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Posted by inet on 2006-04-08       Article Source : eWeek

Linux users and movers and shakers at LinuxWorld here were more bemused than anything else by Apple's surprise announcement that it will be supporting Microsoft's Windows XP on its Intel-based Macs, in addition to the Apple Mac OS X.
Linux, which can run on Intel's EFI (extensible firmware interface), was a relatively easy port to the Intel-powered Mac. In only a matter of weeks, Linux was running on the new Macs.

Microsoft, on the other hand, pulled back

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Posted by iTech on 2006-04-07       Article Source : NewsFactor

Attendees at the LinuxWorld conference held this week in Boston could be forgiven if they thought they had taken a wrong turn and stumbled into VirtualizationWorld instead. Several vendors, including XenSource, Virtual Iron, VMware, and Microsoft, announced major changes in their plans for virtualization.
Virtualization is an emerging technology that allows a server to run several operating systems simultaneously. By using the technology, I.T. administrators can replace larger, mostly unused servers with smaller, efficient machines that run multiple operating systems.

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Posted by iTech on 2006-04-06       Article Source : eWeek

BOSTON—Messaging company Sendmail is looking at open-sourcing more of its technologies, including its commercial administration tool, Sendmail Switch MTA, and its Sendmail Mailstream Manager.
"We are looking at open-sourcing those products that we believe will bring innovation to the open-source community and create a level of excitement going forward, but also that can create some value-add that we can leverage," Sendmail President and CEO Richard Kreysar told eWEEK.

The process of identifying products suitable for open sourcing is at

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Posted by iTech on 2006-04-05       Article Source : eWeek

BOSTON—Free and open-source developers looking for free financial and administrative help received good news at the LinuxWorld Conference here on April 3 with the establishment of the Software Freedom Conservancy.
The Software Freedom Law Center, a provider of pro-bono legal services to protect and advance free and open-source software, has set up the Conservancy to provide free financial and administrative services to those projects.

The Conservancy will also provide individual developers protection from personal liability for their projects and

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Posted by iNext on 2006-04-04       Article Source : eWeek

BOSTON—Novell opened the LinuxWorld Conference here with the introduction April 3 of the beta program for Mono 1.2, its open-source implementation of the Microsoft .Net Framework designed to help corporate IT and ISV developers migrate existing .NET applications to Linux and build new Linux and cross-platform applications.
Novell also announced it is developing a new Linux build service framework and disclosed details about the availability of SUSE Linux 10.1, the newest version of its community Linux distribution.

The OpenSUSE

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Posted by iMark on 2006-04-02       Article Source : InfoWorld

Burlingame, Calif. -- BEA Systems is working to modularize services from its WebLogic Server application server, enabling them to run independently with open source frameworks, a company official said on Thursday.
Known as "backplane," the modularization technology would make available separate from the application server functions such as Web services, JMS (Java Message Service) support and JDBC pooling, said Gary McBride, BEA senior product marketing manager. Speaking at the BEA Dev2DevDays2006 technical event, McBride noted the technology is in the

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Posted by iNext on 2006-03-31       Article Source : Reuters

Red Hat Inc, a leading distributor of open-source Linux software, said on Tuesday quarterly profit more than doubled on the back of strong subscription sales from corporate customers.
Red Hat's net profit rose to $28.7 million, or 13 cents per diluted share, in the fourth quarter, ended February 28, versus $13.4 million, or 6 cents per share, a year earlier. Fourth-quarter sales totaled $78.7 million versus $57.5 million last year.

Analysts, on average, forecast fourth-quarter earnings per share of

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Posted by iTech on 2006-03-27       Article Source : InfoWorld

XFire, an open source SOAP stack used in SOA, is being fitted with enhancements for security, binary attachments, and XML object binding, the developer of the stack said at TheServerSide Java Symposium conference on Friday.
The technology is viewed as an alternative to Apache Axis. A new release of Axis came out this week.

Specifically, Version 1.1 of XFire, due in approximately three to four weeks, will support the WS-Security specification; MTOM (Message Transmission Optimization Mechanism) for handling large,

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Posted by iTech on 2006-03-26       Article Source : InfoWorld

At Novell’s annual gathering of the faithful in Salt Lake City, the company had plenty of news to share, including a new mobile server for GroupWise based on Nokia Intellisync, upgrades to Novell’s SSO (single sign-on) and storage management software, road map information for OES (Open Enterprise Server), and a partnership with Dell, which soon offer an edition of Zenworks Linux Management to server hardware customers running Red Hat or Suse.
But the spotlight at BrainShare Global 2006 belonged to

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Posted by iNext on 2006-03-25       Article Source : InfoWorld

The specter of open source forces large software vendors to stay on their toes and nurtures innovation, an Oracle official said during a presentation at TheServerSide Java Symposium on Thursday afternoon.
Noting competitive pressures from open source, Oracle's Ted Farrell, chief architect and vice president of tools and middleware, said if Oracle is to compete with a free, open source solution, then "we have to do it better."

Open source empowers developers, he said.

"As developers, we like

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Posted by inet on 2006-03-24       Article Source : eWeek

SALT LAKE CITY—Novell is talking to a number of OEMs about getting its upcoming SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 10 preinstalled on the hardware systems they ship.
But while Ron Hovsepian, Novell's president and chief operating officer, said the company had nothing to announce in this regard at its annual BrainShare conference here, Novell is talking to a number of key vendors like Dell in this regard.

"I know there is an opportunity here and we are working on the

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Posted by iMark on 2006-03-23       Article Source : TechWeb News

Open Country Inc. on Tuesday expects to officially launch OCM 3.0 Universal Linux System Management Suite. By year's end, the company also will release versions to support Solaris and Windows environments, a company executive told TechWeb.
OCM 3.0 supports global IT support vendors and IT departments that manage appliances, blade servers, edge device and desktop machines. The platform, written in J2EE sitting on a JBoss application server, automates time consuming repeated tasks, such as provisioning, and deploying updates and backups.Read More...  

Posted by iTech on 2006-03-22       Article Source : InfoWorld
Sun Microsystems has announced a preview version of the NetBeans C/C++ Development Pack, which allows developers to edit, compile, and build C and C++ applications on multiple platforms, including Solaris, Linux, and Windows.
The plug-in is supported in NetBeans 5.0 and preview versions of NetBeans 5.5, and includes such features as editor syntax highlighting, easier code browsing via hyperlinks between invocation and declaration, a makefile wizard, and templates for building C/C++ libraries and applications. The NetBeans C/C++ Development Pack preview version
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Posted by inet on 2006-03-22       Article Source : InfoWorld

Red Hat formally announced at a press event in San Francisco last week its Integrated Virtualization strategy, aimed at simplifying CPU virtualization deployment for RHEL (Red Hat Enterprise Linux) customers. The initiative includes integration of virtualization software, known as a “hypervisor,” into Red Hat’s Linux kernel, as well as the formation of a Virtualization Resource Center to support customer efforts.
“Customers want to treat virtualization as an architectural element and treat it as a commodity,” said Red Hat CTO Brian

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Posted by iMark on 2006-03-17       Article Source : cio-today.com

Linux specialist Red Hat on Tuesday provided details of plans to integrate virtualization capabilities in its operating-system software, particularly the Red Hat Enterprise Linux platform, in an effort to help customers get more performance out of their servers.
Set for debut later this year, the next major release of Red Hat Enterprise Linux, version 5, will feature server virtualization capabilities that are based on the open-source Xen virtualization engine.

Virtualization is attractive to corporate customers in that it

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