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Red Hat, SuSE chiefs: we're for Linux open source

For-profit companies in the Linux business see an opportunity to make money, but they aren't interested in monopolising the market, said the heads of two major distributors of the open source operating system.

Torvalds: more delays for Linux

The much-anticipated 2.4 Version of the Linux kernel will take at least another two months to complete, Linus Torvalds, creator of the open source operating system, said Friday.

BT's chief technologist exhorts: waste bandwidth!

Free movies, bottomless bandwidth and parasitic networks -- these are all things we should look forward to according to Peter Cochrane, chief technologist for British Telecommunications (BT) and a professor at the University of Bristol, UK.

Balance personalisation, privacy on Web sites

Promoters of techniques for personalising content on e-commerce Web sites say those are a valuable marketing tool. But privacy advocates caution that it's bad business, as well as bad ethics, to misuse personal data.

Streaming video breakthrough made

Digital image processing equipment makers Snell & Wilcox and Equator Technologies have teamed up to develop a streaming-video technology that they say is the first to deliver better-than-VHS image quality at bandwidths of less than 1Mbps.

Rough sailing for European flat-rate surfers

A wave of failures in Europe's fledgling flat-rate ISP market is just the beginning. Analysts expect a flood of mergers and bankruptcies in coming months, as a dramatic shakeout hits the European market for unmetered dial-up Internet access.

VC, startups survey terrain after bubble bursts

There's still plenty of venture capital (VC) looking for opportunities in the New Economy -- but today's investors want profitability, not hype. That's the word at BerlinBeta Version 3.0, the third annual Internet and multimedia fair currently underw...

AMD, Opera team on embedded browsers

Integrated circuit maker Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) and internet browser company Opera Software are teaming up to create embedded browser technology, the companies said this week.

Swiss Bank Hit by Love Bug Variant

The "Love Bug" worm has continued to mutate and infect its way through systems all over the world. This time, it's a Swiss bank, as Rick Perera reports

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