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HP on Microsoft's likely reaction to its Linux initiative, Reuters on Siemens and SUSE LINUX, Jack Messman on enterprise and desktop Linux in 2004, and Maureen O'Sullivan on 'Lex lignux' - three snippets from what looks like it will be another busy Linux news day.
All good things must come to an end, they say...including the PlayStation 2 Linux kit, which can now be purchased for a mere $99 - half of its former price - but stocks of which 'will not be replenished in the future' by Sony. The playstation2-linux.com site notes defiantly: 'Please b...
Taiwan’s second-tier notebook manufacturers, including Asustek Computer and Elitegroup Computer Systems (ECS), have started marketing low-cost Linux-based notebooks in the US market, according to sources at the Taiwanese makers. The first-tier Taiwanese manufacturers are hesitant to do...
Novell is encouraging anyone who wishes to test SUSE LINUX 9.1 without installing it to download it from their ftp site.
Does 'Groovy' - as its proponents claim - represent the beginning of a new era in the Java platform? One in which the Java community embraces language diversification and harnesses the full potential of the Java platform? Is it time for a new language designed for Java developers, with...
Gartner has been holding forth again - on 'offshoring' (and a new variant, 'nearshore outsourcing'). The bad news is that a quarter of the West's IT jobs headed East in the next 5 to 6 years; the good news that Gartner also says 2004 will see the first major offshoring failure - that w...
A busy day ahead looms for those who keep track of the unfolding saga of SCO's lawsuits. IBM must file in the one between SCO and themselves; and Novell needs to file today too in the parallel case being heard by the same judge.
Hewlett-Packard, which already sells the Mandrake desktop, is diversifying its desktop Linux interests. It's going to resell the Turbolinux distribution on its Compaq business desktop PCs in 12 Asian countries.
Year-old SCO-inspired Open Source Risk Management (OSRM) has formally unveiled that open source insurance policy it's been promising. It's proposing to scan people's code - everybody's open source code is presumably different because you can muck with it - and indemnify companies again...
Takeover talks - with Microsoft taking its AOL division along with all its debt in exchange for a handsome chunk of change - are being reported today as having been under way for some time between the Redmond giant and Time Warner.
How did we get to the point where Linux users would need to buy insurance to protect themselves while doing something as simple and natural as sharing free software? Because we just got onto the plaintiff lawyers' radar screen: big money is now involved. The Linux community needs a co...
Settlement talks between Microsoft and the European Commission have hit the wall despite the last-minute intervention of Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer who flew to Brussels this week to meet face-to-face with EC regulator-in-chief Mario Monti.
Preaching its gospel of how the effective deployment of IT systems can increase the flexibility and reduce costs in enterprises, Novell presents its One Net solutions at the CeBIT 2004 trade show from today - CeBIT lasts a whole week. The main emphasis is on network services and Linux,...
'I did a research degree entitled 'The Linux Operating System: A Socio-Legal Study' at the University of Warwick, UK, from 1999 to 2001,' writes Maureen O'Sullivan. 'The conclusion of this work was that users and developers of free software needed and deserved legislative protection an...
'Why is it so hard to find artists for open source games?' asks DeeAnn LeBlanc. Perhaps open source projects that require artists, she ponders, need to consider a solid way of evaluating whether the artist is a good fit, realizing that artists need to be evaluated in different ways tha...
Monday's plea here on LinuxWorld for a 'games-based distro' of Linux provoked a substantial debate in response, including being picked up on Slashdot. Here LinuxWorld Magazine's Dee-Ann LeBlanc, our Gaming Industry Editor, says that - rather than pushing for Linux-only games - her beli...
For veteran industry commentator John Dvorak, both Dee-Ann LeBlanc and Ian Bonham are on to something: computer games is where the competitive advantage lies all right. Here's what he has to say about Windows vs MacOS vs Linux when it comes to gaming...
Whether you like to think of it as Really Simple Syndication or RDF Site Summary or Rich Site Summary, this lightweight multipurpose extensible metadata description and syndication format is here to stay. And its uses are becoming more and more diverse. Not wishing anyone to be left be...
The biggest technical challenge facing the non-profit corporation with authority over systems that connect computers to Web sites, ICANN, isn't security....it's localization - i.e., what to do as non-English languages become incorporated into the infrastructure of the Internet.
Linux contentions and insights from the chief executive of Sleepycat Software, an MIT professor who has authored of a new book on the future of work, and Jyrki Tulokas, business manager at Finnish antivirus vendor F-Secure.
Everyone knows the classic milestones - 6 billion documents searched in nanoseconds, plus the inevitable admission of 'to google' into the dictionary, for example - but Google has just passed another one: it's made it from the 'Technology' section of the New York Times to the 'Fashion ...
Remember the Allaire brothers? As In Jeremy and 'J.J' - co-founders of Allaire Corporation, which merged into to Macromedia, Inc. back in 2001? Despite Jeremy's continued prominence, first with Allaire and more recently with the Boston VC firm Catalyst Partners, his brother was nowhere...
Papers just filed against Lindows Inc. in the Netherlands by Microsoft Corporation ask the court to fine Lindows 100,000 euros per day for permitting its Web site to be reachable by visitors from the Benelux countries (Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg). Dirty pool, says Lindows CEO,...
Anyone who read last week's 'SCO's Tapestry of Lies' piece by Bruce Perens will want to know that one of the main characters in the story, the strategic consultant Mike Anderer, has just gone on the record. What he says about the future is startling, and discouraging. 'You would need a...
IBM's Linux veteran Irving Wladawsky-Berger and Novell's VP of Ximian Services Miguel de Icaza, each with forthright views: on SCO, on XAML, and on the 'death' of C. And Michael Robertson, CEO of Lindows Inc. on what he calls 'Microsoft's orchestrated attempt to slow the adoption of Li...
As Microsoft looks nervously on, Miguel de Icaza and his team of core developers continue to make great strides with their implementation of the CLI, 'Mono' - a free implementation of the .NET Development Framework. While Redmond sees the benefit to them in more implementations of the...
'Java is open-ish,' Rick Jelliffe believes, 'but there is also a dynamic at play which keeps some parts of Java in the doldrums' - and he doesn't think that either Sun or IBM can reignite those parts. For that, he argues, you need 'small, reactive Open Source efforts.'
In what is sure to be characterized as a cynical delaying tactic by its many critics, the SCO Group wants the slander suit it filed against Novell in the Third District Court in Salt Lake City in mid-January moved to state court.
Thanks to Motorola, it looks like Duke and Tux will soon be playmates on its next-generation cellphones...sorry, make that 'wireless entertainment portals.'
BusinessWeek Online is reporting that while Microsoft did not put up the actual money, it did play matchmaker for SCO Group and BayStar Capital, the San Francisco hedge fund which made a $50 million investment in SCO last October.
The ongoing thumb-wrestling match for world domination between Sun and IBM, says Sean Gallagher, spilled over from being a quiet debate to having the lid blown clean off it recently by a series of very public moves by Sun and IBM. The results are less about who's right than they are ab...
Linux is a leading contender to become the standard operating system in advanced set-top boxes, such as Digital Video Recorders (DVRs) and IPTV. But if a competitive licensing scheme were available, more set-top box manufacturers might consider Microsoft's CE.NET platform, says a repor...
Bruce Perens is on his usual straight-talking form: 'When a company makes unfounded assertions for a month or two,' he writes, 'it can be dismissed as a mistake or wishful thinking. When the distortions go on for a full year, it becomes difficult to explain their behavior as anything b...
With misinformation and disinformation now having become so prevalent, LinuxWorld here reminds readers of some of the items of the past few days, which should help sort fact from fiction. Just click on the headline to go to the story concerned.
The US Patent and Trademark Office on Friday made a preliminary finding that the 1994 Eolas-University of California at Berkeley plug-ins/applets patent was invalid by virtue of prior art. The earlier jury verdict against Microsoft last August provoked the computer industry to unusual ...
Posting semi-anonymously over at Slashdot yesterday, Eric S. Raymond has been having a dig at RMS (Richard Stallman) again. '[As] an evangelist to the mainstream, he's been one fifteen-year long continuous disaster.' When the elephants fight, they say, it's the grass that gets trampled...
Round-up of the very latest utterances, including the BBC correspondent who believes that 'A new cold war has broken out in the software world' - between Microsoft and Linux.
Writing in The Seattle Times, the author of their weekly 'E-conomy' section Paul Andrews has been looking at Xandros and Lindows. We bring a brief summary of his verdict: it's very positive. Also a review of five different Linux desktops, including again both Xandros and Lindows, from ...
The open source community is converting the skeptics, says Jason Pettit of Silicon Graphics (SGI). In a span of only 12 months, Linux has evolved from an emerging technology to an operating system on the forefront of production IT deployments.
With such a hectic week for Linux just ended, we offer here a round-up of the week's main headlines, from SCO's latest shenanigans with press releases and 'creative' interpretations, to CA's denials that such creativity bears any resemblance to the truth.


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