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Web tools lead unorthodox charge in Linux migration

John Horn, the CEO of Independence, Mo.-based Interstate Software, talked with about how certain Web development tools that run on Windows could be part of an unorthodox step for companies that are interested in the idea of moving from a proprietary database environment to an open one.

Linux on your USB Key

  • (Posted by VISITOR on Oct 27, 2004 8:00 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews
So I've had one of those usb keys for nearly a year now and what's on it? Nothing... so I decided to install Linux on it. 256MB should be more than enough and I would be able to boot it anywhere, use it for troubleshooting and impress my friends and co-workers.

Germans seek savings through Linux in tough economic times

Tough economic times in Germany have made Linux and other open source software products appear tantalizing to local businesses. Yet many remain hesitant to dump their Microsoft Corp. software completely, if for no other reasons than it performs relatively well, and nearly everyone in corporate Germany uses it. That was the general impression from speakers delivering presentations Tuesday at the LinuxWorld conference in Frankfurt.

Why Linux Matters??? - Part II

  •; By Tarun Agnani (Posted by VISITOR on Oct 27, 2004 7:30 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
This is the second article in a two-part series on “Why Linux Matters???”

Dell plays price card with Novell Linux

  • CNET; By Stephen Shankland (Posted by dave on Oct 27, 2004 6:58 PM EDT)
  • Groups: SUSE, Novell; Story Type: News Story
Dell became the last of the four major server sellers to fully support Novell's SuSE Linux, announcing on Wednesday a partnership that puts low price front and center.

OSDL to work on open-source code repository

  • Ingrid Marson; By ZDNet UK (Posted by ingridm on Oct 27, 2004 6:32 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: OSDL
Stuart Cohen, the chief executive officer of OSDL, told ZDNet UK on Tuesday that the organisation is currently working on an open-source database which could be used by companies or patent employees to check for prior art -- whether a patent application contains original work, or has already been worked on in the open-source community. But campaigners against software patents said this would have little impact and does not tackle the essential issue that patents stifle innovation.

Open Source Solaris-2 Weeks and Counting

  • (Posted by dave on Oct 27, 2004 5:56 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Interview; Groups: Sun
The countdown to Open Source Solaris has officially begun. Sun execs confirm the upcoming launch date for Nov. 15, when execs will outline their plans to "Open Source" Solaris. Open Enterprise Trends gets the latest insights from Jack O'Brien, Sun's Group Manager, x86 and Operating Systems, who speaks to us about Sun's goals for a Solaris Open Source community, and what it has learned to do (and not do) from other commercial-turned Open Source projects from such firms as IBM, BEA and others.

Novell Promises Continued Support for SuSE Linux

  • eWEEK Linux; By Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols (Posted by dave on Oct 27, 2004 3:27 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Novell, SUSE
The company says SuSE Linux Professional will become more of a community desktop, while its upcoming Novell Linux Desktop will target business users.

Customer Focus: Comparing Windows with Linux and UNIX

Here is the current link to today's "executive memo" referenced in earlier news items.

Finnish Linux vendor offers Red Hat legacy customers a security lifeline

Less than a week after Red Hat discontinued update services for its Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3.0 customers who do not renew their subscriptions, Finnish Linux vendor Lineox has announced unified security and bug fix update services for its Linux operating system that is based on Red Hat Enterprise Linux source code.

Why the term 'intellectual property' is a seductive mirage

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Oct 27, 2004 10:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
It has become fashionable to describe copyright, patents, and trademarks as "intellectual property." This fashion did not arise by accident -- the term systematically distorts and confuses these issues. Anyone wishing to think clearly about any of these laws would do well to resist it.

Microsoft's Ballmer bombards Linux OS

A memo signed by Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has piled into the Linux operating system, claiming that users adopting it will be vulnerable to security breaches.

German Federal Railways opt for Open Source to cut costs

  • Heise Online (Posted by dave on Oct 27, 2004 8:20 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
In future the German Federal Railways intend to rely more heavily on Linux as a server operating system. In line with the announcement made in May, changeovers with respect to a number of applications were being undertaken at present, an official statement by the company read. To the degree that this was technically and economically feasible, new and productive IT systems were accordingly to run on Linux.

Asian states see open source as window of opportunity

  • International Herald Tribune (Posted by dave on Oct 27, 2004 8:08 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Microsoft
After testing Microsoft products in 300 of the schools, the regional Education Ministry [of West Bengal in northeast India] said it decided to instead install open-source software on 10,000 new computers, the first phase of an even bigger project.

Mesh networking embraces open-source telephony

  •; By Graeme Wearden (Posted by dave on Oct 27, 2004 7:01 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Asterisk, the open-source application that provides the functionality of a large telephone switch, can now run over a LocustWorld mesh network

Mozilla Europe Press Tour Roundup

As Bart Decrem (Mozilla Foundation spokeperson) is doing a press tour in Europe with Mozilla Europe, press coverage is getting quite amazing. I tried to gather all the links I could to European articles. You'll find articles from UK, The Netherlands, Belgium and France. Bart will continue his trip in France tomorrow and then Germany and UK again. We're just half way in this press tour and the response is already awesome! The Register, Reuters,, you name it. French Google News home page even has a Firefox logo!

U.S., International Space Organizations Turn to Open Source

  • TechWeb (Posted by dave on Oct 27, 2004 6:39 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Open source is reaching new heights as space organizations look to this communally developed software to power both terrestrial and orbital operations. Both the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration and the Indian Space Research Organization, in particular, are using open-source software to build, guide, and repair critical satellite systems.

'real facts' show Linux more secure: study

  • The Age (subscription) (Posted by dave on Oct 27, 2004 6:36 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The Windows vs Linux security debate has been given a fresh lease of life following the publication of a study by well-known tech journalist Nicholas Petreley which predictably concludes that Microsoft "Get The Facts campaign does not deal with the "real facts."

JBoss adoption of jBPM opens doors for open source

JBoss Inc., the company that produced the open source J2EE application server of the same name, last week announced it would adopt the jBPM open source workflow management application into its suite of offerings targeting the enterprise software market. The goal of business process management (BPM) software is to abstract away technical issues like data manipulation and procedural logic for higher-level logic involved in complex workflow designs used in this era of Web services and service-orientated architectures.

Novell, HP team on Linux initiative for German municipalities

HP and Novell GmbH have launched a project in Germany today to support IT migrations to Linux desktops and servers in local German governments. Called "Linux Kommunale," the initiative teams HP hardware and Novell SuSE Enterprise Server 9, desktop and management tools.

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