The French Ministry of Equipment is to migrate 1,500 ageing Windows NT servers to a specially developed version of MandrakeSoft's Mandrake Linux Corporate Server, amid growing evidence that large European organisations are treating open-source software as a serious alternative to proprietary offerings.
Ben Goodger has updated the Mozilla Firefox Roadmap with the latest information about the path to 1.0. Development will remain on the AVIARY_1_0_20040515_BRANCH (itself cut from the Mozilla 1.7 branch) until 1.0, with three releases candidates planned. The launch of Mozilla Firefox 1.0 for Windows and Linux is currently scheduled for Tuesday 14th September. The Mac OS X version will be released a little later, following additional work to make Firefox fit in the Aqua look and feel. Further details about the updated Roadmap, including information on nominating blocker bugs, have been posted to the Firefox General forum.
Researchers at three French government funded research organisations have introduced a new licence which is compatible with the Free Software Foundation's GNU General Public License (GPL). Plenty of free software licences exist already, but they are mostly written in English, from the point of view of the US legal system, which can pose a problem in countries where the legal system is based on different assumptions.
In a bid to boost the spread of open source software in France, a group researchers have announced a new software license they claim is compatible with the Free Software Foundation's GNU general public license (GPL). The authors, whose work has been funded by three government bodies, say the license is necessary because of idiosyncrasies in French law. These that mean consumer product manufacturers can't absolve themselves of total responsibility for their product, meaning open source writers often can't release code without exposing themselves to financial risk.
The latest issue of the Mozilla Links Newsletter features an interview with MozillaZine admin Jason Kersey. Kerz discusses the history of the site, describes some of the technology that holds it together and talks about future plans.
"My absolute favorite (extension) is AdBlock," wrote Alec Berry in an e-mail. "It gives you very fine-grained control of images, iframes, scripts and embedded content (like) Java and Flash. You can use wildcards to block just the parts of pages you don't want. I have been using it for months now, Mozilla and Firefox, Mac and PC. Works great!"
Microsoft has commissioned studies left and right to counter Linux's perceived cost advantages. These studies have been universally decried among Linux enthusiasts, and every flaw has been pointed out in one way or another. Rather than completely debunking the flaws, most of the critics simply point out that there is still a lot of work to do on the Linux front.
SAP AG and development partner MySQL AB are readying an upgrade to SAP's open-source database that will add support for 64-bit computing, along with new monitoring and management features. SAP inked a deal with open-source database vendor MySQL in May 2003 to take over much of the development, support and marketing of the SAP DB software, which MySQL renamed MaxDB.
Red Hat remains the leading Linux distribution in use on the Internet, experiencing slight market share erosion in the first six months of 2004, but still showing a healthy net gain of sites under its new licensing structure. Debian and SuSE show market share gains among Linux distributions detected by our Hosting Provider Switching Analysis, while Gentoo has the fastest percentage growth rate.
Scali, whose software helps connect clusters of low-end machines running Linux into a single supercomputer, raised $7.5 million in funding to boost U.S. expansion and product development, the Norwegian company reported Monday. Atlas Venture, a new investor, led the round, in which earlier investor Four Seasons Venture participated.
According to research and analysis firm Netcraft's (netcraft.com) hosting provider switching analysis, Red Hat is the leading Linux distribution on the Internet, holding a 49.8 percent share of the market. Over the last six months, Red Hat has lost 1 percent market share but still had a six-month growth rate of 10.1 percent. Red Hat runs on 1,465,310 hostnames, according to Netcraft.
Open Country officially launched its system management solution for Linux today. The company says the product is designed to help small departments with as few as five Linux systems, and enterprises with up to 5,000 Linux installations, reduce the costs, time, and complexity of managing Linux IT operations.
I hope that people in the GNU/Linux community will give Sun the benefit of the doubt and attempt to understand where they play in the competitive landscape. Room exists for like minded people and if you look deeply, you'll see that JDS serves an important purpose.
Without a viable 64-bit Windows solution available today, enthusiasts and neophytes alike are looking to Linux for new opportunities. Is Linux mature enough ... ? This article compares three 32/64 bit AMD64 sytems: Fedora FC2, SuSE 9.1, Windows XP SP1.
Folks in the software industry doubt Linux will suffer from the same kind of forking and fragmenting that limited Unix and its ISV support, but the idea may nevertheless be pushed as an offensive against Linux by Microsoft, which is already running ads in Europe depicting mutant penguins assembled with other animal parts as if to suggest they are unsure what they are.
My friend Robin Miller recently wrote a very decent article about how spoiled we Linux users are, which inspired me to write this article that I've been kind of meaning to write for a while anyway, an article about how the various Linux repositories are and have been such a vast competitive advantage for Linux.
Forrester Research published a report last March that came to the unlikely conclusion that Linux is no more secure than Windows. Last month, Danish security firm Secunia compared security across operating systems and concluded that Windows was more secure than many people think. Both studies are easy to counter with a little research and common sense, but that still leaves us without any meaningful third-party operating system security assessment.
Oracle will finish switching its 9,000-person in-house programming staff to Linux by the end of 2004, the database powerhouse said Wednesday.