Paris-based OW2 Consortium, whose members include Alcatel Lucent, France Telecom, Red Hat and Thales, will merge with California-based Open Solutions Alliance.
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Samba project leader Jeremy Allison has accused Microsoft of trying to prevent people using and distributing software under the GNU General Public Licence, by forcing cross-patent licensing deals.
Microsoft and Novell have extended their interoperability agreement for server operating systems.
Linux project lead Linus Torvalds has said it is not easy to become a major contributor to the Linux kernel.
Brazil is to appeal the International Organisation for Standardisation decision to ratify Microsoft Office Open XML, now known as ISO/IEC DIS 29500.
A project funded by the US Department of Homeland Security has praised improvements in open source security, while outlining some common errors.
Multiple vulnerabilities have been reported in many iterations and distributions of Linux.
Software giant Microsoft has said it rejected plans to develop a dual-boot iteration of Windows XP to run on One Laptop per Child XO machines, and instead is developing a version of XP specifically for the XO.
Open source software project Samba has signed an agreement with Microsoft to receive protocol documentation for the software giant's Windows workgroup server products.
Nigerian schools bought thousands of PCs with Mandriva Linux pre-installed but after words from Microsoft, they switched to Windows.