Few industries have the same demands for high availability and scalable services as telecommunications providers, which helps define the term "carrier grade" in the industry. Now, the Open Source Development Labs' (OSDL) Carrier Grade Linux (CGL) working group which counts 22 member companies, is flagging its effort to bring Linux into that elite designation.
France's cash-strapped government is giving alternative software companies the chance to win state business from Microsoft, in a pioneering drive to challenge the U.S. software giant in the public sector.
I will be doing research this summer at Stanford with Professor Andrew Ng about how we can incorporate machine learning into Firefox. We're looking for ideas that will make Firefox 2.0 blow every other browser out of the water. People who come up with the best 3-5 ideas win Gmail accounts, and if we implement your idea you'll be acknowledged in both our paper and in Firefox credits. Your idea will also be appreciated by the millions of people who use Firefox :-). We'll also entertain Thunderbird proposals.
France's cash-strapped government is giving alternative software firms the chance to win state business in a pioneering drive to challenge U.S. software giant Microsoft Corp. in the public sector.
I had the privilege of being part of the Open Source GIS / MapServer User Conference last week in Ottawa (June 9-11). Many software projects end up "proving" themselves by having some sort of conference themed around them. This conference was no exception. It was a wonderfully executed and very well-organized event. Kudos to the Ottawa MapServer Users Group for their tremendous effort organizing the event!
An update on Brazil's nationwide move to free software, from the government on out.
Mono is an open source project to create a free implementation of Microsoft's .Net Development Framework as an alternative to Microsoft's Visual Studio integrated development environment (IDE). Mono takes advantage of the command line versions of the C# and Visual Basic .Net compilers freely available as part of Microsoft's .Net Software Development Kit. MonoDevelop (MD) is an offshoot from the Mono project that aims to port SharpDevelop (#Develop) to Gtk#. If it's new to you now, you'll find it's easy to set up and work with.
In an article about increased availability of Linux anti-virus software, Vnunet.com reports that Symantec CEO John Thompson said that his company would "deliver a Linux desktop antivirus solution to the market" this year.
Nokia has funded a cell phone browser project at the Mozilla Foundation, breathing new life into the open-source effort once written off as Microsoft roadkill.
Starting with a release of some anti-Linux case studies, the company has now embarked upon its latest plan of action against Linux--a worldwide “Get Your Facts Right” campaign (PPT - 1.0MB), through which it aims to expose the inherent dangers of going the Open Source way.
Many users of NT 4.0 have rejected Microsoft's recently announced product support extension and are planning a migration path to Linux. The backlash was revealed in an online Computerworld poll published earlier this month asking respondents if they will benefit from Microsoft's support extension.
Bergen, Norway, has opted to replace Windows and Unix machines with Linux on servers for its schools and city databases and could later put the open-source operating system on desktop machines.