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....

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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...

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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,...

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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...

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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. ...

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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. ...

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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. ...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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....

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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 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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