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July 24, 2013  3:00 PM

Ubuntu Edge sells out

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Open source

Earlier this week Ubuntu's CEO, mark Shuttleworth unveiled a crowdfunding model to get people to buy into his concept of a converged PC/smartphone device.

The appeal hit its...

June 28, 2013  2:39 PM

Get into Linux in under an hour on a Raspberry Pi

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Open source


June 26, 2011  7:59 PM

Linux Squeezebox sound server and player: a project for the weekend

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Android, Linux, Open source, softsqueeze, squeezebox, squeezeplay, squeezeslave, Ubuntu

If you have ever wanted to learn about Linux, then why not try making something useful and fun. Here's how to put together a Linux sound server. The basic configuration is a a good start for any novice trying to get under the covers of Linux and networking.   This weekend I...


February 27, 2009  10:26 AM

Open source: a remedy for IT recession

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Desktop, Linux, Open source, Server, Windows

Recession, job cuts, IT budgets slashed...surely now's the time to think smart, and use free or open source products to drive through new IT projects? For certain applications, I think open source is a viable alternative to commercial software. It's not very good as a replacement for Windows...


November 26, 2007  10:44 PM

Can business take open source seriously?

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Enterprise architecture, IBM, Linux, Microsoft, MySQL, Open source, Oracle

I was speaking to Marten Mickos, chief executive officer of MySQL last week about open source and the enterprise. Can businesses take open source seriously? A database like MySQL is often a major component of a software infrastructure. What's interesting from speaking to Mickos is that MySQL is...


October 1, 2007  8:38 PM

A first look at Office Live and Offfice Online

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Google, Microsoft, Office Live, Open source, OpenOffice, SharePoint

It is rather telling that Microsoft chose to unveil a major business services strategy on Sunday. Perhaps this is because it is not really that different to what we can do already. Shared workspaces is not a new idea. Jeff Raikes, president of Microsoft’s Business Division says:

By...


September 17, 2007  6:14 PM

Microsoft and interoperability: you are kidding?

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.NET, Interoperability, Java, Microsoft, middleware, Open source

Earlier today, Brad Smith, Microsoft's senior vice-president, general counsel, corporate secretary, legal & corporate affairs, held a press conference following the ruling in the European Court of First Instance. The


July 4, 2007  11:41 PM

eBay Mozilla companion – why?

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Ebay, Firefox, Licensing, Open source

Ebay's big launch this week was a Firefox add-in called the Firefox Companion for eBay . What? It's a sidebar in the Mozilla Firefox browser that lets buyers watch the status of all the items they are bidding for. Obviously, this news was big...


May 23, 2007  12:40 PM

Business on Web 2.0

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Open source, SpikeSource, Wikinomics, wikipedia

Today at the Gartner ITxpo conference in Barcelona, I was lucky enough to catch Don Tapscott's presentation about Wikinomics - the subject of his new book, which looks at how Web 2.0 changes business operations. Don spoke about why businesses should look at...


May 10, 2007  9:28 AM

Open Source is 2.0

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Java, Linux, Open source, Sun

I came across an interesting observation on Sun chief executive Jonathan Schwatz's blog. Jonathan states:

think about it - Linux and OpenSolaris are the ultimate in user generated content
He's talking about...


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