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What happens when you turn a perfectly good Apple PowerBook into a tri-boot system with Mac OS X, Yellow Dog Linux, and Ubuntu Linux? Read on to find out.
The Public Patent Foundation (PUBPAT) yesterday sent Sun Microsystems Chairman and CEO, Scott McNealy, an open letter about the announcement earlier this week that Sun was granting the open source software community access to more than 1,600 patents. PUBPAT's letter, written by Execut...
An 'Internet advertising agency' last November successfully registered the domain name OpenJava.org, leading to speculation that Sun has no immediate plans to follow up on its OpenSolaris.org strategy with a similar open-sourcing of Java.
Open source certainly now is 'good enough' for the needs of most end users who merely use their computers for simple office productivity work, Webbing, and e-mailing. As any Tux-lover can tell you, a good case can be made that open source desktop offerings can handle those basic jobs b...
SYS-CON Media (www.sys-con.com), the world's leading i-technology media company, announced today that SYS-CON.TV (www.sys-con.tv), the first streaming live i-technology television is scheduled to debut on February 15, 2005 to coincide with the first day of the upcoming Web Services Edg...
Sun Microsystems will be in Boston on February 14-17 at the LinuxWorld Conference & Expo 2005, and the Web Services Edge Conference 2005 East at the Hynes Convention Center. You'll have the opportunity to learn more about Sun's work in the Linux and open source communities and meet wi...
'If Solaris is from Venus, and Linux is from Mars,' wrote HP's Linux VP in his blog, adding - in a barb at Sun Microsystems: 'Venus is way too close to the Sun.' It drew a heated reply on behalf of the Solaris open source community. With the CDDL release of Solaris now a reality, we re...
SYS-CON Media (www.sys-con.com), the world's leading i-technology media company, announced today that the first branded blogging community, www.blog-n-play.com (TM), will go beta on February 15, 2005, to coincide with the opening day of the Web Services Edge 2005 East International Web...
Michael Stutz, author of The Linux Cookbook, 2nd Edition: Tips and Techniques for Everyday Use, discusses what inspired him to write this book, when he first started using Linux, and other world views.
'Sunshine returned recently to Silicon Valley after two weeks of Seattle-like storms and overcast skies,' writes our West Coast Bureau Chief, Roger Strukhoff, reporting from from Mountain View, CA. 'Now comes news of fair weather for Mountain View-based Mozilla's Firefox browser, which...
Up to 5,000 Oracle/PeopleSoft employees are about to be fired. 'What's not known,' write Roger Strukhoff and Matt Vande Voorde, reporting direct from Pleasanton, CA yesterday, 'is how many of those jobs will be plucked from the sprawling PeopleSoft campus, which dominates the Hacienda ...
Distancing itself ever further from arch-rival Microsoft, whose CEO Bill Gates tried during his keynote at CES 2005 to liken open source software development to a kind of modern-day communism, IBM will today be giving away rights - so it is announcing - to 500 of its software patents.
Did the geek-fest just finished in Las Vegas, Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2005, herald the return of technology and the beginning of the 'post-PC' world?
Unlike version 6.0, the latest version of Adobe Reader - 7.0, released yesterday - supports Linux and is available as a pre-release through Adobe's beta program. Linux support had previously been offered by Adobe for Acrobat Reader 5.0, but was discontinued with version 6.0.
'As we enter the new year, you should expect 2005 to be one in which we place an ever heightening focus on our dialog with the community, and the developer community in particular,' writes Sun's president and COO, Jonathan Schwartz, in his first blog entry of the new year. Firefox come...
Coming behind such terms as 'MP3' and 'spybot,' the word 'Linux' turns out nonetheless to have been the fifth-most-searched 'popular tech' term on Google in 2004, according to the annual Zeitgeist report by Google, Inc. - which pulls together interesting search trends and patterns ba...
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation - whose watchword is 'We believe that the world's toughest problems can be solved - if we work together' - is giving $3M to help those struck by the natural disaster that's wreaked such havoc in South Asia. Amazon.com has helped channel even more, $3...
'There are some people who are passionate about the differences between 'free software' and 'open source',' wrote Kevin Bedell earlier this year. But he was beginning to wonder if the difference matters, he added. 'I think it's time to stop dividing the community using labels. We do...
'Stop saying that 'Java is not Open Source,' and realize that 'Sun's implementation is not open source.' Even better, stop saying that 'Our implementation is open source,' it is not you know that, and this is OK, we're not blaming you, we want to work with you.' As part of our end of y...
No sooner had we begun our reader-driven quest for the top twenty software people in the world than - by popular acclaim, as they say - we're going to extend the field to choose from...from forty to over a hundred. Here we bring you a sneak peek at the sixty contenders that we'll be ad...
Our search for the Twenty Top Software People in the World is nearing completion. In the SYS-CON tradition of empowering readers, we are leaving the final 'cut' to you, so here are the top 40 nominations in alphabetical order. Our aim this time round is to whittle this 40 down to twent...
As a Linux desktop user himself, system administrator Chris Spencer did not relish having to clean up his wife's infected Windows PC after it had become compromised. By the time he'd solved the immediate problem, Spencer had become so fed up with spyware, trojans, viruses, and spam, th...
The boards of Sprint Corp. and Nextel Communications Inc. have both unanimously approved a 'merger of equals' transaction. Each company's shareholders will own about 50 percent of the new company. Associated Press reports say that 'Sprint Nextel also intends to spin off Sprint's local ...
In an all-cash deal worth approximately $10.3 billion, Oracle is going to acquire 100% of PeopleSoft's shares, at a newly increased price of $26.50, a $2.50 increase on its 'best and final' offer which expired in November. PeopleSoft's board has approved the deal. 'We believe this revi...
It's official. According to the Chinese news agency Xinhua, and confirmed by Reuters reports from both San Francisco and Beijing, China's personal computer giant Lenovo Group Limited today signed an agreement with IBM to take over the latter's personal computer business for $1.25 billi...
Once publicly free of the PC division, will IBM either buy, or form a close joint venture, with Apple - to sell its PCs, which coincidentally are now built around IBM's PowerPC chip? That's the question being asked by tech-savvy commentators who wonder what will happen next if Big Blu...
'The OS wars are down to three - Microsoft Windows, Sun's Solaris, and Red Hat's Linux,' according to Sun's president and COO, Jonathan Schwartz, the industry's First Blogger Extraordinary.
OpenGL (the open standard graphics library originally developed by SGI, pioneers in computer visualization) is fully supported under Linux, meaning that accelerated viewport previews, such as rotating around a textured and shaded model, and real-time or near real-time playback of scene...
Linux is coming to a desktop near you. In the last year the question being asked has gone from 'Can it happen?' to 'When and how do we get there?'
While with the Java Community Process there are '900 participants out there who are happy,' according to Sun president and COO Jonathan Schwartz last week, he says that all is not rosy in the Linux garden. With Linux, Schwartz contends, there are companies unhappy with Linus Torvalds b...
'SCO...twisted my relationship with OSRM to say that it proved that I believe there are substantial IP risks in Linux.' This is FUD, Pamela Jones stresses, but it posed a dilemma: 'I kept coming back to the same thing. If my working for OSRM is doing harm by creating FUD possibilities,...
The computing world's First Blogger, Jonathan Schwartz - president and COO of Sun Microsystems, which Schwartz describes bullishly as 'an $11BN company trying to become a $50BN company' - and Sun's EVP, Software - John Lioacono - both envisage a world in which both Linux and Solaris co...
'The number one donator of open source code is (UC) Berkeley,' Sun's CEO ranted, in a rebuke to Canadian journalists last week. 'We were the Red Hat of Berkeley Unix before Linus Torvalds was out of diapers,' he added, as he contended fiercly that Sun is in no way being 'pressured' to ...
Linux.SYS-CON.com's senior contributing analyst, Bill Claybrook, spoke with John Loiacono, executive vice president of Sun Microsystem's Software Group about his new job, and what he has in store for Sun's Linux strategy.
Penguinistas have long loved to ruminate over a beer about the potential reversal of market share between Microsoft and companies offering open source solutions. But such ruminations were often left to discussions at the pub or the local LUG meeting because in a corporate business sett...
The JFC/Swing API, natively precompiled on Linux for the first time, delivers measurable improvement in Java GUI performance. The Excelsior Engineering Team has ported Excelsior JET, a Java Virtual Machine (JVM) with an ahead-of-time compiler, to the Linux/x86 platform.
With its Novell Linux Desktop 9, says LinuxWorld's Mark Hinkle, the enterprise software maker is taking the first - albeit very early - steps towards the pervasive Linux desktop in the enterprise, 'something that is happening slowly but being watched with much anticipation on a world s...
Version 1.0 of Firefox, the free browser, is officially released today, after more than 7 million people downloaded it during its 'preview release' period. The Mozilla Foundation, which inherited much of the underlying software code from Netscape, hopes Firefox will take a 10% chunk of...
In a twist that gives a whole new strength to the phrase 'a damp squib,' the much-touted pro-SCO site devoted to SCO's pending lawsuits and related issues went live yesterday. It contained just 42 words and references to two pre-existing URLs.
With Steve Ballmer's latest 'Executive E-mail', as reported yesterday, making references throughout to various studies, including Microsoft-funded ones comparing the relative TCO of Linux vs Windows, LinuxWorld feels it needs once more to draw attention to Maria Winslow's previous arti...


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