Having failed to persuade the end-user establishment of the necessity of paying its so-called Linux tax, the SCO Group has upped the ante and last Thursday quietly started sending letters to maybe 3,000 end users, including 41 of the Fortune 100, that have source code licenses to SVR5...
Dec. 23, 2003 12:00 AM EST Reads: 44,205 Replies: 15
'We are taking action today to formally communicate to UNIX source code licensees and certain commercial Linux end users that they must utilize SCO's intellectual property within the bounds of their existing legal agreements and the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.' So says SCO's Chri...
Dec. 22, 2003 12:00 AM EST Reads: 40,791 Replies: 7
On December 19, in a letter reproduced here, SCO named the files that it contends breach its IP. The next move is expected to come this week from the Linux kernel developers.
Dec. 22, 2003 12:00 AM EST Reads: 42,568 Replies: 15
UserLinux - intended to be a system for business people - will be GNOME-based and will not include Qt or KDE components by default, says project leader Bruce Perens. 'Most of the software consolidation in UserLinux is going on by consensus,' he explains. However, he saw that no consens...
Dec. 21, 2003 12:00 AM EST Reads: 65,474 Replies: 39
The KDE Group - a group of KDE and/or Debian developers with a dedication to and interest in both projects - have written this detailed proposal opposing the decision to go with GNOME as the sole UserLinux GUI. 'We are committed towards seeing the fruitful collaboration of KDE and User...
Dec. 21, 2003 12:00 AM EST Reads: 59,860 Replies: 55
Open Source software has grown in popularity in the West, but much remains to be known, analyzed, and measured about the importance of Open Source for developing countries. As part of an effort to identify and share evidence of how information technology can contribute to developing co...
Dec. 20, 2003 12:00 AM EST Reads: 6,815
In a letter to the LinuxWorld editors, James C. Chavez offers kudos to Novell for their recent ATT Live event.
Dec. 20, 2003 12:00 AM EST Reads: 5,324
LinuxWorld Magazine's Dee-Ann LeBlanc is up in arms, after being the repeated recipient of what she considers an unsolicited commercial e-mail...sent to her and her fellow LinuxWorld editors repeatedly 'by member of the White House's Office of Management and Budget.'
Dec. 18, 2003 12:00 AM EST Reads: 23,501 Replies: 1
Thursday 03.22 AM EST: In the early hours of this morning, EST, the 2.6 kernel - almost two full years in the making, with improvements to scheduling, disk management and file systems, better networking and IPSec support, as well as countless bug fixes and minor improvements - has just...
Dec. 18, 2003 12:00 AM EST Reads: 22,002
The Israeli Government, according to reports, has changed course: just two weeks after its Ministry of Defense bought $28 million of 'desktop and enterprise software' from Microsoft, its Department of Commerce is initiating a strategic decision to reduce dependency on Microsoft.
Dec. 18, 2003 12:00 AM EST Reads: 26,595 Replies: 1
The weather report for Sun - in the high performance and technical computing market anyway - is that it is enjoying a bright spell, and deployments of clustered Sun Fire V60x servers for the Linux platform have doubled.
Dec. 17, 2003 12:00 AM EST Reads: 7,821
What do you get if you mix a powerful 400MHz XScale PXA255 processor with a Linux OS and the CDMA2000 1x network of China's second largest wireless provider? Answer: a Linux-powered smartphone that may over time sell in the tens of millions.
Dec. 17, 2003 12:00 AM EST Reads: 12,194
Our midweek round-up of happenings in the Linux space, starting today with: how Microsoft has been studying Linux 'extensively.'
Dec. 17, 2003 12:00 AM EST Reads: 6,086
The newly announced backing from EMC will help VMWare achieve its goal of helping organizations to 'virtualize' their information and server structure, reports LinuxWorld Magazine's Mark R. Hinkle - our Desktop Linux Technologies editor.
Dec. 16, 2003 12:00 AM EST Reads: 11,970
Linux news-in-brief from around the world: today, it comes from a California conference, newspapers in India & Pakistan, and the two new open letters released in the 'Darl vs the open-source world' saga last week.
Dec. 15, 2003 12:00 AM EST Reads: 6,813
Is the branding of commercial Linux distros going to lead away from actually using the term 'Linux' - this is the question asked recently by Brian Proffitt.
Dec. 15, 2003 12:00 AM EST Reads: 28,404 Replies: 3
In reponse to a query on the Groklaw site, someone has posted a very instructive crash course in the history of the Free Software/Open Source world. It's worth reading, and all its original links are here reproduced in full.
Dec. 15, 2003 12:00 AM EST Reads: 42,784 Replies: 3
Darl's McBride's various open letters have received press attention outside Linux sites, says LinuxWorld reader James Smith, but what about the two most recent letters that have now been published in rebuttal, will they ever receive wider press attention? UPDATE: One of the authors of...
Dec. 14, 2003 12:00 AM EST Reads: 45,452 Replies: 2
Might a new corporate strategy at Microsoft be to sow seeds of uncertainty about the legal ramifications of using open source solutions in an enterprise context?
Dec. 13, 2003 12:00 AM EST Reads: 36,300 Replies: 3
A brief end-of-the-Week round up harvested from what's being said and written about Linux in newspapers, magazines, journals, newsletters, Web sites, and online communities. Today: US & UK surveys on Linux in business, and news about Red Hat.
Dec. 12, 2003 12:00 AM EST Reads: 8,349
Nat Friedman will be in action at a conference later this month as part of Novell's campaign to show that it means business about 'moving more aggressively into the Linux space,' as a company spokeman puts it.
Dec. 12, 2003 12:00 AM EST Reads: 25,903
Introducing a new weekly feature in which LinuxWorld tries to bring you a sense of the breadth and depth of the world's use of Linux. This week: Linux meets linguistics.
Dec. 12, 2003 12:00 AM EST Reads: 7,054
Linux heads off into deep space.
Dec. 12, 2003 12:00 AM EST Reads: 10,900 Replies: 3
SCO's last Open Letter defending, in one breath, the SCO suit, the Digital Millenium Copyright Act, and the Supreme Court Decision in the Eldred vs. Ashcroft case draws a response from Red Hat cofounder Bob Young, and Linux doyen and head of Linux International 'maddog' Hall wasn't any...
Dec. 12, 2003 12:00 AM EST Reads: 52,770 Replies: 6
The Open Source Development Lab isn't Microsoft...yet. But is it becoming a Microsoft wannabe? The buzz from the bees is that OSDL has now set its sights on conjuring up a Linux Desktop. THE Linux Desktop.
Dec. 12, 2003 12:00 AM EST Reads: 13,544 Replies: 2
Was it or wasn't it a DDoS attack yesterday, as SCO alleged in its press release? In Australia, an expert says not. The Linux community is incensed, smelling a possible attempt to blacken its name. The counter-possibility that SCO Group simply has an incompetent sysadmin is being raise...
Dec. 11, 2003 12:00 AM EST Reads: 37,248 Replies: 6
In one of those wonderful about-turns that only the technology world can trigger, a famous northwestern software company has abandoned Linux.
Dec. 11, 2003 12:00 AM EST Reads: 23,605 Replies: 4
In a court case yesterday, a Swedish magistrate sided with Microsoft Sweden and slapped a restraining order halting LindowsOS sales in Sweden.
Dec. 11, 2003 12:00 AM EST Reads: 37,854 Replies: 26
Linux continues to find its way into the newspapers and magazines and Web sites of the world. Here's our midweek round-up of the highlights, including one no-punches-pulled comment that Microsoft's aim is to convince the world 'that Linux is a nasty but necessary virus.'
Dec. 10, 2003 12:00 AM EST Reads: 7,404
Reuters reported yesterday that Linux is even going to be helping us all now with the weather.
Dec. 10, 2003 12:00 AM EST Reads: 10,348 Replies: 5
The OSSI has made progress with getting the core cryptographic module of OpenSSL certified by the National Institute of Standards and Technology.
Dec. 10, 2003 12:00 AM EST Reads: 9,896
LinuxWorld Magazine joins with responsible leaders of the Open Source community in calling for a halt to any DDoS attacks on the SCO Group Web site.
Dec. 10, 2003 12:00 AM EST Reads: 36,485 Replies: 5
Just a week after grumbling about what his audience supposed to be Microsoft's price inflexibility, the IT director of the UK's National Health Service says that Sun's Linux-based Java Desktop System will be put on trial throughout the service - with 800,000 licenses to play for, this ...
Dec. 9, 2003 12:00 AM EST Reads: 40,143 Replies: 5
Here are the top twelve Linux.SYS-CON.com stories recently, in case you wanted to revisit any of them and check out the many feedback postings that they generated.
Dec. 9, 2003 12:00 AM EST Reads: 7,162
Linus Torvalds is back in action this week, and has just published a rebuttal to SCO Group supremo Darl McBride's 'Open Letter on Copyrights' of last week.
Dec. 9, 2003 12:00 AM EST Reads: 42,703 Replies: 1
Rank them yourself and let us know how your choices would differ...or add your own.
Dec. 8, 2003 12:00 AM EST Reads: 34,652 Replies: 2
Linus Torvalds, in an e-mail exchange with with Red Hat's Arjan van de Ven, Larry McVoy of bitmover.com, Erik B. Anderson and others, discussed in detail last week the relationship - in his view - between 'binary only' kernel modules and the GPL.
Dec. 8, 2003 12:00 AM EST Reads: 28,259 Replies: 2
More Linux tidbits to start your week with, culled from the world's media - newspapers, magazines, Websites, and online communities.
Dec. 8, 2003 12:00 AM EST Reads: 5,684
SCO now has just 30 days to respond to IBM's demands for details about the Linux code the Utah-based company has been claiming encroaches on its intellectual property. The decision, weclomed by IBM, came on Friday from a magistrate of the U.S. District Court in Utah.
Dec. 8, 2003 12:00 AM EST Reads: 31,152 Replies: 3
No competition this week: Linus wins hands-down, by popular acclaim, with his witty response to Darl McBride's latest 'Open Letter on Copyrights.' Enjoy!
Dec. 6, 2003 12:00 AM EST Reads: 37,026 Replies: 3