SCO Continues to Struggle Against Linux in Q3

Server software maker and mobile application development tool wannabe SCO Group Inc yesterday reported its financial results for its fiscal third quarter ended July 31, and once again the company's sales were in decline due to competitive pressures. And once again, the company's top brass singled out Linux as the main culprit that is putting a damper on its revenues.

Eclipse Foundation Approves APERI Storage Management Project

The Eclipse Foundation, an open source community committed to the implementation of a universal development platform, today announced that it has approved the creation of the Aperi Storage Management Framework Project. The Aperi Project, which was proposed in June 2006, will give customers more choices for deploying open-storage infrastructure software - based on an industry-stand ard framework developed by the open source community.

Mandriva Linux 2007 Beta version "Mona" Released

Linux 2007 Mona is the first release candidate for the Mandriva Linux 2007 release and available via two means. Firstly via the public FTP and HTTP sites mirroring the Mandriva Linux repository. Summary of most important changes in each set of ISO files released can be found in the ChangeLog.

When open source is not enough

There was some interesting buzz about the state of open source going around ApacheCon in Dublin.

On one hand, Apache is - and is widely seen as - a moderate, pragmatic voice in the FOSS world: the Apache license is explicitly business-friendly, and the conference was very happy to welcome the arch-enemy of more dogmatic FOSS advocates, Microsoft, among us.

China Lacks Linux Talents

China has only 3,000 skilled Linux software engineers and most of them do not experience professional Linux trainings, according to China Electronics. China’s Linux firm flagship RedFlag has about 70 Linux developers.

In 2005, China’s Linux market reached USD 11.8 million, up 27% over 2004, according to IDC report. IDC also expects in China the Linux market to grow with a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 34% to USD 51 million in 2010 from 2006.

New Zealand redefines open source as "code you can't modify"

New Zealand government officials have responded to my criticism of their newly released national DRM strategy -- their strategy for government adoption and use of technology that prevents copying and unauthorized use.

These technologies aren't fit for government use, for a number of reasons. Today, for example, whistle-blowers in government can take official documents that show malfeasance to an ombudsman or the press or their boss. Under the NZ proposal, they'll have to take their request for leaking sensitive information to a Ministry of DRM that will evaluate their request and determine whether to allow the disclosure.

openSUSE 10.2 Alpha4 Released

I'm glad to announce the fourth alpha release of our openSUSE 10.2 distribution. The codename of openSUSE 10.2 is "Basilisk Lizard". With the rename of the distribution from SUSE Linux to openSUSE, we renamed also the name in so that you have to report bugs against "openSUSE 10.2".