London Stock Exchange moves to Linux

Two years ago, the London Stock Exchange (LSE) with its TradElec Windows-based C# and .NET programs crashed and took out the Exchange for almost 7-hours. That's an eternity in stock market terms. Months later, the LSE's CEO was...

10/20/2010

Oracle kicks LibreOffice supporters out of OpenOffice

Well, that didn't take long. When The Document Foundation (TDF) created LibreOffice from OpenOffice's code, they let the door open for Oracle, OpenOffice's main stake-owner, to join them. Oracle's reply was to tell anyone involved...

10/19/2010

Is the Linux desktop dream dead?

Will Linux ever become a major desktop operating system, the way that Windows XP was? My colleague over at PC World, Robert Strohmeyer, thinks that "The dream of Linux as a major desktop OS is now pretty much dead." I beg to differ. ...

10/18/2010

Five problems Linux still needs to overcome

Big business loves Linux for servers, and they seem to like it more than you might expect for the desktop, too. That said, enterprises still have some concerns about Linux. Here are the top five as picked by people who responded to...

10/14/2010

Big business go big on Linux

Linux is continuing to play a larger and larger role in big business, but it's always nice to see cold, hard proof that this is true. The Linux Foundation, the nonprofit organization dedicated to accelerating Linux's growth,...

10/12/2010

Oracle and IBM join together on OpenJDK

Oracle and IBM announced on Oct. 11 that the companies will collaborate on the OpenJDK reference implementation. OpenJDK is an open-source implementation (most of it under the GPLv2) of Java Standard Edition (SE) 6. In a press...

10/11/2010

Is Windows Phone 7 really a threat to Android or the iPhone?

Maybe it's a slow news day. Maybe people want to find nice things to say about Microsoft's rather dismal recent history. But, for some reason or the other, people actually seem to be excited about Microsoft's launch of Windows Phone...

10/11/2010

The new Ubuntu is netbook and Windows friendly

When you think of Canonical's Ubuntu Linux, what do you think of? You probably think of a smooth, easy-to-use desktop Linux. You also wouldn't be surprised to know that it came designed to work and play well with netbooks. I bet you...

10/07/2010

Take that, Microsoft: IE drops below 50%

For everyone who ever thought that once Microsoft had a market by the throat that it would never lose significant market share, I present the news that Internet Explorer's share of the world Web browser market has dropped to 49.8%....

10/05/2010

The OpenOffice fork is officially here

It's not that Oracle wishes ill of The Document Foundation and its take on OpenOffice, LibreOffice. Oracle just isn't going to be having anything to do with it. When The Document Foundation released the beta of LibreOffice, the...

10/04/2010

LibreOffice isn't an OpenOffice fork... yet

Many people are assuming the Document Foundation's LibreOffice is an OpenOffice fork. It's not. Not yet anyway. I agree with almost everyone that it's highly unlikely that Oracle will join up, although it is possible. Oracle has...

09/29/2010

OpenOffice goes its own way

After Firefox, OpenOffice may be open-source software's greatest desktop success story. For years though OpenOffice has stagnated. While under Sun's management, OpenOffice got off to a great start, the program hasn't been doing much...

09/28/2010

VMware's Novell SUSE Linux buy out runs into a snag

There's no doubt about it. VMware wants to buy Novell's SUSE Linux and open-source divisions. But, according to a Reuters report, Novell's board really wants to sell NetWare and the identity management divisions at the same time, and...

09/23/2010

Red Hat: The 1st billion-dollar open-source company?

A few months back Glyn Moody, noted open-source journalist, asked the question, "Why No Billion-Dollar Open Source Companies?" Jim Whitehurst, Red Hat's CEO answered, "Red Hat could get to $5 billion in due course, but that this...

09/22/2010

Oracle rips Red Hat and 'sort of' launches a new Linux

Oracle made a weird announcement at its Oracle OpenWorld love-fest and trade-show. The company announced that it was releasing its own Linux: the Oracle's Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel for Oracle Linux. Funny, and I thought Larry...

09/20/2010

Canonical partners with AMI, Dell & Intel

Canonical, Ubuntu Linux's parent company is meeting with engineers and product managers from many top device and computer manufacturers in Taipei, Taiwan on September 24, 2010. The commercial sponsor of Ubuntu will be hosting its...

09/17/2010

VMware is buying Novell

I'm not the least bit surprised that the Wall Street Journal is reporting that VMware will be buying Novell's Linux business. After all, I suggested that VMware could really use Novell's SUSE Linux for its future, and I also knew...

09/16/2010

Diaspora: It's no Facebook ... yet

Hundreds of millions of us use Facebook every day, but that doesn't mean we like it. We like being able to connect with our friends; it's the hoops we have to jump through to keep our privacy on Facebook that's a pain in the neck....

09/16/2010

Novell may be sold soon, but to whom?

The New York Post is not exactly where I look for business or Linux news, but it seems they're on to something. In a Sept. 15 story, the Post reported that "Novell Inc. has reached a deal in principle to sell itself in two parts and...

09/15/2010

Microsoft does the right thing for Russian protest groups

It's no mystery that I generally don't like Microsoft or its products. On the other hand, when Microsoft does something right, I'll say that too. By issuing a free, blanket software license to nonprofit and journalist groups in...

09/14/2010

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