Open source companies to watch

How do you know which open source approach is right for you? We've pulled out a few start-ups that you might not be familiar with, but we think should be on your radar.

Motorola Gets Serious About Linux

Last quarter, Motorola was the second biggest smartphone maker in the world, thanks largely to the million or so Linux-based smartphones it shipped in China.

Clearly, Motorola has seen the writing on the wall, and is making a big commitment to Linux. In fact, this company is working to have over 50 percent of the handsets it releases in the future run Linux.

ReactOS 0.3.0 Released

This release holds a few records - it is the most long-awaited release of ReactOS, it is the release which was preceded by 3 Release Candidates instead of usual 2, and at last ReactOS release never had so many changes since the last one.

IBM announces 'Beyond Linux' strategy

IBM is expanding its open source strategy beyond Linux by targeting eight new technology areas where it will focus open source attention going forward.

Linux has reached a "tipping point' in its development, helped in part by IBM, so IBM can now nurture other forms of open source software development, an industry analyst says.

New York Times won't let Linux users view (some) videos

"There is no technical reason why a GNU/Linux user running the proprietary Flash player can't view New York Times video, but for some reason that newspaper's honchos have decided to limit video viewing everywhere except on their front page to proprietary operating systems."

SCALE 5x Issues Call For Papers

SCALE 5x, the Southern California Linux Expo has issued a call for papers. SCALE 5x will be held on Feb 10-11, 2007 at the Los Angeles Airport Westin. Past speakers have included Chris Dibona, Jon "maddog" Hall, and Andrew Morton.

Microsoft offers support to Mozilla

Let’s face it. Microsoft till date has been no friend of the open-source movement. There is enough bad-blood between open source evangelists and Microsoft to fill up pages. However this could be soon changing. In a rather unusual move, Microsoft has issued an open invitation to the Mozilla Corp. to bring both its Firefox browser and Thunderbird e-mail application into the Windows fold.

Ubuntu update flaw

An update was released for Dapper on 21 August 2006 UTC, which has been found to cause problems on certain systems.

A subsequent update published 17 hours later corrects this, so if your system is fully up to date now and you have no obvious graphical system failures, then you are highly unlikely to be affected. However, delays to the system of update distribution mean that you should make sure you have fully updated before rebooting your computer. You can read more about the issue to ensure you will not be affected, and learn what steps we are taking to ensure this does not happen again.