GPL Version 3 divides open source community

There are more than 40 different open source and free software licences in use, but the General Public Licence (GPL) is the most widely used. The Linux operating system is just one example

Published on: February 2nd, 2007 Grant Buckler

Companies welcome the open source incursion

When online directory provider launched during the dot-com boom, consultants advised the founders to choose best-of-breed hardware and commercial software. So the Markham, Ont., firm installed Oracle Corp. database software running on

Published on: January 16th, 2007 Grant Buckler

AlterPoint makes its tool open source

At the recent Gartner Enterprise Networking Summit, AlterPoint, Inc. unveiled ZipTie, an open-source project that the company said it will seed with some foundational technology from its DeviceAuthority network management product, while continuing

Published on: December 18th, 2006 Grant Buckler

Microsoft partners with Novell on open source

Microsoft and Novell announced a partnership whereby users of Novell's Suse Linux operating system and Windows will be able to more easily manage virtualized IT environments.In a Webcast, executives from both firms said

Published on: December 7th, 2006 Shane Schick

Sometimes, more than just the content needs to be managed

To most people —especially those to whom computing is a means to accomplish some other task rather than an end in itself —systems software is boring. To paraphrase the old Clintonian phrase, "it’s

Published on: September 12th, 2006 Evan Leibovitch

McAfee’s take on open source a case of insecurity

You don't have to be a sage to realize that if the open source model can be used to build great software, it can also be used to destroy great software. Sage, an

Published on: August 15th, 2006 Shane Schick

The much-awaited breakthrough year for the open source desktop may never come

Ever since I became involved in open source in the mid-'90s, every year has been proclaimed the year of Linux (or something like that) by some clever commentators or analysts. History is already

Published on: June 2nd, 2006 Evan Leibovitch

Sun moves a step closer to making Java open source

SAN FRANCISCO - For Sun Microsystems Inc., it's no longer a question of if but of how it will open Java source code to the developer community.That admission came from Rich Green, executive

Published on: June 2nd, 2006 Sarah Lysecki

Who’s the JBoss?

There was never any confirmation, however, that Oracle was seriously looking at JBoss, even though many in the industry seem to have assumed it was in the works. JBoss's close ties to Microsoft

Published on: May 31st, 2006 Shane Schick

Will open source ever destroy its proprietary prey? Ask Apache

It's not a good idea to make predictions about death, other than the fact that it will happen to all of us eventually. That's why you don't often see “The death of” headlines

Published on: April 13th, 2006 Greg Meckbach and Shane Schick

Business evaluates Novell’s next move

Novell launched OES last year as a successor of sorts to NetWare 6.5, combining elements of the SUSE Linux distribution which it acquired two years ago. Novell has pledged support for NetWare through

Published on: April 13th, 2006 Shane Schick

Spinning the technology compass: What’s ahead in government IT in 2006?

By the time you read this, the bells of Christmas will have not only tolled, but faded, the Yule log will have burned to charcoal, the Christmas decorations will be snugly back in

Published on: February 1st, 2006 Dan Perley

Canadian open source association tackles policy issues

Canada’s national Linux industry association is broadening its mandate and creating programs to tackle the policy issues surrounding open source technologies, members of its leadership team said.The Canadian Linux User’s Exchange (CLUE) has

Published on: January 31st, 2006 Shane Schick

Open source hardware challenges current licensing models

The open source movement is entering a new era with industry heavyweights such as IBM and Sun Microsystems announcing that for the first time in their companies’ histories they will make the documentation

Published on: January 31st, 2006 Sarah Lysecki