The 'ian' in Debian - Ian Murdock - has been blogging about Linux distros and the need, as he sees it, for there to be a layer above existing distros, so that you can custom-build a version of Linux that has just the components you need.
Feb. 28, 2004 12:00 AM EST Reads: 32,167 Replies: 8
The SCO Group has taken to peddling its Linux license off its Web site, which means it's finally gotten its EULA written down. The company is offering paid-up licenses ranging from $699 to $4,999 depending on the number of CPUs and has added new annual licenses that run $149 to $1,07...
Feb. 27, 2004 12:00 AM EST Reads: 29,111 Replies: 2
The confirmed anti-patent set will be gratified to learn that international patent filings by Americans were down 12% last year from what they had been the year before, according to the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), and only numbered 39,250.
Feb. 27, 2004 12:00 AM EST Reads: 8,509 Replies: 3
As an organization dedicated to advancing the skills and contributions of computer researchers and developers, the USENIX Association has joined the ranks of those addressing - and refuting - the position SCO has taken regarding open source software. Read USENIX's open letter to Congre...
Feb. 27, 2004 12:00 AM EST Reads: 38,389
With Microsoft's blessings, a software outfit in the UK called Open Systems Management Ltd (OSM) has extended Microsoft's identity management scheme, Identity Integration Server 2003, Enterprise Edition (MIIS), to Linux and Unix as well as Windows and any other directory service that M...
Feb. 27, 2004 12:00 AM EST Reads: 8,494
'The Open Source Debate' was the title of one of the three Keynote Discussion Panels at this week's EDGE 2004 Conference & Expo. A group of Linux luminaries considered what lies ahead in the next couple of years for Linux and Open Source.
Feb. 27, 2004 12:00 AM EST Reads: 10,820
Day 3 of this full 3-Day Conference, now in its fourth successive year on the East coast - EDGE 2004 (East) in Boston - from 9:00 AM today. Overview and full session details here.
Feb. 26, 2004 12:00 AM EST Reads: 8,365 Replies: 3
Chris Hjelm, CTO of online travel giant Orbitz, gave the opening keynote at EDGE 2004 in Boston last week, on the first day of the 3-day Conference & Expo showcasing Java, XML, .NET, MX, and Web services. His keynote reflected the unifying theme of the conference, the shift to service-...
Feb. 26, 2004 12:00 AM EST Reads: 35,506 Replies: 4
How about an Open Source Fund, as a means to redistribute wealth from the commercial to the non-commercial side of the industry? A panel of Linux experts at a major industry conference yesterday seemed to think that it was a great suggestion.
Feb. 26, 2004 12:00 AM EST Reads: 10,020 Replies: 6
With his irrepressible passion for the open source model of development and his dedication to promoting the synergies between Linux and the enterprise, Sam Greenblatt remains at the forefront of all that's happening in the world of Linux. SYS-CON Radio caught up with him in Boston, whe...
Feb. 26, 2004 12:00 AM EST Reads: 10,287
The rising business trend toward using open source software platforms has brought an increase in the number of critical applications deployed on Linux and BEA WebLogic. For many organizations, in fact, WebLogic deployments are their first major Linux installation.
Feb. 26, 2004 12:00 AM EST Reads: 36,689
News round-up, this week including news of an IRC chat with Marcel Gagne, author of the bestselling book Moving to Linux, and a report on the world's most secure OS (which turns out not to be Linux - according to a UK company, anyhow).
Feb. 25, 2004 12:00 AM EST Reads: 8,219
How about a driver that supports Intel's PRO/Wireless 2200BG card with 54Mbps 802.11g technology and the Wi-Fi Protected Access security protocol? Well, that's just what's been launched, thanks to an enterprising Canadian company.
Feb. 25, 2004 12:00 AM EST Reads: 16,833 Replies: 5
A pair of security flaws reported in some Linux kernels, coming at the same time as a UK study that found Linux to be the most hacked server operating system in government, is helping to focus renewed attention on the whole issue of Linux security. The Linux community has been quick to...
Feb. 22, 2004 12:00 AM EST Reads: 30,831 Replies: 5
An Open Source group in Victoria, Australia, has complained to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission that SCO may be “making a false or misleading representation ... that people who have already acquired a licence for Linux from SCO are required to acquire an additional li...
Feb. 22, 2004 12:00 AM EST Reads: 29,708 Replies: 3
Lindows.com says its operating system is the first Linux to support Intel's year-old Centrino widgetry. The company also claimed that Centrino laptops pre-loaded with LindowsOS Laptop Edition would hit market in 30-45 days.
Feb. 20, 2004 12:00 AM EST Reads: 7,135 Replies: 2
'The world has gone crazy with XML and then Web services,' Sun's senior IT architect Victoria Livschitz has been saying. Not everyone agrees.
Feb. 18, 2004 12:00 AM EST Reads: 49,226 Replies: 11
'I think some people have been confused by my letter,' says Nathan Hand, whose truce proposal with The SCO Group has produced a flurry of discussion here at LinuxWorld. 'I'd like to remind everybody that The SCO Group is not in litigation with the Linux community,' he continues. 'The S...
Feb. 17, 2004 12:00 AM EST Reads: 33,333 Replies: 14
OSDL's Stu Cohen and Groklaw's Patricia Jones on SCO and 'ESR' on Sun and open-sourcing Java, in our usual round-up of recent utterances about all things Linux and open source. Plus Darl McBride's most outrageous barb yet - aimed at Slashdot.
Feb. 15, 2004 12:00 AM EST Reads: 8,161 Replies: 2
With the recent call to 'Let Java go' in mind, here's what James Gosling, now CTO of Sun's Developer Platforms Group and famous as one of the co-inventors of Java, had to say about open-sourcing Java back at last year's JavaOne in San Francisco.
Feb. 15, 2004 12:00 AM EST Reads: 64,829 Replies: 7
3 weeks ago LinuxWorld carried a story on how Microsoft had filed for certain XML patents. Now comes news from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office that a patent on 'XML script automation' was granted on February 3, and questions are being asked about what it all might potentially mean...
Feb. 13, 2004 12:00 AM EST Reads: 41,803 Replies: 17
Never mind la donna e mobile, how about la donna e open-source? The clincher in the decision by a small German municipality to adopt Linux instead of Microsoft has been revealed: the chairwoman of the city's workers' council was put on stage in front of all the municipal workers, and d...
Feb. 13, 2004 12:00 AM EST Reads: 27,809 Replies: 2
Sweden, birthplace of the Nobel prize, might soon turn out to be the birthplace of something else that goes down in history - namely a version of MS Office that runs on Linux. According to a report just out in Computer Sweden, 'Microsoft [has] said it's not involved and suggests that I...
Feb. 13, 2004 12:00 AM EST Reads: 25,395 Replies: 5
The SCO Group wants to amend its 11-month-old suit against IBM and substitute charges of copyright infringement for trade secret violations and up its demand for damages from $3 billion to a minimum of $5 billion, a nice round number.
Feb. 13, 2004 12:00 AM EST Reads: 31,905 Replies: 9
Novell is trying to get the SCO Group's slander suit against it dismissed claiming that SCO has no grounds. Novell told the court that 'Without conclusively establishing that it owns the Unix and UnixWare copyrights, SCO cannot show that Novell's statements to the contrary are false,...
Feb. 13, 2004 12:00 AM EST Reads: 32,659
IDC is reportedly pulling together figures that say that Linux managed to claim 3.2% of the desktop market last year passing Apple. IDC expects Linux to represent 6% of the desktop market by 2007, leaving Microsoft with 94%.
Feb. 13, 2004 12:00 AM EST Reads: 7,630 Replies: 1
Microsoft needs to consider a partial open source model for code development if it hopes to survive the coming open source onslaught, says Paul Nowak. That's why, he argues, the reported source code leak of portions of the Windows NT and Windows 2000 operating systems today 'has the po...
Feb. 13, 2004 12:00 AM EST Reads: 23,079 Replies: 8
'This leak is as much a disaster [for] open source as it is to Microsoft and its users,' argues Chris Spencer. 'All projects that deal with Microsoft interoperability, such as WINE, Samba, and the Linux kernel, are going to need to be vigilant about someone slipping some tainted Micros...
Feb. 13, 2004 12:00 AM EST Reads: 17,872 Replies: 9
Industry veteran Samuel Cashwell was motivated by Lindows.com CEO Michael Robertson's apparent triumph against Microsoft this week to grant Robertson a place in the Technology Hall of Fame. Read his comment in full here.
Feb. 12, 2004 12:00 AM EST Reads: 22,938
Microsoft's trademark infringement case against Lindows.com, scheduled to go to trial March 1, has been delayed indefinitely pending an appeals court ruling.
Feb. 11, 2004 12:00 AM EST Reads: 36,876 Replies: 5
Industry commentator Guy Kewney is reporting that Psion's executives are considering what to do with all the money Psion got from selling its 31.1% stake in Symbian to Nokia - which now effectively controls Symbian. 'The answer is probably Linux portables - but we'll find out later thi...
Feb. 11, 2004 12:00 AM EST Reads: 8,835 Replies: 2
This one spreads directly between already infected computers, not by e-mail. So it isn't spreading as rapidly as the initial MyDoom worms.
Feb. 10, 2004 12:00 AM EST Reads: 38,199
All that's being said and written about Linux at the moment, in our regular round-up. Today, nuggets from the mouths of: Stu Cohen, CEO of OSDL; Rhonda Hocker, CIO of BEA; and others.
Feb. 9, 2004 12:00 AM EST Reads: 5,975
The CEO of The Middleware Company - not surprisingly, in the circumstances - begs to disagree with Sun's Jonathan Schwartz. 'Saying that middleware is history is like saying our nation's highways, railways, and waterways are history,' he retorts. 'On the contrary,' Deshpande adds: 'Mid...
Feb. 9, 2004 12:00 AM EST Reads: 52,329 Replies: 14
Dell's CEO, Michael Dell, is increasingly involved with Linux as his company's server sales grow and grow. So much so that Linux engineers at Dell have even now started their own Linux site and weblog about Linux at Dell (http://linux.dell.com/).
Feb. 9, 2004 12:00 AM EST Reads: 9,647 Replies: 3
Writing in Linux.SYS-CON.com's Feedback section, David Mohring take issue with Daniel Wallace's questioning of the GPL. As far as he is concerned the same issues were asked and answered fifteen years ago. He cites what he terms a 'definitive reply' by Michael C. Berch, Member of the Ca...
Feb. 9, 2004 12:00 AM EST Reads: 36,208 Replies: 28
Thanks to the fine folks at Groklaw, anyone who wants to examine the very latest filings in the case of The SCO Group, Inc (Plaintiff) vs International Business Machines Corporation (Defendant) can now view SCO's 'Second Amended Complaint' as a PDF file.
Feb. 9, 2004 12:00 AM EST Reads: 33,050 Replies: 2
Eben Moglen on the GPL and Bruce Perens on Free Software.
Feb. 8, 2004 12:00 AM EST Reads: 32,213 Replies: 2
It will one day in the not-too-distant future require 2 years' computer time just to work out if you have any substantially similar code that infringes on the exponentially growing pool of GPL'd code, speculates retired physicist Daniel Wallace.
Feb. 7, 2004 12:00 AM EST Reads: 30,785 Replies: 17
A round-up of what's being said about Linux - including Groklaw's 'PJ' (Pamela Jones), OSDL's Lynn de la Torre, and others prominent in the world of Linux and open source. Today's selection also includes the left-of-field observation by Fred Locklear that 'MyDoom reignites the rift bet...
Feb. 6, 2004 12:00 AM EST Reads: 8,959