September 9, 2002

Weekly news wrap-up: Big Media notices Linux, Microsoft says it isn't built for security

-By Grant Gross -

The Linux momentum just keeps on building. This week, Linux was noticed in several mainstream publications, including the New York Times.
The Times reported on Free Software's growth outside the United States and Microsoft's whining about how it can't compete with the move toward Linux in several countries.
The Inquirer notes that about half the article is devoted to Microsoft. also published an article on Linux this week, asking if it's ready to topple Microsoft and saying 2002 seems to be the year of the penguin.

The Hartford Courant also had a column about Linux, mostly introductory stuff.

Meanwhile, a Morgan Stanley survey of 225 CIOs in August, 54% said they either owned Linux servers already or were considering Linux. And tech analyst Gartner Group takes a look at the state of enterprise Linux, (finally) suggesting it's time for enterprises to check it out.

Surprise, surprise

One Microsoft executive admitted its products aren't "engineered for security." Anyone who's shocked by this announcement, please raise your hand. Ok, you might be shocked Microsoft's finally admitting it.

Make the switch ... to proprietary thinking

Apple is forcing Linux music player project Xtunes to change its name because Apple thinks it sounds too much like its iTunes. Is this the same company embracing Open Source for its operating system?

MP3 controversy, week 2

Ogg Vorbis' author suggests that Thomson Multimedia's assurances that MP3s will remain free for personal use rings a bit hollow.

Odds 'n' ends seems to think the UnitedLinux coalition faces upheaval with changes going on at Turbolinux and the company formerly known as Caldera.

Success story of the week

Mitch Wagner reports that Burlington Coat Factory, already using Linux on point-of-sale devices, is now moving to Linux on servers as well.

Newly released

The 1.0 version of GNU Bayonne, the Free Software telephony program, was released this week.

The Linux Xbox project released a SuSE 8.0 howto.

The Ogg Vorbis audio codec project has released a player that will work with most digital music player hardware.

Newly reviewed

Tina Gasperson reviews LimeWire Pro and says it's worth the small cost.

Robin "Roblimo" Miller calls CompuPic the easiest Linux photo manipulation program he's seen. looks at Red Hat 7.3 for all your server needs and generally finds it a good product. takes TransGaming's WineX 2.1 for a spin.

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Among the other stories we reported first this week:

Tina reports on Midbar, which is marketing anti-copying technology to record companies. Fair use? What's that?

Stock news

The Nasdaq fell for a second week in a row, closing at 1,295.30 Friday, down from
1,314.85 August 30, despite a 44-point rally on Friday. Of our 11 Open Source-related stocks, only four were up for the week.

Here's how Open Source and related stocks ended this past week:

Company Name Symbol 8/30 Close 9/6 Close
Apple AAPL 14.75 14.38
Borland Software Int'l BORL 9.90 10.36
Hewlett-Packard HPQ 13.43 13.50
IBM IBM 75.38 73.20
MandrakeSoft 4477.PA e2.20 e2.19
Red Hat RHAT 4.70 5.08
SCO Group (formerly Caldera) SCOX n/a 1.75
Sun Microsystems SUNW 3.71 3.54
TiVo TIVO 4.00 3.86
VA Software LNUX 1.16 1.15
Wind River Systems WIND 5.15 5.48
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