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: 8,322
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: 31,191 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: 30,106 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: 7,205 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: 49,608 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: 33,718 Replies: 14
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: 65,474 Replies: 7
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: 8,266 Replies: 2
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: 42,289 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: 28,114 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: 25,687 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: 32,302 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: 33,067
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: 7,707 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: 23,311 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: 18,094 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: 23,245
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: 37,306 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: 8,947 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: 38,553
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: 52,785 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: 9,743 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: 36,711 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: 33,484 Replies: 2
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: 6,080
Eben Moglen on the GPL and Bruce Perens on Free Software.
Feb. 8, 2004 12:00 AM EST Reads: 32,648 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: 31,182 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: 9,082
Decatur Jones Equity Partners LLC, an equity research house that follows Red Hat, Citrix, Wind River and the SCO Group, the later making it a rarity, has cut its projection on revenues coming in to SCO from the SCOsource licensing effort by roughly 90%.
Feb. 6, 2004 12:00 AM EST Reads: 11,941 Replies: 2
Looks like there's not going to be a mammoth, awe-inspiring IPO by Google this spring.
Feb. 6, 2004 12:00 AM EST Reads: 9,012
Hard on the heels of announcing its first Chinese member just last week, the Open Source Development Labs consortium now says it has Japan's telco giant NTT on board.
Feb. 4, 2004 12:00 AM EST Reads: 24,783
Round-up of online and print media, with what's being said about Linux this week by the likes of Dan Gillmor and Steven Vaughan-Nichols, as well as about MyDoom a and b by the security managers at Network Associates and MessageLabs. Plus a thought from Harvard, where Darl McBride on Mo...
Feb. 4, 2004 12:00 AM EST Reads: 6,988 Replies: 2
KDE.org has just announced a major new release of its open source desktop environment, version 3.2. LinuxWorld brings you the announcement in full.
Feb. 3, 2004 12:00 AM EST Reads: 34,558 Replies: 4
Writing in the UserLinux.com mailing lists, Bruce Perens has clarified once and for all: while it is not the chosen GUI of the UserLinux project, UserLinux *will* provide commercial support for KDE on the UserLinux Platform.
Feb. 2, 2004 12:00 AM EST Reads: 37,690 Replies: 5
As you watched the SuperBowl extravaganza yesterday, you may have found yourself distracted by all the on-field excitement from noticing when they screened the latest IBM ad...you know, the one that featured Muhammad Ali with the blond-haired boy from Blue's ongoing Linux campaign. For...
Feb. 2, 2004 12:00 AM EST Reads: 14,362 Replies: 7
An expert report just in confirms the sco.com outage and says that the worm W32/Mydoom@MM - also called Novarg, Shimg, and Mimail.R - is already having a deleterious effect on microsoft.com, too. As ever LinuxWorld does not in any way condone the perpetration of the virus but seeks to ...
Feb. 2, 2004 12:00 AM EST Reads: 29,568 Replies: 1
Feb 1 is here. In the absence of any hard facts as to whether or not the SCO Web site is technically equipped to resist the 12-day long distributed denial-of-service (DDOS) attack scheduled to come its way from today by last week's worm W32/Mydoom@MM - also called Novarg, Shimg, and Mi...
Feb. 1, 2004 12:00 AM EST Reads: 28,679
Asks one participant in the Groklaw.net discussion focusing on today's MyDoom vs SCO goings-on. LinuxWorld brings you the accompanying analysis in full. Its author concludes: 'I'm confused by what SCO is saying.'
Feb. 1, 2004 12:00 AM EST Reads: 25,275
US Patent and Trademark Office officials have indicated that they are interested in an innovative contracting approach and in technologies such as Linux, J2EE/Java, IBM Corp. WebSphere and Java Studio Developer.
Feb. 1, 2004 12:00 AM EST Reads: 33,557
The UK site Netcraft has just posted an update on the present status quo with SCO.com: as at 12:30 PM EST, SCO had done the public spirited thing and taken www.sco.com out of the DNS. 'This means,' says Netcraft's Mike Prettejohn, 'that there will be no more http traffic travelling acr...
Feb. 1, 2004 12:00 AM EST Reads: 26,722 Replies: 2