Project Darkstar, Open Source Plans

At the 2007 Game Developers Conference in San Francisco, Sun Microsystems, Inc. announced plans to open source Project Darkstar, a online game server platform written entirely in Java technology. The company also announced the opening of registration for the Darkstar Playground, which will enable developers to create a wide variety of games that can be provisioned through a single server platform. Information on these and demonstrations of games running on the Darkstar platform will be on display at Sun's booth #738 in Moscone Center.

FAA May Ditch Microsoft's Windows Vista And Office For Google And Linux Combo

FAA chief information officer David Bowen said he's taking a close look at the Premier Edition of Google Apps as he mulls replacements for the agency's Windows XP-based desktop computers and laptops.

Dell Talks About Prebundling Linux, AGAIN

Dell is considering offering the Linux operating system as an alternative to Microsoft's Windows on its personal computers, a Dell spokesman said on Tuesday.

In conversation with Katie McAuliff, of Novell Canada

In January, Chicago native Katie McAuliff, who has worked for Novell Inc. for 13 years, took over as president of Novell Canada, replacing Don Chapman. Ms McAuliff will oversee all facets of the Canadian organization including sales, marketing, consulting, support, training, finance and operations, with a focus on expanding and strengthening Novell Canada's partnership model.

Schools across Japan may switch to Linux

Japan's public broadcaster NHK reported late last week that the Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry plans to introduce the open-source operating system Linux for use within classrooms across the country in the near future. According to an investigation conducted in the spring of last year, there are currently over 400,000 computers at schools in Japan running on either Windows 98 or Windows Me, systems no longer supported by the software manufacturer Microsoft.

The missing link in mainstream desktop Linux adoption

Well, in fact, there isn’t one missing link. But in this FOSSwire article, I’m going to look at one major issue standing in the way of getting desktop Linux any serious market share. And that is OEMs.

Oracle Proposes Open Source Persistence Project at Eclipse Foundation

Today, at the EclipseCon Conference, Oracle, a newly appointed Eclipse Board Member and Strategic Developer, announced it will donate its award winning Java persistence framework, Oracle TopLink, to the open source community. In addition, Oracle announced the proposal of a new Eclipse project to deliver a comprehensive persistence platform based on the contribution of Oracle TopLink, a component of Oracle Fusion Middleware, source code and test cases.

Red Hat Readies RHEL 5 for March 14 Launch

The wait is almost over. It may have taken two weeks longer than Red Hat Inc would have liked, but Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5, the updated version of the company's commercial Linux platform, will be launched along with a bevy of new products and services on March 14.