in open source software firms.

JBoss app server to get HP support

  • InfoWorld: Platforms (Posted by dave on Nov 13, 2004 8:40 AM EDT)
  • Groups: HP, JBoss; Story Type: News Story
In a deal aimed at helping corporate IT decision-makers feel more comfortable about moving to open-source software offerings, Hewlett-Packard Co. will now provide first-call support for JBoss Inc.'s open-source application server.

Novell Files WordPerfect Antitrust Lawsuit Against Microsoft

Seeks Damages for Anticompetitive Microsoft Business Practices in 1994-96 Period

Reviews: The easy to use Lycoris Desktop/LX 1.4

  •; By Eric St-Pierre (Posted by tim1980 on Nov 13, 2004 5:49 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews
Eric St-Pierre writes: "While some may consider the features of Desktop/LX a limitation compared to what they are used to have in other distributions,

Open source DB gains HA features

Sleepycat has updated its venerable open source database, adding high availability (HA) and performance features such as in-memory replication. Berkeley DB 4.3 targets software for telecommunication and enterprise datacenter infrastructure demanding 99.999% carrier-grade availability. It runs on Linux and most every other OS.

Is Microsoft Taking Legal Aim at Linux?

Is Microsoft getting ready to explore intellectual property lawsuits against Linux and open-source software?

Through the Looking Glass

Project Looking Glass is a GPL 3-D Desktop for Linux. It's working with Fedora, Suse and JDS... What follows is my interview with Hideya Kawahara, creator of Project Looking Glass.

HP Hugs JBoss Tighter

HP deepened its relationship with open source software concern JBoss, agreeing to become a major source of support for its application server and Linux. In the deal, for which financial terms have not been disclosed, HP will also use its solid reputation for services and provide a fleet of consultants to help clients design, implement and migrate to the JBoss platform.

Leaner, meaner Linux makes savings for Bergen

  • ZDNet UK; By Ingrid Marson (Posted by ingridm on Nov 12, 2004 12:21 PM EDT)
  • Groups: IBM; Story Type: News Story
The City of Bergen is now midway through its migration to Linux on the server, and is looking forward to making very significant savings through moving away from Windows. Ole-Bjørn Tuftedal, the city's chief technology officer, said on Thursday that Bergen has evaluated the cost of running Windows or Linux on IBM Blade servers and found that Linux runs more efficiently. As a result, fewer Blade servers are needed to provide services to the same number of users.

Leaner, meaner Linux makes savings for Bergen

The Norwegian City of Bergen is expecting to make savings on software, hardware, licensing and support costs by moving its servers to Linux.

Study: Supercomputer clusters shortchange security

  • CNET; By Stephen Shankland (Posted by dave on Nov 12, 2004 11:46 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The popular "clustering" approach to supercomputing is indeed useful, but U.S. researchers need to explore different directions in the field to ensure the country's security, an academic panel has concluded.

The myth of stability

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Nov 12, 2004 9:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Many computer cognoscenti scoff at new software and hardware because it's "not stable yet" or because "the bugs have not been worked out of it." They often use this as an excuse not to buy computer upgrades or install software updates. But what does stability mean in the IT industry, and does waiting to buy or upgrade really ensure a greater degree of reliability?

Google and Mozilla: Firefox brings them together

Google have hosted a customized Internet Explorer search page for many years now specially designed to act as sidebar search. And with the launch of the first final release of the very popular Mozilla Firefox browser, we now have a custom page specially designed for Firefox!

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