Sun, Google in office software pact

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Sun Microsystems Inc. and Google Inc. on Tuesday said they had agreed to a multi-year pact to distribute Sun's software technologies that offer a potential alternative to Microsoft Corp.'s dominance of business users' desktops.

Dell offers an open-source PC

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Hardware

Dell began offering a new desktop PC on Tuesday with no operating system installed. The machine is designed for people who want to run open-source software such as Linux instead of Windows.

Microsoft to 'embrace' open source

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Microsoft

Unless it's Linux, of course

This is Microsoft's latest approach to the niggling challenge (opportunity?) presented by Linux and open source software: public humility.

VDrift v2005-10-02 Screenshots

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Gaming

VDrift, the cross-platform open-source driving simulator designed for drift racing, recently released its 2005-10-02 source. Phoronix has the screenshots.

Quake IV goes Gold

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Gaming

Some days after publishing that there will be a native GNU/Linux port of Quake4, idsoftware announced the finalization of the next sequel of the Quake series.

GroupWise on SUSE Linux More Secure than MS Exchange

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Linux

Novell has said that Woodbine Entertainment Group, a billion-dollar provider of racing, gaming and entertainment products, has chosen Novell for secure collaboration and automated desktop management.

Open Graphics Project Status Update

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Hardware

Since the last update, a number of things have been going on. For a hardware project that's being done in our spare time, though, things are going rather well, and there's a very strong likelihood that you'll see real hardware for sale on our web site before the year is out.

Largest Linux Desktop Roll-Out in China's History

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Linux

"This project marks the cooperative effort of Sun Wah Linux and the Jiangsu government's use of Linux to fight against Microsoft's monopoly in China."

KDE at the 2005 Ohio Linux Fest

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KDE

With over 700 attendees and a speaking track packed full of goodies, the one-day Ohio Linux Fest held this past Saturday in the city of Columbus was an unqualified success.

Linux in Enterprise Is Already Prime Time

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Linux

I was obviously standing in the wrong place, because I could not help overhearing a group of IT professionals speaking about Linux. Few, if any, had positive words. In most cases they mentioned the word Linux and let out bellowing laughs.

Linux advances in datacentre but poses no desktop threat to Microsoft

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Linux

Linuxworld: The open source operating system is becoming more widespread within the enterprise for use on servers. But even its advocates believe desktop Linux is some way off.

Red Hat monopolises Linux distro mind share

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Linux

WHILE SEVERAL Linux based vendors showed up at this year's Expocomm Argentina, the only major distributor present was Red Hat. The company's booth seemed to attract even more people than last year.

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Next Up: Google Office?

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Misc

Google and Sun Microsystems will hold a press conference on Tuesday at which they're expected to announce a collaboration to bring an alternative to Microsoft Office.

Mills: IBM Has Advantage over 'Precarious' Startups

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OSS

Q&A: IBM executive Steve Mills says the company is well-positioned to dominate over open-source startup groups; he cites IBM's stability and "deep customer relationships."

Online Library in the Cards

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Web

Yahoo has thrown its weight behind a San Francisco group that hopes to develop an online library of digitized texts and films in the public domain, available for download and reuse in high-resolution formats.

OpenDocument could 'turn everything inside out'

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OSS

A Sun Microsystems executive says the OpenDocument format has the potential to change the world.

Gaming Open Source

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Gaming

Open source software and code pops up within the game industry in numerous ways. While attending a Women in Games International event, the opportunity to discuss open source with people actually in the industry came up.

Rimer's Rules for Open Source

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OSS

Venture capitalist Danny Rimer has made investments in companies across the open-source landscape, including MySQL, Zend, TrollTech, and SourceLabs. Reporter Sarah Lacy caught up with Rimer to chat about his European advantage and why he won't make certain open-source investments.

Linus Torvalds Outburst Sparks Fierce Debate

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Linux

The Linux Kernel Mailing List (LKML) came alive on Thursday when Linus Torvalds chose to write, in a discussion about the risks of following specs without being flexible enough to take reality into account.

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