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Sun to offer all core software products as open-source

Sun Microsystems said Wednesday that it will offer all its core software products as open-source, making all of its middleware, management and Java development tools free to use. The move follows Sun's decision last year to offer Solaris as open-sour...

Gartner: Robots and sensors are in IT's future

Gartner analysts believe that most IT managers focus on technologies likely to affect their enterprises within 18 months or so -- not three years or a decade out. But that doesn't mean they're not interested in a future that, as seen by Gartner, incl...

Microsoft, Sun agree on sign-on specs

Microsoft and Sun Microsystems on Friday said they have agreed to a single sign-on specification to ease cross-platform identity management and promised to broadly improve the interoperability of their rival .Net and Java Web services platforms.

IBM looks to keep customers after PC division sale

Now that IBM has decided to sell its PC division to China-based Lenovo Group, the company must now try to keep its corporate and government customers -- who helped make IBM the third largest PC vendor in the world -- from moving off of its standard-s...

Novell's suit points to Office dominance

Novell's antitrust lawsuit alleging that Microsoft illegally tried to eliminate competition in the desktop applications market in the mid-1990s highlights the continuing problems that alternatives to Microsoft Office have in winning users.

Interview: Sun's Green says ruling will boost Java

Sun Microsystems's top Java executive contends that the federal court's impending "must carry" decision will aid corporate developers by assuring Java's ubiquitous distribution. In this interview, Richard Green, Sun's vice president and general manag...

Java developers laud ruling in Microsoft case

A U.S. District Court judge's plan to force Microsoft to ship the most recent version of Java software with Windows desktop operating systems may revive Java development and help its rival, Sun Microsystems, battle .Net.

States help keep Microsoft antitrust case alive

Massachusetts and West Virginia face a daunting but not impossible task in appealing the Microsoft antitrust decision, a move that keeps alive for at least a year the threat of additional remedies against the software maker, according to legal expert...

DC area to use wireless network for emergencies

Police, fire and other emergency personnel in the Washington area are turning to open standards and instant messaging to overcome their inability to communicate via proprietary voice radio systems.

MS/DOJ States want MS memo admitted in remedy case

A top Microsoft Corp. executive two years ago urged the company to take retaliatory action against PC makers developing devices that support Linux, according to an e-mail the nine nonsettling states want admitted as evidence in the remedy case.

Gates: Remedy could delay software updates

Testifying for the second day in his company's antitrust case, Microsoft Corp. Chairman Bill Gates warned that remedies sought by the nonsettling states could delay release of critical security patches, allow vendors selling versions of the Linux ope...

Official: Terrorists used Web to get info on targets

The Bush administration's top cyberdefense official said today there is evidence that the terrorist group al-Qaeda was using the Internet to gather intelligence about critical facilities in the U.S., and other terrorist groups and nations may be doin...

States, users still worried about Microsoft

California, home to Microsoft Corp.'s most ardent business rivals, has emerged as the leader among the nine states that rejected the federal government's settlement of its antitrust case against the software giant. It's a leadership position Kevin De...

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