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Big Changes Afoot in the Linux Market

Having covered Linux in the enterprise and business arenas for more than 10 years, I've seen some dramatic changes in the way the open source operating system is developed and used. However, never has there been as much change in the Linux landscape and market as right now, given the impact of cloud...

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Cloud Computing, Like Open Source, Is Not Just Puff

Given the amount of hype currently swirling about cloud computing, it brings to mind a legitimate question -- is this just hype? Is there really something to this cloud computing, or is it just another bubble that is sure to burst? The answer, quite simply, is no, there is not a cloud computing bubb...

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What Impact Will GPLv3 Have on Open Source Licenses?

Much of the focus and fight over the next draft of the GNU general public license Version 3 has centered on digital rights management and patent provisions. However, GPLv3, which is slated for final release next year, also tries to address another challenge for the free and open source software comm...

Open Source Developer Dumps Novell Over Microsoft Deal

Jeremy Allison, a prominent open source software developer and Samba project cofounder, announced last week that he would be leaving Suse Linux vendor Novell over the company's patent pact with Microsoft. The November interoperability and patent agreement between Novell and Microsoft has upset a num...

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Linux Hackers Bash GPLv3

Linux creator Linus Torvalds' objections to GPLv3, the Free Software Foundation's draft of the next version of the popular GNU General Public License, have been reinforced by the rest of the open source operating system's top developers. They share Torvalds' concerns over digital rights management, ...

Financial Firms Tap Microsoft for Linux

Financial heavyweights are among the first IT customers to take up Microsoft's offer for Linux -- delivered to its Windows customers through Redmond's recent deal with Novell, which signed up its Suse Linux for the interoperability and patent partnership last month. AIG Technologies, Credit Suisse a...

Mozilla Beefs Up Security in Firefox 2.0

Mozilla released the first security reinforcements for Firefox 2.0, the latest version of its popular Web browser, providing users of the open source software with fixes for five critical and three minor security holes. Security has emerged as one of the most important aspects of browser software fr...

Opera Takes On Phishers With Latest Browser Release

With version 9.1, the latest iteration of its free Web browser, Opera joins competitors Microsoft and Mozilla by prominently featuring anti-phishing and anti-fraud measures. In order to bring the new security functionality to its browser, Norway-based Opera partnered with digital certificate provide...

Hynix Unveils World’s Fastest DRAM Chip

Semiconductor maker Hynix announced Monday that it has developed a smaller computer memory chip using a 60-nanometer process that -- at 800 MHz -- is the world's fastest. The improved DRAM reportedly delivers 1 GB capacity along with the blazing speed, which tops the performance of existing 667 Mhz ...

Big Blue Bolsters Open Source Collaboration With Universities

IBM last week unveiled a new Open Collaborative Research program, through which technology and results from IBM Research will be made available to the faculty and students of several top universities: Carnegie Mellon, Columbia, Georgia Institute of Technology, Purdue, Rutgers, UC Berkeley and UC Dav...

Is XenSource Virtualization Ready to Go Wide?

XenSource wants its open source Xen virtualization technology to win over large enterprise customers, and now the company is eyeing smaller, wider markets with new virtualization products aimed at Windows and more mainstream IT users. On the heels of last month's release of XenEnterprise, XenSource ...

Google Opens Ajax Web Toolkit

Heavy open source software user and Internet search giant Google this week unveiled a fully open source version of its Google Web Toolkit, GWT 1.3 Release Candidate, available for free under the Apache 2.0 open source license. The toolkit, built around Google's code for Asynchronous Javascript and ...

Survey: Enterprise IT Strongly Approves Microsoft-Novell Pact

Microsoft and Novell this week touted results of a recent survey -- sponsored by both companies -- indicating that nearly all IT customers at large organizations overwhelmingly approved of their Windows-Linux interoperability and patent protection deal. Of 201 survey respondents whose organizations ...

Wikia Offers Free Community Web Hosting

Web site operators and bloggers will get free Web hosting, including all advertising revenue from their sites, with a new service called "OpenServing" from the Wikipedia for-profit company Wikia. OpenServing will "extend the essence of the open source model," delivering not only free software and co...

Project Aims to Bolster Java Open Source Security, Quality

Fortify Software and the FindBugs Java error detection project this week unveiled a collaborative effort aimed at zapping the bugs of open source software code written in Java. The Java Open Review Project is designed to help open source software projects identify and fix security and other softwar...

Ecma Approves MS Office Format, IBM Dissents

Microsoft's Open XML office software format, pushed by the tech giant to compete with the Open Document Format, cleared a standards hurdle this week, winning approval from the Ecma international standards body. The vote was not unanimous, however, as ODF supporter and Ecma member IBM gave Microsoft'...

Intel Rolls Out New WiMax Chipset

Intel showed off its latest WiMax Connection 2300 chipset in Hong Kong this week, aimed at extending both the range and capacity of 802.11 or WiFi wireless networks. Though other cellular wireless technologies are used more for applications such as mobile video, Intel touts WiMax capability for cont...

Novell Earnings Show Linux Growth as NetWare Declines

With reported fiscal fourth quarter 2006 revenue of US$245 million, Novell missed Wall Street estimates and expectations this week, causing the software and services company stock price to slip more than 9 percent. Novell, which went through major leadership changes this year, also indicated that it...

Laptop Project Builds Support, Software Options

The One Laptop Per Child Project, an effort spearheaded by MIT Professor Nicholas Negroponte aimed at delivering functional, educational laptop computers to children in developing nations, is looking to wealthier nations to buy its computers for those in need. The project, which looks to rely on ine...

Novell Adds OpenXML Support to OpenOffice

Novell is working with Microsoft and other developers to create bidirectional open source translators for word processing, spreadsheets and presentations between OpenOffice and Microsoft Office. The companies said the first translator, for word processing, will be available by the end of Jan. 2007. ...

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