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Sun preparing open source developers' bill of rights

Sun Microsystems is writing a developers' "bill of rights" to pacify critics of its Common Development and Distribution License and to outline the level of legal protection provided to those using code released under the license.

Linux boom boosts conference

  • Computerworld Australia (Posted by dave on Feb 4, 2005 1:14 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The annual Linux "geek-fest" is booming, with submissions for this year's conference three times the number required. "As you can imagine, the selection process is very difficult," said 2005's Rusty Russell, one six selectors forced to knock back two-thirds of submissions due to time constraints.

Daffodil DB v4.0 launched with Compiere support

4th Feb, 2005 (Gurgaon, India): Daffodil Software today announced the stable release of version 4.0 of its popular Java database - Daffodil DB.

Gates: 'Linux makes interoperability harder'

Interoperability, Gates wrote, should be in every firm's thinking: "Businesses face an ongoing challenge of making a wide variety of software from many different vendors work together... Bringing heterogeneous technologies together while reducing costs is today a challenge that touches every part of the organisation," he said in the email.

It's time to integrate open source graphic applications

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Feb 4, 2005 9:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
I've been a graphic artist and Web designer for more than a decade, and in that time, I've seen software companies expend a great deal of effort in attempts to monopolize the market. Adobe, for instance, took over the desktop publishing field early on by developing a set of powerful products, such as Photoshop and Illustrator. Macromedia had to fight to gain control over the Web design and development business, and its hold on Web development became apparent only after it integrated its products. Today, with a remarkable range of Web design and development applications, Macromedia is the indisputable leader of the field. It's time open source graphic application developers did the same.

Utility Computing Still A Work In Progress On Linux

  • Information Week; By Larry Greenemeier (Posted by dave on Feb 4, 2005 8:37 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
As Linux running on x86 servers continues to grow in corporate data centers, questions remain as to whether the open-source operating system introduces a higher level of management complexity than the proprietary Unix systems it replaces.

EU Microsoft ruling shuns open source, critics say

The European Commission's requirement that Microsoft Corp. license certain of its communication protocols will do little for competition in the workgroup server market if a draft license proposed by Microsoft is accepted, open source software advocates say.

Patent Office wants debate on software directive

  • ZDnet UK; By Ingrid Marson (Posted by ingridm on Feb 4, 2005 8:18 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Software firms and developers have the chance to influence UK Patent Office policy and change its understanding of 'technical contributions'.

UK misses out in HP-Mandrakesoft tie-up

  • ZDnet UK; By Ingrid Marson (Posted by ingridm on Feb 4, 2005 8:18 AM EDT)
  • Groups: HP; Story Type: News Story
HP France is offering support for Mandrakesoft Linux on its servers.

License issues lining up for Linux, open source

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Feb 4, 2005 8:16 AM EDT)
  • Groups: OSDL; Story Type: News Story
As if the largest software company in the world as an opponent was not enough, the Linux and open source software industry is facing some of its biggest challenges in containing the proliferation of its own licenses and updating a 15-year-old GPL. Both hurdles were roundly discussed during sessions at the recent OSDL Enterprise Linux Summit, but there appeared to be no easy answers nor easy solutions to either licensing issue.

Gates: Open source, interoperability not synonymous

Microsoft Chairman and Chief Software Architect Bill Gates on Thursday sent an e-mail to customers emphasizing the company's commitment to being interoperable and stressing that open source and interoperability are not necessarily one and the same.

A Temporary Internet Lounge Revisited

  • Linux Journal (Posted by dave on Feb 4, 2005 4:22 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
How to set up an Internet lounge using Knoppix 3.7; plus, practical suggestions for building your lounge.

My workstation OS: Libranet

All I really want in a desktop operating system is a standard KDE desktop (not heavily modified like Mandrakelinux and Red Hat), decent packaging, and a filesystem hierarchy that makes sense. Libranet fits my exact needs.

IBM releases Rational Application Developer v6.0 for Linux

The IBM Rational Application Developer for Linux trial download enables developers with diverse technical backgrounds, and even those unfamiliar with Java, to build rich, data-driven applications

Linux kernel maintainer joins patent celebrations

Alan Cox has hailed the European Parliament for asking for a rethink of the Computer Implemented Inventions Directive, but warns that "the battle isn't over".

The Linux Box Marketing Project

  • The Linux Box; By Sean Parsons (Posted by VISITOR on Feb 4, 2005 1:32 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Announcements
Linux is more secure, more stable, and less costly then competing proprietary offerings so why is it so hard to buy and sell systems with GNU/Linux preinstalled? This is a question that I and many other like minded individuals have been considering for awhile now and after you get past all the hype, you'll see that the primary opposition is hype (or more accurately marketing). The Linux Box has put this project together to help market Linux.

Startup sees market for Linux offshore support

  • Business Standard (Posted by dave on Feb 4, 2005 12:21 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: IBM
Slash Support Inc., a five-year-old California and Chennai-based startup, has partnered International Business Machines (IBM) to boost offshore support for enterprise users of Linux in the US, Shiva Ramani, Slash’s chief executive officer told reporters here on Thursday.

Palmsource looks to Linux future

  •; By Robert Jaques (Posted by dave on Feb 3, 2005 10:23 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
PalmSource today promised to move to Linux after completing its acquisition of mobile phone software firm China MobileSoft.

New Products, Services and Software to be Featured at Desktop Linux and Open Source Conference

New Products, Services and Software to be Featured at Desktop Linux and Open Source Conference. Novell Joins AMD, Real, and Linspire in Key Sponsor Lineup at San Diego Desktop Summit Next Week.

Open Source is Not a Career Path

  • Information Week (Posted by dave on Feb 3, 2005 7:00 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
"If you're getting into open source because you see it as a career path, you're doing something wrong." It's not that Linux creator Linus Torvalds thinks open-source programmers should work for peanuts (he doesn't), but rather that they should be properly motivated. Call it software with a soul, if you like. Only the truly passionate need apply.

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