Stories by China Martens

LINUXWORLD - IBM, Novell strengthen desktop, server ties

IBM and Novell are beefing up their existing partnership on two fronts with Linux distributor Novell increasing support for IBM's Notes desktop collaboration software and its open-source WebSphere Application Server Community Edition (WAS CE).

User pressure leads SugarCRM to adopt GPLv3

SugarCRM is to adopt version 3 of the GNU general public license (GPLv3) for the next release of its open-source CRM (customer relationship management) software after coming under pressure from its user community to move away from its own Sugar Public License.

HP to acquire Opsware for US$1.6B

Hewlett-Packard plans to buy data center automation software vendor Opsware for about US$1.6 billion. It's the third-largest acquisition in HP's history after its multibillion-dollar purchases of Compaq and Mercury.

Ready, steady... Sprint! Creating open-source ECM

Holding focused meetings, also known as "sprints," over several days to develop, test and document software, is proving very helpful to the open-source Plone community in quickly adding more functionality to its content management software.

Intel joins One Laptop Per Child initiative

In an unexpected development, chip giant Intel has joined the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) initiative. The nonprofit project aims to equip children in developing countries with specially designed low-cost notebooks powered by chips from Intel's rival Advanced Micro Devices (AMD).

Businesses experimenting with virtual worlds

Although virtual environments are still at an early stage in development and adoption, many companies are already dabbling in one or more virtual worlds or closely observing them prior to getting their feet wet.

Software AG CTO looks ahead to new mainframe software

In recent months, the acquisition of SOA (service-oriented architecture) player webMethods has been the dominant news coming out of Software AG, but the middleware company also continues to hone its mainframe software and strategy.

IBM, Cisco ready co-developed management software

IBM and Cisco Systems plan to release a jointly developed product in July as part of an expansion of their existing alliance around telecommunications network management and service assurance, the companies said Thursday.