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EU software patent battle goes on, says MySQL

  • Computer Business Review (Posted by dave on Nov 19, 2004 4:55 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: MySQL
Open source database vendor MySQL AB has warned that the battle over software patents in Europe is far from over despite the Polish Government's decision to reject proposed legislation that would have seen Europe follow the US in allowing more software patents.

Introducing Slony

  • Onlamp (Posted by dave on Nov 19, 2004 4:55 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Slony-I, the first iteration of the project, is an asynchronous replicator of a single master database to multiple replicas, which in turn may have cascaded replicas. It will include all features required to replicate large databases with a reasonable number of replicas. Jan has targeted Slony-I toward data centers and backup sites, implying that all nodes in the network are always available.

Openedge-based Finance Application Deploys on Linux

Finance application with embedded Progress Software database ports to Linux without a hitch. Progress Software earlier this week announced that its application partner, OpenAccounts has deployed its Progress® OpenEdge™-based Extended Finance application on the Linux operating system. Built on the OpenEdge platform, the Extended Finance application provides end users with the capability to access data sources and deploy on operating systems of their own choosing.

Half-Life 2 running under Linux! is reporting on TransGaming Technologies unprecedented Linux support for this year’s most highly anticipated video game, Valve Software’s Half-Life 2. On the heels of its commercial debut, TransGaming’s Cedega product will run Half-Life 2 on the Linux operating system, right out-of-the-box.

Go Open Source recruits freedom fighters

  • Tectonic (Posted by dave on Nov 19, 2004 3:53 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The Go Open Source campaign yesterday launched the open source Freedom League, an initiative aimed at boosting the number of computer users switching to open source software. Members of the Geek Freedom League who convert the largest number of users to open source software will be rewarded.

Sun Micro's Linux 'Friendship' No Longer Extends To Red Hat

Sun Microsystems sees Monday's launch of its Solaris 10 server operating system as a major milestone in its path to embracing low-cost hardware and expanding its services business. Red Hat , which makes the top-selling flavor of Linux, sees it as an act of war.

Linux makes first appearance at Italy's PC Professionale Conference

WPC is one of the most important IT conferences in Italy, as it focuses on bringing to Italian developers the latest information on the future of IT from a Microsoft Windows-centric point of view. The 2004 edition was held in Milan last week, and for the first time in the history of this event, the sponsors held a second conference during the first three days in the same place: the PC Professionale Conference.

VA Linux Releases 'VA Balance', a New, Original Load Balancer Solution

  • Japan Corporate News Network; By tkabbert (Posted by VISITOR on Nov 18, 2004 2:06 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release; Groups: Debian
VA Linux Systems Japan announced the release of 'VA Balance', a highly effective, high-availability load balancing software fully integrated with Linux OS and ideally suited to enterprise systems.

Microsoft warns Asian governments of Linux lawsuits

Microsoft warned Asian governments on Thursday they could face patent lawsuits for using the Linux operating system instead of its Windows software.

How to Quantitatively Benchmark Linux Distros?

A lot of Linux distribution reviews are centered around the ease of installation, new applications or versions of included, and generally how the reviewer 'feels' about it. Naturally, this is somewhat flawed by bias. While this is part of a review process wouldn't these reviews be better served with some number comparisons? What are your thoughts on how to more quantitatively benchmark linux distros?

Linux is not Red Hat, and other Sun-isms debunked

Sun Microsystems head honchos Scott McNealy and Jonathan Schwartz often equate Red Hat with all of GNU/Linux. After interviewing both of them on Monday during the day-long Solaris 10 launch event in San Jose, I understood their frame of reference on this matter and many others much more clearly. For the first time in several releases, Solaris is actually a threat to the other players in the operating system market, but Sun's market outlook and publicity strategy may be working against the merits of Solaris 10.

Firefox fortune hunters

  • CNET; By Paul Festa (Posted by dave on Nov 18, 2004 8:55 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Mozilla
Just because Firefox is free and open source doesn't mean developers aren't cashing in on the popularity of the Mozilla Foundation's new browser.

Desktop Linux provider Linspire Now Natively Supports Latest Versions of Windows Media

Desktop Linux provider Linspire Now Natively Supports Latest Versions of Windows Media. Many popular music sites remain inaccessible as Microsoft's Digital Rights Management restricts Linux playback.

Docomo makes Linux easier

Japan's leading mobile operator, NTT DoCoMo, has just made it even easier for handset vendors to produce smartphones using Linux. It has just launched a common software platform for its 3G FOMA handsets. DoCoMo will license the platform to handset vendors, aiming to improve time-to-market and cost-effectiveness.

Stratus Joins Open Source Development Labs

  • PR Newswire; By Press release (Posted by dave on Nov 18, 2004 8:24 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release
Maker of 99.999 Percent Uptime Fault-tolerant Servers to Join OSDL Carrier Grade Linux and Data Center Linux Working Groups

Linux Based 3G Handsets from NEC and Panasonic

  • Press release; By MobileTechNews (Posted by dave on Nov 18, 2004 8:09 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release
New Linux-based software platform for 3G mobile phones will be put into practical use in three new handsets: NEC N901iC, NEC N900iL, and Panasonic P901i.

'Open source revolution will rock the IT sales model'

  • Tectonic (Posted by dave on Nov 18, 2004 7:15 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The open source world is shaking the traditional IT world by its roots, not only through its non-conformist approach to licensing agreements and ownership of source code, but also through its broad-minded views on solutions implementation and its determination to crush the crippling concept of vendor lock-in.

A new venue for selling open source software is the brainchild of Red Hat founder Bob Young. With Lulu, Young offers would-be publishers, whether book authors, musicians, photographers, or artists, the opportunity to expose and sell their work for little or no upfront investment. But is more than just an on-demand publishing house. True to the open spirit, it is also a community -- a haven where artistic people can gather to share experiences and seek advice from one another. They can network, looking for opportunities to collaborate and muster up creative synergy. It is open and it is free. And now, it is for software developers too.

Sun plans patent protection for open-source Solaris

  • CNET; By Stephen Shankland (Posted by dave on Nov 18, 2004 5:04 AM EDT)
  • Groups: Sun; Story Type: News Story
SAN JOSE, Calif.--When Sun Microsystems releases Solaris as open-source software, it plans to provide legal protection from patent-infringement suits to outsiders using or developing the operating system--one of several ways Sun hopes to make Solaris more competitive with Linux.

Linux keeper, SpikeSource CEO talk up open source

Accommodating large patch sets in Linux is expected to mean forking off of the 2.7 version of the platform to accommodate these changes, according to Andrew Morton, lead maintainer of the Linux kernel for Open Source Development Labs (OSDL).

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