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Sun's president and COO has done it again. He's bitten off, and publicly chewed, another of technology's thorniest questions - the very meaning of the word "open" as in source. "Granted, I seem to spend a disproportionate amount of my time defining things," Schwartz writes in his latest blog at blogs.sun.com, "but it seems like a lot of industry rhetoric right now depends upon redefining history and vocabulary." Schwartz points out how much discussion of terms like "open systems," "open source," and "open standards," there has been over the past 30 years, and says he'd like to add "some refinements" to the current debate. This he promptly does by saying that "the definition of 'open' that matters most is the one experienced by a customer or end user - 'openness' is defined by the ease with which a customer can substitute one product for another." He continues: "Only... (more)

SYS-CON Radio Speaks with Sam Greenblatt, Chief Architect of CA's Linux Technology Group

SYS-CON Radio interviews Sam Greenblatt, Senior VP and Chief Architect of the Linux Technology Group for Computer Associates. Listen to the interview       Listen to other interviews live from EDGE 2004 Conference & Expo: SYS-CON Radio interviews Common Sense Advisory SYS-CON Radio interviews Don DePalma, President and Founder of Common Sense Advisory Listen to the interview... Jeremy Geelan    Feb 25 2004    SYS-CON Radio interviews Sonic Software SYS-CON Radio interviews David Chappell, Chief Technology Evangelist and VP of Sonic Software Listen to the interview... Jeremy Gee... (more)

SCO in the News: Facts Update - As Rumors Swirl

SCO's Claim re CA "Is Nonsense," Says Computer Associates Reporting in Linux Business Week, veteran industry reporter Maureen O'Gara says that the claim SCO made earlier this week that CA has become a SCO licensee "is nonsense," in the words of CA senior VP of product development Mark Barrenechea. 5 March 2004   §   Maureen O'Gara   §   Reads: 1607   §   Feedback: 15   §   HOT STORY SCO's Digital Fingerprints Lead to Bank of America News.com says it saw a Word document of SCO's lawsuit against DaimlerChrysler - the rest of us have pdf versions - that indicated SCO originally inten... (more)

Microsoft *Was* Matchmaker Between BayStar & SCO

Read Bruce Perens on SCO's "Tapestry of Lies" BusinessWeek is today confirming the Net rumors that have been circulating alleging that Microsoft helped finance a small Utah software company's three lawsuits - against IBM and two corporations that use Linux, AutoZone and Daimler-Chrysler. According to the report, written by BWOnline's Jim Kerstetter: Lawrence Goldfarb, managing partner of BayStar, says that senior executives at the software giant had telephoned him about two months before the investment. Would he be interested in investing in SCO, they asked? Goldfarb wouldn't ide... (more)

Lindows CEO Robertson Berates Microsoft's"Orchestrated Attempt to Slow the Adoption of Linux"

"We have completely withdrawn our products from these markets and put notices on every page of our website," protests Lindows CEO Michael Robertson in a news release put out by Lindows, Inc. yesterday, "yet Microsoft is still asking that the Judge fine us 100,000 euros per day because non-U.S. visitors can view our U.S.-based website." "Microsoft's actions," Robertson continues, "demonstrate this has nothing to do with protecting their Dutch trademark or confusion in the marketplace, but is simply an attempt to put us out of business." He is referring to papers just filed against ... (more)