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SCO's hometown paper sees bad things coming

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SCO's Linux and IBM lawsuits haven't been going well, and the stock market's beginning to notice. SCO's hometown newspaper, the Salt Lake City Tribune, notes that SCO's stock has fallen from its October 2003 high of $20.50 per share to an August 1 close of $2.28.

Linux needs to disappear

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Okay, I confess that I chose this headline to draw you into this blog entry. A more accurate headline would be "Operating systems need to disappear". But I don't want my meaning to be misconstrued. The term "operating systems" would have to include proprietary operating systems.

Mandriva 2007 Beta 1 released.

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Mandriva 2007 Beta 1 is now available. Read the announcement here.
You can download a 5-cd x86_64 version (or 1-dvd) from here.

There are some known issues, as is typical usual with an early beta release ...

ReactOS overview

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These days, when one talks about free software, the first word that comes to mind is Linux. ReactOS is an old project. It actually started around 1996, but started producing code only recently. It aims at implementing all of win32 according to specs, be it hardware or software.

Server-side Windows vs. Linux: Considering today's differences

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Not long ago, choosing Linux in the data center meant a tradeoff. You had to give up some capabilities in exchange for freedom from Microsoft lock-in. But that has changed. These days the features of Windows and Linux stack up against each other very competitively. For the most part, administrators can choose Linux or Windows today without losing out. Some differences, however, must be considered. In this article, I look at several of those differences.

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Legal Setback Raises Questions Of SCO's Survival

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Unix vendor SCO Group's intellectual property lawsuit against IBM has been widely seen as a go-for-broke strategy. Now it looks more like just a plan to go broke.

A great operating system is about details

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A couple of weeks ago I found time to install Dapper Drake, the latest Ubuntu Linux release. In the same week my wife bought a brand new MacBook. The inevitable comparison got me thinking about what makes an otherwise good operating system great. Is it better than Ubuntu?

Open-Xchange Publishes First in a Series of Position Papers

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Open-Xchange, Inc. today posted the first in a series of position papers intended to review the forces changing the market for information technology in general and collaborative solutions in specific.

Give me cake, just choose one for me....

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Ok, I may be a bit slow, but isn't Linux supposed to be the flour in the OS sandwich? I mean the same core ingredient? Ok, you can get white and brown, I'll give you that, what I mean is, don't you just add the filling you require? Linux is Linux, right?

Staking the Vampire: SCO's case comes to an end?

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What appears to be the real end of the case came on June 28. On that day, U.S. District Court Magistrate Judge Brooke Wells dismissed about two-thirds of SCO's claimed 294 examples of IBM contributing Unix code to Linux.

Is there anything of substance left to SCO's case? The lawyers say no.

SCO's Future Murky Following Legal Blow

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It is unclear how SCO will continue to fund its legal battles: Its cash reserves are disappearing at a rapid pace, while its losses have accelerated over the last year, in large part due to its legal expenses. If not a death knell, the dismissal of most of its claims against IBM is a major blow to its prospects.

Enterprise Unix Roundup: Digging in the Open Sandbox

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While those of us here in the United States are getting ready for some serious holiday loafing-about next week, our friends across the pond are getting some work (and perhaps some schmoozing) done at the Open Source Business Conference (OSBC) Europe in London.

Jaspersoft Launches JasperIntelligence 1.0

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Open source business intelligence architecture strengthened with new analysis product and enhanced server capabilities

A comparison of Ubuntu 6.06 and Windows XP

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Last Thursday night I installed my new hard drive and set up my computer so that it would dual-boot between Windows XP and Ubuntu 6.06 (Dapper Drake). I figured that this might end up being a weekend-long project. It wasn’t; both Ubuntu and Windows XP were fully functioning after less than 5 hours of work.

OpenLogic Launches OpenLogic Enterprise 4.0

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OpenLogic, Inc. today announced the launch of OpenLogic Enterprise 4.0, the first enterprise-wide solution providing a platform that empowers enterprises to manage, deploy, track and maintain a broad library of open source solutions.

Enterprise Unix Roundup: Gates' Move Means Little

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This being a Unix column, we can often dismiss what goes on in the Windows space with a sniffy, "not our kind, dear." But the latest seismic shift on the other side of the OS tracks has many a Unix pundit ... verklempt.

Gartner: Open source on Windows is the future

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Analysts are increasingly receiving feedback from its clients showing that there is a real growth in companies that want to run open source software stacks on top of Windows, or proprietary software on top of Linux.

Euro 2006 show report

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The RISC OS euro roadshow took place last Saturday and Michael Gerbracht was there to witness it in all its glory. Here are his thoughts on the event, held at the Hotel Mercure in Nieuwegein, near Utrecht, Holland. Below are close up photos of Select 4's new Filer in action, as well as other shots.

The Ultimate Operating System Face-Off Between Linux, Microsoft Windows & Macintosh

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Which operating system is the most secure? Windows, Linux or Mac? Jim Kukral, creator of http://www.InfectMyPC.com is going to find out by pitting two PC's and a Macintosh computer against each other in the ultimate battle to see which one will survive the longest under deliberate attacks from spam, viruses and spyware.

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