January 2004 News Briefs

By   |  January 20, 2004

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LinuxWorld 2004 expo attracts big names, and MS

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January 20, 2004: The biggest multinational IT vendors and the biggest geeks will rub shoulders at the much anticipated bi-annual LinuxWorld trade show, which starts Wednesday, 21 January 2004. Normally a platform for major Linux announcements, the event has also become famous for its fiery keynote addresses and controversial participants, which this year includes Microsoft touting it\’s new, freeware Windows Services for Linux 3.5.

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http://www.techweb.com/wire/story/TWB20040115S0010

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Experts declare OSS enterprise-ready

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January 18, 2004: A panel of open source experts from IBM, Hewlett Packard, Red Hat, Sun Microsystems and Microsoft were convened by the Harvard Business School to debate the future of open source. The entire panel had consensus that open source applications had moved far beyond the operating system, and on to major business applications such as databases and security and storage systems.

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http://www.crn.com/sections/BreakingNews/dailyarchives.asp?ArticleID=47322

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OSS big wins over MS

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Independent research shows the usage of both the Apache web server and the MySQL database escalating dramatically over 2003.

January 13, 2004: The authoritative Netcraft server survey claims that the usage of the Apache web server has grown by 40% in 2003, and now serves 67% of all web sites. By contrast Microsoft\’s IIS web server remained flat and actually lost market share of 8% and now serves 21% of web sites.

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http://www.techweb.com/wire/story/TWB20040113S0008

January 05, 2004: Database Development Survey from Evans Data Corporation reports that the MySQL database usage grew by 30% in 2003, although off a low base. By contrast Microsoft\’s Access and SQL usage grew by only 6% over the same period. In addition 62% of the 500 users polled believe they will see significant cost savings from using MySQL while 23% believe that the product will remain stable enough for use in the enterprise.

http://www.techweb.com/wire/story/TWB20040105S0004

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Red Hat delivers Enterprise Update 1

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January 16, 2004: Despite having officially discontinued support for Red Hat Linux 7 and 8 from 31 December 2003, the company has released a significant software update. Called Enterprise Linux Update 1, this patch improves performance with a wide range of 64-bit processors from IBM, AMD and Intel and has better database handling capabilities.

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http://news.com.com/2110-7344_3-5142687.html

http://newsvac.newsforge.com/article.pl?sid=04/01/16/1951238

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Win98 longevity may hinder Linux adoption

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January 16, 2004: Meanwhile Microsoft\’s about turn on discontinuing support for Windows 98 has been hailed, by industry analysts Gartner, as a tactic to discourage emerging markets and the small business community from exploring Linux-based alternatives.

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http://www.theregister.co.uk/content/4/34938.html

http://newsvac.newsforge.com/article.pl?sid=04/01/16/1656230

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Linux mission to Mars

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17 January, 2004: In a recent interview Stewart Hall, the principal developer for the Beagle 2 Mars explorer, claims to be \”a serious advocate of Linux\”. He was responsible for the Linux-based Mission Control Software and Mission Planning Software used in the program. Beagle 2 has remained uncontactable since its scheduled landing on the surface of Mars on 25 December, 2003.

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http://linuxdevices.com/articles/AT7460495111.html

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