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Open source software represented by the Linux operating system still faces great difficulties in becoming a booming business in the next few years, despite its fast growth and support from the Chinese Government, said a senior industrial analyst.
Tony Yustein, CEO of SoftCom Technology Consulting Inc., outlined during a press conference Tuesday why the company chose to change its dedication from Microsoft technology. "Close to 70 per cent of all of the Web sites today are hosted on a Linux platform. Windows market share has eroded from a high 35 per cent in mid 2002 to the current level of 21 per cent," Yustein said. "It appears that Microsoft has lost their focus and drive specifically for this market."
Microsoft has filed a new complaint against Lindows, Inc. in Dutch courts, despite a product name change and corresponding website name change to Linspire. Microsoft has asked the court to levy a 100,000 Euro per day fine against the operating system competitor. A hearing on this request will be held on May 11, 2004.
Open-source company JBoss on Monday said Intel has joined other investors in its recent $10 million round of funding.
Another brief discussion on the lkml looked into the complaint that a Linux server can occasionally bog down paging data in and out of swap. This time, the proposed solution was the usage of a userland dynamic swap creation daemon, such as swapd or dynswapd. The latter's home page explains, "dynamically de/activates swap files and partitions as required, creating and deleting swap files as necessary." Unfortunately, as Paul Jackson points out, there is little gained for the average user as hard drive space is inexpensive and any amount of swap can usually be allocated permanently.
Open source and patents will collide in the courts predicts a new white paper released by the Alexis de Tocqueville Institution, or AdTI...
Late last month, Yankee Group analyst Laura DiDio provoked some pretty harsh rhetoric on open source community sites with a report on her organization's survey on the major operating systems currently used in businesses. While rabid Linux advocates might not be thrilled, realists should be jumping for joy.
One day while doing my daily browsing through the web, I came across a message board post that was in response to a Linux zealot's rant. It went a little something like this, "If Linux had the market share of Windows, and Windows was the underdog you would be saying how great, and easy to use Windows is, and how it just works." My first reaction was of anger and dismissal, "Linux is open source Linux uses protected memory..." But the more I thought about it the more it disturbed me because I knew it was true. What do you do when you think an opinion you have may be in jeopardy of being wrong? You compare the facts and sort out the myths.
By carefully taking into account the nature of the products and services being provided by the organization, the revenue models for providing those products and services, and the culture of the organization's developers and programmers, you can develop an open-source policy that meets the unique needs of your organization.
This latest release from the 1.4 branch features only bug fixes (no new features) and will be mainly of interest to developers building products from the stable branch. Most end-users will want Mozilla 1.6 or the upcoming Mozilla 1.7.
What an exciting KDE summer! Release dude Coolo is planning the KDE 3.3 release for just 3 days before "aKademy" starts: The release plan was published on Saturday for discussion! Developers should make sure to get the stuff listed they plan to have ready for 3.3 in the planned-features document as soon as possible. KDE 3.3 Alpha is prepared around May 23rd and June 1st will see the first freeze (excluding outstanding listed features and i18n strings) kicking in.
Astaro Corp. today announced availability of Version 5 of its Astaro Security Linux, which now includes Intrusion Protection and added Virus Protection for HTTP and http://FTP...Available immediately from Astaro solution partners, licenses start at $390 for 10 users.
The University of Toronto's Knowledge Media Design Institute Open Source conference opened Sunday with a three-hour session on Free and Open Source Software as a social movement with Brian Behlendorf of the Apache Project leading it off.
Thunder, a supercomputer recently installed at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, is possibly the second-most powerful computing machine on the planet--and it was built by a company with about as many employees as a real estate office.
You see it in headlines. It's quoted in the wires like some monotheistic Mel Gibson filled with religious fervor. But where is The Linux Community? Alive and well in forum-based community Web sites.
For Linux to become a real competitor to Windows on the desktop, Linux distributors must refine their software installation and management systems. There are some loose ends that need to be tied up and some tricky legal knots to unravel.
With a stream of Linux based desktop alternatives flooding the market, the battle against software giant Microsoft has reached higher ground. The latest entrant, a company called Everyone’s Linux (ELX), is all set to launch its product range in India, with a radically different mantra - “If you cant beat them with innovation, ape them.”