a friend recently complained that Mozilla's new Firefox browser was slower on various sites than Internet Explorer. But Mozilla suppresses pop-ups and spyware, where Internet Explorer does not. For the same reason that stuff gets through a sieve faster than a filter, IE has a speed advantage.
Open-source developers keen to impress potential government buyers should take some pages from the practices of proprietary software vendors, a senior government procurement officer told attendees at the AUUG 2004 conference in Melbourne.
it's encouraging that the California Performance Review, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's blueprint for saving money in government, recommends that officials consider open source software alternatives to proprietary products.
Juergen Geck, chief technology officer (CTO), Suse Linux, a Novell company, who is responsible for aligning and communicating the company’s technology strategy, was also instrumental in designing SuSE’s flagship product SuSE Linux Enterprise server. The enterprise server was the first Linux offering in the market. In an interview with eFE, he spoke about the current trends in the Linux market.
A prominent U.S. law professor Lawrence Lessig has called on Taiwan and other Asian countries to join in the worldwide movement in the collaborative sharing of software programs as a means of encouraging technical innovation and fueling the growth of the IT revolution.
"Linux is not a boy. Linux is not a child. Linux is ready." With these words, Martin Fink, VP of Linux for Hewlett-Packard, rephrased a popular sentiment at LinuxWorld Conference and Expo in San Francisco this August (while simultaneously knocking competitor IBM's ad campaign). He, along with many others, took the message another step: Not only is open source enterprise ready, but the enterprise had better be ready for open source.
With the aim of promoting the free flow of ideas and supporting knowledge sharing in the public domain, Taiwan launched a "Creative Commons" network yesterday, to join 23 other countries already leading the drive in this international movement.
Last week in my Wired Windows column I took Novell to task over a promotion, the Novell Linux Technical Resource Kit. This was a package of goodies intended to showcase Novell?s new Linux offerings.
So, if Mandrakelinux is so user-friendly and powerful, why is it not a household word -- even compared to other Linux flavors? In a word: marketing. There is a widespread, if not universally shared, perception that Mandrakesoft's marketing efforts are far less sophisticated then its technical attributes.
The current Microsoft Royalty-Free Sender ID Patent License Agreement terms are a barrier to any Debian package which wants to implement Sender ID or include Sender ID support.
One of the big reasons enterprise IT users eye Linux hungrily is that it offers a chance to break the ties that bind them to Microsoft. It's bad business to rely on anything, whether it's a truck or an operating system, that can only be repaired by one supplier. Indeed, one of Microsoft's big sales advantages when PCs were just starting to become popular was that it freed companies from hardware vendor lock-in by offering an operating system that would work with PCs and peripherals made by many companies. Now we need to ask how we can keep from getting locked in by Linux vendors. There's simply no getting around the fact that, from the vendor's point of view, customer lock-in is wonderful no matter what product that vendor sells.
Longhorn's delay may be Linux's gain, according to Linux vendors and analysts.
eWEEK Labs tested two trusted operating system products: the National Security Agency's SELinux, which makes Linux into a trusted operating system, and Sun Microsystems Inc.'s Trusted Solaris 8. Both have access controls that are much more fine-grained than those in mainstream operating systems, limiting the damage that can be done by an attacker who takes control of a process running with root privileges by minimizing the permissions of that process.
A draft study released this week by the Washington, D.C.-based Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS) looks at the various policies and legislation being considered by various levels of government around the globe. The 33-page document provides an exhaustive list of various initiatives and their current status. More than 45 nations have had some level of public-policy initiatives or discussion about open source according to the report. However, the report's authors note that, "slightly more than half of the initiatives never went beyond the proposal stage."
I thought I would tell you about how I do my remote backups. The program I use is rdiff-backup, with a perl script to sort out e-mail notification and logfile generation.
Users looking for an easy way to set up a public Wi-Fi hotspot might find help from an open source project called ZoneCD. Offered by a group called Public IP, ZoneCD is a CD-based Linux distribution that can turn any PC into a Wi-Fi access gateway for a public hot spot. The gateway runs off of a PC’s CD player, requiring no installation or hardware configuration, according to the software’s developers.
Longhorn's delay may be Linux's gain, according to Linux vendors and analysts. With Longhorn shorn of most of its most important features, such as WinFS (Windows File System), Linux supporters are hopeful that the Linux desktop can finally make inroads into the hearts and minds of corporate desktop users.