This story has been around for about a week, with Microsoft’s press release being pretty much reproduced by dozens of outlets; this short piece in Computing seems to have been (one of?) the first. There is a longer item at Computer Business Review emphasising Novell’s perspective and one from eWeek looking at it from […]
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Two pieces in Information Week ruminate about THAT DEAL. The first, syndicated from Reuters, highlights the continuing enraged reaction of the Free Software Foundation, the second, an op-ed piece, reviews the controversial tie-up three months on, without adding anything much.
Surprisingly perhaps, news of Novell’s huge deal with Peugeot doesn’t mention anything about the […]
… is the somewhat faintly praising title of this piece on the legalities of open source licencing viewed from within the English legal system.
To quote from a piece in The Scotsman
“We believe that about half of all IT jobs created in the UK over the next year will be as a result of Vista,” O’Hare claims. Microsoft anticipates about 30,000 new IT jobs in the UK next year simply around the upgrade to Vista.
Raymond O’Hare is director of […]
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And Agored is available free!
“Agored” is Welsh for “open” and “ddim” is “free”, as in “free beer” so guess what this story is about!
We mentioned our soft spot for Wales a while ago. Here is another great open source story from Ping Wales.
Coverage of the Microsoft-Novell deal has moved on from the stunned headlines which greeted the breaking news to more worldly analysis. The hundreds of stories have two major themes: money, and the future of Red Hat. Comment suggesting wholesome motives like innovation and customer service, or attention to the EU’s concerns is […]
Down under, something very big has happened very quietly. Kennards Hire, a major machinery rental company, engaged in a massive migration to desktop Linux, the biggest the country has yet seen, with nary a peep from the national media. Steven Deare of ZDNet Australia noticed this and decided to investigate:
[ZDNet] tried to cover the rollout […]
We recently blogged a piece from The FT on the behavioural economics of risk (people take less than they should, apparently).
Hope then, that not too many people catch this piece from Silicon.com on the subject of the risks OSS adoption poses to companies.
Matt Asay at InfoWorld took umbrage at some of the assertions […]
Forbes Magazine, the self-proclaimed “tool of captalism”, has been taking a look at the role of OSS in creating a “cheap revolution” - note that it won’t be free, one has to make money after all - and focusing on the potential for disruption and threats to established companies.
There are articles on the threat to […]
With Gartner predicting a “new wave” of open source software of great use to businesses, new research suggests 95% of the top 2000 companies in the world will have an open source procurement and management strategy by 2008.
Companies are attracted by the low cost, but the availability of technical support is still raising concerns within […]
Boingo have released an open source toolkit for embedded WiFi. The toolkit will be available for developers to port to any operating system free of licensing costs, so long as they publish their changes. Should developers wish to sit on their work and not release it to the community, the company is also making a […]
A slew of news came out of Novell this week as the company wound up to today’s release of SuSE 10.1.
Parallel to the release new iteration of their OS was the release of a desktop package bundling various pieces of OSS. The suite includes Novell’s Open Enterprise Server, ZenWorks desktop management tools, Novell Linux Desktop […]
Code Breakers, a new BBC series on free and open source software in the developing world, starts tonight on BBC World.
The poorest countries are now beginning to use free or open source software (FOSS), a software that parallels many of Microsoft’s programmes but with the major difference being that they are distributed free of charge […]
Two companies - JasperSoft and Pentaho - have recently announced open source business intelligence (BI) tools. Silicon.com asks if they have what it takes to crack the market.
Dana Blakenhorn at ZDNet evidently thinks so, describing the potential - apropos of the vastly decreased costs of BI that will stem from open source software - […]
Should you wish for an excuse to play with Lego again, we may have just found it for you. The company is said to be “days away” from announcing that it is to open the source code - no word on which license yet - for its MindStorm NXT robots.
*Update - there’s some more details […]
ESR Technology , an innovative engineering and risk management consultancy has reduced its own exposure to risk by migrating to Open Source software.
As a venture capital funded spin-off from AEA plc (formerly the Atomic Energy Authority), ESR Technology wanted to free themselves from the financial and business risks associated with vendor lock-in.Their solution was […]
The Free Standards Group, a consortia of Linux distributors, announced an agreement that could see a standard set of components included in desktop distributions, and thereby help Linux to take on the homogeneity of Windows.
“One of the big things that’s difficult is consistency, and that’s Window’s biggest strength,” said Jim Zemlin, executive director of the […]
The media remains abuzz this week with speculation about Oracle’s Linux intentions.
CNet brought together the opinions of various Oracle watchers who suggested that CEO Ellison’s comments should be viewed as part of the company’s strategy, and could be read variously as a threat or flirtation with the likes of Red Hat and Novell.
Channel Insider and […]
With Vista’s delay adding to claims from the likes of Novell and Red Hat that this is the year Linux is going to break through, a senior analyst from the leading IT analysts the Meta Group has suggested that everyone should take a serious look at open source or web-based alternatives to Microsoft’s next generation […]
Two different American healthcare providers have found two different reasons to switch to open source from proprietary solutions.
Catholic Healthcare West, from the golden state of California, were after consolidation, consistency and efficiency. Their move started with a drive for open standards to avoid reliance on a single vendor, which eventually led to an interest […]