Stories by Paul Krill

Open source conference hones in on patent issues

Although Microsoft was not mentioned by name during opening proceedings of the Open Source Business Conference (OSBC) in San Francisco, the company and its complaints about open source software allegedly violating 235 Microsoft patents clearly were on the minds of speakers and attendees.

Ironing out GPL compatibility kinks

The Free Software Foundation, in upgrading the GNU General Public Licence, intends to iron out any incompatibilities with similar licences from organisations such as the Apache Software Foundation.

Users take sides in Flash-Silverlight clash

Microsoft's Silverlight technology could give Adobe's rival Flash browser plug-in software a run for its money based on attendee feedback at the Microsoft Mix07 conference in Las Vegas on Monday.

Microsoft adds Expression tools to MSDN

Microsoft is making changes to the distribution model of its Expression application design tools and also is fending off a challenge to the recent discontinuance of the Visual FoxPro developer tool.

Microsoft hooks into Openajax group

Microsoft is now participating in the Openajax Alliance, joining with other members to make the AJAX (Asynchronous JavaScript and XML) Web scripting technique more interoperable.

BEA raises Eclipse flag

Casting the open-source Eclipse platform as a linchpin of product uniformity efforts, BEA Systems plans to reconfigure several middleware clients so they can be plugged into the Eclipse IDE.

Sun pairs Unix for competition with Red Hat

You've heard of LAMP, the popular open-source infrastructure stack featuring the Linux operating system, the Apache Web server, MySQL's database, and the Perl, Python and PHP (Hypertext Preprocessor) scripting languages.