Open source software is becoming more pervasive worldwide, but its biggest challenge may be the business community's failure to embrace it, according to Linux International executive director Jon "Maddog" Hall.
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A new programme for gauging the ‘openness’ of IT solutions has been unveiled for UK local government by Open Source Academy – the consortium backed by the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister through the e-Innovations programme.
Mark R. Hinkle has been named Tech Chair for the Enterprise Open Source Conference and Expo, to be held in New York on June 5-6. He is Vice President of Strategy and Corporate Development for EmuSoftware as well as the Editor-in-Chief of LinuxWorld Magazine.
Open Source is as much a political movement as a technical one, and has a very large and tremendously passionate following around the world. The singular fact emerging from all this is that employment has simply not approached glory-day levels. Even as the Nasdaq has edged up 15% in recent months, it languishes far, far from its late 90s peak.
SOME 80 universities and colleges will incorporate open source subjects into their computer science (CS) and information technology (IT)-related courses later this year under a program that seeks to help schools develop more employable graduates.
Microsoft's delay to January of its mainstream Office 2007 version sets the stage for a perfect storm battle with the Open Document Format (ODF) in Massachusetts. The latter format is scheduled for mandatory use for document handling by the state's government.
President Hugo Chavez has long been critical of big transnational companies, and now his government is promoting free open-source software as an alternative to market-dominating Microsoft Corp.
This week Red Hat released Fedora Core 5, the latest Linux desktop distribution which adds news apps, better security and Xen virtualization. For all the improvements to Fedora, the Open Source Development Labs' Desktop Linux Working Group wanted to hear directly from PC users about what they wanted to see in desktop Linux packages - and what factors might be blocking better Linux adoption.
Also: Survey: Financial IT Execs Say Jury Still Out Open Source
The days of selling software through the traditional commercial model are numbered, as open source is becoming the paradigm of choice, said Greg Stein, chairman of the Apache Software Foundation, at the EclipseCon 2006 conference on Wednesday.
The Open Source Development Labs, an organisation devoted to improving Linux, has launched a technical advisory board to try to foster better relations with programmers, who at times have been frustrated by the industry-funded group.
Open source software such as Linux is non-proprietary, less complex, more efficient and freely available to anyone -- unlike Microsoft's Windows operating system. Linux is now the fastest growing software and powers eight of the 10 fastest supercomputers in the world.
A RESEARCH centre focused on developing and commercialising technology products for water management will be launched in Canberra tomorrow.
After years of listening to software vendors talk-up the potential benefits of e-learning in the classroom, educational establishments are now experiencing a direct correlation between e-learning deployments and an improvement in both grades and student retention.
Local relief agency Gift of the Givers, in conjunction with the Shuttleworth Foundation, has installed the largest Tuxlab in the country. Tuxlab, an initiative started by the Shuttleworth Foundation in 2002, provides learners with access to information by deploying open source computer centres in schools around the country.
When the Government of Australia's second largest state Victoria signed an $80 million, four-year contract with Microsoft in May 2002, advocates of open source software and other critics cried foul. Today that contract has just about expired, the Victorian Government has a new CIO, the NSW Government has opened its doors to Linux.
Also: Big Blue powers up Linux in NSW
"Linux is good at doing what other things already have done, but more cheaply - but can it do anything new?" That is the question asked by Steven Weber, a political scientist at the University of California at Berkeley, and author of "The Success of Open Source" (Harvard University Press, 2004), in a "Special Report" dated March 16 published in The Economist this week.
Eben Moglen, the longstanding legal counsel for the Free Software Foundation, became interested in computers at the age of 12. By 14, he was making money from writing computer programs.