Is Red Hat Ready to Be the Next Microsoft?

Much like Microsoft's influence over software developers in the 1990s, Red Hat has seemingly rallied all of the major open source application providers to support the company's forthcoming online store--known as the Red Hat Exchange [RHX].

Open source Java will still be secure

Java co-inventor James Gosling squashes what he says is a misconception that open source is less secure than proprietary software, pledging that Java will remain secure even after it is fully open source.

You're already using open source security

Open source security is already in data centers, even if network executives think it isn't. One common example is OpenSSL, an open source-library implementation of the SSL encryption standard with an accompanying set of tools and utilities. Any commercial product that uses SSL for such features as Web-based management or client/server control channels almost certainly is using OpenSSL. With no reason to believe that they could write better or more bug-free code, commercial developers naturally gravitate to reusable, open source components wherever possible.

Beryl 0.2.1 fixes licensing issues, can now be used in Ubuntu and Debian

The Beryl project has just released beryl 0.2.1. There’s nothing NEW in the release. However all of the licenses have been fixed so that it can go into Debian and Ubuntu.

Linux and symmetric multiprocessing

As evidenced by major central processing unit (CPU) vendors, multi-core processors are poised to dominate the desktop and embedded space. With multiprocessing comes greater performance but also new problems. This article explores the ideas behind multiprocessing and developing applications for Linux that exploit SMP.

A reason why Dell probably won't pre-load OpenOffice

In an open letter released earlier this week, the OpenOffice.org community invited Michael Dell to work with them to pre-install OpenOffice.org 2 office software on Dell computers. This rather humorous ad campaign could play a roll in why Dell may not accept the invitation.

Wine 0.9.33 Released

Wine 0.9.33 was released with many Direct3D fixes and performance improvements, more comctl32 tests and some bug fixes, compatibility improvements in cmd.exe, still more fixes to builtin OLE, support for process control on Solaris and bug fixes.