Stories by China Martens

PARTNERWORLD - IBM aims at midmarket appeal

IBM hopes to get more users interested in its midmarket family of products with the expansion of its Express Advantage program outside of North America and the addition of new server, storage and software offerings.

Falcon to be the major piece of MySQL 6.0

The most significant development in the next major release of MySQL AB's open-source database, MySQL 6.0, will be the inclusion of the vendor's homegrown Falcon storage engine, according to company CEO Marten Mickos.

Next OpenOffice release to include Pentaho BI

Open-source business intelligence software vendor Pentaho is hoping a new tie-up unveiled Thursday with the community and Sun Microsystems will bring its BI offerings to the attention of many more new users.

Sun, Canonical strengthen Ubuntu ties

Sun Microsystems and Canonical, the commercial sponsor of the Ubuntu Linux distribution, announced Thursday a further deepening of their existing partnership.

Linux Foundation updates Linux Standard Base

The Linux Foundation updated its Linux Standard Base (LSB) server specification Monday to include new automated testing toolkits to make it easier to develop applications for different distributions of the open-source operating system.

GPLv3 third draft: Linus likes it, ACT hates it

Initial reactions to the latest proposed draft of a popular license for free and open-source software (FOSS) have been wide-ranging, with the changes winning some kind words from the creator of Linux and a critical bashing from an industry association.

IBM, Oracle part of new services consortium

IBM and Oracle, more often rivals than partners, have joined in creating an industry consortium focused on establishing what it calls "service science" as both a key area for investment by companies and governments and as a full-blown academic discipline.

Latest GPLv3 takes hard line on MS, Novell deal

The Free Software Foundation Wednesday released the penultimate draft of its planned third version of a popular license for free and open-source software, the GNU general public license (GPL).

Linux Foundation announces new board

The recently formed Linux Foundation, a merger of two Linux evangelizing industry consortiums, named its 15-person board of directors Tuesday. Along with executives from IT firms, the board also features the founder of the Ubuntu Linux distribution, a leading end-user of open-source software, and a lawyer whose work is focused on consortiums and standards development.

Delayed GPLv3 third draft to debut Wednesday

Months later than had been expected, the Free Software Foundation (FSF) intends to release the third draft of its GNU general public license version 3 (GPLv3) on Wednesday. The organization now also plans a final "last-call" draft following feedback on the third draft.