Microsoft makes Windows, a closed source platform. Suse builds open source Linux distros aimed at enterprise users. On the surface, these two would appear the unlikely couple, but the two companies just renewed a pact dating back to 2006 that has Microsoft purchasing and reselling Suse licenses. As part of the four-year contract extension, Microsoft has agreed to invest $100 million in new Suse Linux Enterprise certificates for Microsoft enterprise customers receiving Linux support from Suse.
If you've been primarily a Windows user all your life, you probably don't have much experience with Linux. Perhaps you've dabbled with Ubuntu, either out of sheer curiosity or because you were pissed off with Vista pre-SP1. But there are other, more advanced Linux distros out there, Debian being one of them. Debian is now available as a configuration option on nearly every machine in AVADirect's stable.
Intel's research division Intel Labs recently released a pair of open source software packages, including a distributed scene graph package to increase the maximum number of participants in 3D Web applications, like virtual worlds, by more than 20 times, and an advanced offline ray tracing package to help speed up rendering of photorealistic images on Intel-based systems by 100 percent.
Skype may have eventually gone to Microsoft, but that would have never happened had Redmond’s cloud-obsessed rival Google not dropped the idea of acquiring the popular VoIP service in 2009. The Internet behemoth came very close to making a bid but backed out at the last moment.
According to Wesley Chan, an investment partner at Google Ventures, the data-intensive nature of Skype’s underlying peer-to-peer technology turned out to be the deal breaker. Needless to say, the Big G has absolutely no regrets about not acquiring Skype’s “old technology” as its own efforts seem to be coming along nicely. It has now announced plans to add Skype-like real-time communication (RTC) features into Chrome using its open-source WebRTC initiative.
When it was just Internet Explorer 6 and Firefox on the market, it was hip to say you used Mozilla's browser. Then Google Chrome and its tabs-on-top showed up, and suddenly, Firefox wasn't quite so cool. Mozilla stood by silently – and enabled tabs-on-top themselves – as Chrome's star rose, but apparently the time has come to try and return the hip-leeching favor. Just as Chrome OS notebooks are nearing the market, Mozilla unveiled Webian Shell, a smaller, simpler Web-based interface.
Mozilla says there are still 12 million Internet users rocking Firefox 3.5, and as far as Mozilla is concerned, that's 12 million too many. As such, the open source browser maker is planning a funeral for Firefox 3.5 and has come up with a plan to get stragglers to step up to a newer version, preferably the latest build.
Don't worry about the cold and rainy weather sweeping through parts of the country, it's okay to bust out your open source swimming trunks anyway. Canonical today invites you to dive into Linux with the release of Ubuntu 11.04, otherwise known as Natty Narwhal. This latest Linux distro, which has been in beta form for about the past month, supports laptops, desktops, and netbooks, and supersedes Ubuntu Netbook Edition for all PC netbooks, Canonical says.
It’s hard not to look a gift horse in the mouth when you’re told it’s a potential thoroughbred capable of racing in the Kentucky Derby, but later find out it’s limping on two legs short of a set and isn’t even fit for making glue. That’s what we think about ClamWin, a free, open-source antivirus program that comes saddled with “gotchas.”
In an encouraging sign for Google's Android platform, new statistics reveal that the vast majority -- over 90 percent -- of Android devices accessing the Android Market are rocking version 2.1 of the open source OS or later. Of those, Android 2.2 (Froyo) sits on top with a dominant 61.3 percent share, compared to 29 percent of Android devices running 2.1, and under 8 percent kicking it old school with version 1.5 or 1.6.
Linus Torvalds, the father of Linux, announced the release of the 2.6.38 Linux kernel, which he says includes "deep changes." It's the second major Linux kernel to come out this year, and it comes with a number of improvements that should have a positive impact on performance, making open source operating systems faster than ever before.