Open Source Society claims patent win

The New Zealand Open Source Society (NZOSS) is claiming a moral victory over Microsoft’s patent of XML schema after the software giant made changes to its patent.

In July last year the society lodged an objection to Microsoft’s patent which governs "word processing document[s] stored in a single XML file that may be manipulated by applications that understand XML".

Open source Java licence to guarantee disappointment

The licence under which Sun Microsystems chooses to publish the open source Java code will cater to enterprises or the open source community, but will be unable to please both groups.

"The biggest challenge is finding something that is going to balance commercial interests with the desires of the open source community," said Stephen O'Grady, an analyst with RedMonk.

Apple plans open source WebObjects?

Apple may plan to open source its powerful WebObjects application next year. Citing 'insiders', a report on ThinkSecret claims that version 5.4 of the application will see much of the solutions code released to the open source community.

WebObjects is a Java-based application-server and builder for web publishing and internal application building. It's often used for ecommerce applications, and can even produce pure Java applications that can be run on non-Mac platforms.

Google Webmaster Central Launched

Google launches Webmaster Central. A one-stop shop for comprehensive info about how Google crawls and indexes websites. You can learn here how to ensure that your site is easily crawled and indexed and access tools that will enable you to diagnose crawling issues, study statistics on how your site is doing in their index, and tell them how you'd like your site to be crawled and indexed.

New Auto-Seeding Torrent Server Released

The University of Texas New Media Initiative in association with Google's Summer of Code program have been working on a project to make sharing files over the internet easier than ever before. Summer of Code intern Evan Wilson just released Project Snakebite, the first fully automatic BitTorrent server. Just as with a normal webserver, you drop files in a folder to share them. Snakebite takes care of generating torrent files and running a tracker and a seeder for each file.

The Path to Linux Success

Virtualization and Linux can be a match made in heaven, which is why enterprise Linux heavyweights Red Hat and Novell are pushing so hard to make support for virtualization a highlight of their respective mainstream Linux operating systems.

No One Ever Got Fired For Using Microsoft. - Yes They Did

I have often wondered about that statement. "No one ever got fired for using Microsoft. From my point of view, even as a business owner, it seemed a bit far reaching. Most things stated in the absolute are. Granted, my businesses have never reached the multi-million dollar stratosphere, heck, some of them barely reached cruising altitude. Regardless, I could not get my head around the fact that a company had to spend that kind of money on software in order to maintain their business. Obviously, some of them do.

Can Linux save the Palm OS?

More than two years have passed since PalmSource--the Palm OS developer purchased by Access in 2005--released an update to the venerable operating system. But the next version, which is set for release next year, will be very different under the hood, according to Access executives Tomihisa Kamada and Didier Diaz.