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Red Hat, Novell Linux's Hatfields, McCoys

So much for peace, love and Linux. The hippy ethic championed in early ads for the Linux operating system is giving way to good old competitive rancor as Red Hat and Novell launch warring campaigns.

Red Hat Releases New Linux Update

Red Hat Inc. Tuesday released its latest patch, Update 3, to its flagship server operating system, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3.

Microsoft signals cut prices to combat Linux rivals

Microsoft has admitted that growing pressure from open-source operating system, Linux, is eating into the company’s profits and will hit revenues hard over the next fiscal year. Increases in Linux distribution coincides with software delays, virus attacks and expiring customer licenses – problems for Microsoft which has meant sluggish PC sales.

Microsoft Sees Open-Source As Major Threat

Microsoft sees open-source enemies in virtually every corner of its business, according to its latest 10-K filing to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

Sun's Schwartz living a Linux nightmare

Judging by his latest blog entry, Sun COO and president Jonathan Schwartz has something new to keep him up at night -- the growing perception that Solaris x86 is anti-Linux -- anti-GNU/Linux, to be specific. Using some examples (including a recent News.com story), Schwartz fingers the press for fueling the alleged misperception.

Open source legislation no barrier to Microsoft, says report

Government policies designed to promote the use of open source software do not prevent the use of proprietary software, according to a draft report from the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

Microsoft negotiating email Sender ID licensing with OSI

NewsForge recently learned of some behind the scene negotiations between Microsoft and Larry Rosen of the Open Source Initiative (OSI) regarding its controversial licensing of Sender ID. I had the chance to speak briefly this morning with Rosen about those negotiations. He quickly brushed aside a couple of my misconceptions about the issues, and about prior art, then further enlightened me with his first-hand take on these ongoing-negotiations.

From the Editor -- October 2004: Security

  • Linux Journal (Posted by dave on Sep 7, 2004 6:26 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The security message is closing Linux migration deals. Now it's up to us to deliver the secure environment people want.

Red Hat, Unisys Announce Partnership

Linux publisher Red Hat Inc. said Tuesday that information-technology consulting firm Unisys Corp. will begin offering a business version of the company's open-source operating system on its servers.

Debian Weekly News - September 7th, 2004

  • Mailing list; By Martin Schulze <joey@infodrom.org> (Posted by dave on Sep 7, 2004 5:29 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Newsletter; Groups: Debian
Welcome to this year's 35th issue of DWN, the weekly newsletter for the Debian community. We've been informed about a Debian translation party taking place on September 11th, in a place closed to Milan (Italy). Lars Wirzenius has recently updated the Debian lessons document that covers project management. The Hong Kong Aircrew Officers Association revealed that they use Debian for its fast setup process.

Why open source and MySQL are winning corporate hearts

  • Search Enterprise Linux (Posted by dave on Sep 7, 2004 5:29 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Interview; Groups: MySQL
Corporate IT shops today don't have money to burn, says Zack Urlocker, a MySQL AB executive. So, figuratively speaking, why should they buy a Hummer when a hatchback will do the job? Sure, he says, the MySQL open source database doesn't have all the capabilities of Oracle, IBM and Microsoft databases. But, he says, MySQL has all the capabilities most businesses need. That's why MySQL has been put to work by Sabre, Federal Express, Sony, Suzuki, Ingram Entertainment, Lufthansa, NASA, Omaha Steaks and UPS. In this interview, Urlocker – MySQL marketing vice president – explains why businesses are getting more and more enamored with open source software and MySQL.

gumstix Launches Bluetooth(R) Connectivity on Tiny Linux Boards and Computers

  • PR Newswire; By Press release (Posted by dave on Sep 7, 2004 5:28 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release
gumstix, inc., maker of the world's smallest motherboard, today announced its next generation of gumstix boards and computers, providing optional Bluetooth(TM) connectivity. The gumstix f boards have a 60-pin connector and add several GPIO lines as well as audio and video control. The new products include:

Gentoo Weekly Newsletter editor resigns

  • Mailing list; By Yuji Kosugi <carlos@gentoo.org> (Posted by dave on Sep 7, 2004 5:27 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Announcements; Groups: Gentoo
I know this is a bad time, with the team getting smaller and AJ going on hiatus too, but my attempts at getting new contributors haven't really been working.

LinuxBeta.com slideshow of AGNULA/DEMUDI 1.2.0-rc3

LinuxBeta.com has prepared a slideshow of AGNULA (acronym for «A GNU/Linux Audio distribution»)/DEMUDI 1.2.0-rc3, the third release candidate of the Debian-based GNU/Linux distribution for audio.

Report from KDE World Summit, Day 10: Why Knoppix chose KDE

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Sep 7, 2004 12:06 PM EDT)
  • Groups: KDE; Story Type: News Story
The tenth and final day of the KDE World Summit 2004 - aKademy - presented visitors with a second opportunity to learn more about some of KDE's key technologies, and to hear of how KDE has been successfully deployed by others. A track on groupware and collaboration tools gave developers the chance to show off their work, whilst a track on success stories turned the tables, allowing visitors and developers alike to hear of KDE being used in deployments ranging from 10,000 desktops to the famous Live CD Knoppix.

Novell Promotes Linux Adoption Through China Linux Standards Group

Reflecting its commitment to one of the fastest growing Linux markets, Novell has joined the China Linux Standards Group, launched this spring by the Chinese government to promote Linux* in China.

Open Sourcing Infoware with Distributed XML

Tim O'Reilly has spoken often over the last year about how to apply the ideals of open source with the slow and eventual shift from dependence on software to dependence on information. The new software is 'infoware'. In Applying Distributed XML toward The Open Source Paradigm Shift to Infoware, I propose that we can preserve the freedoms to innovate with data and to fork infoware by working with locally hosted xml files like we do with RSS.

EU gives open-source software a boost

  • ComputerWeekly.com (Posted by dave on Sep 7, 2004 7:42 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The European Union is hoping to give the European open-source software industry a competitive boost through a €1.5m (£1m) research project kicking off next week.

Firefox Extensions Guide

  • mozillaZine (Posted by dave on Sep 7, 2004 5:25 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Gsurface wrote in to tell us that Flexbeta has posted an in-depth guide to a number of the well known, and not so well known extensions available for Mozilla Firefox. It covers close to 30 different extensions, including web developer tools, full application add-ons, existing feature enhancements and more.

Suse Linux users get free e-mail engine

  • ComputerWeekly.com (Posted by dave on Sep 7, 2004 5:08 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: SUSE
Users can now download a free version of the e-mail engine behind SuSE Linux's Open-Xchange e-mail server.

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