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Microsoft Loses to Linux in Thailand Struggle

To prevent Linux from running away with Thailand's subsidized "people's PC project," Microsoft has dropped the price of its Windows/Office package from nearly $600 to $37. Other Asian countries are lining up to duplicate the Thai program. As a result of the events in Thailand, analysts have begun to...

The desktop may be the final frontier for Linux, but one company is using a combination of Windows interface strategy, Wal-Mart sales and a wide selection of software to try to match the inroads Linux has made in the corporate datacenter. That company is Lindows.com. There was much open-source hoopl...

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Selling Open-Source Solutions Against Office 2003

Noster fungitur -- ours works. It's the motto I suggested to a local Mac user group. But it's also the theme you need to push when selling open-source software against the Microsoft desktop system -- Windows 2003 Server with Office 2003. Office 2003, in combination with Server 2003, is the fi...

MontaVista Linux To Support Intel’s Next-Gen Wireless Processor

In a move that highlights the accelerated adoption of Linux into the consumer electronics marketplace, MontaVista Software has announced that its Linux Consumer Electronics Edition (CEE) now supports the recently unveiled next-generation Intel processor for wireless devices, code-named Bulverde. The...

Red Hat Dumps Free Linux To Focus on Enterprise

In what is being viewed as the maturation of both the company and the Linux operating system, Red Hat has announced it will no longer produce or support its free, consumer version of Linux. Industry analysts praised Red Hat's move to ride a building wave of Linux adoption by exclusively selling Ente...

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Man Bites Dog: Counting Linux In

If you sell products, measuring sales in terms of dollars during some reporting cycle -- like a quarterly or annual period -- makes perfect sense. It's dollars you're interested in, so dollars you measure. That's not true, however, for the open-source community. If you give away the product, then us...

ARM Joins Consumer Electronics Linux Forum

ARM, one of the largest developers of embedded systems, has announced its membership in the Consumer Electronics Linux Forum. Established in June, CELF is an industry group focused on advancing Linux as an open-source platform for consumer electronics devices such as handheld computers and other aud...

Torvalds and Morton Release Linux Kernel 2.6

The Open Source Development Labs (OSDL), a global consortium of technology companies dedicated to accelerating adoption of Linux, has announced the release of a new 2.6 Linux test kernel from Linux creator Linus Torvalds and 2.6 kernel maintainer Andrew Morton. The kernel is ready for enterprise tes...

Linux and the Consumer Electronics Industry

While Linux continues to make inroads into the personal computer and network markets -- thanks to a heavy push by big firms like IBM -- a handful of firms in the consumer electronics (CE) industry are also pushing hard to standardize on the open-source OS. More than 75 companies now have joined the ...

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3 Meets with Widespread Support

This week, Red Hat announced the next move in its long-term strategy of delivering an open-source architecture to the enterprise. Shipping now, the Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3 package is designed to support an increased range of IT deployments spanning seven major hardware architectures. "Red Hat Ent...

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Rethinking the IBM-SCO Imbroglio

The most significant threat to open source isn't coming from SCO. It's coming from IBM. SCO isn't trying to shut down Linux. That demand for licensing fees from users was just a legal ploy -- one more step in an intricate legal dance to which IBM is calling the tune. It's well past time for IBM to a...

Open-Source Audio in a Proprietary World

Even before we could send recorded sound reliably over the Internet and a file-sharing revolution set the music industry in an uproar, the large size of digital audio files was causing headaches. A minute of raw stereo sound at CD quality -- or 16-bit, 44.1 KHz sampling -- occupies 10.5 MB on a hard...

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Wintel Monoculture, Lamarckian Biology and Bill Joy

In an interview with Bill Joy headlined "Joy after Sun," Fortune Magazine mentions Joy's famous "Why the Future Doesn't Need Us" article from Wired, which concluded that "robotics, nanotech and genetic engineering were emerging so quickly that, if we weren't careful, they could endanger the human sp...

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The Most Popular Operating System in the World

What is the world's most widely used operating system? It's not Windows, Unix or Linux, but ITRON, a Japanese real-time kernel for small-scale embedded systems. ITRON runs on mobile phones, digital cameras, CD players and countless other electronic devices. The T-Engine Forum, a project that counts ...

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Unbiased Opinion and the Future of Sun Micro

On most workday mornings, my e-mail contains a newsletter promising "unbiased opinion" -- an editorial oxymoron whose intent is probably to deny the presence of commercial advocacy. We tend to think of bias as necessarily negative, but in fact a bias is just a predisposition to believe or disbelieve...

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Incredulity, Reverse Bias and Mainframe Linux

Both VeriTest on Microsoft's behalf and IBM have recently issued reports on running Ziff Davis Media's NetBench performance benchmark on mainframe Linux. Overall, it appears that Microsoft reports better mainframe performance than IBM does. These results might seem surprising enough to those unfamil...

SCO Mulls Terminating SGI License

A looming October 14th deadline could result in a widening of SCO Group's legal assault on Linux and distributors of the open-source operating system as the Lindon, Utah-based company mulls plans to pull another Unix license, this time from SGI. SCO laid the groundwork for the move -- which would ex...

SuSE Releasing Linux 9.0 Desktop Update

Calling it a "migration product" intended to take desktop users away from Windows and toward 64-bit computing and the new 2.6 Linux kernel, SuSE Linux announced its 9.0 desktop update will be available next month. The German software maker said SuSE Linux 9.0 will provide support for both 32- and 64...

Sun’s Java Desktop System Will Support Athlon 64

Sun Microsystems has announced that its Java Desktop System will support AMD's new Athlon 64 processor. Marketing the JDS as "the first viable alternative to Windows in 15 years," Sun hopes to draw customers with the feel of a familiar desktop environment and a price tag that is significantly less t...

Apple Posts Darwin Source Code, Pulls OS X Update

Apple this week released the latest source code for its Darwin open-source project -- Darwin 6.7 and 6.8 -- which corresponds to the Mac OS X operating system and its latest versions, 10.2.7 and 10.2.8. Among the most prominent of open-source projects from Apple, Darwin is based on FreeBSD 4.4 and i...

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