Open Source


  • How To Protect And Manage Your Software Licenses
    Just as ISVs today ponder alternative ways to deliver and price their applications, they also are looking for easier, more flexible ways to manage and protect the software licenses that represent the fundamental contract with customers. Macrovision, a Santa Clara, Calif.-based company, likes to think it has the solution.
  • SpyderWeb: One VAR's Transition Into App Dev
    One of the keys to the success of any VAR is flexibility. Companies often go through changes triggered by growth in head count, shifts in their target markets or technological advancements (or declines). But as SpyderWeb Technologies found out, a reseller doesn't have to be large or mature before it's forced to make tough decisions about its direction.
  • SCO CEO Details Project Diamond
    As SCO Forum 2004 kicked off Monday, SCO CEO Darl McBride launched a developer preview of OpenServer as well as SCO Office Server 4.1 and highlighted plans for a future OS developed under the code name of Project Diamond. The Unix chief also discussed SCO's channel and his observations of the emerging Linux channel.
  • Red Hat Launches J2EE-Compliant AppServer
    Red Hat announced availability of its J2EE-compatible application server based on ObjectWeb's Jonas open-source project. Meanwhile, Red Hat plans to tap into its OEM partners' own channel programs such as IBM's Linux Elite to atract and qualify high-end Linux ISVs, regional system integrators and VARs to service the company's software stack. Still, Red Hat's channel plans remain stalled.
  • TechWatch: Software
    Sometimes those ephemeral bytes that comprise computer code come together to create programs that actually solve problems.
  • Value Judgment
    The ongoing open-source vs. commercial software debate has fervent partisans on both sides. Each tries hard to woo the uncommitted to its camp, citing the value of its approach and products. And, like swing voters in the battleground states of the current presidential election, solution providers often find themselves at the center of all this activity.
  • When Comparing Platforms, Don't Forget The Intangibles
    While most open-source applications are available as a free download, many solution providers choose to purchase commercial versions of open-source products for access to support, media and documentation. For the CRN Test Center's open-source example, both free downloads and commercial open-source products were considered, which in turn created a price range on the open-source-based solution.
  • SCO Lawsuit Against DaimlerChrysler Is Thrown Out
    A Michigan court Wednesday dismissed most of SCO Group's lawsuit against DaimlerChrysler Corp., which had accused the German automobile maker of breaking terms of its Unix System V licensing contract.
  • U.S. Votes For Open Source
    VARs wondering just how ready the federal government is to embrace Linux and its open-source cousins don't have to wonder anymore.

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