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Novell Showcases Gen-Next SUSE Desktop

HomeSUSE's new offering could give Windows a run for its money on the usability front.

Novell has unveiled the all-new SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 10, a product that it feels can give Windows a run for its money on the usability front. Besides cosmetic changes, the version features a host of updates that, SUSE feels, will trigger large-scale enterprise-level migrations from Windows to Linux. The bigwig insists that the release is targeted at the 'basic office worker.'

You can find the full article:

http://www.efytimes.com/fullnews.asp?edid=10767

La catedral y el bazar por Eric S. Raymond

Analizo un proyecto de software de dominio público desarrollado con éxito, fetchmail, que se realizó como una prueba deliberada de algunas teorías sorprendentes sobre ingeniería de software sugeridas por la historia de Linux. Presento estas teorías en términos de dos estilos de desarrollo completamente distintos, el modelo ``cathedral'', aplicable a la mayor parte de los desarrollos realizados en el mundo del software comercial, frente al modelo ``bazar'', más propio del mundo Linux. Muestro que estos modelos se derivan de puntos de partida opuestos sobre la naturaleza del proceso de depuración del software. Prosigo manteniendo a partir de la experiencia Linux la hipótesis de que ``Dado un número suficiente de ojos, todos los errores son irrelevantes'', sugiriendo analogías productivas con otros sistemas auto-correctores integrados por agentes autónomos, y concluyo realizando alguna exploración de las consecuencias de este punto de vista sobre el futuro del software.

Puede encontrar el artículo completo en:
http://es.tldp.org/Otros/catedral-bazar/cathedral-es-paper-00.html

Microsoft Gives Away Windows

In a press conference held at Microsoft headquarters in Redmond, Washington yesterday, Microsoft Corporation (MSFT) announced a new pricing scheme for its ubiquitous operating system, Windows XP, which will now be named Windows XFree.

"In future," a spokesperson explained, "we will not be charging customers for Windows XFree, which will become a free 15GB download from the Microsoft Web site. In addition, computer makers will no longer pay licensing fees to Microsoft when pre-installing Windows XP on their computers."

The new system will apply to all computers to be manufactured after February, 2005.

You can find the full article:
http://www.thespoof.com/news/spoof.cfm?headline=s8i6835

Sun open-source license could mean Solaris-Linux barrier

Sun Microsystems has quietly begun seeking official open-source status for a new software license that likely will be used to govern its Solaris operating system.

But the license may inhibit cross-pollination between Solaris and Linux--a sacrifice Sun appears willing to make in its effort to attract developers and revitalize its version of Unix.

You can find the full article:
http://news.zdnet.com/2100-3513_22-5475182.html

Microsoft keeps legal options against free Office alternative

Microsoft Corp.'s settlement with Sun Microsystems Inc. includes a provision explicitly preserving the Redmond company's right to sue licensees of a free alternative to its dominant Microsoft Office software.

Industry analysts say Microsoft appears to be merely keeping its options open, not plotting to sue users or distributors of the OpenOffice.org software. But some say the provision also underscores how seriously the company is taking the threat from open-source programs that compete with its core products.

You can find the full article:
http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/business/190801_openoffice15.html

Linux vendors attack Forrester report

Analyst Forrester has come under fire from leading Linux distributors for suggesting that Windows and Linux are equally secure.

In a research note published last month entitled Is Linux More Secure Than Windows?, Forrester argues that the perception that Windows is far less secure than Linux is unfair.

In assessing the relative security of open source and proprietary platforms, Forrester looked at factors such as vendors' responsiveness to vulnerabilities, the severity of vulnerabilities and how thoroughly flaws are fixed.

You can find the full article:
http://www.theregister.co.uk/2004/04/07/forrester_report_slammed/

Linus Torvalds: ''Desktop Market has already started''

Linus Torvalds tells of some other programming venues than the Linux kernel, predicts a shadowy outcome for GNU/Hurd, gives some advice to anyone wanting to undertake a large software project and updates us on the latest in kernel development in this email interview by Preston St. Pierre.

You can find the full article:
http://linuxtimes.net/modules.php?name=News&file=article&sid=145

La 'ignorancia cultural' enfrenta a Microsoft con varios grandes mercados

"¿Cuál es su sexo: no especificado, varón o hembra?". Esta frase no sorprendería demasiado si estuviera incluida en alguno de los muchos cuestionarios supuestamente humorísticos que los españoles se envían por la Red, pero cuando se trata de una de las preguntas que Windows XP realiza a los usuarios en algunos países latinoamericanos, donde "hembra" puede interpretarse como "zorra", el asunto pasa a ser grave. Y es que, como han reconocido fuentes de Microsoft, algunos 'despistes culturales' han hecho que ciertos productos de la compañía estén siendo vetados en algunos de los principales mercados del planeta.

Puede encontrar el artículo completo en:
http://www.elmundo.es/navegante/2004/08/24/empresas/1093349677.html

HP unveils its first Linux laptop

Compaq nx5000 ships with Novell Inc.'s SUSE Linux 9.1 and the OpenOffice productivity suite.

The Compaq nx5000 was unveiled at the LinuxWorld Conference & Expo here during a keynote speech by HP's vice president of Linux, Martin Fink.

"This is the year that Linux overtakes the Mac on the desktop, and maybe my laptop will help accelerate that," Fink said.

You can find the full article:
http://www.computerworld.com/softwaretopics/os/linux/story/0,10801,95026,00.html

Jabber Chats Up Gateway to IBM

Instant messaging software firm Jabber has outlined plans for an XMPP-to-SIP Gateway that opens the door for interoperability with IBM's Lotus IM product.

The Jabber move to connect with Big Blue's instant messenger comes less than a week after Microsoft announced it would open its enterprise-focused Live Communications Server 2005 (LCS 2005) to chat networks run by rivals America Online and Yahoo.

You can find the full article in:
http://www.internetnews.com/xSP/article.php/3384241

Could PHP Soon Be Owned by Sun?

PHP 5's official release occurred on July 13th, with a complete overhaul of object-oriented programming features and improved MySQL functions. These are sure to be great additions to the package for PHP developers. However, many of the changes to PHP are hinting at something that PHP developers might not necessarily like down the road.

At first glance, the obvious changes to PHP are a result of the success of the Java platform and the weaknesses of PHP revealed in comparison. With the release of PHP 5, it's apparent that the developers of PHP and the Zend Engine (essentially a single group) felt compelled to make PHP much more like Java with respect to object-oriented programming. Zend, the Israeli company backing the development of PHP, promises on their web site that "full integration with Java will be closer than ever before." Hmmm, full integration with Java, huh?

On November 4th, 2003, Zend announced a strategic partnership with Sun. This deal also included advisors from Borland, Macromedia, MySQL and others. The purported purpose of this deal was to make PHP part of Sun's web server and bring it to the corporate world of development that previously had been dominated by ASP and ColdFusion. Now with the release of PHP 5, it's far more apparent which path PHP is taking.

You can find the full article in:
http://features.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=04/08/05/1915255

Linux Is More Secure Than Windows. It Just Is.

Evans Data recently provided more proof that Linux is more secure than Windows. The researchers surveyed 500 Linux developers and found that 92 percent had never had a machine affected by malicious code. Fewer than 7 percent said they'd been victims of three or more hacker intrusions.

By comparison, last spring Evans did a study that found that 60 percent of non-Linux developers had been victimized by security breaches, and 32 percent said they'd been hit three or more times.

You can find the full article in:
http://www.linuxsecurity.com/articles/host_security_article-9595.html

Novell to release enhanced Linux in fall

Novell plans to release its new corporate version of Linux for desktop computers this fall, merging technology from two Linux specialists it acquired.

You can find the full article:
http://news.com.com/Novell...

Sun mulls buying Novell

Sun Microsystems is toying with the idea of buying Linux seller Novell, saying that springing for the $2.64 billion company would hurt rival IBM.

"With our balance sheet, we're considering all our options," Sun Chief Operating Officer Jonathan Schwartz said in an interview Sunday regarding the possibility of acquiring Novell. "What would owning the operating system on which IBM is dependent be worth? History would suggest we look to Microsoft for comparisons."

You can find the full article:
http://zdnet.com.com/2100-1104_2-5292579.html

Report From "Get The Facts"

Huw Lynes wrote an interesting report from Microsoft's "Get The Facts" show in London (earlier Slashdot story). Along with the report he provides some analysis of their apparent strategy, which includes equating "Shared Source" with "Open Source" and making out that Linux isn't free.

You can find the full article:
http://slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=04/06/21/1146244

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