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Open Source Smack-Down

  • Forbes (Posted by dave on Jun 16, 2005 9:23 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Marc Fleury is shocked--shocked!--that IBM would use the same tactics to attack him that he's been using to attack IBM. "Frankly, it leaves us scratching our heads," he says. For the past two years Fleury's company, Atlanta, Ga.-based JBoss, has been stealing business from IBM by giving away a set of open source programs that do the same work as IBM's WebSphere software. Fleury claims JBoss shipped more copies last year than IBM did. IBM apparently has grown tired of having a freebie program eating away at its sales. So now it is going nuclear. In May the computer giant acquired JBoss's main rival, Gluecode, which also distributes a set of open source Web server programs.

Open-source firm renames, moves to U.S.

  • CNET News.com; By Stephen Shankland (Posted by dave on Jun 16, 2005 9:05 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Netline Internet Service becomes Openexchange and moves from Olpe, Germany, to Tarrytown, N.Y.

OpenSolaris: A Time to Be Born

With Microsoft's Longhorn spinning in circles, Sun's OpenSolaris may have an opening in the enterprise. But it's facing increasingly tough competition from Linux in the server space and now, Mac OS X on Intel for the desktop.

Red Hat makes patent reform a key strategy

  • ComputerWeekly.com (Posted by dave on Jun 16, 2005 7:57 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Red Hat
Red Hat is to make the drive for industry patent reform a key part of its open source strategy. At last week's Red Hat Summit in the US, Red Hat deputy general counsel Mark Webbink pushed a three-part intellectual property strategy to promote product innovation.

Tiny open source window manager catches a giant's eye

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Jun 16, 2005 7:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Freelance software developer Matthew Allum was simply "scratching an itch" when he created the Matchbox Window Manager, a lightweight program designed to more efficiently run X11 applications on handheld devices. But Allum's project worked so well, it caught the attention of a giant in the handheld space.

Sun releases Solaris code

Close on five years after it announced plans to open source Solaris, Sun Microsystems puts the kernel and networking stack on show and invites developers to play. Community website, blogs and source code viewer accompany the release.

Gentoo Linux founder to 'educate' Microsoft

Software giant hires a key figure behind the popular Linux distribution to teach its in-house developers about open source.

Microsoft hires Gentoo Linux founder

Software giant hires a key figure behind the popular Linux distribution to educate its in-house developers about open source.

Red Hat salutes Opteron with dual-core happy update

Red Hat has embraced the dual-core age with an update to its server operating system that works with the latest processors from AMD and Intel.

Book Review: Building Clustered Linux Systems

  • Linux Journal (Posted by dave on Jun 16, 2005 5:47 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Many practical examples and figures help readers understand how to build clusters for themselves.

Firefox branding is a burning issue

The Mozilla Foundation may face problems enforcing its conditions of use for the Firefox browser due to trademark issues. Although it maintains a policy - which was recently criticised by many developers of the Debian Linux distribution - on how its trademarks are used, it does not appear to have registered the Firefox name in Australia and Germany.

Pipes and filters

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Jun 16, 2005 1:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
I still remember the day, many years ago, when a wise old programmer looked over my shoulder and said, "Ah, Grasshopper, you need a pipe!" and so set me on the path to true enlightenment.

Shuttleworth to talk to learners via amateur radio

In celebration of tomorrow's Youth Day holiday in South Africa, Mark Shuttleworth, open source advocate and Ubuntu Linux founder, will answer learner's questions over an amateur radio link.

Former Linux Architect Moves to Microsoft

In a surprising turn of events, Gentoo Linux's founder and former chief architect, Daniel Robbins, has joined Microsoft.

QNX 6.3 Lags Behind The Big Three

  • osOpinion/osViews; By Stuart Goddard (Posted by VISITOR on Jun 15, 2005 2:49 PM EDT)
  • Groups: PHP; Story Type: Editorial
QNX (pronounced either Q-N-X or Q-nix) is a commercial POSIX-compliant Unix-like real-time operating system, aimed primarily at the embedded systems market. The system is quite small, fitting in a minimal fashion on a single floppy, and is considered to be both very fast and fairly "complete." But how does it perform? Stuart Goddard submitted the following editorial to osOpinion/osViews, which shows his experiences after installing version 6.3 of the operating system.

New Linux Publication TUX Soars to 50K Circulation in Third Issue

  • PR Newswire; By Press release (Posted by dave on Jun 15, 2005 2:06 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release
Latest Issue Offers Advice for People With Both Linux and Windows Computers

Top Open-Source Security Applications

  • NewsFactor Network (Posted by dave on Jun 15, 2005 1:23 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
According to most security professionals, a top-tier, open-source security tool must have sufficient history to allow a practitioner to use it with confidence. And it must have a sufficiently large developer base to ensure that fixes will be available in light of discovered vulnerabilities.

Sun has second thoughts about Linux on Solaris

  • CNET News.com; By Stephen Shankland (Posted by dave on Jun 15, 2005 1:05 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Sun; Story Type: News Story
Downplays feature designed to let Linux apps run on Solaris. Instead emphasizes related open-source alternative called Xen.

Mandriva embraces Lycoris

Mandriva -- formerly Mandrake -- is one of the world's most popular user-level desktop GNU/Linux choices. Now, only a few months after Mandrake extended itself to absorb Conectiva (hence the new "Mandriva") name, it has embraced the small but feature-rich Lycoris distribution. Lycoris founder and CEO Joe Cheek may end up as a Mandriva employee, although this is not certain yet, but Mandriva certainly hopes a substantial percentage of Lycoris's approximately 20,000 paying customers join MandrivaClub. This acquisition may be good for both parties in the long run. But a lot of its success may depend on whether Joe Cheek ends up working for Mandriva or walking away at the end of his current consulting contract, which runs only through this fall.

IBM releases Explorer for the ETTK

This Linux based Emerging Technologies Explorer supplies a user interface for consolidating ETTK (Emerging Technologies Toolkit) packages within the Eclipse IDE.

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