In a move that Novell says is designed to make its intentions clear when it comes to any patents it may have to the open source software (OSS) it distributes, Novell has issued a policy statement saying that those patents are purely for defensive purposes. Patents on software is a controversial issue these days because of how they basically result in government-sanctioned monopolies.
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Although it is often hailed as the go-to alternative for consumers and companies that are fed up with the security situation with Windows, desktop Linux still has some ground to cover before it's "there." What's "there?
The French Atomic Energy Commission and the Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology are cooperating on the development of a Linux-based platform that can be used in multiple environments, including PCs, servers and PDAs. The two groups signed an agreement in the presence of French President Jacques Chirac and Chinese President Hu Jintao this week...
Though the software that Microsoft has released under an open source license is by no means the keys to the kingdom, one of the poster children companies of the open source community -- MySQL AB -- has decided to deploy the technology in the Windows-based version of its namesake database.
What do JetBlue and Salesforce.com have in common?
At $199 (with a T-Mobile service contract) and coupled with the long-awaited (albeit limited) Bluetooth and great...
The latest iMac--the third incarnation, if you're keeping track--is the natural evolution of a computer that keeps getting slimmer and slimmer. The new Apple iMac G5 is still more about style than substance, according to ZDnet reviews....
In a settlement that brings closure to the first state-filed case under the federal Can-Spam act, DC Enterprises and its principal owner, William Carson of Florida, agreed to pay $25,000 and halt further violations of the Can-Spam Act.
Two new startups have launched -- SourceLabs and SpikeSource -- aimed at supporting enterprise open source applications. Both companies say that they will offer certified and integrated LAMP and LAMPJ stacks and that they will be vendor neutral.
A September 2004 report by the National Bureau of Economic Research entitled America's High-Tech Bust found that the U.S.