August1 Briefs

By   |  July 31, 2003

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IBM speculates about SCO Microsoft alliance
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July 30, 2003: IBM exec, Al Zoller, has named a \”set of forces\” which are \”mostly located in Redmond\” as deliberately attempting to derail widespread Linux penetration. He followed up this accusation by implicating SCO in this conspiracy theory.
More at:
http://news.com.com/2100-1016_3-5057840.html

July 25, 2003: Earlier in the week IBM had accused SCO of having itself distributed Linux under the GNU General Public License, a claim which SCO says does not contradict its position.
More at:
http://news.com.com/2100-1016_3-5053636.html

July 25, 2003: Meanwhile analyst reports show that heavy Linux users, including the White House, remain unphased by SCO\’s veiled licensing accusations. However the Gartner Group has issued a cautionary noting that if SCO were to succeed in enforcing its licensing policies then this could lead to new-look hybrid proprietary open-source contracts.
More at:
http://www.theregister.co.uk/content/7/31947.html
http://www.techweb.com/wire/story/TWB20030725S0007

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Red Hat Enterprise 3.0 beta available for download
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July 30, 2003: The latest Red Hat Enterprise edition, codenamed Taroon, has been made available for beta testing. Two forms, AS and WS, are available for servers and and desktops respectively, with a mid-range server offering to follow. Principle features include better multiprocessor support, and support for more processor architectures, including Intel\’s 64-bit Itanium 2, AMD\’s 64-bit Opteron and the IBM Power chip.
More at:
http://ftp.redhat.com/pub/redhat/linux/beta/taroon/en/
http://www.redhat.com/archives/taroon-beta-list/2003-July/msg00003.html
http://news.com.com/2100-1016_3-5057478.html
http://www.theregister.co.uk/content/4/32051.html
http://www.techweb.com/wire/story/TWB20030730S0004

July 25, 2003: Conventional Red Hat Linux, codenamed Severn, was released for beta dowload last week. It sports notebook power saving features and increased protection against kernel attacks and buffer overflows.
More at:
http://ftp.redhat.com/pub/redhat/linux/beta/severn/
http://www.techweb.com/wire/story/TWB20030725S0005

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Microsoft installs Linux testing lab
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July 30, 2003: Microsoft has installed Linux in its test labs to do more accurate comparisons with its own server-based products. The heavyweight Enterprise Engineering Center in Redmond has installed the Linux operating system, Apache Web server, MySQL database, and Open LDAP directory system on Intel-based computers.
More at:
http://www.informationweek.com/story/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=12803689

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Open Group fights to regain credibility
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July 28, 2003: The Open Group has declared its intent to regain the credibility lost through its tardy handling of the Motif user interface product, which in turn spurred the adoption of GNOME and KDE. The group represents 200 members and is responsible for Unix certification, the Linux Standards Base and WAP standard, amongst others.
More at:
http://news.com.com/2100-1013_3-5056121.html

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OpenOffice 1.1 RC2 now available
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July 28, 2003: New features anticipated include improved installation routines, seamless MSOffice interoperability and exporting to the PDF file format. OpenOffice Release Candidate 2 is available for Linux, Windows and Solaris. Meanwhile Sun\’s proprietary StarOffice has closed its beta program ahead of version 6.1 due for release by October 2003.
More at:
http://www.openoffice.org
http://www.techweb.com/wire/story/TWB20030728S0002

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