Stories by Todd R. Weiss

US ATTACK: News sites simplified

Some major media organizations simplified their Web sites today in order to reduce bandwidth needs and lighten their server workloads, after many of the sites were overloaded by the crush of traffic from Internet users seeking updates on the apparent terrorist attacks in New York and Washington.

EBay plans to build trading system around WebSphere

Online auction Web site eBay Inc. last week said it has outgrown its homegrown transaction management applications and will replace them by next year with IBM Corp.'s WebSphere application server software.

HP/Compaq merger: whither Linux?

Until now, competitors Compaq Computer Corp. and Hewlett-Packard Co. have had separate strategies for the continued use of the Linux operating system in their products and services. So what happens if the proposed merger (see story) of the two companies is completed?

Economy's losses could mean gains for Linux market

What effects could outside forces, including the sluggish U.S. economy and costly software licensing changes proposed by Microsoft Corp., have on the future of Linux?
At the LinuxWorld Conference & Expo here last week, users said they're watching those issues carefully to see how their companies could be affected by myriad behind-the-scenes developments.

User impact key to open-source future

The Linux operating system celebrated its 10th birthday last month, but even as that milestone was lauded last week at the LinuxWorld Conference & Expo in San Francisco, Linux creator Linus Torvalds and other open-source gurus proposed some very different ideas of what will come next for the community.

Reporter's roundup: Linux gurus expound at LinuxWorld

The Linux operating system celebrated its 10th birthday this month, but even as that milestone was lauded here this week at the LinuxWorld Conference & Expo, founder Linus Torvalds and other open-source gurus offered very different ideas of what will come next.

Linux in enterprise to be a key focus at LinuxWorld

The technology sector and the economy as a whole may be suffering through a slowdown, but here at the LinuxWorld Conference & Expo there seems to remain an aura of untapped potential among vendors as they show off their Linux-based wares.

Linux supercomputer to be used for drug research

Drug maker Vertex Pharmaceuticals Inc. has commissioned the construction of a 112-processor, 110-gigaflop Linux supercomputer cluster that will be used to accelerate drug research and development.

Red Hat to release e-commerce suite

Linux vendor Red Hat Inc. Monday entered the e-commerce applications fray with a package it hopes will provide medium-size businesses with all the needed ingredients to bring their businesses online.

Protected server performance hit by Code Red II scans

Users who thought that installing a Microsoft Corp. patch would comfortably protect their systems against problems caused by the Code Red worm may need to change their thinking following last weekend's emergence of the more aggressive Code Red II.

Linux supercomputing grid unveiled for science use

The National Science Foundation (NSF) Friday announced a US$53 million project to connect a series of remotely located powerful computers into a high-speed Linux supercomputer grid that could open vast new opportunities for scientific and medical breakthroughs.

Eric Schmidt named CEO at Google

Former Novell CEO Eric Schmidt has been appointed CEO of search engine company Google, five months after joining the company as chairman of the board.

Adoption of new ebXML standards inching forward

Efforts to create Electronic Business XML (ebXML) messaging standards took another step forward this week as the Open Applications Group Inc. (OAGI) said it will incorporate recently announced ebXML specifications into its existing business transaction standards. says it has reached profitability

Online name-your-own-price vendor Inc., looking barely alive in February after posting a US$105 million fourth-quarter loss, says it turned a corner and made a $2.8 million net profit in the second quarter.