Netherlands Adopts Open-Source Software

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The Dutch government has set a soft deadline of April 2008 for its agencies to start using open-source software - freely distributed programs that anyone can modify - the Netherlands Economic Affairs Ministry said Thursday....

World's First Mainboard with Open-Source BIOS

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According to a post over at Gmane.org, AMD engineer Yinghai Lu has reportedly released source-code of the BIOS for the Gigabyte Technology M57SLI-S4 motherboard. This can potentially allow advanced users to "program their motherboards" by...

Cuba to migrate to Open-Source Software

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Several Cuban government ministers backed the move to open-source software, and away from U.S.-based Microsoft, at a technology conference held late last week. Communications minister Ramiro Valdes gave an opening keynote that advocated open source,...

Will Sun Open-Source Java?

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According to sources inside Sun, an ongoing debate over whether to open-source Java is coming to a head with the JavaOne conference looming May 16. New Sun Microsystems CEO Jonathan Schwartz, who led the open-sourcing...

Microsoft's InfoCard Draws Open-Source Response

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IBM and Novell on Monday are expected to announce an open-source response to Microsoft's forthcoming InfoCard identity management technology. The companies plan to contribute to an open-source initiative code-named Higgins Project. The...

Dell Offers an Open-Source PC

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Dell began offering a new desktop PC on Tuesday with no operating system installed. The machine is designed for people who want to run open-source software such as Linux instead of Windows. ...

Sun begins open-source Solaris era

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Sun Microsystems is expected to release Solaris as open-source software Tuesday; the move is a centerpiece of the company's plan to regain lost relevance and fend off rivals Red Hat, IBM and Microsoft. ...

Open-source divorce for Apple's Safari?

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Two years after it selected open-source rendering engine KHTML as the basis of its Safari Web browser, Apple Computer has proposed resolving compatibility conflicts by scrapping that code base in favor of its own. ...

Microsoft Reaches Out to Open-Source Community

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Microsoft Corp. has extended an olive branch to the open-source community, calling for a sit-down to discuss how the software giant can better work with the open-source world. But don't expect to see an open-sourced...

Sun plans patent protection for open-source Solaris

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When Sun Microsystems releases Solaris as open-source software, it plans to provide legal protection from patent-infringement suits to outsiders using or developing the operating system--one of several ways Sun hopes to make Solaris more competitive...

Energy Dept. Funds Open-Source InfiniBand Work

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The U.S. Department of Energy has funded a consortium of InfiniBand advocates to build Linux software support for the high-speed networking technology. The three-year project will support programmers at chipmaker Intel and InfiniBand...

New Tool Checks Legality Of Open-Source Software

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With the growing use of open-source software, businesses may find themselves using someone else's intellectual property without knowing it. While it's never been a smart business move to use someone else's intellectual...

MySQL To Use Open-Source Microsoft Toolset

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The next release of the MyQSL database server will include a Windows installer based on an open-source toolset released by Microsoft earlier this year. The upcoming MySQL 4.1 release will, according to documentation on the...

Industry veterans bet on open-source model

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A team of computer industry veterans, including a former Microsoft executive, are launching an open-source company that aims to be the Dell of the software industry. The company, called SourceLabs, will provide...

Open-Source Community Eager for Cloudscape Code

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Going by early feedback, the open-sourcing of IBM's Cloudscape Java database is putting the open-source community on cloud nine. Noel Bergman, chief technology officer at DevTech Inc. and an Apache Software Foundation...

Open-Source Exploit Tool: 'Point, Click, Root'

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At the Black Hat security conference HD Moore unveiled the release of his Metasploit Framework. This exploit tools is designed to quickly take over a variety of target platforms. Hey it's even available...

More than an open-source curiosity

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After three years Miguel de Icaza has something to show for his hard work. He has managed to bring some of Microsoft's programming tools over to Linux. While Microsoft isn't overly thrilled about...

HP seals open-source e-mail deal

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In another twist of events HP has signed an agreement to sell Sendmail's e-mail software. This comes as another blow to Microsoft from its longtime ally. Up till now HP has sold only...

More flaws foul security of open-source repository

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Yesterday some security researches found six flaws in Concurrent Versions System (CVS) one of the open-source community's most popular programs for marinating code under development. Some of the most popular open-source projects use CVS....

HP expands open-source support

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Hewlett-Packard is set to announce plans Tuesday to expand its support for open-source software. The computing giant will certify and support MySQL, the leading open-source database program, and JBoss, a popular Java-based application server, on...

Novell launches test of open-source project

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Novell has launched a test release of an open-source project that recreates Microsoft's .Net programming framework on Linux and Unix. Novell inherited the Mono project through its acquisition of open-source software maker...

MySQL addresses open-source license problem

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MySQL, an open-source database company, has taken a step to mend a rift in the open-source world by updating a controversial licensing provision that had broken a close tie between the MySQL database and another...

Sun Taking Open-Source Counsel?

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Sun Microsystems Inc. appears to be seriously considering industry advocates' proposals that it should offer an open-source implementation of Java. In addition to an impending meeting with IBM—which called on Sun to think about open-sourcing...

Sun to Meet IBM Over Open-Source Java

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In response to an open letter from IBM asking Sun Microsystems Inc. to join the company in developing an open-source version of Java, Sun plans to meet with IBM to discuss the issue, Sun sources...

Open-source advocate: Release Java code

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A day after Sun Microsystems CEO Scott McNealy said open-source software is his company's friend, a prominent advocate of the collaborative programming philosophy has called upon the server maker to open the code of Java....

Open-Source Activists Protest SCO, MS Anti-Linux Lobbying

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Open-source activists gathered at LinuxWorld Expo late last week to protest what they say are anti-Linux campaigns being spearheaded on Capitol Hill by rivals the SCO Group and Microsoft. Thursday evening, Linux lobbyists, academics, programmers...

Open-Source Backlash

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The open-source community is rallying against comments made by The SCO Group CEO Darl McBride late last month that the GPL, under which Linux and open-source software is distributed, violates the U.S. Constitution as well...

ObjectWeb, Apache team on open-source J2EE

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ObjectWeb and the Apache Software Foundation, which each develop an open-source Java application server, have reached a technology sharing agreement designed to accelerate certification of their products under Sun Microsystems Inc.'s latest Java 2 Enterprise...

Security experts find open-source flaws

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Although Microsoft Windows vulnerabilities get most of the headlines, researchers this week identified vulnerabilities in two commonly used open-source software products. The more serious of the vulnerabilities affects Sendmail, an open-source program for...

SCO warns open-source community

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Open-source software supporters need to do a better job of policing themselves as developers and activists, according to Darl McBride, CEO of controversial Unix seller SCO Group. In an "open letter to...

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Sun gives grid portal to open-source project

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Sun Microsystems has donated to the open-source Grid Engine Project its Grid Engine Portal software, which is designed to let users access resources and applications on a Sun-based computing grid from virtually any Web browser....

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UnitedLinux defends open-source roots

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Conectiva, one of the four members contributing to the upcoming UnitedLinux operating system distribution, has moved to reassure developers that the consortium is following standard open-source practices, despite the introduction of a "closed" test version...

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