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Trolltech: A case study in open source business

With a customer list that includes Opera, Skype, German Brockhaus Encylopaedia, Google Earth, Adobe Photoshop Album, and the KDE Project, Trolltech is obviously a successful company. It has grown each year since it was founded by selling products that compete with free-of-charge alternatives such as Java and .Net. It now sponsors several free software developers who share all of their work with the community under the GPL. Let's take a closer look at a company that makes money from free software.

Ssc welcomes Open Source deal

  • (press release) (Posted by ralph on Oct 18, 2005 1:08 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release
The State Services Commission's Laurence Millar today welcomed the all-of-government license agreement between the New Zealand Department of Inland Revenue and Novell.

Open source: Big and getting bigger

If you're knee-deep in an IT infrastructure project, the following will come as no surprise: Open source is popular and it's gaining ground. "It's simply growing up the stack," Mark Driver, an analyst with Gartner, said on Monday. Driver, speaking at Gartner's annual Symposium/ITExpo conference here, said one reason for the building popularity of open source is the growing adoption of open source code by proprietary, closed-source software makers like IBM and Sun.

Why Ubuntu has gone big time so quickly

No doubt about it: Ubuntu -- along with its cousins, Kubuntu and Edubuntu -- has become an open source big shot in just one year's time. The Debian-based distro already has succeeded in attracting thousands of satisfied users, ranging from Linux beginners to seasoned administrators.

CyberLink Previews Software-based Digital Media Adaptor at IDF Taipei and Shanghai

This IDF Fall Taipei, CyberLink also demonstrated playback of HD DVD content via PowerDVD and the extensive features of all-in-one entertainment center PowerCinema Linux. A similar demonstration will be held at the IDF Fall in Shanghai next week. CyberLink SoftDMA offers the following breakthrough technologies:

Extensions Are Key To Firefox Success

Mozilla's developers built Firefox from the ground up to give third-party extension developers room to run. The results have been more successful, and more vital to the open-source browser's long-term prospects, than any of them could have imagined.

OSDL Aims Multivendor Initiative at Linux Mobile Phones

The OSDL launches the Mobile Linux Initiative, an effort to accelerate adoption of Linux in mobile phones. (

The Butterfly Effect: Microsoft, Security, and the Developing World

Much has been made of the argument in Open Source circles about the benefits that Open Source offers developing countries, as opposed to expensive or pirated versions of Microsoft. Some of the more common arguments run, contra-Microsoft, that the expensive and proprietary software that runs on Windows is holding back the developing world. Most imply, directly or indirectly, that somehow Microsoft is haggling with poverty. That is, school kids in China, Pakistan, and Guatemala are being denied access to modern education and technology via the proprietary licensing schemes of MS and the Software that runs on it. So it might be. However, what seems to escape such poverty calculations is the true impact of network security and viruses on developing countries and the impact on the World in general. Specifically, the impact that computer security has on development when networks are based on pirated, outdated, or generally insecure software. The largest and most obvious case would be China.

Mozilla Partners with SupportSoft

Embeds SupportSoft service automation technology in the Firefox browser and the Thunderbird email client.

XenSource Vs. VMware War Imminent

  • CRN; By Paula Rooney (Posted by tadelste on Oct 17, 2005 6:57 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The imminent launch of XenSource's first commercial open source solutions will kick off commoditization in the virtualization software market and threaten VMware's bread-and-butter revenues, observers predict. XenSource, the Palo Alto, Calif. startup that also oversees the open source Xen project, will launch its first management and automation solutions based on the open source Xen 3 virtualization engine in two weeks, said Simon Crosby, founder and vice president of strategy for Xensource.

a few tips on proper use of version tracking in the Debian Bug Tracking System

  • debian-devel-announce Mailing list; By Joey Hess (Posted by ralph on Oct 17, 2005 5:45 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Debian; Story Type: News Story
In the process of my work on the testing security team, I've noticed that many developers still seem to be unfamiliar with how to use the new version tracking features[1] of the Debian BTS.

OSDL conducts desktop Linux survey

The Open Source Development Labs Inc. (OSDL), which employs Linux creator Linus Torvalds and strives to be the "center of gravity" for Linux, is currently conducting a Desktop Linux survey, and readers are invited to take part.

Open Clip Art Library swells to 6,900 SVG images, plans image converters

  • (Posted by tadelste on Oct 17, 2005 5:10 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Release 0.18 of Open Clip Art Library, containing over 6,900 scalable vector graphics (SVG) files created by more than 500 artists, is now available for download and use, project developer Jon Phillips said Monday. The Open Clip Art Library is a cooperative effort between artists and users.

Device Profile: Coraid CLN/20 NAS filer

  • (Posted by bstadil on Oct 17, 2005 4:41 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Coraid is shipping an ATA-over-Ethernet (AoE) NAS (network-attached storage) server that can connect size-unlimited heterogeneous networks to unlimited amounts of add-as-needed storage, the company says. The CLN/20 is powered by a modified Debian Linux NAS distro soon to be available separately.

Breezy Badger Rolls Out of Ubuntu

  •; By Sean Michael Kerner (Posted by tadelste on Oct 17, 2005 4:13 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Ubuntu; Story Type: News Story
LTSP's Jim McQuillan wrote on the LTSP site that there are some differences between Ubuntu's implementation of LTSP and the current version LTSP 4.1.1.

"But we have worked very closely with the Ubuntu team to help ensure that it works very well, and I must say that I'm very impressed with the results," McQuillan wrote.

Tech firms to tackle Linux desktop standards

Nonprofit enlists Adobe, IBM, Intel and HP to make Linux more attractive to desktop software developers.

Open Source virtual server software a likely dark horse

When new hardware that supports virtualization technology comes on the market next year, IT managers will have more to choose from than popular software from VMware Inc. and Microsoft.

Windows shops will likely be looking over the Xen 3.0 hypervisor and commercial products built on this release, such as software from XenSource Inc., in Palo Alto, Calif. Xen is an open source alternative for x86 computers that can execute multiple virtual machines, each with its own operating system (OS), on a physical system. The latest release, Xen 3.0, is expected out in early November.

Agere Systems Announces Chipset Solution for Mainstream Mobile Phones Capable of Cinema-Quality Video and CD-Quality Sound

Vision(TM) X115 solution enables more compact handsets with in-demand multimedia features, while cutting costs by up to 20 percent

Indian bank branches out to Linux

  • Info World nederland; By John Ribeiro (Posted by tadelste on Oct 17, 2005 1:20 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Red Hat; Story Type: News Story
India's Canara Bank has opted for Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) as the platform to automate more than 1,000 branches of the bank across the country, according to Red Hat Inc.

The 2005 Golden Penguin Greater China Open Source Software Competition A Resounding Success

  • PR Newswire; By Press release (Posted by tadelste on Oct 17, 2005 12:46 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release; Groups:
Aims to Promote Linux Software Development in Greater China and Enhance its Popularity

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