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The Apache Software Foundation is one of many open source software organizations shaking the business world all the way down to its proprietary software toes. Along with Linux, the Apache HTTP Server has long been the consummate example of the power and quality of open source software...
When you consider the way LAMP (Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP, Perl, or Python) has evolved, you could draw comparisons to a very low tech but effective method of collaboration: the farmers' cooperative. Individual farmers on their own lacked the means to collect, negotiate, store, and shi...
It's probably not likely that Itanium has much of a future unless Linux makes massive gains in market share over the next 5 years. 'If Intel truly believes in Itanium,' writes Paul Nowak, 'then they have to do away with Windows. Windows is not coming to Itanium. While killing off Windo...
Bill Gates probably did not want to speak in front of politicians, and even warned his audience that he needed to be careful. So let's not be terribly hard on him. But...
We're all familiar with the disruption and cost of moving. When I'm asked what it takes to motivate an organization to move to desktop Linux, my answer is simple, 'Migrating desktops is like moving to a new house. What would it take to get you to move your house or office tomorrow?' Th...
The Birkenstocks and beards where mothballed this year as the new guard entered LinuxWorld Expo in button-down shirts and ties and the occasional Brooks Brothers suit. This year's LinuxWorld was all about business or at least that's the message IDG, the conference producer, tried to co...
Organizations spend a lot of money on equipment, on personnel to manage the equipment and on infrastructure to insure that the tools to do a job are available and can be run by their employees error-free.
Please forgive me as I dust off a cliché from the 1990s business press - the Business Ecosystem - which, despite its overuse, really is a good concept that can be effective when appropriately applied. Dictionary.com defines an ecosystem as 'An ecological community, together with its en...
It's hard to believe that we have passed the 13th anniversary of Linus Torvald's humble introduction of 'just a hobby' Linux, first posted to the Web in October 1991. Torvald previewed the OS as a 'Minix-lookalike' and designed for the days when 'men were men and wrote their own device...
To start off the new year, several LWM editors have compiled a list of what they consider to be the best solutions of 2004 in their particular field of expertise.
Linux has changed the economics of how companies do business by shifting the OS and infrastructure models they use from more expensive, proprietary Unix-based systems to lower-cost, standards-based Linux platforms. This has dramatically reduced IT costs and enabled companies to acquire...