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Wind River and Intel are putting their heads together to create an extensible open source Linux platform for the automotive industry - an infotainment (gad, that horrid word) platform for Intel's newfangled Atom chip. It's part of a major new product strategy for Wind River, which is g...
It's only taken Borland two years but it's finally dumped its CodeGear tools division, responsible for Borland's hereditary JBuilder, Delphi and C++ Builder lines as well as its new web ventures into PHP and Ruby, said to be used by 7.5 million developers. Embarcadero Technologies is b...
Well, it looks like Richard Stallman, the father of FOSS, is going to have to cut his hair and get a suit because the warmed-over hippie movement he's been leading is no longer the radical anti-software establishment counter-culture his rag-tag army fancies it is. Nope, it IS the softw...
Is software development a science or an art? The software industry treats it as a science. It uses processes like MRDs, PRDs, and functional specs to convert customer needs into software that solves their problems. Various roles like product managers, engineering managers, project mana...
With only two weeks to go now before JavaOne, its annual Javaganza for developers, Sun has revealed that Java is at long last to be made 100% open source. 'We're trying to get Java into places it's never been before,' Rich Sands, group manager for developer marketing at Sun, told an in...
rPath announced a technology partnership enabling application providers to use rPath's rBuilder to create virtual appliances using the rPath Appliance Platform and SUSE Linux Enterprise Server from Novell. The agreement promises to reduce complexity and costs of application distributio...
In what is a big mistake, in my opinion, Microsoft has chosen to only support Suse Linux in Hyper-V. If they want to truly compete with VMware and other virtualization companies they are going to have to open this up. This does not mean you can not run other distros, however it will no...
Anyone who's ever been involved in the beginning of a nonprofit consortium will tell you that the first year is the hardest. The initial high of coming together in the name of a shared cause gives way to the drudgery of meetings, working groups and member politics. The realities of exe...
Josep Mitjà, COO of Openbravo and OSA board member, argues that while technological advances in open source software should be viewed on a worldwide basis, its ultimate success in the market requires a localized approach. The secret, he says, is to 'think global, but act local.'
Although organizations are not realizing the full potential benefits of open source due to the way open source projects are currently managed, this does not mean that there are no benefits from developing in open source. Once you get past the 'free developer' presumption and carefully ...
Enterprise networks are growing increasingly complex. Over the past five years, the increased focus on unified security, network optimization, and application acceleration has resulted in an explosion of new technologies, specialty devices, and vendors. The proliferation of high-speed ...
One of the most exciting things about the software industry is how fast it moves. Software is constantly optimizing itself around the state-of-the-art. Inherent industry bottlenecks change cyclically every five years or so. Architectures and solutions change too. CPUs too costly? Enter...
Governance is currently a key topic for many IT functions. Its definition varies, but its key themes are true for all companies: effectiveness, efficiency, and reliability. Business value and risk mitigation are also at its center and represent a significant part of enterprise governan...
Efforts to modernize enterprise infrastructure have never been more complex. While the need is certainly there on multiple fronts - competitive edge, cost savings and new business initiatives, to name just a few - new hurdles seem to pop up no matter where an IT administrator might loo...
There's a great deal of interest in open source software development these days. While the concept of open source (if not the name itself) is hardly new - people have been freely sharing source code since the beginning of the computer industry - the convergence of commercial interest i...
In order to describe itself as an 'open source' company, need a company merely be 'a company that will help you make the switch to open source in your company' - or does it have to be one that lets users feely download, compile, and use the software in question? Where is the dividing l...
2X has announced the release of 2X TerminalServer for Linux, an open source terminal server for Linux, which enables users to run a Linux desktop and Linux / Windows applications over any type of connection. The 2X TerminalServer is based on the open source NX X-Windows compression pro...
X-Tend announced an extension to the partnership with XenSource, by joining the XenSource Partner Program and becoming a XenSource Solution Provider (XSP). This partnership will allow X-Tend customers access to XenSource's XenEnterprise virtualization platform, the enterprise version o...
Solution providers can now offer small and medium businesses a choice - bringing the security, power, flexibility and cost-savings of Linux - with the U.K. launch of Collax server solutions. Interactive Ideas will handle Collax product aggregation and distribution while working togethe...
At the LinuxWorld Conference & Expo in San Francisco, the OpenVZ project released its operating system-level server virtualization software in the form of a kernel build for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4 (RHEL4), plus enhancements that provide users with additional flexibility.
The Apache Software Foundation is pleased to announce the release of Apache Geronimo Version 1.1, an open source J2EE application server from the Apache Geronimo project. This release continues the evolution of the Apache Geronimo server, adding new features and capabilities to a full...
Collax, a leading European vendor of affordable, turn-key, Linux-based server solutions for small and medium businesses, has announced that Paula Hunter, formerly of the Open Source Development Lab (OSDL), has joined the management team as vice president of U.S. marketing.
Mandriva and the OpenVZ project have announced that the OpenVZ operating system virtualization software will be included as part of the Mandriva Corporate Server 4.0. Mandriva Corporate Server 4.0 is the foundation for a stable and cost-effective open source infrastructure for organiza...
As anyone who has used Linux systems for production systems knows all too well, there's an art to arriving at a stable configuration with all dependencies met. Linux distributors do an excellent job of delivering systems that meet this criteria, and keeping them there through their upd...
Mixing Open Source and commercial software isn't a new concept. IT departments have been doing it for years, especially when building out their core server, networking, and database infrastructures. But using a novel 'blended' application development strategy - one that combines Enterp...
Open Source is the current rave of the software industry. It's making great progress because of Linux - an operating system that truly works. People are all a-bustle about Open Source and are beginning to look for an Open Source option appropriate to all their application needs. This r...
In December 2004 it was decided that DotNetNuke would break out its existing core modules into separate Projects so that they could be enhanced, released, and supported independently from the core Web Application Framework. It was further decided that some additional modules would also...
InfoParc has announced the release 4.54 of the absoluteBUSY web CRM software. The release includes a new sales module plus a new keyword/tagging feature. An unlimited, freely defineable set of markers/tags can be applied to companies, contact persons and projects.
A rollercoaster - as trite as that image may be - is the right analogy for venture capital investing in open source companies. And what a long, strange trip it's been.
The rise of Open Source and the well-known problems of the proprietary management suites are driving companies to the public domain for simpler, more cost-effective IT management solutions. Zenoss offers a new Open Source alternative for enterprise monitoring that does much more than l...
There's not much question mobile devices exploded last year. In 2005, more than 750,000,000 new mobile phones were shipped worldwide, and over 75% of them were more than just a voice handset: they include a Web browser, a contact manager, a calendar, a mail client, or Java. These are s...
Developers in an enterprise need to use the best tools for the job. Increasingly they have found that Open Source projects such as Apache, MySQL, Tomcat, Eclipse, and others are ready for prime time. However, the stack is rarely composed entirely of Open Source. These projects are typi...
The beginning of a new year is a good time to sit back and reflect. Where is the open source movement going? What is the next frontier? In 2005, we explored the business models of the open source movement. We almost got through the entire list, though we still need to finish a column o...
The open source software development model clearly represents a profound and fundamental change from traditional, proprietary development models. In the proprietary world, a software company invests massive dollars in development, sales, and marketing.
The first draft of the revised GNU General Public License has been released for comment. The project will bring together organizations, software developers, and software users from around the globe during 2006, in an effort to update the world's most popular free software license.
More than ever before, information managers are under intense pressure to standardize their environments for the sharing of information - and to do so in ways that beef-up data security. That was the consensus of top IT experts who recently gathered for an industry summit webcast, 'The...
In the past few years, there has been significant interest in using open platforms for building communication devices. Linux and open source platforms are being used in various devices on the network - end systems such as mobile phones and client devices, and access and edge routers fo...
Frank Wiles, President and Founder of Revolution Systems has started a new blog located at http://www.revsys.com/blog/ which will focus on Open Source Software packages such as Linux, Apache, Perl, mod_perl, Sendmail, and PostgreSQL. He will also discuss various on topic Open Source ne...
Active BPEL, LLC announced the latest milestone release of its open-source BPEL engine, which includes several feature enhancements, as well as updates on its planned WS-* support. ActiveBPEL was released into open source in July 2004 by Active Endpoints, Inc. In late October, Active E...
I understand there are several different philosophies of application development. Some people prefer GTK not because it is the better tool kit, but because the approach makes more sense to them, because GTK is more granular than Qt, prefer C to C++, or another reason. I cannot address ...