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Posted by inet on 2006-03-13       Article Source : TechWeb News

Linux desktops are switching to Red Hat Inc.'s version of the open-source operating system, but the company denied reports that it's planning to dump Microsoft Corp.'s Windows, a company spokeswoman said Wednesday.
 
The number of Linux users within the Armonk, N.Y., company is about 5 percent of IBM's 329,000 employees, spokeswoman Nancy Kaplan said. The workers include software developers and designers, people configuring software and hardware bundles for customers and others who need to use Linux as part of their

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Posted by iTech on 2006-03-10       Article Source : TechWeb News

Mozilla Corp. on Tuesday confirmed that it is taking in millions of dollars from the Firefox browser, but declined to give an exact figure.
 
In making the disclosure, Mozilla, the for-profit subsidiary of the nonprofit Mozilla Foundation, was responding to a report that the company has taken in $72 million, primarily through Google Inc.'s search box on the right-hand corner of the browser.

"The amount isn't accurate but isn't off by an order of magnitude either," Mitchell Baker, chief

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Posted by iMark on 2006-03-09       Article Source : TechWeb News

Symantec has changed how it spells out Firefox and Internet Explorer browser vulnerabilities in reaction to complaints last September from Mozilla Firefox users and developers.
 
"How we did it before wasn't a fair comparison," said Oliver Friedrichs, the senior manager of Symantec's security response group. "It wasn't an apples to apples comparison."

Previously, Symantec's Internet Security Threat Report counted only vendor-confirmed bugs in the two browsers, which led to gripes from Firefox fans that the Internet Explorer tally was

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Posted by iMark on 2006-03-05   

Open source software is stable, secure, liked by users and can save the government money.
 
This is the message from the Open Source Academy (OSA), a project set up with funding from the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister.

An OSA spokesman said: "The aim of the project is to promote the use of open source to the local government community."

Birmingham City Council is the lead authority on the project which began last year. It has embarked

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Posted by inet on 2006-03-04       Article Source : InfoWorld

IBM will announce on Friday open source software intended to improve the lot of Web developers building voice-enabled applications.

An API is being released for download as part of the Eclipse Foundation's Voice Tools Project, which is based on the VoiceXML language for building voice-recognition systems. The API will speed the adoption of VoiceXML applications for phones, handhelds, cars, and the Web, according to IBM. The API was developed by IBM with Tellme and other participating companies.

Acknowledging that users of

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Posted by iMark on 2006-03-03       Article Source : eWeek

NEW YORK—What happens when you mix Web services, service-oriented architecture and open source?

Responding to that question was the task of a panel of heavy hitters at the Web Services/SOA on Wall Street conference on Feb. 27.

Hiram Chirino, co-founder and director of architecture at LogicBlaze Inc., of Marina del Ray, Calif., said the convergence of Web services, SOA and open source is exactly what his company is all about.

In fact, LogicBlaze is in the process of building out

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Posted by iNext on 2006-03-02       Article Source : c

Ask someone familiar with computers to suggest where the Microsoft Windows operating system will be in one year and, more than likely, you will hear about Vista, the newest iteration, or about enhancements to XP, the current version. Ask someone familiar with the Linux operating system to answer that same question and it's likely you will be asked which OS you mean.
 
Linux, an open-source OS kernel developed by Linus Torvalds in 1991, currently claims 15 or more popular variations

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Posted by inet on 2006-03-02       Article Source : TechWeb News

IBM and Novell Inc. on Monday said they were contributing code to an open source initiative to build a user-centric, online identity management system.
 
The initiative, called "Project Higgins," is being managed by the Eclipse Foundation, which is building on a concept developed by Harvard Law School's Berkman Center for Internet and Society. The technology would enable individuals to manage and control their online personal information, such as bank account, telephone and credit card numbers; or medical and employment records.

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Posted by iMark on 2006-03-01   

IBM and Novell are joining forces on an open-source security project that promises to deliver identity-management technologies that will compete directly with Microsoft's forthcoming InfoCard technology.
 
Project Higgins, which also includes input from e-commerce startup Parity Communications and Harvard Law School's Berkman Center for Internet & Society, employs what the companies are calling "social commerce" for managing online personal information, such as bank accounts, credit-card numbers, and medical records.

As proposed, the technology would let users control the

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Posted by iTech on 2006-02-27   

IBM is demanding information from Microsoft, Hewlett Packard, Sun Microsystems and BayStar Capital as part of its defense against the SCO Group's lawsuit claiming that Big Blue used SCO's version of     Unix code in its version of     Linux.
 
IBM filed four subpoenas in U.S. District Court of Utah, where the case is being heard, to obtain information about the four companies' involvement with SCO. The companies are expected to provide depositions to meet the requests, which are posted on Groklaw.Read More...  

Posted by iTech on 2006-02-24       Article Source : NewsFactor

Global server sales increased in 2005 despite a sluggish fourth quarter, with volume systems driving sales, according to research firm IDC, which also reported that Linux and Windows both showed strong growth in the server space.

For the full year, server revenue grew 4.4 percent to $51.3 billion, while worldwide shipments grew 11.6 percent to 7 million units. IBM maintained its lead with a 32.9 market share, followed by HP with a 27.7 percent share.

IDC said factory revenue in

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Posted by iTech on 2006-02-24       Article Source : eWeek

The at-large open-source community of MySQL users is panicking over Oracle's second buy of the database's two transactional storage engines, Berkeley DB, although enterprise users are far more sanguine.
 
"Goddamit"—or, in Slashdot forum speak, "God Damnit"—just about sums up the public reaction of the MySQL community to Oracle's purchase of both of the open-source database's crucial transactional back-end engines, InnoDB in October and Berkeley DB from Sleepycat Software on Feb. 14.

The fear is based on the vision

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Posted by iMark on 2006-02-23       Article Source : InfoWorld

Sun Microsystems on Tuesday plans to offer previews of the next releases of the enterprise version of Java and the NetBeans open source developer tools platform.
 
The company, in conjunction with the Java and NetBeans communities, is releasing the Java Enterprise Edition (Java EE) 5 Software Development Kit and NetBeans Enterprise Pack 5.5.

The Java EE 5 platform featured as part of the SDK is intended to accelerate Web development through increased support for JSF (JavaServer Faces) 1.2, annotations

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Posted by iMark on 2006-02-22       Article Source : TechWeb News

If you see tiny lights glowing on the side of a building, it may be the work of graffiti artists using "Throwies," a device developed by creative types looking to add color to your neighborhood.
 
Developed by Graffiti Research Lab, a division of New York-based Eyebeam OpenLab, a Throwie includes a lithium battery and a 10mm light-emitting diode that are attached to each other with magnet tape, according to the Web site Instructables, which was launched by engineering design and

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Posted by iNext on 2006-02-18       Article Source : NewsFactor

Open-source vendor SugarCRM has unveiled a new technical-collaboration partnership with Microsoft that will boost interoperability between SugarCRM products and Windows Server.

Announced at the Open Source Business Conference, the collaboration project is designed to help customers of both vendors take advantage of Windows administration for running SugarCRM.

SugarCRM also announced that it will be releasing a new distribution under the Microsoft Community License when it ships version 4.5 of Sugar Suite. The license is part of a Microsoft initiative that

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