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One of the undisputed high points of yesterday's keynote address by Sun supremo Scott McNealy at COMDEX 2003 was the announcement that Sun has finalized a deal with "The China Standard Software Co." - a consortium of government-funded companies - to deploy Linux-based desktops as part of China's deliberate policy to diversify away from Microsoft. As a "preferred technology partner," Sun's Java Desktop System - formerly known as Project Mad Hatter - will find its way to (McNealy's figure) "half a million to a million" desktops in the coming year. "That makes us immediately the no. 1 desktop Linux play on the planet," he said, proudly and not a little defiantly considering that this deal comes largely at the expense of Redmond. Plus it was just a drop in the ocean compared to what lay ahead, McNealy hinted. "China has goal of 500 million 'alternative' desktops," he no... (more)

The Linux Explosion - How Linux is Changing the Landscape of IT and Business

The following Webinar announcement is brought to you since it features LinuxWorld's editor-in-chief Kevin Bedell... Webinar: The Linux Explosion - How Linux is changing the landscape of IT and Business Presenter: Kevin Bedell, Editor-in-Chief, LinuxWorld Magazine Moderator: Beth Gold-Bernstein When: February 24, 2004 12:00 EST (17:00 GMT) Series: Infrastructure Management: Strategies and Best Practices The Linux OS and Open Source software is literally exploding across today's IT landscape. Its effects are being felt at all levels of the enterprise from the back office to the boa... (more)

KDE GNU/Linux Desktop Continues Its Multilingual Rise

Although no one at LinuxWorld knew offhand how many Linux users exactly needed it to be translated into Upper Sorbian, a language spoken so far as we know only within the city of Bautzen in the southeastern-most part of Germany, the KDE GNU/Linux desktop has just released a maintenance release which adds, among other features, Arabic, Croatian, and Upper Sorbian language support - bringing the total number of KDE language versions up to 51. KDE, including all its libraries and its applications, is available for free under Open Source licenses and can be obtained in source and num... (more)

DESKTOP LINUX: KDE Launches Version 3.2

[KDE.org has just announced a major new release of its open source desktop environment, version 3.2. LinuxWorld brings you the announcement in full.] "February 3, 2004 - The KDE Project is pleased to announce the immediate availability of KDE 3.2, the third major release of the award-winning KDE3 desktop platform. KDE 3.2 is the result of a combined year-long effort by hundreds of individuals and corporations from around the globe. This diverse team has been working successfully together since 1997 to make KDE the leading Open Source desktop software for Linux and UNIX. As with pr... (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)