News in brief

Short takes on this week's news

Siebel and Novell come together on open source

Siebel Systems is offering its customers support to run the company's customer relationship management applications on Novell's SuSE Linux open source server platform. Siebel and Novell are co-operating to allow Siebel customers to run their CRM solutions on the recently launched SuSE Linux Enterprise Server 9 platform. Users will be able to select a variety of different hardware platforms to run Siebel applications using SuSE.

Manhattan Associates takes over Evant

Manhattan Associates, a provider of supply chain execution and optimisation software, is extending its product family with the $50m acquisition of Evant. Through the acquisition Manhattan Associates adds planning, optimisation and execution software to its supply chain management portfolio.

IDOL Mobile handles more file formats

Autonomy has upgraded its IDOL Mobile system to make it easier for users to search and access corporate information from handheld devices. The search tools company has now extended the number of file formats supported by IDOL Mobile to over 300.

Firefox browser slips in market share against IE

Firefox's share of the web browser market has slipped against Microsoft's Internet Explorer. Web analytics company NetApplications said the open source Firefox browser from the Mozilla Foundation had 8.07% of the browser market in July, compared to 8.71% in June. It said Firefox's decrease was mirrored by the same increase in use of Internet Explorer, from 86.56% in June to 87.2% in July.

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