August 11 briefs

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Apache app server takes on IBM, BEA
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August 08, 2003: Apache Software Foundation, the group responsible for the world\’s leading web server, has committed to building a Java-based application server. Code-named Apache Geronimo, the open source server will compete directly with market leaders IBM Websphere and BEA WebLogic and will be built strictly to Sun\’s J2EE enterprise Java specification. Previously open source Java-based application server Jboss was unable to gain Sun\’s all important J2EE compliance certification and has therefore failed to gain enterprise credibility.
More at:
http://www.techweb.com/wire/story/TWB20030808S0006
http://news.com.com/2100-1012_3-5061303.html
http://incubator.apache.org/

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IBM takes battle to SCO
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August 7, 2003: In the latest legal twist IBM has countersued SCO claiming that it broke the GNU General Public License agreements after accepting contributions towards Linux development. IBM goes further, claiming that SCO has actually infrigned on IBM patents in it\’s UnixWare, Open Server, SCO Manager, and clustering software products.
More at:
http://www.informationweek.com/story/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=13000363
http://www.mvista.com/
http://news.com.com/2100-1045-1022584.html?tag=nl

August 4, 2003: Earlier in the week Red Hat had filed it\’s own lawsuit against SCO demanding, amongst other things, a legal statement that it has not violated any copyright or intellectual property laws.
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http://news.com.com/2100-7252_3-5059547.html

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Linux Test Project web portal unveiled
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August 07, 2003: Linuxtestproject.org hosts a wide variety of Linux testing tools as well as test results, the very latest kernel fixes, bug tracking and an extensive library of technical documentation and code testing resources. Pride of place is given to photographs of Torvald\’s visting the Linux Test Project at LinuxWorld.
More at:
http://www.linuxtestproject.org/
http://linux.com/relocate.pl?id=b42bb9466f6e4892b7e9b2357ea5b6e2

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Oracle moves on to Linux… everywhere
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August 07, 2003: One year after volatile Larry Ellison issued the mandate, the entire Oracle company infrastructure has been ported on to Linux. The final step will take place within months as the workstations of 8000 core program developers are replaced with Linux. Next month Otacle will release its Linux grid computing solution, named Oracle 10G.
More at:
http://www.informationweek.com/story/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=13000344
http://slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=03/08/07/2233214

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Perens names threats bigger than SCO, MS
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Newsforge has published a complete transcsript of Bruce Perens\’ LinuxWorld address, in which he notes that petty lawsuits have distracted the open source community from more serious and fundamental issues, such as flawed software patenting legislation being ushered through the European Community parliament.
More at:
http://newsforge.com/article.pl?sid=03/08/07/1453252
http://perens.com

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Linux stabilised for Itanium
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August 4, 2003 According to programmers at HP the current Torvald\’s version of the 2.5 Linux kernel is now stable to run applications for Intel 64-bit Itanuim processor. Despite Torvald\’s stated dislike of the new Intel architecture the ability of the forthcoming 2.6 kernel to address the Intel 64-bit chipset is seen as crucial for Linux to gain traction in enterprise computing and the data centre environment.
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http://news.com.com/2100-7252_3-5059849.html

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Novell buys Ximian, starts monkey business
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August 04, 2003: Novell has acquired Ximian, developer of the popular Evolution mail and PIM application, only days after pledging ongoing support for Netware and Groupware under Linux. Novell has assured customers that the core Novell products will be retained but that NetWare 7.0 will allow users the option to make a seamless switch to Linux. Key Ximian projects, such as the Gnome desktop and Mono, the MS .Net replcement, will also be continued.
More at:
http://news.com.com/2100-1016_3-5059400.html
http://www.eweek.com/article2/0,3959,1212135,00.asp
http://slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=03/08/07/2253243

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New Linux clusters and mega installations
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August 05, 2003: HP has upped the ente to match rival IBM cluster offerings. It is now shipping Linux clusters from 16- to 128 processors. The clusters utilise the ProLiant DL380 and DL360 server models and matching storage and management software layers.
More at:
http://www.theregister.co.uk/content/61/32186.html
http://news.com.com/2100-7252_3-5060512.html

August 04, 2003: Dell will be constructing the third largest computer cluster in the world, comprising 1450 PowerEdge dual-processor models each running Red Hat Enterprise Linux. The installation, commissioned for the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) at the University of Illinois, will be capable of peak performance of around 17.7 million floating point operations per second and will be used for working on the human genome and mapping the evolution of the universe.
More at:
http://www.techweb.com/wire/story/TWB20030804S0013

August 06, 2003: The US Navy has commissioned 260 Apple Xserve rack mount servers each running a Yellow Dog Linux distribution developed by esoteric developers Terra Soft. The biggest ever sale of Apple servers (worth US$1.9 million), the installation will host a new underwater imaging system destined for the nuclear submarine fleet.
More at:
http://news.com.com/2100-1040_3-5060885.html
http://www.theregister.co.uk/content/39/32211.html

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Embedded Linux gains momentum
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August 08, 2003: Timesys and MontaVista, two firms developing embedded Linux distributions, have joined the Consumer Electronics Linux Forum founded by consumer electronics heavyweights Matsushita Electric, Sony, NEC, Philips, Samsung, Toshiba and Sharp. The Forum\’s stated intent is to install Linux on household products such as TV sets and DVD players, and to optimise it\’s operations for rapid operation, memory efficiency and power consumption.
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http://news.com.com/2100-7252_3-5061644.html

August 07, 2003: SRI International\’s Artificial Intelligence Center demonstrated several Linux-based robots at LinuxWorld last week. The so-called Centibots will be used for search and rescue operations.
More at:
http://www.informationweek.com/story/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=13000333

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OpenGroupware delivers full replacement for MS Exchange
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August 01, 2003: OpenGroupware.org (OGo) has announced the availability of OpenStack, its first open source groupware product targeting the messaging, collaboration and document sharing space currently dominated by Microsoft\’s Exchange and SharePoint products. OpenStack is the first component in a suite that will provide email and instant messaging, whiteboarding, shared calendars and document version control, and will support a range of clients including Microsoft\’s Outlook and Ximian\’s Evolution, Mozilla Calendar and Apple Computer\’s iCal.
More at:
http://www.theregister.co.uk/content/4/32119.html

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Windows prettier than Linux
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August 04, 2003: A survey, conducted by Berlin-based research firm Relevantive, reveals that a Linux GUI is almost as easy to use as Windows. Given a set of standard office-oriented tasks, including sending email, subjects response times were very similar, although Windows won out on pure aesthetics. The group of test subjects comprised 60 Linux users and 20 Windows users.
More at:
http://www.techweb.com/wire/story/TWB20030804S0005

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