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With the recent call to 'Let Java go' in mind, here's what James Gosling, now CTO of Sun's Developer Platforms Group and famous as one of the co-inventors of Java, had to say about open-sourcing Java back at last year's JavaOne in San Francisco.
3 weeks ago LinuxWorld carried a story on how Microsoft had filed for certain XML patents. Now comes news from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office that a patent on 'XML script automation' was granted on February 3, and questions are being asked about what it all might potentially mean...
Never mind la donna e mobile, how about la donna e open-source? The clincher in the decision by a small German municipality to adopt Linux instead of Microsoft has been revealed: the chairwoman of the city's workers' council was put on stage in front of all the municipal workers, and d...
Sweden, birthplace of the Nobel prize, might soon turn out to be the birthplace of something else that goes down in history - namely a version of MS Office that runs on Linux. According to a report just out in Computer Sweden, 'Microsoft [has] said it's not involved and suggests that I...
The SCO Group wants to amend its 11-month-old suit against IBM and substitute charges of copyright infringement for trade secret violations and up its demand for damages from $3 billion to a minimum of $5 billion, a nice round number.
Novell is trying to get the SCO Group's slander suit against it dismissed claiming that SCO has no grounds. Novell told the court that 'Without conclusively establishing that it owns the Unix and UnixWare copyrights, SCO cannot show that Novell's statements to the contrary are false,...
IDC is reportedly pulling together figures that say that Linux managed to claim 3.2% of the desktop market last year passing Apple. IDC expects Linux to represent 6% of the desktop market by 2007, leaving Microsoft with 94%.
Microsoft needs to consider a partial open source model for code development if it hopes to survive the coming open source onslaught, says Paul Nowak. That's why, he argues, the reported source code leak of portions of the Windows NT and Windows 2000 operating systems today 'has the po...
'This leak is as much a disaster [for] open source as it is to Microsoft and its users,' argues Chris Spencer. 'All projects that deal with Microsoft interoperability, such as WINE, Samba, and the Linux kernel, are going to need to be vigilant about someone slipping some tainted Micros...
Industry veteran Samuel Cashwell was motivated by Lindows.com CEO Michael Robertson's apparent triumph against Microsoft this week to grant Robertson a place in the Technology Hall of Fame. Read his comment in full here.
Microsoft's trademark infringement case against Lindows.com, scheduled to go to trial March 1, has been delayed indefinitely pending an appeals court ruling.
Industry commentator Guy Kewney is reporting that Psion's executives are considering what to do with all the money Psion got from selling its 31.1% stake in Symbian to Nokia - which now effectively controls Symbian. 'The answer is probably Linux portables - but we'll find out later thi...
This one spreads directly between already infected computers, not by e-mail. So it isn't spreading as rapidly as the initial MyDoom worms.
The CEO of The Middleware Company - not surprisingly, in the circumstances - begs to disagree with Sun's Jonathan Schwartz. 'Saying that middleware is history is like saying our nation's highways, railways, and waterways are history,' he retorts. 'On the contrary,' Deshpande adds: 'Mid...
Dell's CEO, Michael Dell, is increasingly involved with Linux as his company's server sales grow and grow. So much so that Linux engineers at Dell have even now started their own Linux site and weblog about Linux at Dell (http://linux.dell.com/).
Writing in Linux.SYS-CON.com's Feedback section, David Mohring take issue with Daniel Wallace's questioning of the GPL. As far as he is concerned the same issues were asked and answered fifteen years ago. He cites what he terms a 'definitive reply' by Michael C. Berch, Member of the Ca...
Thanks to the fine folks at Groklaw, anyone who wants to examine the very latest filings in the case of The SCO Group, Inc (Plaintiff) vs International Business Machines Corporation (Defendant) can now view SCO's 'Second Amended Complaint' as a PDF file.
All that's being said and written about Linux at the moment, in our regular round-up. Today, nuggets from the mouths of: Stu Cohen, CEO of OSDL; Rhonda Hocker, CIO of BEA; and others.
Eben Moglen on the GPL and Bruce Perens on Free Software.
It will one day in the not-too-distant future require 2 years' computer time just to work out if you have any substantially similar code that infringes on the exponentially growing pool of GPL'd code, speculates retired physicist Daniel Wallace.
A round-up of what's being said about Linux - including Groklaw's 'PJ' (Pamela Jones), OSDL's Lynn de la Torre, and others prominent in the world of Linux and open source. Today's selection also includes the left-of-field observation by Fred Locklear that 'MyDoom reignites the rift bet...
Decatur Jones Equity Partners LLC, an equity research house that follows Red Hat, Citrix, Wind River and the SCO Group, the later making it a rarity, has cut its projection on revenues coming in to SCO from the SCOsource licensing effort by roughly 90%.
Looks like there's not going to be a mammoth, awe-inspiring IPO by Google this spring.
Round-up of online and print media, with what's being said about Linux this week by the likes of Dan Gillmor and Steven Vaughan-Nichols, as well as about MyDoom a and b by the security managers at Network Associates and MessageLabs. Plus a thought from Harvard, where Darl McBride on Mo...
Hard on the heels of announcing its first Chinese member just last week, the Open Source Development Labs consortium now says it has Japan's telco giant NTT on board.
KDE.org has just announced a major new release of its open source desktop environment, version 3.2. LinuxWorld brings you the announcement in full.
As you watched the SuperBowl extravaganza yesterday, you may have found yourself distracted by all the on-field excitement from noticing when they screened the latest IBM ad...you know, the one that featured Muhammad Ali with the blond-haired boy from Blue's ongoing Linux campaign. For...
An expert report just in confirms the sco.com outage and says that the worm W32/Mydoom@MM - also called Novarg, Shimg, and Mimail.R - is already having a deleterious effect on microsoft.com, too. As ever LinuxWorld does not in any way condone the perpetration of the virus but seeks to ...
Writing in the UserLinux.com mailing lists, Bruce Perens has clarified once and for all: while it is not the chosen GUI of the UserLinux project, UserLinux *will* provide commercial support for KDE on the UserLinux Platform.
Feb 1 is here. In the absence of any hard facts as to whether or not the SCO Web site is technically equipped to resist the 12-day long distributed denial-of-service (DDOS) attack scheduled to come its way from today by last week's worm W32/Mydoom@MM - also called Novarg, Shimg, and Mi...
Asks one participant in the Groklaw.net discussion focusing on today's MyDoom vs SCO goings-on. LinuxWorld brings you the accompanying analysis in full. Its author concludes: 'I'm confused by what SCO is saying.'
US Patent and Trademark Office officials have indicated that they are interested in an innovative contracting approach and in technologies such as Linux, J2EE/Java, IBM Corp. WebSphere and Java Studio Developer.
The UK site Netcraft has just posted an update on the present status quo with SCO.com: as at 12:30 PM EST, SCO had done the public spirited thing and taken www.sco.com out of the DNS. 'This means,' says Netcraft's Mike Prettejohn, 'that there will be no more http traffic travelling acr...
OSDL is reaching now into the Middle Kingdom, with its latest new member: the quaintly named Beijing Co-Create Open Source Software Company.
In the same week when Sun's Java guru James Gosling has said that Sun Microsystems' competition with Microsoft is a 'life-and-death kind of struggle,' Lindows.com has just sustained a wound in its own battle with Redmond.
In a story that would completely exonerate the Linux community, accused by SCO of perhaps being behind this week's e-mail virus, the Moscow Times is carrying a story this morning that the first e-mails infected with MyDoom back to addresses with Russian Internet providers.
'SCO Offers $1/4M Reward, Alleging Virus To Be Part of the 'Linux War'' - 'Debian is Fastest-Growing Distro' - 'MandrakeSoft Reports First Profitable Quarter Since 1999' There's been no shortage of statements and counterstatements about Linux in the news this week, culled as usual from...
Since Prescott, the next Intel desktop chip, is coming out on Tuesday, and since Yamhill has been described as Prescott on 64-bit steroids, we asked Intel about its alleged skunkworks answer to the currently styled AMD64 hybrid 32/64-bit architecture.
Yesterday's virus activity was very likely assembled 'for the purpose of defaming the Linux developers by spammers, SCO, or others,' alleges Bruce Perens.
The Seattle Post-Intelligencer is one of many newspapers to analyze the high-profile 'Get the Facts' (about Linux and Open Source) campaign launched by Microsoft last week.


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