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Thursday night and I was stumped, as usual, for a topic which would allow me to inflict my opinions on the dogged souls who make it to this page of Computerworld.
I was saved by the Business Software Alliance.
A press release arrived in my inbox, hailing swift enforcement action by the Singapore police who had raided an interior design consultancy suspected of using unlicensed and illegal software. The 10-man Singapore-based company was alleged to have had about $50,000 worth of illegal CAD software installed on its computers.
Here's why the boys from Redmond aren't going to be able to pull it off.
A spate of favorable research notes and rumors of a big customer win pushed shares of Red Hat (RHAT:Nasdaq - commentary - research - Cramer's Take) up more than 5% Tuesday. Volume was heavy. Prudential analyst Brent Thill raised his target price by $4 to $21, saying he expects second-quarter revenue to reach the high end of the company's guided range while operating cash flow should increase by 20% to 33% and deferred revenue by 73%. Prudential does not have an investment banking relationship with Red Hat.
Press Release: Munich, Germany (20 September 2005) -- In an interview with the New York Times and the International Herald Tribune, EU competition commissioner Neelies Kroes said that the Commission is evaluating informal complaints that have been filed against Microsoft, and would not "wait and do nothing" while an ongoing anti-trust proceeding is still unresolved in court.
"With hundreds of breakthrough features, Tiger Server is the world's most advanced operating system available today," said Ron Okamoto, Apple's vice president of Worldwide Developer Relations. "EnterpriseDB has delivered an impressive RDBMS that takes advantage of innovation in Tiger Server to support powerful database management features."
Red Hat has announced partnership agreements with Nanyang Polytechnic and Temasek Polytechnic to kick off the Red Hat Academy in Singapore. Led by the School of Information Technology in Temasek Polytechnic and the School of Engineering in Nanyang Polytechnic, the Red Hat Academy programme will be offered to promising students who want to attain industry-recognition in the form of the Red Hat certification. It is expected to produce up to 120 Red Hat Certified Technicians a year. Red Hat
Mandriva today introduces a revamped partner program. With new and more targeted options this new program is intended to increase partner market awareness and opportunities, as well as enhancing sales and marketing support.
Along with countless other super-nerds around the world, this young computer science student at the University of Helsinki had been working on a most excellent new operating system. It had been dubbed Linux (after Linus's Minix, as it was based on the Minix operating system, itself a spin-off from the Unix OS that sought to provide a stable UNIX platform for PCs). By the latter half of 1994, Linux had hundreds of thousands of users around the world, and - even better - it was absolutely free.
The Linux Standards Base (LSB) now offers improved support for C++, meaning that software compiled using the latest versions of the GNU Compiler Collection (GCC) can be run on any distribution that supports the standard.
"Embedded Linux is emerging as a dominant platform for building high- availability network infrastructure products, and we are committed to offering our telecom equipment OEM customers the finest carrier grade Linux solutions," said Todd Wynia, vice president of marketing at Artesyn. "Soon, Network Equipment Providers (NEPs) will be able to purchase MontaVista's carrier grade Linux directly from Artesyn, certified by MontaVista, and pre-installed in flash on our telecom blades and modules."
Ha Noi (VNA) - Specialists will speak extensively on the technical and economical aspects of open-source solutions for eGovernance at an international conference in Ha Noi from September 28-30, said the Viet Nam Institute of Information Technology (IOIT Viet Nam). The conference aims to draw attention to the growing importance of open-source solutions in this field by presenting the political and economical incentives, business models and market opportunities that will arise from eGovernance.
Since the OpenDocument standard for office files covers spreadsheets, the productivity suites based on it, such as OpenOffice.org (OOo) and KOffice, can share spreadsheets between applications -- theoretically, that is. In practice, there are still a couple of obstacles for this kind of interoperability among OpenDocument spreadsheet processors, regardless of their origin and license. One is the issue of macros, as I discussed earlier. A bigger one is that, while formatting of spreadsheets is covered by OpenDocument, the actual formulas that make them useful aren't.
Bundled Software Package Automates the Data, System and Application Settings Migration from Windows to Linux Allowing Windows Applications to Run on Linux
Red Hat Inc., a provider of open source solutions to the enterprise, yesterday announced that it has won recognition from the Swedish Computer Society for its high level of customer care in a gala ceremony in Stockholm's City Hall.
Spam Assassin, the popular open source spam filter has been updated to version 3.1.0 which is a major update and is now available for download...
Norwegian group Opera Software said Tuesday that it would offer its web browser Opera free and without advertising banners, in a bid to outdo rival Firefox and become the world's second most used browser.
Your system's security depends on you, even if you're not a security guru. Here's some basic steps you can take to keep out prying eyes.
Mozilla has reacted to a Symantec report issued on Monday which said serious vulnerabilities were being found in Mozilla's browsers faster than in Microsoft's Internet Explorer. The study was conducted over the first six months of 2005. Tristan Nitot, president of Mozilla Europe, hit back by claiming on Monday that when a vulnerability is found Mozilla's "ability to react, find a solution and put it into the user's hands is better than Microsoft."
cyLogistics, Inc. today announced they have chosen Grandstream's full line of broadband IP Network products to meet the growing demand for high quality VoIP products in the LINUX Networking channel. This new relationship allows Grandstream ready access to Resellers and System Integrators throughout North America.
European business analysis firm Quocirca recently released a report on "Migrating to Linux on the Desktop." Overall, the report is well-balanced and presents a positive approach to migration from Windows to Linux.
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