You might not think that Citizens Against Government Waste would be playing up the cost benefits of proprietary software for use by government, but the nonpartisan, nonprofit organization did just that with a recent press release.
Not many in the IT industry were ready to believe that Novell Inc. was betting its return to enterprise computing prominence on a freely obtainable operating system. But seeing is believing. At Novell's recent annual BrainShare user conference, CEO Jack Messman declared that 2004 was the year for Linux and subsequently staked his company's future on it.
Evolocity Cluster System to be Used as Test Bed for Weather Computations
Tracing multithreaded applications using CTrace.
The OpenPKG project released version 2.1 of their unique RPM-based cross-platform Unix software packaging facility. OpenPKG 2.1 consists of 495 selected (from a pool of 770) packages which include latest versions of popular Unix software like Apache, Bash, BIND, GCC, INN, Mozilla, MySQL, OpenSSH, Perl, Postfix, PostgreSQL, Samba, Squid, teTeX and Vim -- all carefully packaged for easy deployment on 21 different Unix platforms, including FreeBSD 4.10/5.2, Debian GNU/Linux 3.0/3.1, Red Hat Linux 9, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3, Fedora Core 2, SuSE Linux 9.0/9.1, and Sun Solaris 2.6/8/9/10. The major technical efforts for this release were spent on the porting of all packages to five additional Unix platforms, the necessary adjustments to packages required by GCC 3.4 and the consolidation and packaging of the developer tool chain.
What appears to be a leaked internal memo from HP shows that the company expected Microsoft to launch a full legal assault on free open-source software (FOSS
I was unwilling to turn my trusty PC into a Linux box, so he popped in a CD with Knoppix, on it, rebooted, and voila -- instant Linux.
Hot on the heals of the official release of PHP5 last week, Zend Technologies, the corporate backer of the open source scripting language, has launched the latest versions of its flagship Zend Studio and Zend Performance Suite products. The latest tools are part of the company's goals and role in the evolution of the open source scripting language, with a focus on enterprise grade development tools.
If you follow technology trends, you're probably aware of the two schools of thought with regard to security and/or cryptography. Does cryptography and security solutions become more secure as the number of eyes pouring over its source code increases or is a private solution which leverages security through obscurity provide a more secure environment? Daniel R. Miessler submitted the following editorial to osOpinion/osViews, which offers some compelling arguments for both scenarios. In the end, his well thought out opinion, comes to a universal conclusion.
Novell's latest debt offering was oversubscribed, and it was able to rake in a hefty $600m. But what will Novell do with all of this money? There are some intriguing options that Novell has as it takes Linux deeper into the data center and out onto desktops...
Mono is an open source implementation of the .Net development framework as developed by Microsoft and submitted to the ECMA standards authority. The project, which released version 1.0 last month, is significant in several ways: it offers the potential to unite the open source communities for Windows, Linux, and other platforms; it fulfills the niche for a powerful migration tool; it builds upon existing open source technologies such as Mozilla and Apache; and -- most importantly -- it illustrates the resolve of the open source community to rise to Microsoft's challenge.
...we can agree that Linux is disruptive. But saying that open source equals killing jobs is really taking a larger leap of faith than warranted. Almost as large a leap as believing that Microsoft's next operating system, Longhorn, will come out on schedule and work as advertised.
After being at odds with Sun Microsystems Inc. for over a year, JBoss Group Inc. now can license the Java 2 Enterprise Edition compatibility suite, thanks to the advent of J2EE 1.4. Sun had denied JBoss in the past because its flagship Java application server is open source. JBoss raised the ire of Sun because it continued to sell its app server without certification, threatening the incompatibility Sun so loathes.
IBM on Monday detailed a line of programming tools meant to create a market of customized add-ons for its Lotus Workplace desktop applications.
Anybody that does presentations will someday need to use a chart. A manager needs charts to show production numbers and profits. A scientist or trainer needs charts to show facts, figures and results. A sales seminar leader needs charts to explain sales figures. So, what's involved in getting these nifty things into your OpenOffice.org-based slide show?
Dispelling the perception that Linux is cobbled together by a large cadre of lone hackers working in isolation, the individual in charge of managing the Linux kernel said that most Linux improvements now come from corporations.
The choice of software to run our computers can get awfully depressing. On one hand, there's Windows XP — expensive and woefully insecure, but it works on almost every machine. On the other, there's Mac OS X — far more secure, but also expensive and restricted to Apple's own computers. Where's our independence from this pair? For a growing minority of users, it comes in the open-source operating system called Linux.
This is not a typical review of a desktop environment such as KDE or GNOME. These are my observations when I updated from KDE 3.2.3 to KDE 3.3 Beta1.