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  • December 13, 2006 13 Dec'06

    Eclipse adoption rate on the increase

    The adoption rate of the open source Eclipse integrated development environment has more than doubled in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, industry analysts have revealed.

  • December 12, 2006 12 Dec'06

    Server virtualisation based on virtual Xen available

    XenSource has announced a family of server virtualisation products based on the open source Xen hypervisor.

  • December 12, 2006 12 Dec'06

    Developers' use of open source Eclipse doubles

    The adoption rate of the open source Eclipse integrated development environment has more than doubled in the Europe, the Middle East and Africa region, industry analysts have revealed.

  • December 06, 2006 06 Dec'06

    Red Hat links up with Sirius

    Linux distributor Red Hat has announced a partnership tie-up with open source deployment specialist Sirius.

  • October 30, 2006 30 Oct'06

    Oracle offers Red Hat Linux patching

    Oracle is to support a version of Linux based on Red Hat Linux to give users a stable open source platform for Oracle products and other software.

  • October 26, 2006 26 Oct'06

    Red Hat share price slumps

    Red Hat’s share price has slumped by almost a quarter after Oracle announced it is going after Red Hat’s Linux support revenues with its own service targeted at Red Hat customers.

  • October 20, 2006 20 Oct'06

    Developer website set up for Linux

    Developers are being urged to join the new Linux Standard Base (LSB) Developer Network, a developers’ website designed to rival the Microsoft Developers Network (MSDN).

  • October 20, 2006 20 Oct'06

    Consortium to measure open source quality

    A consortium consisting of leading European open source projects, consultants and research bodies has secured EU funding to measure the quality of open source software.

  • October 11, 2006 11 Oct'06

    EC boosts open source for public sector

    The European Commission is to open a new web portal to facilitate the use of shared open source software across the public sector.

  • October 03, 2006 03 Oct'06

    Tibco unveils toolkit beta

    Tibco Software has announced a beta edition of its General Interface version 3.2 Ajax Rich Internet Application (RIA) toolkit, which is set to be launched with an open source license.

  • September 28, 2006 28 Sep'06

    Oracle releases improved open source database

    Oracle has released an improved version of its open-source Oracle Berkeley DB Release database, aimed at developers wanting to embed a transactional storage engine within their high-performance applications.

  • September 26, 2006 26 Sep'06

    Academics study open source collaboration process

    A group of US academics has launched a three-year research project to investigate how open source software is built by developers.

  • September 12, 2006 12 Sep'06

    Open tool makes it easier to develop web services

    An open source tool, due to be completed in the next few months, is promising to simplify the way web services are developed.

  • September 12, 2006 12 Sep'06

    Science site eases pain of development

    The Science Photo Library is using a pre-release version of a new open source technology to simplify the development of an e-commerce website based on web services technologies.

  • August 15, 2006 15 Aug'06

    Food firm chooses open source for ID management

    Food processing firm Kepak Group has chosen open source identity management software to control access to its Europe-wide network.

  • August 14, 2006 14 Aug'06

    Adabas continues to play a vital role for installed base

    Adabas is a database management system for IBM mainframes, Vax hardware, Unix and Windows.

  • July 31, 2006 31 Jul'06

    Google offers project hosting to open-source developers

    Search engine giant Google has launched a new open source project hosting service.

  • July 25, 2006 25 Jul'06

    IBM extends server offering with high-end Unix

    IBM has launched two new high-end Unix servers that include the Dual Stress processor technology first developed for ultrafast video games.

  • July 03, 2006 03 Jul'06

    The big question: Does Linux have a future?

    The Big Question is an initiative between Computer Weekly and recruitment consultancy PSD. Each week we put the Big Question to top IT professionals to get their take on a current talking point.

  • July 03, 2006 03 Jul'06

    Red Hat hit with JBoss lawsuit

    Linux supplier Red Hat has been hit with a patent lawsuit arising from its acquisition of open source middleware firm JBoss last month.

  • June 27, 2006 27 Jun'06

    Belgium government drives adoption of open source Open Document Format

    The Belgium government has decided to adopt the open source Open Document Format (ODF) across its operations.

  • June 26, 2006 26 Jun'06

    Eclipse poised to unveil 10 open-source projects

    The Eclipse Foundation open source community has announced the simultaneous release of 10 open source projects.

  • June 14, 2006 14 Jun'06

    Oracle issues 'safe' Linux configurations

    Oracle has issued a list of Linux configurations it has tested with its own products, to make it easier for users to choose a safer open source system.

  • June 13, 2006 13 Jun'06

    Red Hat completes JBoss deal

    Linux supplier Red Hat has completed the acquisition of open source middleware firm JBoss in a deal worth £187m, plus an extra £38m if future sales targets are met.

  • June 06, 2006 06 Jun'06

    Red Hat completes JBoss acquisition

    Linux supplier Red Hat has completed the acquisition of open source middleware firm JBoss in a deal worth £187m, plus an extra £38m if future sales targets are met.

  • May 24, 2006 24 May'06

    Open source developers agree Ajax definition

    Members of the OpenAjax Alliance – the industry body set up to promote use of the open source Ajax web development language – have agreed on a common definition of Ajax.

  • May 18, 2006 18 May'06

    Enterprise program pays to support open source

    OpenLogic has announced what it claims is the first program to provide consolidated, commercial-grade support across a wide range of open source products by tapping the open source development community for enterprise support.

  • May 17, 2006 17 May'06

    Sun makes more Java open source

    Sun Microsystems has announced the release of a series of Java technologies to the open source community.

  • May 16, 2006 16 May'06

    ISO backs Open Document Format

    The International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) has approved the open source Open Document Format (ODF) as an international data format standard.

  • May 16, 2006 16 May'06

    Hot skills: Eclipse lets developers cash in on existing skills

    Open source initiative supports multiple platforms

  • May 09, 2006 09 May'06

    Open source essential part of IT services portfolios

    An IDC study has found that open source is becoming a fundamental aspect of services portfolios for major solutions providers such as IBM Global Services, HP Services, Unisys and Novell.

  • May 09, 2006 09 May'06

    Network leaders drive virtualisation into datacentres

    Mellanox Technologies is to collaborate with Novell to build an integrated system that delivers Xen 3.0.2 virtualisation in conjunction with Mellanox's 20gbps InfiniBand fabric solutions on top of Novell's SUSE Linux Enterprise 10 platform.

  • May 05, 2006 05 May'06

    OpenDocument Format given ISO approval

    The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) has approved the open source OpenDocument Format (ODF) as an international data format standard.

  • May 02, 2006 02 May'06

    Financial firms urged to look into open source

    Financial services companies have been urged to look at how open source technologies could be used in areas of the business where it is unnecessary to develop software internally.

  • April 20, 2006 20 Apr'06

    BCS backs open source project to boost software for disabled users

    The BCS is backing an open source initiative to promote the development of assistive technology.

  • April 18, 2006 18 Apr'06

    Red Hat on “collision course” with Oracle and IBM, says Goldman

    Linux supplier Red Hat’s $350m (£205m) acquisition of open-source middleware firm JBoss will put it on a “collision course” with Oracle and IBM, analysts have warned.

  • April 17, 2006 17 Apr'06

    Cross-platform Linux and Windows virus discovered

    A virus that affects both Linux and Windows platforms could be unleashed into the wild.

  • April 12, 2006 12 Apr'06

    Microsoft says game on for open source and virtualisation

    Microsoft has used the LinuxWorld Conference & Expo to announce new developments based on virtualisation.

  • April 10, 2006 10 Apr'06

    Red Hat buys JBoss

    Linux supplier Red Hat is buying open-source middleware company JBoss for $350m (£205m) to expand its product portfolio.

  • March 03, 2006 03 Mar'06

    Local authorities launch open source advice site

    A website has been launched to help local authorities consider whether to use open source software.

  • March 03, 2006 03 Mar'06

    Alliance promotes open source in public sector

    Around 30 academic institutions, professional organisations, companies and trade groups have formed the OpenDocument Format Alliance, to promote open source document standards in the public sector.

  • March 01, 2006 01 Mar'06

    Sun to acquire patch management expert

    Sun Microsystems has announced plans to acquire patch management software company Aduva. Aduva's Onstage software is used to deploy updates and patches on Solaris and Linux-based systems.

  • February 27, 2006 27 Feb'06

    IBM fights back in SCO dipsute

    IBM has filed subpoenas demanding information from Microsoft, Hewlett-Packard, Sun Microsystems and BayStar Capital about their relations with SCO Group as part of its own defence in a long-running dispute over Linux code.

  • February 22, 2006 22 Feb'06

    Windows outstrips Unix in server market

    Annual sales of Windows servers have overtaken Unix for the first time, breaking Unix’s decade-long grip on the top spot, a market survey has shown.

  • February 17, 2006 17 Feb'06

    Oracle acquisitions continue

    Oracle has announced plans to buy Swedish communications software firm HotSip, just a day after snapping up open source software company Sleepycat.

  • February 13, 2006 13 Feb'06

    IBM extends Eclipse functionality to simplify Ajax development

    IBM has boosted the open source Eclipse integrated development environment project by adding support for Open Asynchronous Javascript + XML (Ajax).

  • January 31, 2006 31 Jan'06

    IBM releases free DB2 database

    IBM has released a free version of its DB2 database, aimed at attracting application developers who may have chosen open source alternatives instead.

  • January 18, 2006 18 Jan'06

    HP to support complete open source JBoss range

    HP is to now support the entire range of the JBoss open source middleware product range.

  • January 13, 2006 13 Jan'06

    Sun to pay Oracle users' fees

    Sun Microsystems is to subsidise customers using Oracle database software on its high-end Unix servers.

  • January 11, 2006 11 Jan'06

    Sun to pay users' Oracle licence fees

    Sun Microsystems is to subsidise customers using Oracle database software on its high-end Unix servers.

  • January 11, 2006 11 Jan'06

    Novell beefs up Linux security with AppArmor

    Novell has released Linux security software to make it harder for internet attacks to compromise existing Linux-based computers.

  • January 03, 2006 03 Jan'06

    Massachusetts open source CIO resigns

    The Massachusetts government chief information officer who chose to move away from proprietary Microsoft document formats in favour of an open source solution has resigned.

  • December 19, 2005 19 Dec'05

    New open source software standard unites suppliers

    Seven US universities and four suppliers have agreed common standards for developing open source software.

  • December 09, 2005 09 Dec'05

    Sugar 4.0 open source CRM to be released

    SugarCRM plans to launch the next version of its open source customer relationship management (CRM) platform next week, with several new features to aid companies’ sales and marketing.

  • November 14, 2005 14 Nov'05

    Open source tools bring Java and .net interoperability a step closer

    With Sun and Microsoft's partnership almost a year and a half old, the suppliers have finally made good on their promise to make Sun's Java more interoperable with Microsoft's .net framework through the use of open source tools and code.

  • November 14, 2005 14 Nov'05

    Linux enterprise supercomputer launch date

    Linux Networx is launching a Linux supercomputer platform for the enterprise market.

  • November 08, 2005 08 Nov'05

    Storage opens up for customers

    Storage costs look likely to be slashed as Cisco, IBM and seven other industry big-hitters have joined forces to create an open source standard for storage management.

  • October 28, 2005 28 Oct'05

    Novell joins open document board

    Novell has joined the board overseeing the technical committee responsible for the development of the open source Open Document Format (ODF).

  • October 26, 2005 26 Oct'05

    Distance learning now available for Lamp web server technology

    Training company Computeach has launched what it claims is the first distance learning course in Lamp, the open source web server platform.

  • October 26, 2005 26 Oct'05

    Apache's good reputation drives demand for open web server skills

    The Apache HTTP server - now 10 years old - is the product of an open source initiative dedicated to keeping the internet free from commercial control. It is a key part of the Lamp (Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP/Perl/Python) platform.

  • October 17, 2005 17 Oct'05

    Users need to work more closely with the open source community, says Forrester

    Businesses that want to make more use of open source technology have been advised to work more closely with the open source community.

  • October 14, 2005 14 Oct'05

    Alfresco to launch open source ECM system

    London-based software company Alfresco is about to release an open source enterprise content management (ECM) system to help organisations keep track of their electronic data.

  • October 10, 2005 10 Oct'05

    Sterling boosts SAP apps with Linux move

    Sterling University has improved performance three-fold and lowered project costs by moving its SAP human resources and payroll system to Linux.

  • October 07, 2005 07 Oct'05

    University's Linux migration cuts costs and boosts SAP performance

    Stirling University has improved performance three-fold and lowered project costs by moving its SAP human resources and payroll system over to Linux.

  • October 07, 2005 07 Oct'05

    BEA buys to boost Open Source

    BEA's acquisition of M7 has given the company Eclipse-based development tools and will strengthen the presence of open source tools in the market, say analysts.

  • October 06, 2005 06 Oct'05

    Bugs delay Nokia's internet tablet

    Nokia has delayed shipping its much vaunted Linux-driven internet tablet because of software problems.

  • October 04, 2005 04 Oct'05

    HP boosts Linux management with RLX acquisition

    HP is acquiring Linux management software company RLX Technologies to add its technology to its own products.

  • September 29, 2005 29 Sep'05

    MIT targets $100 laptop at schoolchildren

    The Massachusetts Institute of Technology says it will launch a $100 (£58) Linux-based laptop prototype this November to help schools in developing countries adopt electronic learning.

  • September 22, 2005 22 Sep'05

    Open source standard gets boost

    Good news for those trying to establish a standard Linux

  • September 22, 2005 22 Sep'05

    National ID card databases 'should be open source'

    The UK government’s national ID card system should be based on open-source standards to build flexibility into the scheme, says a leading identity standards organisation.

  • September 20, 2005 20 Sep'05

    Linux faces long climb to the top

    OpenSource software is still not fully trusted by senior IT management

  • September 13, 2005 13 Sep'05

    Open source enables code reuse strategy that can give firms the best of both worlds

    Open source software opens the way to a reuse strategy that combines the best elements of in- house application development and commercial packages, according to a study for the Council of European Professional Informatics Societies, of which the ...

  • September 09, 2005 09 Sep'05

    Link in to Linux, open up to Open Source

    Analysts are advising developers to ensure that they broaden their skill sets to include open source.

  • September 07, 2005 07 Sep'05

    Borland Software updates development platform

    Borland Software has upgraded its JBuilder IDE (integrated development environment) platform, as it ponders handing more support to the open source Eclipse development consortium.

  • August 23, 2005 23 Aug'05

    Open source will see widespread adoption over the next five years

    Open source software is becoming an increasingly strategic issue for many organisations, a study by the National Computing Centre (NCC) has found.

  • August 22, 2005 22 Aug'05

    Apache releases web services suite

    The open source Apache Software Foundation is planning to release a new suite of web services, which will give users an alternative to the Sun’s Java-based services and those built on Microsoft’s .Net platform.

  • August 22, 2005 22 Aug'05

    JBoss eases use of open source

    JBoss has launched its JBoss Migration Programme to make it easier for companies to use open-source application server software and cut their costs.

  • August 16, 2005 16 Aug'05

    Novell releases GroupWise update

    Novell has released the latest version of its GroupWise e-mail and instant messaging server software, and has bundled a free copy of Novell’s SuSE Linux Enterprise Server 9 (SLES 9) to run it on.

  • August 15, 2005 15 Aug'05

    Siebel supports SuSE

    Siebel Systems is adapting its customer relationship management applications to run on Novell’s SuSE Linux open source server platform.

  • August 10, 2005 10 Aug'05

    Novell launches openSUSE project with initial beta release

    Novell has launched its openSUSE project with the release of a beta 1 version of Suse Linux 10.0 – codenamed “Prague” – to developers as part of a shift to an open source methodology for developing Suse Linux.

  • August 08, 2005 08 Aug'05

    Java stack aids coders

    Open source software and support company SourceLabs has launched a Java application stack and a premium support service for businesses.

  • August 08, 2005 08 Aug'05

    Siebel becomes latest supplier to throw weight behind enterprise Linux

    Siebel has become the latest technology supplier to throw its weight behind enterprise Linux, creating a Suse Linux version of its whole application suite.

  • August 08, 2005 08 Aug'05

    Alliance proposes quality rating model

    A new standard model for rating open source software is being proposed by an alliance including Intel and US university Carnegie Mellon.

  • August 02, 2005 02 Aug'05

    Open-source software ratings system launched

    A new standard model for rating open source software is being proposed by an alliance including chip manufacturer Intel and a US university.

  • July 27, 2005 27 Jul'05

    Rackspace launches high-end Linux hosting service

    Hosting specialist Rackspace has unveiled a high-end Linux-based managed hosting service for larger businesses.

  • July 25, 2005 25 Jul'05

    Microsoft to boost compatibility with open-source software

    Compatibility tests carried out with Linux and Unix servers Some open-source initiatives introduced into Microsoft practices

  • July 14, 2005 14 Jul'05

    Sun makes single sign-on open source

    Sun Microsystems is planning to make some of its enterprise web authentication and single sign-on technology open source.

  • July 07, 2005 07 Jul'05

    Sourcelabs opens up project catalogue

    Open source software company Sourcelabs has launched an on-line catalogue of open-source projects to help developers contribute to evolving technology platforms.

  • July 01, 2005 01 Jul'05

    Red Hat joy from rocketing Linux sales

    Leading Linux software provider Red Hat has reported a 46% increase in year-on-year group sales for the first quarter ending May, and a 63% increase in enterprise subscription revenue.

  • June 27, 2005 27 Jun'05

    Public sector gets lab to test open source

    The National Computing Centre has opened a test laboratory where public sector organisations can prove the viability of open source applications and configurations.

  • June 27, 2005 27 Jun'05

    Red Hat opens Linux Academy in Europe

    Red Hat has rolled out its Red Hat Academy programme in Europe to deliver a Linux curriculum to secondary schools and help further popularise open source software.

  • June 21, 2005 21 Jun'05

    eBay makes open source bid for new apps

    eBay has launched an open source developer website to encourage the creation of new applications for its auction site and PayPal online payment service.

  • June 16, 2005 16 Jun'05

    JBoss forms open source public sector group

    JBoss, the professional open source company, has formed the JBoss Government Group to promote the use of open source solutions in the public sector.

  • June 06, 2005 06 Jun'05

    Macromedia joins Eclipse initiative

    Macromedia has joined the open source Eclipse programming initiative to encourage more developers to produce new applications using its Flash technology

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