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Posted by iMark on 2005-10-28       Article Source : Server Pipeline

A Washington-based startup is finalizing software that aims to let server administrators have the best of both worlds by simplifying the task of controlling Linux servers within a Windows Server-based network.
 
Centeris Corp. has been beta testing its package, called Likewise, for much of 2005 and is making a final beta publicly available today before finalizing it for release in December, say company officials. The software uses two parts that work with each other to bridge the gap between Linux

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Posted by iNext on 2005-10-27       Article Source : eWEEK

Sun Microsystems Inc. has big plans for its Java Desktop System and on Tuesday announced a new program that will allow its desktop Linux variant to run on all major Linux distributions.

While Sun remains fully committed to the JDS on both the Solaris and Sun Ray environments, it seeks to address the Linux space going forward and offer customers choice in this regard.

"As such, we have decided to expand our play in that space and be able to not

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Posted by iMark on 2005-10-27       Article Source : Microsoft Watch

"Windows and Linux in one big, happy network."
 
That's the tagline for Centeris, a startup based in Bellevue, Wash., which is set to share information publicly on Wednesday morning about its first product — a tool for managing Linux systems from inside a Windows network.

The broad-scale beta program for Centeris' first product, Likewise, kicks off on Wednesday, said Centeris officials. Centeris is expecting to ship the final version of the product in early December of this year.
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Posted by iTech on 2005-10-26       Article Source : AP

BOSTON - Pushing the "open source" idea deeper into computing, several companies led by IBM Corp. are teaming up to develop programs for letting big businesses uniformly manage their increasingly vast warehouses of data.
 
The companies are forming a group known as Aperi, which will attempt to free up the bottlenecks that can occur when a business has bought tape and disk storage systems from a variety of vendors.

Generally, each storage vendor supplies its own data-management software, sometimes

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Posted by iNext on 2005-10-25   

The newest version of the open-source MySQL database went final Monday, and is now available for free download, its developer' said.
 
Swedish-based MySQL AB said that 5.0 of its namesake database boasts new stored procedures, views that will protect sensitive information from unauthorized users, and an information schema to give companies access to database metadata.

Other new features include a migration manager that helps users move data from SQL Server, Microsoft Access, Oracle, and other databases; updated, high-performance editions

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Posted by iNext on 2005-10-25       Article Source : InfoWorld

The open source scripting language PHP (PHP: Hypertext Preprocessor) may gain a higher profile in the enterprise thanks to efforts from Zend Technologies. The company later this year plans to launch the Zend PHP Framework, a development environment for PHP applications, and the company announced last week that it has joined the open source Eclipse Foundation. The initiatives are part of Zend's PHP Collaboration Project, which features assistance from companies such as IBM and Oracle.
 
Due later this year, Zend

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Posted by iNext on 2005-10-23       Article Source : TechWeb News

With its first commercial open-source solutions expected to launch within weeks, XenSource is poised to challenge VMware and commoditize the virtualization software market, observers predict.
 
XenSource, the Palo Alto, Calif.-based startup that oversees the open-source Xen project, is expected to launch in November its first management and automation solutions based on the open-source Xen 3 virtualization engine, said Simon Crosby, founder and vice president of strategy at XenSource.

XenSource plans to build a strong channel program for ISVs and

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Posted by iTech on 2005-10-23   

VMware this week released a free utility that lets users run pre-created virtual machines on Linux or Windows PCs, giving companies the ability to distribute beta software, custom applications, or special environments to workers or customers who don't use VMware's more expensive desktop or server products.
 
The VMware Player can run virtual machines built with VMware Workstation, GSX Server, or ESX Server, and also supports Microsoft's virtual machines and disk formats created with Symantec LiveState Recovery.

VMware's pitching the

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Posted by iMark on 2005-10-23       Article Source : eWEEK

OpenOffice.org's latest update includes a database that matches Microsoft's popular and competing Access database, experts say.
 
"It's definitely a big deal," said Stephen O'Grady, an analyst at the IT analysis firm RedMonk. "Now with the [OpenOffice.org Base], although I have not evaluated it to the extent that I can call it 100 percent at functional parity with Access, the interface is just as usable as Access. It's quite nice."

The first office application suite to feature native support

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Posted by iTech on 2005-10-22   

Opera Software Thursday posted a preview of its next browser, dubbed Opera 9, for Windows, Linux, and Macintosh users.
 
The Norwegian developer, which recently began giving away Opera in an attempt to grab more market share, said that the Preview 1 edition includes a new back-end for IMAP-based e-mail; stability improvements; support for several additional Web standards, including XSLT 1.0 and Web Forms 2.0; and several changes to the user interface to make it easier to switch from Internet Explorer

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Posted by inet on 2005-10-22       Article Source : eWEEK

A new Web browser with a socially conscious streak was released for public tryout Thursday night by a group of 15 young entrepreneurs housed in a garage just off the Stanford University campus in Northern California.
 
Flock, as it is called, is a Mozilla Firefox-based, freely downloadable open-source browser that aims to get users around the Web quickly and efficiently, but integrates a number of Web services right into the software.

Users can post a Weblog entry, build and

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Posted by iMark on 2005-10-22   

An open-source group Thursday launched the final version of OpenOffice.org 2.0, a free application suite that's drawn attention from governments interested in breaking away from Microsoft's office application bundles.
 
OpenOffice.org 2.0, which has been in development for more than two years and recently delayed by some last-minute bugs, can now be downloaded from the Web in versions for Windows, Linux, and Solaris. A native Mac OS X edition is still being ported.

"OpenOffice.org is on a path toward being

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Posted by iTech on 2005-10-21       Article Source : NewsFactor

The Mozilla Foundation's Firefox browser has reached 100 million downloads only five months after hitting the 50 million mark and just a few weeks prior to the one-year anniversary of its formal release.

 
While the browser has seen download rates spike over the past year, the adoption of the browser mainly has been a steady growth path, the foundation noted. At this point, between 200,000 and 300,000 downloads occur per day.

Mozilla has openly thanked its thousands of contributors

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Posted by inet on 2005-10-21       Article Source : AP

SEATTLE - The inventor of the online collaboration tools known as Wikis has left software giant Microsoft Corp. to join the Eclipse Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to open source technologies.
 
In 1995, Ward Cunningham created the first Wiki, an information-sharing Web site that lets visitors contribute, edit and delete any item they see.

The best known is Wikipedia, where volunteers contribute to a free online encyclopedia that now boasts hundreds of thousands of entries in many languages.

But

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Posted by iTech on 2005-10-20       Article Source : InfoWorld

BURLINGAME, Calif. -- PHP (PHP: Hypertext Preprocessor) has caught on in enterprise-level Web deployments and is beginning to compete with Java, according to speakers at the Zend/PHP Conference & Expo 2005 event on Wednesday. The open source scripting language for Web applications is center stage at PHP products-and-services vendor Zend Technologies' conference.
 
"We think PHP is ready for enterprise use," said Ken Jacobs, vice president of product strategy at Oracle.

"Java and PHP compete at some level and I

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