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Suse Or Red Hat? Choose Carefully, Advises Gartner

According to Gartner, the two distributors have different strategies, skill sets, target markets and foundation technologies, and may design their support contracts in very different ways, advised an analyst from Gartner. By evaluating both distributors and by including Dell as a server option, enterprises may also realize higher cost savings from Linux subscription support and competitive pricing on hardware.

Microsoft's Claims About Linux False: Novell

Novell has hit back strongly against Microsoft CEO, Steve Ballmer's letter, in which the CEO of the largest proprietary software firm in the world trashed Linux completely.

Mozilla's Ad Donations Set Precedent for Other OSS Projects?

Last Saturday The Mozilla Foundation announced that it was 300% over its target of garnering $75,000 in donations so that it could place a full page ad in the New York Times. Kelly McNeill's osRadio broadcast shows that this strategy has the potential to exceed most paid software company's advertising budgets if extended to more projects and be allowed to go beyond the 10 day time limit that The Mozilla Foundation set.

Using Unicode in Linux

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Nov 1, 2004 11:30 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Last time we talked about Unicode and its benefits. If you've decided you want to reap those benefits yourself, here's how to convert a Linux system from another encoding system to Unicode.

Microsoft's new weapon against Linux questioned

Microsoft says its IP indemnification provides better protection than that offered by rivals Red Hat and Novell - but not all lawyers agree. In a email, sent to Microsoft customers and partners on Wednesday, Steve Ballmer claimed that Windows was a better choice than Linux. His reasons included Microsoft's old favourites of total cost of ownership and security, but also included a relatively new weapon, IP indemnification.

Ispheres Offers Open-Source Event Processing Language

  •; By Yvonne L. Lee (Posted by dave on Nov 1, 2004 5:25 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Contending that it’s just too difficult to build applications that respond to events in the real world using current programming languages, iSpheres Corp. is offering an open-source, copyright-free SQL-like language for processing these kinds of requests.

Astaro and Sensory Networks Partner to Deliver Solution for Accelerated Content Scanning for Network Security

Hardware Acceleration Delivers Wire Speed Performance to Award-Winning Security Software Provided to Systems Integrators and Network Equipment Vendors

Your choice, NSW [Australia] tells agencies on open source

  •; By Simon Hayes (Posted by dave on Nov 1, 2004 1:06 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
NSW Commerce Minister John Della Bosca has ruled out umpiring government contracts in an effort to promote open source, saying individual agencies would choose their own software.

Yes, Linux Is Competition For Us, Admits Microsoft

And this comes straight from the horse’s mouth! Software giant Microsoft has finally acknowledged Linux as its strongest competitor, much to the delight of Australia’s open source industry association (OSIA).

Ingres r3 open source database ships for Linux, Windows

  • InfoWorld; By Paul Krill (Posted by dave on Nov 1, 2004 10:42 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Computer Associates International on Monday plans to widen the field for open source alternatives to commercial databases with the general release of the Ingres r3 database on the Linux and Windows platforms.

Report: Switching to Linux is Getting Easier

  • LinuxPlanet; By Allen Bernard (Posted by dave on Nov 1, 2004 9:50 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Deciding to switch to Linux is one of the daunting questions every CIO must continually evaluate. Fortunately, the answer is getting simplier as Linux evolves into the enterprise-ready versions making their way onto the market today.

An HTML mangling test case

Last month Michal Zalewski posted to the Bugtraq security mailing list the results of a small experiment he carried out involving feeding randomly generated HTML pages into some of the Web's most widely used browsers. The results were somewhat alarming. All of the open source browsers Michal tested crashed when faced with this kind of input. Only one browser stood up well against this type of stress test. Which one? A round of applause please for, er, Microsoft's Internet Explorer.

Open source software could save NHS [Hospital in Ireland] money

  • E-Health Insider (Posted by dave on Nov 1, 2004 9:06 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The Office of Government Commerce has made recommendations that public procurement of software should consider open source solutions, citing, amongst other case studies, the experience of a Dublin-based hospital that made significant savings in transferring all its software to open source.

Ballmer's open source assault gives Linux a leg-up: OSIA

  • (Posted by dave on Nov 1, 2004 7:39 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Microsoft chief executive officer, Steve Ballmer, has acknowledged Linux as the "only game in town" when it comes to competing with the proprietary software heavyweight's offerings, Australia's peak open source body claims.

CA Announces General Availability of Ingres r3 Under CA Trusted Open Source License

  • PR Newswire; By Press release (Posted by dave on Nov 1, 2004 7:37 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release
Delivers High-Performance, Enterprise-Class Relational Database Management Solution to the Open Source Community

New way to support F/OSS

Lulu, founded by open source pioneer Bob Young, has opened a new software marketplace geared at allowing individual developers and projects to publish boxed sets, CD/DVD media kits, and printed docs and e-books themselves, and drive proceeds and donations back to the projects.

Montavista and NEC ally on Linux platforms

MontaVista has agreed to provide Linux "platforms" to NEC for its hardware reference designs for mobile phones, digital consumer devices, and car navigation systems. NEC, meanwhile, will join MontaVista's hardware vendor self-certification program, and will resell and support MontaVista Linux.

Single Interface To Manage Windows And Linux

  • Information Week; By Dan Neel (Posted by dave on Nov 1, 2004 6:02 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Security-software vendor F-Secure Corp. last week introduced two open-source products that let administrators route Windows security reporting through a single Linux-management interface.

Chinese startup opens up Linux phone market

  •; By John Blau (Posted by dave on Nov 1, 2004 6:01 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: IBM
After launching two of the world's first Linux smartphones, China's E28 is offering handset makers the opportunity to licence its software and hardware designs. "With our technology, manufacturers can bring their own Linux-based smartphones to market within only a couple of months," said chairman and chief executive officer Roger Kung at the LinuxWorld conference in Frankfurt. "We view Linux as a very powerful contender to the smartphone operating system software developed by Microsoft and Symbian."

Open-source Software Use Joins The Mix

  • Information Week; By Helen D'Antoni (Posted by dave on Nov 1, 2004 5:57 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
How pervasive is the use of open-source software? InformationWeek Research measured adoption of open-source architecture via an online survey completed by 420 business-technology professionals familiar with their companies' desktop, network, server, or mainframe operating systems. Two-thirds of companies interviewed use open-source products; another 16% expect to use open source in 2005.

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