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Sun puts dollars and suits behind GNOME

Author: JT Smith

Sun sources tell The Register that it will unveil its “GNOME Foundation” initiative at the San Jose LinuxWorld Expo this week. Also read about several companies backing GNOME at ZDNet.

New competition for Microsoft

Author: JT Smith

The New York Times reports that a group of Linux software developers and
computer makers plan to create a foundation to offer a unified desktop user interface and a set of productivity programs intended to compete
as a free alternative to Microsoft Office.

Linux finds itself part of the ‘in’ crowd

Author: JT Smith

As the third annual LinuxWorld Conference & Expo
opens this week Linux has suddenly become part of the in crowd – and an increasing threat to Microsoft Corp.’s Windows monopoly, reports the Nando Times.

VA Linux to unveil build-to-order software model

Author: JT Smith

VA Linux announces that it will offer software on a build-to-order model when it sells its computer systems that are optimized to run Linux, according to the San Jose Mercury News. Here’s a similar ZDNet story.

Open Source database routs competition in tests

Author: JT Smith

PostgreSQL, an Open Source database,
routed the competition in recent benchmark testing, topping the
proprietary database leaders in industry-standard
transaction-processing tests, according to a press release.

5NINE announces WMLBrowser.org

Author: JT Smith

5NINE, the leading developer of Wireless Data Infrastructure (WIS/I) technology for Linux, today announced the launch of WMLBrowser.org,
an open source development project for creating a Wireless Markup Language (WML) Browser to work with all types of Linux environments.

Netscape’s Open Directory Project expands

Author: JT Smith

The first Internet directory search service built by the Web community at large, the Open Directory Project now offers more than 2,000,000 sites in over 300,000 categories from 229 countries in 44
languages.

Cobalt Networks to bundle VERITAS software with server appliance

Author: JT Smith

“The agreement between VERITAS Software and Cobalt offers an excellent opportunity for the customers of both companies to have access to reliable Linux hardware and software solutions, said Steve Colman, vice president, strategic alliances and worldwide OEM operations, VERITAS Software.

Linuxcare gives seal of approval to HP NetServer systems and business desktop PCs

Author: JT Smith

Linuxcare Labs is certifying all current HP NetServer systems
on the following Linux distributions: Caldera eServer, Debian, Red Hat, SuSE Linux, and TurboLinux
Server.

Beware of geeks bearing gifts

Author: JT Smith

From Salon.com: “Microsoft can lower the price of Windows Me and give it a few great features, but it can’t fundamentally make Me a better operating system than Windows 95, because of underlying technical flaws with the
whole Windows operating environment.”