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Posted by iTech on 2006-02-17       Article Source : InfoWorld

Sun Microsystems is trying to persuade Hewlett-Packard to move its HP-UX Unix customers over to Sun's Solaris, Sun President/COO Jonathan Schwartz said at the Open Source Business Conference in San Francisco on Tuesday.
But HP is not interested, an HP representative said.

During his presentation at the conference and in a subsequent interview, Schwartz said Sun has proposed merging the road maps of HP-UX and Solaris.

"We'll see if we can make progress there," Schwartz said.


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Posted by iNext on 2006-02-17       Article Source : PC Magazine

PalmSource on Tuesday announced their long-awaited Linux-based handheld operating system, the Access Linux Platform (ALP), which will bring full Palm compatibility to handhelds with a Linux core.

"ALP brings the best of all worlds" to the handheld community, with the ease of use of Palm OS and the power and openness of Linux, said Albert Chu, Vice President, Business Development at PalmSource.

Based on the Linux 2.6.12 kernel, ALP contains an unusual number of application programming interfaces (APIs), all tied together

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Posted by iTech on 2006-02-15       Article Source : TechWeb News

A software engineer at Google is urging the open source community to develop more applications for desktops and laptops, because he says the workforce is increasingly on the move.
In a keynote address at the Fourth Annual Southern California Linux Expo (SCaLE 4x) in Los Angeles, Google's Dan Kegel outlined some challenges for greater adoption of Linux.

"One in three companies use open source applications on the desktop but market share remains tiny," he said at the event Sunday.

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Posted by iTech on 2006-02-15       Article Source : eWeek

Open-source code advocates are calling for cooler heads to prevail in the often-heated debate about many of the revised terms in the first discussion draft of the GNU General Public License Version 3 that was released in early January.
While there are many opinions and questions about how the draft should be revised, there is one issue on which many in the free and open-source community agree: It is just too early in the process for people to take a

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Posted by iNext on 2006-02-14       Article Source : TechWeb News

OpenMFG LLC will launch this week a hybrid open source enterprise resource planning(ERP) suite. The developer says it has integrated credit card processing, financial reporting and integration with package delivery services.
OpenMFG's ERP platform is built on Linux operating system, PostgreSQL database and OpenRPT report writer. It runs on Windows, Mac OS X, Linux and commercial UNIX systems.

By making the source code available, OpenMFG president and chief executive officer Ned Lilly is confident the software maker can develop

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Posted by iMark on 2006-02-14       Article Source : InformationWeek

SWsoft Inc. on Tuesday will introduce the latest version of its virtualization software, which is designed to provide a "zero downtime" platform for moving virtual servers between physical servers without end-user disruption.
SWsoft is releasing Virtuozzo for     Linux 3.0 and Virtuozzo for Windows 3.5.1. The "zero-downtime migration" capability is one of several new features in the Virtuozzo for Linux offering, which also includes new template management, streamlined resource management, and expanded operating support for enhanced performance and automation, said Serguei

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Posted by inet on 2006-02-06       Article Source : NewsFactor

Mozilla this week delivered an update to its Firefox browser to address several software vulnerabilities and improve the product's overall stability.
"This is part of our regular, two-month upgrade cycle, and deals in part with eight vulnerabilities identified by us and our users," said Mike Schroepfer, vice president of engineering at Mozilla.

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Posted by iMark on 2006-02-05       Article Source : InfoWorld

Sun Microsystems will provide code-level customer support for the NetBeans open source tools platform, the latest version of which is being released by the Sun-driven NetBeans community on Wednesday.
The company's services are intended to assure users that a major company is there to support them as they develop mission-critical applications on the new release, NetBeans IDE 5.0. So far, the only support available has been through the community, via means such as newsgroups and forums, said Dan Roberts, Sun's

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Posted by inet on 2006-02-05       Article Source : PC Magazine

E-Trade Financial saved $13 million annually, realized a boost in performance and changed the way it thinks about development by moving from a Sun Solaris infrastructure built up during the stock market boom to an open-source stack running on x86-based IBM hardware.
Building on work it began in late 2001, the financial services company has moved its open-source migration up the stack and is now taking the lessons it has learned through its experience with open source to optimize internal development

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Posted by inet on 2006-02-04       Article Source : TechWeb News

Firefox 1.5 has been downloaded more than 20 million times since its late November release, Mozilla Corp. announced Tuesday.
The open-source browser, which has between nine and ten percent of the Web market, has also been localized for 35 different languages since its debut less than two months ago, the Mountain View, Calif.-based developer said.

Firefox 1.5 can be downloaded from the Mozilla site in versions for Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux.

The next version, characterized as

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

Seeking to offer an industry standard for report development, the open source Eclipse Foundation on Monday is releasing Version 2.0 of its Business Intelligence and Reporting Tools (BIRT) project.
Version 2.0 focuses on report development and adds support of the PHP (Hypertext Preprocessor) scripting language for Web development. Previously, BIRT 1.0 was geared to Java.

"BIRT allows the application developer to add reporting" for generating Web reports or PDF reports, said Mike Thoma, a member of the BIRT marketing

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

As more companies realize the cost benefits of using open source software, mixed Linux and Windows environments are inevitable. Managing those environments, however, can be difficult for traditional IT shops, especially when it comes to getting Linux-based file, print, and Web servers to work well in a Windows network.
Startup Centeris aims to ease those woes with Likewise, its flagship product. With the Likewise Agent software installed on Linux servers, administrators are free to manage those servers using either the

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

VA Software has added wiki support to its SourceForge Enterprise Edition development environment for distributed developer teams.
The company with SourceForge Enterprise Edition 4.3 is offering standardized wikis and other improvements such as a tracker workflow engine for tracking bugs and change requests. Available either for deployment behind a customer's firewall or in a hosted fashion, SourceForge Enterprise is intended to bring the benefits of distributed, open source-style development to enterprises. The package is modeled after the SourceForge.net open source

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Posted by inet on 2006-01-15       Article Source : NewsFactor

Mozilla Corp. has formally released a new version of its Thunderbird e-mail client, which promises improved security features and tools designed to make the open-source product more user-friendly.
Thunderbird 1.5 includes a new phishing detector that issues an alert to users when a suspicious link appears in an e-mail message.

It also includes support for server-side spam filters used by Internet service providers, said Scott MacGregor, the lead engineer for Thunderbird at Mozilla.

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Posted by iTech on 2006-01-15       Article Source : eWeek

The first public draft of GNU General Public License 3.0 will be released at an event at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Mass., on Monday, and open-source software advocates are hoping that effective provisions for software patents as well as GPL compatibility with other licenses will be prominent in the draft.
There is much optimism among those in the free and open-source community that GPL 3.0, the next version of the license that governs much software, including the

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