GCC 4.0 is compiler software that translates what people write into instructions computers can understand. It's expected to bring a framework that will permit new speed optimizations. Mark Mitchell, the GCC 4.0 overseer, has said as recently as April 5 that he hoped to release the new version April 15.
The second version of Fedora, the fast-changing and free incarnation of Red Hat's Linux software, has reached the end of its life under the responsibility of the Linux seller. Now Fedora Core 2 has been transferred to the hands of volunteers at the Fedora Legacy Project who will provide remaining support for upgrades such as security fixes.
The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) released its schedule for the Fourteenth International World Wide Web Conference (WWW2005), scheduled for May 10-14, hosted by Keio University, and held at the Makuhari Messe (Nippon Convention Center), in Chiba, Japan.
The consortium promised "thematic, in-depth technical sessions to better help attendees put Web standards into action," and describes the conference as "the one event where W3C makes a full public report of its ongoing work."
Call it the six-week patent war.
Lawrence Rosen, a lawyer with Rosenlaw & Einschlag and author of "Open Source Licensing: Software Freedom and Intellectual Property Law," on Sunday declared victory in the battle he spearheaded against OASIS (the Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards) for its patent policy (OASIS patent policy sparks boycott, February 22, 2005).
"I don't think it is too soon to congratulate ourselves that a huge battle has been won," Rosen wrote in response to Sunday's story in the New York Times reporting that IBM would make all future … Read more
Apple Computer has been fiercely guarding its software on the Internet, battling OSX leakers on one front and iTunes hackers on the other. Apple's vigilance has inspired some to question whether the computer company is operating by the Golden Rule when it comes to others' work online.
Arve Bersvendsen doesn't think so. The Norwegian Web developer, after running the plagiarism detector Copyscape, says he discovered replicas of his CSS tutorial written into Apple's Webcore suite for testing how the company's open source Safari browser renders pages.
After notifying Apple of his discovery, the pages disappeared, Bersvendsen … Read more
Time's list of the 100 most influential people on the planet (The Time 100) this year includes some of the usual suspects, as we blogged earlier today: Steve Jobs, Meg Whitman, the "Google guys."
It also featured the generals still waging the browser war after all these years: Microsoft's Bill Gates and the Mozilla Foundation's Mitchell Baker.
Baker's profile--actually a brief history of Mozilla and its Firefox browser--was penned by none other than Mosaic co-author and Netscape co-founder Marc Andreessen, now chairman of Opsware.
"It's sweet success for Baker, who is in … Read more
An open-source software company called ActiveGrid is challenging the established thinking among builders of large-scale business applications.
The premise of ActiveGrid, which released an early version of its server software and tools on Monday, is that application servers based on the Java 2 Enterprise Edition (J2EE) specification are no longer required. Company Peter Yared was even handing out "No J2EE" pins at LinuxWorld earlier this year.
Instead, Yared proposes building applications with scripting languages, such as Python or PHP, which are easier to use than Java but typically not used for high-end applications. ActiveGrid's solution for building … Read more
SAN FRANCISCO--Geoffrey Moore, the author of the influential book "Crossing the Chasm" and president of the Chasm Group consulting firm, took a stab at applying his technology evaluation method to the open-source realm Tuesday.
At the Open Source Business Conference, Moore concluded that a variety of open-source projects have crossed the chasm--meaning that they're useful not just to a niche of early adopters, but also to a larger group of mainstream customers.
Among the projects he believes have crossed the chasm and now are mainstream are the Linux operating system for use on servers and in … Read more
Programmers from Intel, Hewlett-Packard and the Gelato Foundation have begun an effort to improve GCC, a programming tool used to produce Linux and countless other open-source source software projects, so that software runs faster on Intel's Itanium processors.
Compilers translate software written by humans into instructions a computer understands. More so than other processors, the design of Itanium puts responsibility for high performance on the compiler. So far, though, GCC hasn't been fine-tuned to produce good Itanium software, according to the foundation, which is devoted to improving Linux on Itanium for technical computing tasks.
At a recent meeting, … Read more
The SCO Group filed legal documents on Friday with the Securities and Exchange Commission--documents whose tardiness had triggered a warning that the Nasdaq could delist the controversial company's stock from its market.
SCO, based in Lindon, Utah, filed its 10-K annual report and its 10-Q quarterly report, both for the periods ended Oct. 31. SCO had delayed the filings because of several accounting errors announced in March.
According to the filing, SCO's fiscal 2004 revenue declined to $42.8 million from $79.3 million the year before. Its net income of $5.3 million in 2003 became a … Read more