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IBM is donating about $5 million in software and training to start a college program teaching open source software -- a growing range of computer programs that rely on freely-published software. Programs using open source software such as Linux and Firefox have begun to dent the dominance of Microsoft.
Microsoft Office faces stiffer competition from the open-source world following major releases of Office competitors for the Mac OS X, Unix and Linux platforms this week.
The SCO group that has spent much of it’s time and money recently in a fight to extort billions of dollars from IBM for alleged intellectual property infringements with regards to Linux, has filled their latest server release (OpenServer 6) with all manner of Open Source/GPL products.
Online marketplace eBay Inc. is wooing open-source developers by launching a community Web site for sharing source code to tools and applications tied to the online marketplace.
Sun Microsystems is trying a new way to share its Java server software, launching a project called GlassFish that lets outsiders tinker with the project's source code but that stops well short of making it actual open-source software.
Early in my GIS career, I wanted to produce digital maps at home. Of course, I couldn't use tools I had access to at work due to licensing and cost restrictions. This led me to investigate open source GIS and mapping alternatives. I dove in and never looked back.
Sun Microsystems is expected to release Solaris as open-source software Tuesday, a centerpiece of the company's plan to regain lost relevance and fend of rivals Red Hat, IBM and Microsoft.
Nokia announced today that it is using best-of-breed open source software as the basis of a new mobile browser for its world leading smartphone software, the Series 60 Platform.
'The proposal specifically precludes the information from being used in a Free Software implementation, such as the Samba workgroup server software,' Greve said. 'As Samba is the only remaining major competitor of Microsoft in this market, the Microsoft proposal translates to: Of course we will give you the specifications - unless you happen to be a serious competitor of ours, that is.'
As the Open Source Initiative (OSI) is readying a group to tackle the issues of licence proliferation, earlier proposals to solve the problem have fallen into disgrace.
Developers have been urged to pay more attention to issues such as support, documentation and roadmaps if they want companies to trust open source.
What began as a keynote panel on the evolving world of open source quickly escalated into a debate on the future of open source licensing when a professor of law and legal history at Columbia University took center stage.
It is the classic struggle between David and Goliath. Between a monopoly vs. an idealistic rag-tag group of geniuses, business owners and stay-at-home Moms. I care in the stead of those who do not. I care because there are people who don’t know they are being taken advantage of. I care because a young girl needs me to. Struggling to educate, I care, to make others aware of another option and the threat to their future ability to choose.
At a LinuxWorld panel, Eben Moglen, the legal counsel for the Free Software Foundation, said, "It won't be long before the first public draft of the GPL 3 will be out and it will include clauses on how to conduct patent defense."
MARTIN Taylor, Microsoft Corp’s general manager for its platform strategy, states, "There’s only one study that I’ve seen, which was dated in 1999 done by, I think, a company called Robert Frances Group or something like that said Linux had better TCO."