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Turbolinux Couples Online Storage With Portable Device

Turbolinux, one of the first-generation Linux vendors to enter the business arena, on Monday announced a new online storage service for its Wizpy device, which was first introduced in June. The Wizpy, which behaves as a Linux operating system as well as media player, now provides an online storage s...

Wizpy Delivers Linux to Windows PCs

Japan's Turbolinux began shipping its Wizpy digital media devices on Friday. The Flash-based, USB device includes a version of the Linux operating system that can be used to run the open source OS on nearly any computer. According to Turbolinux, the idea behind the device is "to turn all the world's...

Turbolinux Accelerates Into China

Japanese Linux vendor Turbolinux last week announced a couple of big deals in China, as the company looks to take advantage of China's pro-open source government backing and the replacement of SCO-Unix servers in a Turbolinux bid for market expansion. Turbolinux said Qinzang Railway, part of China's...

Intellectual Property Not a Game: Microsoft Marks 5,000th US Patent

Microsoft said it has been granted its 5,000th U.S. patent, securing protection for a technology that enables multi-player and spectator online gaming and achieving a milestone that underscores a significant shift in strategy for the software giant. Microsoft said the U.S. Patent and Trademark Offic...

Free Standards Group Opens Linux Certification Lab in China

The Free Standards Group announced this week the opening of a Linux certification lab in China. The lab will certify Linux distributions and applications to the Linux Standard Base and will be maintained by the FSG and the China Electronics Standardization Institute. It is the first certification au...

Mandrakesoft Renamed Mandriva in Step Toward Reinvention

Mandrakesoft, hoping to serve the dual purposes of repositioning itself in the Linux market and throwing the monkey of its back in a trademark infringement battle with Hearst Publishing, announced last week that it has changed its name to Mandriva. "Mandriva, a company name that combines MandrakeSof...

ISVs Rally Around Linux Standards Base

High-tech heavy hitters such as IBM, Novell and Oracle are among those showing support for the Linux Standard Base (LSB), a set of standards designed to improve compatibility between Linux distributions. The Free Standards Group (FSG) yesterday announced a long list of Independent Software Vendors (...

MandrakeSoft Buys Conectiva for $2.3 Million

French Linux distributor Mandrakesoft will acquire its Brazilian counterpart, Conectiva, the two companies announced yesterday. Mandrakesoft will buy all of Conectiva's stock for US$2.3 million to take over the 60-employee company, which had $2.2 million in revenue and reached the break-even point i...

Linux Vendors Partner To Further Standards

Linux vendors from Europe, Asia, and North and South America have teamed up to create a common core implementation of the Linux Standard Base (LSB) 2.0. This implementation will serve as the core for each of the new consortium members' future Linux distribution products, the companies announced join...

Tokyo’s Turbolinux Upgrades OS for Home PC Users

Tokyo-based Turbolinux this week disclosed that it has developed a new Linux operating system for home PC users -- Turbolinux 10F. Turbolinux is said to be the best-selling Linux distributor in the Asia-Pacific region. "Japanese consumers are moving in large numbers to Linux," said Koichi Yano, pres...

HP To Expand Desktop Linux Push in Asia

In an effort to seize an opportunity created by regional resistance to the Windows operating system, Hewlett-Packard has said it plans to begin shipping more desktop computers loaded with the Linux operating system in Asia. Specifically, HP will partner with Turbolinux to ship the open-source deskto...

INTERNATIONAL REPORT

Linux Revolution: Asian Countries Push Open Source

Asia is emerging as a key battleground for the open-source movement. The Japan-China-Korea partnership, announced last month in Osaka, is the latest in a string of initiatives to promote Linux. Two weeks earlier, Singapore hosted the second annual Asia Open Source Symposium, where 20 Asian countries...

E-BUSINESS SPECIAL REPORT

Has SCO Killed UnitedLinux?

A little over a year ago, an international consortium of four vendors announced they were pooling their talents and resources to create UnitedLinux -- a new, standardized flavor of the open-source Linux OS. However, UnitedLinux has not made many headlines since then, and SCO, one of the consortium m...

Sun’s StarOffice Launches Renewed Attack on MS Office

Sun Microsystems has released its new StarOffice suite of applications, touting the package as an alternative to proprietary software and noting that StarOffice has fewer licensing restrictions. With enterprise pricing as low as $25, StarOffice 6.0 can run on Linux, Solaris and Windows and will reta...

The New Linux World Order

As Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT) muddles forward in its Pyrrhic struggle against the U.S. government, Linux continues to encroach upon the company's sacred Windows NT market space. Given Microsoft's well-documented aggressive business style, many analysts are bracing for another colossal battle as the so...

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