Stories by Eric Lai

  • LINUXWORLD SF - SUSE Linux ThinkPads target chip designers

    Lenovo will immediately begin selling and supporting a high-end model of its ThinkPad laptop with Novell's latest desktop version of SUSE Linux installed, the two companies announced Tuesday. The new laptop is aimed at electronics engineers and chip designers.

  • Open-source on Windows the next big thing?

    When Bob Hecht joined Informa as its vice president of content strategy, he dreamed of rebuilding the British technical publisher's infrastructure using Linux and open-source technologies. But with Microsoft Windows entrenched throughout the company, Hecht settled on a more pragmatic hybrid: an open-source content management server from Alfresco Software, backed up by open-source applications MySQL, Apache Tomcat and JBoss -- all running on Windows Server-based hardware.

  • Microsoft defends WGA

    Under fire for reports that Windows Genuine Advantage (WGA) misidentifies some genuine copies of Windows XP as pirated, Microsoft took the unusual step this week of releasing statistics about WGA's purported effectiveness for the first time via a blog.

  • Vista, Office delays leave Microsoft partners worried

    For the 7,000 or so Microsoft partners descending on Boston for this week's Worldwide Partner Conference, delays in the release of Windows Vista and Office 2007 could leave them feeling like a store unable to stock its shelves with goods.

  • Microsoft to back Office-to-ODF plug-in

    In a tacit acknowledgment of the OpenDocument Format's (ODF) increased momentum, Microsoft announced Thursday that it will back an open-source project to create software allowing Microsoft Office users to open and save files in ODF.

  • Red Hat to drop Application Server

    Red Hat confirmed Thursday that it is discontinuing development of its Red Hat Application Server (RHAS), a move that had been widely anticipated since mid-April, when the Linux distributor said it planned to buy commercial open-source application server provider JBoss for up to $US420 million.

  • Oracle stays atop global database market

    Oracle continued to top the worldwide database market last year, propelled by companies migrating to Oracle Database running on Linux, according to figures released by two leading market research companies.

  • ISO approves Open Document Format as standard

    The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) this week accepted the Open Document Format (ODF) as an international standard for saving and exchanging digital office documents, according to a group supporting ODF's use.