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...
Feb. 13, 2004 12:00 AM EST Reads: 23,263 Replies: 8
'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...
Feb. 13, 2004 12:00 AM EST Reads: 18,049 Replies: 9
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.
Feb. 12, 2004 12:00 AM EST Reads: 23,168
Microsoft's trademark infringement case against Lindows.com, scheduled to go to trial March 1, has been delayed indefinitely pending an appeals court ruling.
Feb. 11, 2004 12:00 AM EST Reads: 37,202 Replies: 5
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...
Feb. 11, 2004 12:00 AM EST Reads: 8,923 Replies: 2
This one spreads directly between already infected computers, not by e-mail. So it isn't spreading as rapidly as the initial MyDoom worms.
Feb. 10, 2004 12:00 AM EST Reads: 38,466
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...
Feb. 9, 2004 12:00 AM EST Reads: 52,685 Replies: 14
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/).
Feb. 9, 2004 12:00 AM EST Reads: 9,723 Replies: 3
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...
Feb. 9, 2004 12:00 AM EST Reads: 36,593 Replies: 28
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.
Feb. 9, 2004 12:00 AM EST Reads: 33,384 Replies: 2
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.
Feb. 9, 2004 12:00 AM EST Reads: 6,053
Eben Moglen on the GPL and Bruce Perens on Free Software.
Feb. 8, 2004 12:00 AM EST Reads: 32,542 Replies: 2
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.
Feb. 7, 2004 12:00 AM EST Reads: 31,093 Replies: 17
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...
Feb. 6, 2004 12:00 AM EST Reads: 9,060
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%.
Feb. 6, 2004 12:00 AM EST Reads: 11,909 Replies: 2
Looks like there's not going to be a mammoth, awe-inspiring IPO by Google this spring.
Feb. 6, 2004 12:00 AM EST Reads: 8,978
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.
Feb. 4, 2004 12:00 AM EST Reads: 24,696
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...
Feb. 4, 2004 12:00 AM EST Reads: 6,966 Replies: 2
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.
Feb. 3, 2004 12:00 AM EST Reads: 34,458 Replies: 4
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. 2, 2004 12:00 AM EST Reads: 37,573 Replies: 5
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...
Feb. 2, 2004 12:00 AM EST Reads: 14,333 Replies: 7
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 ...
Feb. 2, 2004 12:00 AM EST Reads: 29,476 Replies: 1
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...
Feb. 1, 2004 12:00 AM EST Reads: 28,589
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.'
Feb. 1, 2004 12:00 AM EST Reads: 25,186
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.
Feb. 1, 2004 12:00 AM EST Reads: 33,459
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...
Feb. 1, 2004 12:00 AM EST Reads: 26,622 Replies: 2
OSDL is reaching now into the Middle Kingdom, with its latest new member: the quaintly named Beijing Co-Create Open Source Software Company.
Jan. 31, 2004 12:00 AM EST Reads: 25,613
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.
Jan. 30, 2004 12:00 AM EST Reads: 33,301 Replies: 3
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.
Jan. 30, 2004 12:00 AM EST Reads: 29,575
'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...
Jan. 29, 2004 12:00 AM EST Reads: 21,168
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.
Jan. 29, 2004 12:00 AM EST Reads: 11,032
Yesterday's virus activity was very likely assembled 'for the purpose of defaming the Linux developers by spammers, SCO, or others,' alleges Bruce Perens.
Jan. 28, 2004 12:00 AM EST Reads: 33,857
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.
Jan. 28, 2004 12:00 AM EST Reads: 8,904 Replies: 2
MandrakeSoft's CEO Francois Bancilhon, Xandros's chairman Frederick Berenstein, CA's Sam Greenblatt, Oracle's Wim Coekaerts - leading members of the computing industry are solidifying their Linux products at an ever-increasing pace and to help you make sense of it all, SYS-CON Radio, ...
Jan. 23, 2004 12:00 AM EST Reads: 38,839 Replies: 1
For the benefit of LinuxWorld, OSDL wheeled out its new Desktop Linux working group initiative and said it's targeted at developing requirements and specifications for a range of Linux desktop environments for the enterprise. An exploratory committee that includes Red Hat, Novell, ...
Jan. 23, 2004 12:00 AM EST Reads: 25,416
SCO Group CEO Darl McBride has been writing letters again. This time he's taken his case to Washington and written to all the senators and congressmen warning them about the threat of open source and the GPL, which he calls 'a much more serious threat to our capitalist system than ...
Jan. 23, 2004 12:00 AM EST Reads: 21,283
In defense of the General Public License it created and with SCO on the edge of suing a big Linux end user, the Free Software Foundation took to the pulpit again to decry SCO and its IP claims.
Jan. 23, 2004 12:00 AM EST Reads: 25,786
Wednesday morning Novell came up with a formal retort to SCO filing suit against it. Basically an exercise in name-calling. It said, 'This lawsuit illustrates that SCO's campaign against enterprise adoption of Linux is foundering. It seems that litigation has now become SCO's principal...
Jan. 23, 2004 12:00 AM EST Reads: 26,794 Replies: 2
Sun is setting up a new java.net community for Linux developers and promising expanded support for Java-based development tools and project infrastructure on Solaris, Linux, and Windows.
Jan. 23, 2004 12:00 AM EST Reads: 32,192
Ex-Microsoft senior executive Douglas Levin has started a company named Black Duck Software in memory of a childhood pet. He says the company is as different as, well, a black duck in a colony of penguins. He says that he has no competition and that Black Duck, in a timely development,...
Jan. 23, 2004 12:00 AM EST Reads: 7,537